RNLI Autumn Gift Fair!

The RNLI have organised a gift fair at WELLINGBOROUGH SCHOOL on WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2011.

 The event will open at 10.00am and close at 3.00pm, with a light lunch served from 12-2pm. Stalls will include Food Hampers, Flowers & Plants, Clockwork Toys, Confectionary, Christmas Gifts, Jewellery, Chic Cuisine,Stationary, Clothing, Shoes & Accessories and many more…

Jane, (SS proprietor) has been on the Northamptonshire Ladies Lifeboat Guild Committee for well over 10 years and is taking Stuarts Shoes to the shopping event. Money will be raised for the RNLI throughout the day, including donations from all the stall holders.

The RNLI is a non profit organisation, which works to save lives at sea. It relies purely on public fundraising and donations. Every lifeguard and lifeboat man is a volunteer, well over 4,500 men and women up and down the British Coastline risk their lives in order to provide this safety service to the British public. The RNLI have saved over 139000 lives at sea since their establishment in 1824 and we are extremely happy to be able to support them in any way possible! 

So make sure you come down to the RNLI Autumn Gift Fair at Wellingborough School to shop and support one of the UK’s most reliant charity’s!!

Address: Wellingborough School, Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2BX

£3.00 per person entry donation fee.

Date: 02. 11. 2011

Brand New In Demoda Jewellery!!

Jane, Tess and Libby went to the Top Drawer Trade Show at Olympia earlier on in the month and found some wonderful vintage inspired handmade jewellery by a company called Demoda. At trade shows you seem to find that a lot of the jewellery is the same, and that there isn’t a lot of originality, just regurgitated designs. However when we saw the Demoda stand, we were ‘ahh’-ing and ‘oooo’-ing over their collection. The jewellery is dainty, feminine and incredibly chic. The collection features, vintage pocket clocks, roses, keys, cameos and even tea cups! We, of course, placed an order, and the jewellery is now in store and online. Check out http://www.stuartsshoes.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=17_20 for our range. Until then, below are a sneak preview of what we have to offer you! It is all too pretty!

<3 SS xxx

Thigh High!

For the second A/W season, the over the knee boot has been the star of all boots. Whether heeled, or flat, these boots have been a massive hit amongst all fashion forward consumers, with top designers and the hight street producing numerous styles, in numerous colours. Our favourite celeb’s are putting their fashion feet forward with these beauties, and we can’t help but follow suit.

We have recently received a delivery of over the knee boots from the brand SoftwavesSoftwaves were established in 2003, and their brand principles lay upon a foundation of brand new shoe technology and up to the minute trends. Their name derives from their famous soles, the ‘Wave Message’ which gives the foot a soft supported sole. Made in Portugal these ‘marine’ blue boots are extraordinarily comfortable and classy. The image makes them look black, but they are actually a very deep blue, hence for the name ‘marine’. Made from nappa leather, they are incredibly soft and their quality is second to none. If you are looking for a sturdy boot that will take you through the winter without compromising on style, then these are the boots for you. RRP: £150. Check them out at http://www.stuartsshoes.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=15 

<3 SS xx



Ravel Rave!

We cannot get enough of Ravel this season…. ‘Halo’… a multi coloured snake print stiletto court shoe with a chunky platform are now in store and online!

With London Fashion Week in full swing, we’ve had our eyes on what people are wearing on their feet. Usual Autumn/Winter colours such as black, navy & brown are of course a popular choice. But then we have this seasons joker… the python print is prancing around making a scene  and proving a point that we don’t all have to follow the classic (however boring) trend of dark, dull colours. For those that have the courage, the lilac python shoe is the fun and flirty alternative to the standard winter shades, and our Ravel ‘Halo’ shoe is a perfect combination of colour, comfort and class.

For those of you who are a little cautious about leaping out of your fashion blanket with these promiscuous python print pair…. we have also ordered ‘Halo’ in patent black. Both are available in store and online, at www.stuartsshoes.co.uk.

<3 SS xx


Going Sky high!

We’re giving Stuarts Shoes fans a heads up… for those out there who will not leave the house on a Saturday night without skyscrapers on their feet… we are expecting in a delivery of Ravel heels VERY soon.

The Ravel ‘Holiday’ Shoe (pictured below) is a very elegantly shaped ankle boot with a slim stiletto heel. The lace detailing would look stunning when worn with either denim or black jeans. Or wear with tight ‘wet-look’ leggings, a plunging silk blouse and an oversized blazer for a sensuous tailored ‘borrowed from the boys’ look, the ‘Holiday’ boots will add a feminine spin.

