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Fabulous Footwear


This season designers aren’t completely reinventing the wheel. Instead, they’re building upon the already strong foundations, adding embellishments here and there or introducing new shapes and materials. Stepping out has never been this much fun.

 

 

 

  1. Flat out
    Flat shoes are this winter’s busy life saviours – and they don’t even have to be pretty. Clunky comfort rules, as these edgy pavement pounders are super practical and super comfortable. Sneakers have snuck into our lives in such a big way now. They are often really affordable – so lace up a pair for every look.


  2. Cute Boots
    Slouchy or sleek, knee-high boots look groovy with this season’s minis for that back-in-fashion ’70s vibe. And under the midi and maxi lengths, they guarantee complete cover-up from the bitter chill. Block, cylindrical heels and square toes reign in vegan leather through to swish suede. Sturdy-heeled ankle boots are also pumping the fashion trail, so very sassy teamed with skinny pants and flowy-sleeves.


  3. Beyond the black
    Try zipping up your boots in chic navy, utilitarian khaki and tan tones, or rich racing green. Blush pink is still a staple, streamlining nude-toned winter outfits. Pale pairs well with light and natural heels. On the deeper side, burgundies and all the hues of a vintage-wine cellar look sumptuously warm where you would usually choose a noir neutral.


  4. Toe-tapping texture
    Embellishment with brocades add a crafty cool look, which is great with denim, whereas the high-gloss patent-leather look trawls back all the fun of the glam-rock ‘80s and the swinging ’60s. Hot tip: this shiny canvas is so easy to keep clean and footwear seems to retain its newness. Studs are making a statement, if you prefer to incorporate attitude into a pretty pair.


  5. Designer foot work
    New Zealand-designed Mi Piaci footwear are slinking in the texture of snake-effect leather, along with funky flared and offset heels, and also asymmetric top lines. Minx footwear has futuristic black and white flats with thick-soled bounce. And the Kiwi-made queen of comfort, Ziera, is offering up white-soled sneakers this season, seen in silver, classic styles and even floral. Locally, Mikko Shoes has pulled together one of our favourite ranges of quality, hand-selected footwear.

 

So be prepared to make room in the wardrobe for a bigger shoe rack – no one will be able to walk past this winter line-up.

 


 

 

 

 

Get the boot: Merrell

Many mothers know how bone chilling it can be standing on a sports ground sideline with dampness working its way through the soles of their footwear. They crave warm feet instead.

 

 

Welcome to the world of Merrell’s winter boot range for women. These are boots especially designed for chilly weather so you will stay dry and toasty warm. Most of Merrell winter boots are waterproof, many of them are also insulated (the Tremblant range has 200 grams of lightweight insulation), while the Sugarbush range even has an ice grip sole – perfect for the early school run on frosty mornings.

The even better thing about Merrell’s boots is that not only are they functional and comfortable, but they are also fashionable, enabling you to step out this winter in both style and confidence. This combination is no accident. Merrell has gone to great lengths to ensure that form, feel and functionality all come together seamlessly.

It was over three decades ago that Randy Merrell began designing and manufacturing handmade custom boots for a small group of outdoor enthusiasts. Since then the company has come a long way – a journey that has helped shape their products into the comfortable, durable and versatile boots of today.

Merrell is located on the first floor of Westfield Riccarton Mall. They have all their own brand of winter gear in stock now as well as a comprehensive range of Patagonia clothing. See www.merrell.co.nz for more product information – all you really need for your next adventure or for that sideline vigil.


 

Gorgeous shoes, rebooted: Robin Pierre


Robin Pierre of Auckland is delighted to introduce its new Christchurch store on Victoria Street. This destination store steps glamorously into the shoes of the original Robin Pierre in Merivale that closed its doors in March.

 

 

Robin Pierre in Victoria Street has refreshed the original Robin Pierre Christchurch concept. They have added new labels brought down from their Auckland stores. Amongst the extensive selection you’ll find Django and Juliette, Mollini, Top End, Silent D and Rollie plus new brands for summer. Sales and Marketing Manager Tay Jackson says, “We aim to showcase a modern mix of shoes, which will appeal to a wider range of women who will be able to find the perfect shoe for every occasion”.

