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Step into wedding season

Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or a guest, it’s the heels that will give you your Cinderella moment. Metropol caught up with leading shoe designer Kathryn Wilson about the latest season of heels we can expect to see stepping into wedding season.



Why did you want to make the move into wedding footwear?
We have a lot of brides and bridal parties requesting bridal footwear and purchasing our beautiful shoes for their wedding day…we decided it would be great to offer our best-selling shapes and styles in a colour palette suited to weddings. We named the capsule collection ‘Happily Ever After’ and named each shoe with a wedding theme.


Happily Ever After Rose


Can you tell us a bit about the colour palette you’ve selected for the collection?


We have offered most styles in an off white, soft pink and blue and metallic leathers, pewter, gold and silver, which are great neutrals for bridal parties. Each pair has a blue glitter sole for their ‘something blue’ on their special day.


Happily Ever After White



Do you have any favourites or are they all your ‘babies’?
Haha yes definitely love them all but my favourite style would be the Challis Heel in white powder blue which has a beautiful gold metal wrap detail on the heel and a front platform so you can dance the night away with a reduced pitch on the heel.



Blushing Bride Powder Blue


about beautiful, well-structured traditional styles?
It depends on each bride and their own style… we offer our ‘classic hit’ styles in a bridal palette which are very timeless designs with the intention that you can wear them on your wedding day but also with jeans and a shirt to work or a long lunch with girlfriends… I think they should be a versatile style that gets use after your big day.

Blushing Bride White



What are some of the most important features of wedding shoes?
Comfort, for sure! So you can stay in them all day and dance the night away… but also be feminine and flattering on the foot as a finishing touch to the wedding dress. Several styles in our bridal collection have a stacked heel which will suit garden weddings on grass, as a lot of New Zealand summer weddings are outdoors, which make fine stiletto heels tricky to wear.


Going to the Chapel Lace


What was your own choice for your special day?
Funnily enough I couldn’t decide until on the day! I took a few options with me from our collection and then decided on a closed toe style with a high ankle detail… these are being added to our ‘Happily Ever After’ collection this summer.


Happily Ever After Powder Blue

What are some of the main trends – colours, features etc – we can expect to see coming through over the next year across all shoe styles?
We have a lot of beautiful colour showing in our current and next summer collections… the winter styles which are currently available are offered in classic rich palettes of chocolate, tan etc but bright accents of hot pink croc, pink, blue and orange metallics… the Summer ’20 collections are super pretty soft pastels with apple green and lilac being key tones.
We cannot resist a beautiful, colourful, comfortable shoe to brighten our day and make us feel like you can take on the world!


Wedded Bliss White Pebble


Man in the mirror

Believe it or not, the wedding isn’t just about the bride to be! We want you to look back at the man in the mirror, before and during the big day, and be happy with what you see. We check out all the latest trends to have you looking dapper on your big day.

LOAFERS FOR LIFE: We’re aware that we seem to be always recommending loafers, that’s because they’re such a cool statement shoe. They’re the ‘great shoes’ that we are referring to in our last point. Cutler & Co has grey or tan options with a 100 percent leather upper; high quality shoes for a high-quality day.

You and your partner don’t have to be the only perfect pairing of the day. Matching your tie to your shirt is a great way to create a modern finish to your wedding suit. Try a white tie on a white shirt, black on black, make it a match.

CUSTOM MADE: Tailor your suit to your needs. We can’t stress this enough; your partner has most likely thought out every detail of what they’re wearing, you should do the same. You don’t want to look back on wedding day photos and regret not wearing that bright colour, patterned handkerchief or trendy shoes that you wanted to. It is, after all, your big day too, so make it perfect.

OH HONEY! The only thing you want breaking out on your wedding day… are your killer dance moves. Clear skin is not a bad thing to have on a day where you’ll be in the limelight with friends, family and not to mention the cameras. The Melora Double-Action personal care range offers a great selection of products that are naturally derived from New Zealand’s own manuka honey; a perfect option that not only supports local but is fuss-free as well.

BALL AND CHAIN: As the idiom goes, the ankles are reserved for the old ball and chain, in other words your soon-to-be partner. Don’t be afraid to flash the wedding party some bare ankle. This is a diversive trend that isn’t for everybody, but the only thing you need to wear for this are slim fitting pants (cropped just above the ankle), no socks, great shoes and a bit of confidence. We know that the weather and seasons change year-round, so we would only recommend this tip for the warmer months (we don’t want your toes turning blue in the middle of the ceremony).


Find your sole mate…: Shoe Therapy

We believe everyone deserves to find their soul mate… even your feet! Debbie from Shoe Therapy Kaiapoi has some eligible candidates to create the perfect pairing. Because she believes that a woman can do anything in the right pair of shoes and we tend to agree! We caught up with her to find out some of the latest winter must-haves



Blue suede shoes: Whilst they are not blue, make Elvis Presley proud by rocking some Mollini Careful Stretch Microsuede boots in black or navey.