RAVEL 'Holiday'This season everyone is dressing in the most delicate of fabrics. Lace was once reminiscent of ‘nanny’s nighty’… however dressed up or dressed down, this season’s most popular material can be worn girlie, glamorous or prim and proper. Forget your sequins and glitter, this season we’re going for an understatement with subtly suitable lace.

The nude and black ‘combo’ was recently pushed to the front of the fashion highway when Rhianna was snapped in an Alexander Wang dress. We appreciate that its nice to be individual and to not follow the crowd, so we have only ordered limited sizing, so make sure you’re the first ones to grab a pair. We will of course be in touch as soon as they are in!!

Love SS <3

The 4×4 flipflop!! Fresh Cargo


The ‘Fresh Cargo’ flip flops are made in Kenya, crafted by six Maasai tribesmen. Designed in the UK, these recycled sandals are fair trade and are made using local components. The ‘wow’ factor to these flip flops are they’re tread, they’re made from disused tyres…. yes you read correctly TYRES. This means that every shoe is individual as the tread on the tyres change.

If you were looking for wearable sandals that are substantial enough to actually last a British summer, (as we all insist on wearing flip flops in the rain just because it is the summer months) then these are the shoes for you! An average tyre is supposed to last for 35,000 miles so you have a lot of walking to do…. and with the upper made from hemp, a softer, warmer, more resistant fabric, Fresh Cargo have provided the British public with a fashion forward, fair trade shoe for men and women. The men’s design is a more masculine shape in navy, red, black and brown.

It is a truly inspirational product, that aims to avoid compromising the well being of people’s lives. We all have a pair….. and are wearing them in the British summer rain!

Love SS <3




Lots of NEWs in !! Wonderweave & Mischa Barton!

We’re very excited to announce that Stuart’s Shoes has seen the start of the arrival of our new autumn winter stock. Stock from Wonderweave, Mischa Barton and Josef Seibel have started arriving, with Ravel due soon!

Wonderweave are a brand catering the most beautiful scarves, wraps and capes in numerous colours, most of which are highly versatile and can be worn a number of ways!

This week, Stuarts Shoes took a delivery of stock in Wonderweaves Autumn/Winter colour range, including charcoal, aubergine, and mulled wine. We particularly love the ‘Wonderboa’… a very stretchy, very soft scarf which can be worn in at least 6 different ways… its versatility is incredible and there’s a way to wear it to compliment any body shape! The brilliance of the Wonderweave products are that they can translate from daywear to evening wear so simply, and at a competitive price point, we guarantee they will become a staple item in your wardrobe this winter. Jane has already ‘stolen’ a black wrap!

As someone who is addicted to handbags….I had forgotten how lovely the Mischa Barton handbags are. The new range features a mix of clutches, totes and shoulder bags in tan, midnight and black. The quality of every design is impeccable, and the price points are extremely reasonable… we expect these bags to fly out!

The Josef Seibel military boots featured in last month’s Image magazine are also now in store. We cannot get over how comfy they are, we have all been trying them on. That’s the best part, getting the delivery of stock you have ordered months in advance! It sometimes feels like Christmas day!

Please look at our facebook page for images of the new stock: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuarts-Shoes-Etc/188220451235533?ref=ts

Love from SS <3

New Mischa Barton Handbags


Mischa Barton launched her first handbag line in 2008 following a collaboration with Ri2k. She says:

“My design philosophy has always centered on creating a product that is directional without compromising on quality and functionality. Each collection is a reflection of my personal style. I have a variety of influences, from my British heritage to my love of 70′s rock music and their iconic characters.”

The collection has grown and developed throughout the years, incorporating Mischa’s sense of style and the demands from her consumers. The Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is full of gems, striking statement bags with a vintage appeal and we’d like to give you the opportunity to view a couple of the styles which will be at Stuart’s Shoes come Mid August!

We just cant wait for these beautiful bags to come in, and as soon as they do we will of course let you know!!

Love from SS <3

Stuart’s Shoes Graduates!

One of our own graduated yesterday!!

Libby, daughter of Jane (owner of SS) graduated from London College of Fashion yesterday, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Honours Upper Second Class Degree in Fashion Promotion (PR).

The ceremony took place at The Royal Festival Hall, a beautiful river front setting… and we were even graced with blue skies for a while!

The University welcomed Carmen Dell’Orefice and Jane Shepherdson as guest speakers for the ceremony, two women who have shaped the fashion world.