Discerning women will find their wish for beautifully stylish yet wearable shoes fulfilled. The store is a mecca for modern, casual boots, while high fashion or occasion outfits from local boutiques will be completed with the latest and the most coveted in heels – strappy and chic, sophisticated and elegant, coming this summer.

The team is already finalising the summer styles, “we aim to be first stop on the list for keen racegoers putting their fashion in the field looks together,” Tay says. “We are so excited about expanding both the range and customer appeal.”  The store is a gorgeous place to be while you experiment with looks and refine your style.

Find Robin Pierre at 149 Victoria Street or shop online at www.robinpierreshoes.co.nz.


 

Winter shoe style: Style Footwear Ashburton


From slippers to snow boots, the shelves are groaning with gorgeous footwear at Style Footwear Ashburton. The team – Melissa, Brian and Trudy – are thrilled with the winter range and hope customers will be too.

 

 

Strong again this season is ankle boots – there are a few long boots in the range with some exclusive lines amongst them. Mid-height block heels are very popular and super comfortable to wear all day. The ‘athleisure’ look is still in style, with dress sneakers and basketball style boots featuring strongly.

Black is and always will be the strong colour in winter, but there are few stand outs available – metallic blues, cherry red patent, khaki and a great range of navy blue. Stocking top brands such as Ziera, Sugar ‘n’ Spice, Bear Paw, Toilno, Saimon, Cabello, Klouds and more, there is something for everyone, including a range of handbags, scarves and jewellery.

Shoe care is also important and Style Footwear stocks Footcom and Scholl products, to provide the best options possible. Melissa does the majority of the buying and always has her customers in mind. Attending buying meetings twice a year and being in regular contact with her suppliers means the latest releases are never far away. Sizes 35-45 are stocked in most ranges and the team will endeavour to source the perfect shoe for you. Custom fitting is done in-store for free, as no two feet are the same.

Follow Style Footwear on Facebook and Instagram. Visit www.stylefootwear.co.nz which offers laybuy as a payment option and free shipping.


 

Stepping Up: Mikko Shoes


NZ family-owned and operated Mikko Shoes has finally opened the doors to its first South Island store; a beautiful boutique in central Christchurch.

 

 

Founder and buyer Michaela Longstaff established Mikko in 2013, after noticing a gap in the market for fabulous footwear that didn’t compromise on comfort. Making it her mission to source high quality, handcrafted shoes that not only looked beautiful but were also a joy to wear, Michaela soon found herself in Europe – the origin of shoe making with its rich history of character and craftsmanship.

Six years on, each style is still hand-picked by Michaela from the Northern Hemisphere for the anticipated season ahead and, until now, could only be experienced in the North Island or online. But after noticing an ever-increasing list of online orders heading to Christchurch addresses, Michaela decided it was time to open their sixth Mikko store in the Garden City.

“At our core, we are passionate about helping women to find the right fit,” Michaela says. “So whilst we offer an online fitting service, I was determined to find a beautiful storefront in Christchurch where women could fully experience our range, be inspired and looked after by our highly experienced styling staff.”

Michaela was also keen to interact more directly with the women who have been supporting Mikko from Christchurch since the Auckland-based company first launched. “Having a physical presence here now means we get instant feedback from our customer, which helps us to better improve our service and range selection, season after season,” she says.

No matter the trend, functionality, comfort and quality are at the forefront of every pair on offer. From Arche of France’s Loire Valley to Hispanitas of Alicante in Spain, behind each of the brands stocked at Mikko is a family-owned business that is passionate about these same key principles.

Each shoe is made with the softest of leathers, cushioned insoles and durable, shock absorbent outsoles. Cutting edge technology is married with tried and tested traditions for the ultimate, well-rounded design.