The shoes feature a soft micro-suede upper and a sturdy block heel. A great option to wear all winter and pair with any outfit.








Jump around: If you want an easy-to-wear premium leather boot, then the ATA Kangaroo dress boot from EOS is for you.

Its simplicity with a touch of detailing in the upper ruche is what makes this shoe such a pleasant wear.










Good for the Sol (Sana): this beautiful boot is jampacked with intricate details to give it that unique look; croc embossed ivory leather, gold cap detailing on the toe and a thick block heel.

Add the Sammy Boot from Sol Sana to your wish list for winter.





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Stepping out!

After 35 years of owning and operating Rangiora Shoelines, sisters Jill May and Sandra Blackadder have decided it is time to move on and begin a new chapter in their lives.

What started out as a passion for footwear and handbags, soon turned into a busy little business that has consistently kept on top of all the latest fashion trends and styles throughout the years.

Today, the shelves are lined with popular brands like regular bestsellers, Josef Seibel, Kacper and Minx and new autumn lines of stylish ankle boots, textured leathers and heel treatments of veneer, perspex and wood are flowing into the store daily.

The new owner has been confirmed as local resident, Rebecca Barker, who will continue operating Rangiora Shoelines with the same well known and loved brands.

Sandra and Jill would like to thank customers for their support and loyalty over the years.

“It’s been an amazing experience and journey,” Jill says.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them! It was a tough decision to leave but we’re stoked it’s remaining an independent store, and also in very capable hands.”

So it will be business as usual in this well respected and loved footwear store.

“We’re high heeling it out of here, but come in before we ‘shoe’ off to say your goodbyes,” Sandra and Jill laugh.


Decadent New Cool Weather Collection

An irresistible offering in rich moody hues, Mikko’s sumptuous new autumn/winter collection has just arrived at the Victoria Street store and it is all the inspiration needed for the wintry season ahead.


Alongside the classic, cool weather colour palette, new styles in mustard yellow, army greens, ivory and pepper grey will add a little excitement to any outfit – ideal on those cold mornings where a little mood boost is certainly welcome.

The hand-selected curation by Mikko’s founder and buyer Michaela comes direct from the company’s trusted group of artisanal European brands, including Ara, Arche, Hogl and more.

A melange of new silhouettes and updated takes on the essentials, it’s a collection that has us looking forward to cooler weather.

This season’s boots feature a number of interesting elements that will refresh your wardrobe with minimal effort.

Bold lace-up styles are here, along with stunning architectural heels. A trend not to miss is Mikko’s nod to the western style – square toes, buckles and two-toned toe-caps.

Meanwhile in the casual department, sneakers have reigned supreme of late and for 2020, their elegant counterpart, the Parisian ballet flat makes a welcome return.

No matter your outfit, this classic footwear staple will transform any look with effortless polish – perfect for transseasonal dressing before winter truly sets in.

It’s great to see that animal print still features in various forms this season, from sneakers to boots and the aforementioned ballet flats – there’s a style to suit every taste.

As always at Mikko, fit and construction are just as integral as colour and shape – comfort and quality are core values for the family-run business.

So head into store to check out the luxurious new collection of timeless, wearable classics with a twist.

You’ll be sure to leave feeling inspired for the change of season ahead.

Find Mikko at 143 Victoria Street, Christchurch. Phone 03 595 0762.


Botanical beauty

Nature is undeniably beautiful. Therefore, adorning ourselves in leafy glade renditions or the magical mystique of a lush green forest reflects our free-spirited feminine wiles.




Karen Walker has her own take on the botanical twist. Her ‘Runaway Girl’ pendant has turned woodland nymph, now dangling an adorable oversized acorn as a change from her trademark knapsack.

And for earrings, the elegant silhouette of dragonflies are seen hovering under earlobes.




Green is serene, calm and cool. It’s the big shade for 2020 fashion.

So botanical-inspired prints are a natural flow, branching out in all directions from mint to emerald.

Florals part the way for tropical jungle palm leaves to reign on summer dresses.

Lush rainforests through to sweeter daisy-dotted meadows glam up the green palette.



Foliage set on a white background is crisp, fresh couture, while retro botanical prints give classic vintage detailing.

Nature provides enough individuality to inspire designs from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and timeless icons like Dior who have been down the botanical path before.


This time it’s not for shrinking violets, as larger-than-life fronds adorn jumpsuits, summer trench coats and floaty skirts, through to bags, hair accessories and sunglasses.


Fun-loving flats

Flat summer shoes, a.k.a flatties, will be teetering high on the shoe-shopping list this summer. We look at the low down on this wardrobe favourite.


Flat mules offer open-healed summer comfort with closed-in-toe chic – and they’re oh-so-easy to slip on and off.

They add style to pants of any length and are out and about in calf skin, bold-coloured leopard, snake or floral prints, through to lattice leather in practical black.

Ballerina flats are taking to the stage again, this year they are also in the latest square-toed style and bright colours, although, beige is now a new neutral for all styles of shoes – demure and flattering.

