Sunday, 24 September 2017

A Leopard Print Shoe Find | Van Dal

I posted this next picture on Instagram a few weeks back as I couldn't believe where these gorgeous shoes came from and it was clear that many of you who saw them on there couldn't believe it either.

Yes...one of my mother's favourite brands, Van Dal, a British brand that has made shoes in England since 1936 and still make nearly half a million pairs of shoes every year, employing over 100 people in East Anglia alone.
I love when a brand recognises that their demographic has moved with the times and are looking for appropriately on-trend pieces (while still catering for their original customer base).
These loafers are just that. So many leopard print shoes can look a bit tragic (in my opinion...I know not all will agree) and I tend to find a shoe entirely made from leopard print too much to wear during the day (and again, not all of you will agree with me on this). I guess what I'm trying to say is that I think there's something classy about these loafers and I love that they are daytime appropriate and in this next outfit, workwear appropriate (all past season):
Black Knit - Oliver Bonas
Black Jeans - Selected Femme
White Shirt - Benetton
Shoes - as before
Comfort wise, they're fantastic, as you'd expect and size wise, I'm wearing the 6 so I'd say they are spot on and for anyone with a wider foot, you can see the wide fit version on this link.
If leopard is not your cup of tea, they also come in a gorgeous red suede:
and in black with a silver tassel...stunning!


and in case you think these loafers are a one hit wonder at Van Dal, here are my other picks:

and finishing with these courts which come in 6 colours. What's interesting about them is that you can add a velvet mary jane detail or embellishments (sold separately) to totally transform the look of them:
All that's left to say is bravo Van Dal - I'm so pleased that instead of drowning in a sea of frumpiness, this company is watching trends and realising that their customers have moved with the times.

Oh and I should say that I was gifted the leopard loafers for the purposes of this blog post but I was not paid, nor was I required to blog about them. I simply wanted to share my genuine delight at how a brand much loved by my parents' generation (my mum is 84) is making shoes that I can fall in love with too.

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  1. Hi Avril
    The mary jane detail looks interesting....do you have any photos of it in use? Thanks

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    1. Hi Denise, I did look to find a picture of them in use but couldn't find any so I've emailed my contact in the company to ask. My understanding from looking at them is that it's a look of a mary jane - not so much with the support of an ankle strap, if that makes sense? I'll post here as soon as I hear back from them. Thanks, Avril x

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