This post is sponsored by Dune London.
For the past few seasons I have had the huge pleasure of working on a blog post with Dune London (previous ones here and here) to share with you three styles form their newest collections. These are always some of my favourite projects I work on because so many of my outfits start from the shoes upwards. This time I shot half of this post in sunshiney Miami then shot some more in grey London, because while swanning around in slides is all well and good, we don't get to style them quite the same way over here.
The first pair I have are some trusty old slides. I more or less live in my slides over the Summer months, whether it be on those city breaks that require a lot of walking, beach days or just lounging around - slides are always my go to. I find them a hard shoe to find a comfortable version of for some reason. I think it might be because they are so flat that walking in them can feel really hard on the feet. However, these sort of encase your foot and the squishy-ness of the cross straps on them makes them way more comfortable than some of the others I have tried in the past. And the best thing about them is how easy they are to style - I think they have a slightly sporty vibe so I love to pair them with smarter looks. For the Summer one I had on a black mini and t-shirt, and my Tibi blazer that always has a super smart vibe to it. A heavier slide like this is always really flattering with a bare legged look because I find it makes your ankles look slimmer, and the low(ish) position of the straps on the shoe lengthens your legs, without being so low that they're hard to keep on.
At home, this is how I wear my slides the most through the British Summer (how I wear everything the most really), with jeans and a t-shirt. It's such a casual and easy look, and after spent the previous months in this combination but with boots/loafers/trainers, the slides really do make it feel a little bit refreshed. I went with skinny-ish denim but I think these with my new found love for long jeans and a really skimpy tank top and a lot of gold jewellery would be such a cool for Summer (watch this space).
Next up we have some heels, the first pair of white heels in my collection. Due to not wearing heels as much anymore, I feel like I have lost the skill (that I never really had anyway) of walking in heels, especially court heels. Gone are my days of even considering a night out in some painfully pointy and high heeled court that just cripple me. These are the perfect alternative, because I am sure we can all agree that as painful as those pointy-toed-courts can be, they look bloody incredible! These tick that box while being totally manageable to walk in too. The toe box sits higher on the foot, meaning your foot is held in nicely, and the slingback actually holds in your heel better than a closed back. Ticking lots of boxes here!
Styling wise, for both my Summer and 'at home' look I went with my longer jeans. I think the bright white of the shoe looks amazing sticking out of the jeans, and the shape of it works amazingly with a masculine style trouser too. For the holiday, I went with my lighter wash jeans, a high neck t-shirt and some statement sunglasses. Very simple, but really cool and easy to put together too. The evening look just needed a smarter top and some darker wash denim, again, really easy to put together and I actually love how the rich green and the darker wash makes the white of the shoes really stand out.
And finally, is a post complete without a slip on loafer? I think not. These snakeskin ones are unlike a pair I have already (that's really saying something as I do have a lot of pairs). I feel like styling these sort of shoes needs no introduction on here now as you guys have seen me do it so many times, but here we are once again. Essentially, the rule is that you can wear them with anything and everything you fancy and they will look good. For my holiday look I went with something super laid back and effortless. I think everyone need to pack a 'thrower-oner' outfit like this with them when they go away, whether it's thrown on over a bikini on the way to the beach or just a comfy day walking around, an effortless look like this always comes in my suitcase.
But, it's the everyday combinations that I go to that really allow these shoes to come into their element. They are such a 'me' shoe that I can pair them with almost anything in my wardrobe and feel really great about them. Again, its a sort of 'thrower-oner' (can this become a more official term please) sort of a look, but one that is realistic for day to day and one we all need to rely on from time to time. And I love what the snake texture of these shoes brings to things, and the lighter colour is perfect for Spring!