With an array of silhouettes available for work, evening and events through to everyday flats and sneakers, each style seamlessly fuses function with fashion. Oh, and did we mention, they stock handbags to match, too?

Find Mikko Shoes at 143 Victoria Street, Christchurch or visit www.mikkoshoes.nz.


 

These boots were made for walking


With winter fast approaching, one wardrobe essential worth investing in is a pair of boots and we’re in luck, as the cooler seasons see an abundance of winter boot trends that strike that right balance of form and function. If you need a little inspiration, these five fashion-forward boot trends will have you stepping out in style this season.

 

 

1. Walk on the wild side – If you’ve scoured through fashion pages in the last couple of months, you may be aware that the leopard print trend has returned and it’s the ideal motif to mix with neutral tones such as beige, grey and black. For first-time leopard print wearers, small doses like a pair of boots are the perfect way to try out this trend.

2. Buckle up – Adding edge to more traditional feminine footwear, buckles are everywhere. From one chunky buckle to four buckle straps, there’s an abundance of styles out there to suit you. Details like a buckle on a suede boot give them a western look which is another huge trend in boots this season.

3. High and mighty – The sky is the limit when it comes to thigh-grazing boots and they’re not just being worn on the limbs of New York models. This boot trend might seem unapproachable at first glance, but embrace it and pair with a midi dress, a skirt and tights, or your favourite pair of skinny jeans.

4. Architectural heel – It’s time to hail the unusual with the sculptural heel as we see a variety of geometric shapes and sizes that will incorporate a sense of wonder and drama into your look. Keep your outfit simple and let the footwear turn heads.

5. Ankle biters – Don’t discount this classic bootie. The ankle boot can be styled all year-round, proving to be a worthwhile investment. From flats to heels, this timeless boot comes in array of styles and colours this season.


 

Wink Shoe Store

Walk away smiling: Wink Shoe Store


Wink Shoe Store is a store with plenty of personality. Featuring a curated collection of the best range of shoes to fulfil your seasonal needs, there’s something for everyone at this delicious designer destination store in Ferrymead.

 

Wink Shoe Store

 

When it comes to looking your best, the extensive range ensures you don’t need to sacrifice comfort for style because, well, why should you? Head in store to check it out for yourself.  There’s a reason Wink Shoe Store is a step ahead of the rest and that’s because there’s a team of specialists ready to guide you through the selection process, from matching the shoes to the occasion, the outfit and even the longer term versatility from a whole-wardrobe perspective – all the fundamentals to ensure you walk away smiling.

This autumn/winter season, ankle boots are still the leading shoe style, there’s a splash of leopard and bold colours – particularly mustard and pink, along with old faithfuls, black, navy and tan. Throw in some sparkle from Kathryn Wilson and it’s looking like a fabulous winter!

To complement the footwear, there’s a small range of clothing including gorgeous new knitwear from ELK & Nineteen46. Wink is also a stockist of C.Reed – the clothing label designed by Cushla Reed from Minx, who designed the famous Willott Boot. To make your shopping experience even greater, Wink Shoe Store has ample parking right at the door step and great coffee at Casual & Country’s Cafe – Ten27.

 


Open weekdays 9:30am to 5:30pm and weekends 10am to 4pm. Located at shop 5, 1027 Ferry Road, phone 03 928 1690 or online www.ilovewink.co.nz.


 

Rangiora Shoe Lines

Spoilt for choice: Rangiora Shoe Lines


From Autumnal tones in khaki, navy and mustard, to the odd splash of leopard print, this season’s footwear trends are all about colour and texture.

 

Rangiora Shoe Lines

 

Rangiora Shoe Lines

Rangiora Shoe Lines always has an exciting range in store, and you can guarantee more stock is arriving by the day. Known for their ability to source the finest quality fashionable footwear from around the world, the shop is conveniently located in the heart of High Street.This season, on-trend statement pieces include loafers and ankle boots, textured and embossed suedes, moody colours contrasting with bright pops of colour, and, as always, comfort is a must.