Carmen Dell’Orefice, at 80, is the world’s longest running and oldest model. The style icon has been modelling ever since she got on the cover of Vogue in 1946 at 15 years old.


The grey-haired beauty is still in demand and this year walked at Alberta Ferretti’s Pitti Uomo show and Adrienne Vittadini’s Lincoln Center presentation. In her 66 year career, Ms Dell’Orefice has graced the cover of Vogue six times and been the face of 14 cosmetic campaigns. Carmen worked with the defining fashion photographers of the era: Cecil Beaton, who introduced her to Dali, Irving Penn, who dubbed her ‘Little Carmen’ and shot her as Snow White, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood, Erwin Blumenfeld who saluted her talents as a “great actress” and Horst P. Horst who rhapsodized over her “American beauty of another, antique age”. Today Carmen views life with equanimity and has the air of someone who is unlikely to be surprised by much. Oh, and she won’t be retiring any time soon. She may have “earned the right to work part time,” as she recently told an interviewer, but she remains steadfast in her resolve to “die with my high heels on”.

Jane Shepherdson is the chief executive of UK clothing brand, Whistles and was previously the brand director for high-street women’s wear store TopShop. Over a decade ago Jane Shepherdson had a brainwave, the kind of revelation that was unnerving in its simplicity, too sensible, almost, to actually work. The retail guru, and CEO of Whistles, decided, while working as the brand director at Topshop, that she would never again sell a piece of clothing that she didn’t like, no matter how many units of that tacky dress or ill-fitting top were being shifted every week. The stalk came, and the TopShop that we know…. and LOVE… arrived on our doorsteps, with thanks to Shepherdson’s determination and passion for excellently sourced and designed clothes. 

Her beginnings in the industry were humble, though. The daughter of a maths professor and a biologist, she knew she was never going to pursue a life of academia. She loved fashion and, aged 21, got a job as a warehouse picker for Topshop. She was soon promoted to buyer and spent nearly two decades with the company, smashing through the glass ceiling to become head buyer within seven years and brand director soon after. In 2006, however, she surprised the industry by parting with the company she had transformed and going in search of a new project.
Clearly unafraid of a challenge, she took on Whistles in 2008. An upmarket high-street brand, in its 1970s heyday Whistles championed cutting-edge designers such as Dries Van Noten, but latterly fell into a fashion rut, selling half-hearted frumpy faux boho attire, and with Libby sporting the Mandy Skater dress from Whistles for her graduation, we’re already loving the changes! It’s fair to say that Shepherdson has brought Whistles into the forefront of the consumer mind, the brand is now a massive player on the high street, and a favourite of our favourite Kate Middleton!

We, at Stuart’s Shoes, feel extremely privileged to have been in the company of two massive fashions icons! Hearing them speak was very inspirational and heart warming….

A very special day all round!!

Love  SS <3 xxx

Military Boots at Stuart’s!

August will see the arrival of a new collection of military inspired boots from the brand Ravel (http://ravelshoesonline.co.uk/). This will be the third season Ravel have been at Stuart’s Shoes and the collection due in is incredible! We’re all VERY excited to try on all the different styles…..!! Click HERE to see a sneak preview of our favourite styles, which are to be featured in the August editions of Image Magazine & R Magazine

Military boots continue to be a massive hit… they’re a little bit grundgy, a little bit edgy and very British. Below is a ‘Stuart’s Shoes How To…’ of how to pull off the Military boot look:

How To Combat the Military Boots:

1. Leggings: Wearing military boots with leggings will always look great. Wearing a long top, tunic or jumper dress will keep you cosy and comfortable on a chilly autumn day. This look is always a winner!

2. Shorts: For a festival vibe, denim shorts and military boots adds a more current approach to the shorts/welly boot combo. Add a pair of printed semi-opaque tights if it gets cold! For a more elegant and edgy (less rolling around in the countryside) look, wear your military boots with leather shorts or sequinned hot-pants, a chiffon shirt and a boyfriend blazer.

3. Skinny Jeans: A guaranteed hit is the skinny jean tucked into military boot combo. For a fresher look, try coloured skinny jeans… our favourite jeans at the minute are bright tomato red ones! These with a plain white t-shirt and your military boots would look fantastic!

4. The Kate Moss: The muse continues to inspire all with her simple outfits… wear a pretty tea dress with a leather jacket and your military boots for a chic Moss inspired creation.

Here’s some of our favourite looks…

The Military Boots will be coming into Stuart’s Shoes during the month of August! Come and visit us at 165-169 Wellingborough Rd, Northampton.

Love from all at Stuart’s Shoes! <3