Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Summer Sandals from Clarks

One of the most frustrating things about buying shoes or sandals for footwear obsessed (where did they possibly get that from??!) twin girls, is getting matching pairs that fit both girls properly. There's a full shoe size and width size between them so invariably, when we go into the shoe shop, one comes out disappointed because she can't get the same footwear as her sister. I'm sure they will be happy with different things as they get older but right now, if one 5 year old gets sparkly sandals, the other one wants them too!


So this year, when Clarks offered a pair of sandals to both the girls and myself for a 'mini-me' feature, I was sure it would be the same story again. I took them to my local Clarks to get measured and to see if we could find two pairs the same and lo and behold, they had one (only one!) sandal that they both loved AND that fitted each girl properly...
the Orra Noon in white leather!


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The best thing about these sandals is the soft, cushioned leather across the heel area. The girls have worn them quite a bit since we got them, thanks to the recent lovely spell of weather, and they've not pinched or rubbed any part of their little feet. Meanwhile, for myself, I also went for a t-bar shape and some sparkle with the Sail Cruise Sandal in Nude:
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These are also very comfortable - the reviews online seem to concur with this too. I just loved the simple lines and the neutral colour. They will go with everything this summer! They're actually really similar to a pair of neutral flat sandals I got many years ago in a little boutique in Surrey that had to be binned at the end of last summer as they completely fell apart from endless wear so these guys are going to work hard. A note on sizing - I am normally a 6/6.5 but these come up small as I need every bit of the 7.
Here are me and my mini-me's wearing our sandals...is this called a felfie?? A foot-fie?? Just wondering...
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I had a poorly little girl the day we did the photos and she didn't want to be in them so I was going to wait until another day so all three of us could show off our sandals but Miss K, who normally won't smile for me in photos, was very keen to go ahead with them. She loves her sister but she does also love doing stuff on her own with me!
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Dress - F&F @ Tesco (SS13)
Cropped cardigan - H&M
Necklace - Cos
Sandals - c/o Clarks
K's Sandals - c/o Clarks (also available in light pink)
When I was in the Clarks shop having the girls fitted, I had a bit of a look round at the SS14 range. I'm so impressed with the fit-out the shops have all had recently. The white box shelving and bright lighting really shows off the shoes so beautifully. Here are some of my picks currently available in-store and online.
First up - Romantic Moon in lilac and metallic. Available in a few other colour ways online and I'd struggle to choose between them. This is a sandal that looks better on-foot than online. So comfortable - I tried on the 6 (but would need a 7) - the footbed is a soft suede material - like walking on air!
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Gorgeous Alicia Ava pumps in three colour-ways.
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More brogue love...
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Adore the shape of these wedge Sateen Curtain sandals. Not for the school gate but stunning for a night out or a day at the races. And 20% off at the moment.
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And some fugly Perri Coast sandals that come in black or white patent
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Finally, a Jackie O moment as I realised that my fabulous Sail Cruise sandals also came in black, neon yellow and lilac/metallic!! One of each please :)
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Once again, an impressive selection from Clarks, just in time for a great summer and my mini-me's and I are looking forward to getting lots of wear from ours in the coming months.


Ax


 
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21 comments

  1. Those purple & silver sandals are SO very me! I love them! Just trying to steer clear of buckles at the moment as it's a bit of a contortion act right now ;-)

    I saw your mini me pics on Insta, they look great & I love all your pedicures!

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  2. Gorgeous photos! I'm loving Clarks too at the moment and find myself ending up in there when I've looked everywhere else, I have arthritis and bunions (thanks Dad!) which are painful so they offer style and comfort for me

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  3. Love the lilac Romantic Moons! What an ace name for them too! The Sail Cruise you have chosen is so very versatile in the nude colour.....they will go with everything. The girls sandals are really cute too! xx

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  4. Clarks have had great shoes the last few seasons but their sandals this year are so on trend! You all picked well, the white sandals for the girls will go with most things. Lovely pictures. xx

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  5. Excellent choice, I have the same sandals as you, and also coveting the lime and the black and the romantic moon in the neutral colourway. Roll on payday. I am also drawn to the Fugly Perri Coast as a change from my Birkis.

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  6. footelfie - sounds like an elf with a foot issue?!
    LOVE the pic of the three of you and your feet - so cute.
    I tried the ones you bought in the lime - they are gorgeous aren't they?

    LOVING Clarks at the moment

    Fiona

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  7. I have loved Clarks for quite a while now. I love the pictures, Avril, how adorable are your' girls and how the hell do you get them to sit still to do a pedicure? My little monkey would be a nightmare. I really like the lilac/silver Romantic Moon sandals on you too. H xx

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  8. Too cute love those wee sandals, my little Jess has exactly the same...the sparkly ones are winners every time! Xx

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  9. How cute is Ms K?!! And clearly delighted to have some time on her own with you - so sweet! I agree that Clarks are playing a blinder again this season ... lots of really nice stock. The only problem really, is which to choose! Loving all your choices and my inner 5 year old concurs that you can never go wrong with a bit of bling and sparkle :)

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  10. My four year old would love those sandals. Loving the purple and silver ones for me...

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  11. Those photos are so cute - I love your girls' little painted toes (A never lets me paint her nails - she's over dosed on beauty in our house!). Must admit I would have walked straight past the pair you chose but love how they look on your feet.

    Nic x

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  12. Hopping over to Clark's but had to say the pics of you and your little miss are lovely, especially the last one xx

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  13. That is so cute - all three of you with matching shoes. Makes my ovaries twinge thinking I need to try for a little girl so I'll have someone to go shoe shopping with! Great selection of sandals though. I really need a pair of comfortable but stylish sandals for the summer so I can wear them out for walks pushing the buggy and things. I wouldn't have thought of Clarks but maybe I should take a look.

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  14. Clarks are suddenly getting it so right, I have just recently bought sandals from them, and they are not only very stylish but amazingly comfortable too! p.s. How sweet the girls look with you, but sounds like an expensive future for you with these mini fashion savvy shoppers!! xx

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  15. Lovely to see Miss K having fun in the photos - she's stretching up!! x

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  16. Clarks have some fab choices this summer!! Lovely photos Avril....the girlies are getting so big so fast! Enjoy your weekend:)
    ~Anne xx

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  17. I love the Romantic Moon ones in the lilac - they look fab with your pedi colour. But I think you also made a good choice with your sandals - you can't beat a nude pair to get the maximum wear out of them. I think I'd be hard pushed to choose between the two.

    And what a cutie Ms K is! Love the photos of you both together!

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  18. Gorgeous pics with you and your mini me - so cute!
    A x

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  19. Such a lovely post Avril. Great you got the girls sorted. There are some really nice pieces there actually. I really liked the purple and metallic combination you picked out too.

    Hope your well,


    Lou x

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  20. Love the felfie!! Can't wait to my wee woman is at that stage. Great pics, Clarks have some gorgeous shoes at the mo, I daren't go near a shop. Seen those wedge sandals on a girl the other day would never have guessed they were Clarks.

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  21. Cous Cous and Cork Wedges31 May 2014 at 22:38

    My dear BFF has her eye on your sandals! I hope your girl is feeling better & how cute is that pic of all your feet?! The Romantic Moon sandals are lovely! Ax

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