 

Rangiora Shoe Lines

 

 

The newly-introduced Josef Seibel range of European casual wear is already proving extremely popular with its waterproof leather design, and soon-to-hit-the-shelves is the funky Polish brand, Kacper, which offers wool-lined shoes and boots.
The ever-popular Minx brand also returns this season, featuring leopard print in its range, and pointed toe shaped designs. With new European brands coming in all the time, more boots will soon be arriving, and they’ve also introduced a selection of lovely heavy-duty canvas bags.

Rangiora Shoe Lines

 

 


Now, shopping at Rangiora Shoe Lines has been made even easier – you can find them online via independent fashion boutique Mode (which offers Oxipay), as well as on Facebook. www.rangiorashoelines.co.nz


 

Christmas Style

Christmas Style


Decorating for Christmas doesn’t just have to be about adorning your home. We have some clever ways to bring Christmas into your wardrobe. Whether subtle or celebratory, taking the Christmas spirit to the streets will bring cheer to one and all.

 

Christmas Style
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Metallics are this season’s fashion star. Harness this timely coincidence and exude celebration. Silvery blues, shimmery blush pinks, and lustrous lilacs are metallics at their most beautiful. Mimic decorative baubles and adorn in over-sized pearls. Put on a filigree snowflake pendant, crystal drop earrings, sparkly diamante hair slides, and a dress and heels in materials of ethereal fairy-like lustre.

 

Christmas Style
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Certain colour combinations are Christmas on a candy stick. Go bold with gold against anything red, or pair shiny silver upon beautiful blue. Try ultra violet – this hot-right-now hue will fall in love with anything metallic. A white satin belt cinching the waist of a white cotton shirt dress teams great with silver shoes. Last season’s star prints can even come out to shine.

 

Christmas Style
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Pick out this season’s florals of rich red blooms and green foliage. Cute cherry patterns on everything is vogue right now in Europe, but ironically a bowl of juicy cherries epitomises Christmas day to us. It’s the same with pretty strawberry prints. Vintage pinup style dresses often sport Christmasy patterns or red Polka dots. Think red and white gingham or elf-green anything – just search amongst Santa’s colour wheel.

 

Christmas Style
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Saying someone is dressed up like a Christmas tree is not normally a flattering compliment, but for the next few weeks, go for it – with bells on!

 


A. JETS BEHIND THE SCENES MBFWA18 BY TIM DA RIN FOR FLAUNTER
B. MAC COSMETICS STRAIGHT FIRE LIPSTICK
C. DIANA FERRARI MIKKI RED CRINKLE PATENT
D. DIANA FERRARI SADI ROSE GOLD GLITTER


 

Stepping out in style: ECCO


Whether you’re arriving at a party at dusk or strolling along a sun-bleached esplanade, metallic leather is about making a style statement.

 

ECCO

 

The Women’s ECCO Touch Flatform is crafted from metallic Ecco Vibrio leather, with double foil finish – designed to shimmer and sparkle as it catches the light. The metallic finish, achieved through an innovative layering process, can be applied to a selection of base colours. Combining silvery blue hues with golden yellows, Ecco Vibrio’s two-tone effect adds depth and softness, bringing a subtle, sophisticated edge to any silhouette. As well as adding glint and glamour, Ecco Vibrio is velvety to the touch – with the leather specially milled to improve your shoe’s softness and comfort.

 

 

Ecco Vibrio is one of the latest premium raw materials to have been developed by the team of researchers and pioneers at Ecco Leather’s base in Dongen, near Amsterdam — resolving an ongoing issue with metallic leathers that fade with time. Instead, Ecco Vibrio Leather uses its multi- layered tonality to deflect age and maintain its radiance. The Ecco Touch Flatform features ripple sole construction. The leather-covered inlay sole with Ecco Comfort Fibre System™ technology cushions the foot and helps it to breathe. The stunning shoe also comes in white – the Christchurch store’s best-selling shoe.

With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, Ecco constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear.

 


Visit the store on 195 Papanui Rd, or shop online www.eccoshoes.co.nz.