Seashells are a summery addition to footwear; conjuring up a tropical island, they can be seen woven into straps and lace ends. Rope sandals, frayed weaves, toe-rings sandals and feminine ankle lace-ups all have holidays in mind.

Stretchy material straps, thick comfy soles and snappy velcro fastenings are light and practical for all kinds of feet.

This season’s jandal street styles have more structure and padding than the humble beach variety.

Sandals are becoming works of art in interesting, functional cut-away designs that are sure to get a second glance.

Mary Janes are back for a sweet and sassy look – designers such as Chanel have made them vogue again. They’re great paired with vintage dresses or wide pants, as are the latest in gorgeous pointy-toed flats that are so versatile to dress up or down.

Sporty sandals are even cool with dressy office pants, while designer white, and black, sneakers are still sporting their monochrome magic with all sorts of outfits – suitable for everyone, anywhere – and well rocked by celebrities.

Choose those with breathable leather lining and superior cushioning comfort, and feet will feel they are walking on a bouncy castle. Bound through the silly season in a pair of fun-loving flats


Stepping up their game

Since ECCO Shoes’ story began in Denmark in 1963, the company has evolved to become a revolutionary shoe manufacturer like no other.

Enter the SHOCK-THRU collection – a range of sleek, athleisure-inspired sneakers that incorporate brand new ground-breaking technology.

At the core of ECCO’s ethos lies a determination to provide shoes with optimum comfort, style and quality – three important factors that ECCO doesn’t compromise on.

Their design team have been exploring and developing ‘shockpoint’ variations that break through all the layers of the outsole and embed a soft cushion core directly between your heel and the ground.

This has come to fruition with the recent launch of SHOCK-THRU™, or ST.1. The integration of the cushion core adds 17 percent more shock absorption and rebound and combined with their existing innovative ECCO FLUIDFORM ‘Direct Comfort Technology’ – which you will find across the ECCO collection – makes for the ultimate hybrid shoe that’s sure to suit any occasion, purpose, environment or style.

For those of you who remember the American buck shoe from the 1950s, the all-new ECCO ST.1 HYBRID can be classed as its sleek, contemporary cousin which is both relaxed and formal.

The shoes effortlessly blend traditional style with revolutionary comfort technology – say hello to the ultimate versatility that will take the modern man from the boardroom to the ball game.

Available in a number of classy styles both brown and black; the shoe for you has arrived just in time for Christmas.

Check out the collection online at


Shoes, Glorious Shoes: Wink Shoe Store

Finding that perfect pair of shoes to wear at the race-track can be a frustrating process, especially if you’ve filled long, fruitless hours trudging from shop to shop with nothing to show for it but blisters and disappointment.




Is it too much to ask for a pair of shoes that both flatter our feet and go with our race-day outfit; that draw lovely compliments; that are comfortable, and can be worn more than once? One shoe retailer ticking all these boxes is WINK Shoe Store – it’s a riot of colour as the change of season brings the dressiest, comfiest shoes in a glorious spring palette.




Kathryn Wilson showcases slides in black and white stripes, lollipop plaids, leopard-print and shimmering silver, while sandals in pastel pinks and blues, butter yellows, moonlight whites and dreamy florals feature in the Miss Wilson range.

Stegmann, Django and Juliette, Oli, and Top End keep tootsies cool in mesh and cut-out designs, and Eos and Origini flaunt fabulous low-heeled and platform-wedged sandals.




Once you’ve found your perfect shoes, cast an eye over the small but select clothing collection, featuring labels like the romantic Briarwood, the edgy Elk and the avant-garde C.Reed, all renowned for their commitment to creating quality, unique garments constructed from beautiful fabrics to make you stand out in the crowd.



Find WINK Shoe Store at Shop 5, 1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead and on Facebook and Instagram. Shop online and find opening hours at




Prep your feet for summer: The Shoe Room

“We only have one pair of feet.” That may seem an obvious statement, but inherent in it is the message that we need to take care of those feet if they are to serve us as well as possible throughout our lives.



Therefore, we really should be pampering our feet and making them a priority in our regimen of health and wellbeing. Pampering can take several forms, from moisturising and removing hard skin in preparation for strappy summer sandals, through to what footwear we put on our feet.

There is a perception that comfortable shoes cannot be pretty and fashionable as well. That is a fallacy which the team at Feet First Podiatry want to blow out of the water. For a number of years they have been selling comfortable and fashionable footwear from their Main South Road clinic. They have had such excellent feedback on the range from customers who otherwise may have difficulty buying shoes because of foot problems that they have decided to expand to a stand-alone retail shoe store.

The Shoe Room will open in early November at 355 Riccarton Road. It will be dedicated to providing fashionable and functional footwear with a more extensive range of the shoes that have been so popular at the clinic. Frankie4 and their stunning active flats, Taos and their great range of sandals, and Revere’s orthotic friendly range are some of the top brands that demonstrate just how comfort, function and style can be integrated.

Email, phone 03 929 0927 or visit