Style is about confidence and individuality; about wearing it well. Here Stella Greenspan (a stylist and former assistant to Grace Coddington) looks comfortable and at ease, while expertly demonstrating the significance of the Showbiz Boot. And I realise as I type this that I own a version of the outfit above; funny that. Remember the tweedy jacket and velvet boot combo? The addition of one or two standout pieces will whoop up a simple outfit and stop the wardrobe basics looking basic. Introducing a smattering of colour, texture or pattern is a neat way to dress up daywear – and the Showbiz Boot often entertains all of the above. No-one ever looked glamorous when their feet hurt and so Know Your Style has a chapter dedicated to ‘shoes you can walk in’. Flat Shoes Forever contains expert advice on what goes with what, how to wear trainers, mid-heel and flatform styles. As part of my research, I interviewed a number of footwear designers including Tracey Neuls who provided one of my favourite quotes:
‘The only time you’re not in shoes is when you’re in bed (hopefully). Like underwear shoes are so close to your body – the foundation of everything you do in the day – and so they have to fit correctly.’
‘Once you find a shoe that’s comfortable, the addiction levels are unstoppable,’ adds Tracey. She knows her stuff. Here are some more Showbiz Boots:
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