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Last week saw the arrival of the schuh spring/summer ’13 press day at London’s Mercer Street Studios. And, in spite of the pouring rain, the carnival theme won out, with the day being a riot of colour, feathers and Caribbean style patties. Which were yum.

 

You might have spotted the Yankee candles in there (which smelled delightful on the day) – the Yankee crew were kind enough to add to the Caribbean atmosphere with their gorge scents and they’re giving you the chance to win some of their product too! But let’s talk shoes first…

There’s plenty time to get ready for the new season but – men – the brave amongst you must embrace pattern, texture and detailing for ss ’13. Leopard print, paisley, tassels, camo – whatever your choice, stride forth boldly.

Girls. Like the guys, we’re talking colour, patterns, texture and embellishment. Studs and spikes stay key or, if you’re after a girlier look, add a splash of diamanté instead. And, while we’re still loving a neon pop and embracing colour, there are still pared down options for those who prefer a more classic look.

And, when it comes to sports ladies, it’s a similarly patterned story. Yup, leopard, snake, strawberry, paint splatter, starts ‘n’ stripes – pick your print of choice and roll with it. Or go holographic. You know it makes sense…

 

 

Buffalo shoes first came to fame in the 90s when platform trainers were the only shoes to be seen in thanks to a certain, quite-famous British girl band. Since we’re currently in the midst of a full on 90s revival it’s no surprise that the brand is back, and in a BIG way. Totally over-the-top and seriously outlandish, these shoes are made for the brave: and we’re loving the fantastic nostalgia!

**Update: This brand has now sold out! Worry not, you can still check out our super awesome high heels and low heels over on our website**

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The Mojito by Julian Hakes is more than a shoe: it’s an architectural work of art. One of the most striking pieces of footwear we’ve ever seen here at schuh, the story behind the Mojito is as interesting as the shoe itself! Designed by architect Julian Hakes the concept for the Mojito came about by accident. Tying to figure out what parts of a shoe are needed to support the foot by wrapping tracing paper around his own foot, Julian explored different design options until he was able to see that only the heel and ball really needed support. The prototype was born: a single strip wrapped around the foot, given the name ‘Mojito’ because it resembles the spiral curl of lime found in a mojito cocktail! Julian first released early concept images of the design on to design blog www.dezeen.com and later that evening the editor of the blog got in touch with him to say it had gone viral. The hype was huge and after 2 years in development the Mojito is finally available to buy!

Model Wearing Julian Hakes Black High Heel

Model Wearing Julian Hakes Black High Heel

 

  1. A Gibson (also known as a derby) is a style of shoe characterised by shoelace eyelet tabs that are sewn on top of a single piece vamp. This type of construction is also known as ‘open-lacing’ .
  2. The style became a popular sporting and hunting shoe in the 1850s. By the turn of the 20th century the Gibson became a town shoe, a less formal alternative to the similar Oxford style.

In 1958 Hush Puppies created the world’s first casual shoe, coming to prominence at a time of great importance, culturally as well as musically. A staple on the Rock n’ Roll scene of the late 50’s, the brand was embraced by the Mod in the 1960s and was the essential footwear for the fashion conscious ‘lad’ of the 1980s.

This exciting collaboration sees the American brand team up with Hemingway Design to create a look that is distinctly British, combining street style design with Hush Puppies well-known casual and comfort qualities.

The A/W collection at schuh debuts 5 designs that take inspiration from classic styles including creepers and desert boots. The fashion forward collection is a departure away from the mainstream designs associated with Hush Puppies; however, with a resurgence in popularity of Teddy Boy styles alongside a more experimental approach to men’s fashion, the collaboration is a great opportunity to reinvigorate the brand.

We think the collection is a triumph: with timeless styles and modern design details combining to create serious investment pieces to get excited about.

First launched in 1975 the Kick Hi became an instant icon. Designed as the perfect boot to be worn with denim, the classic style features a chunky sole and Kickers trademark contrast triple stitching.

The Kick Hi has always had a strong connection with music culture with regulars at the first Kickers store including Roger Daltry, Elton John and David Bowie.

From acid house ravers and the Madchester music scene in the 80s, to Brit Pop in the 90s and garage and grime in the noughties: music has embraced the Kick Hi and so have we.

In recent years the brand has collaborated with independent fashion designers, jewellery artists, illustrators and stylists as well as brands like LEGO to ensure the Kick Hi remains fresh.

Still the brand’s most popular style after almost 40 years, the Kick Hi is undoubtedly a true classic.

See the whole Kick Hi range here.

This week we’re launching the second part of our 2012 display campaign entitled ‘love what you do’. Here at Schuh, we love what we do (shoes, obviously) and sometimes our love can border on obsessive. So, to celebrate our passion, and the range of weird and wonderful shoes we do, we’re embracing hobbies and habits; whether mainstream, a bit quirky, or out and out unexpected! The autumn/winter edition features escapologists, dancers, musicians and graffiti artists-all of who have one thing in common: they love what they do!

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schuh dancing girls

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If you haven’t been into our Oxford Street store to get your Converse customised yet, do not fear, you have until THIS Wednesday (15th August)!

The customisation booth in the Oxford Street branch is part of REPRESENT, Converse’s summer music series at the 100 Club, and it means that you can create completely individual All Stars!

Here’s an idea of some of the ace designs that we’ve seen so far…

WARNING: The following images will make you seriously want a pair of customised Converse!

We’ve teamed up with Converse to provide a unique customisation service at our Oxford Street store!

The customisation booth is part of REPRESENT, Converse’s summer music series at London’s iconic 100 Club and it allows you to create totally unique and seriously cool All Stars.

We’ve had the coolest names in fashion pay us a visit including Jo Elvin, Editor of Glamour, the lovely ladies from Cosmopolitan and Elle and our favourite stylists and bloggers! If you fancy a pair (we know we do), drop into our Oxford Street branch before the 15th August, pick up a pair of Converse, and get creative!

If you’re stuck for inspiration, have a look below at some of the amazing styles we’ve already seen!

The schuh Welly Exchange’s UK festival tour continued this weekend with an appearance at the gloriously sunny and seriously family friendly, Camp Bestival in Dorset.

If you don’t know about the schuh Welly Exchange (where have you been?) then here’s a quick description: we’ve got a tent at some of the UK’s best music festivals, if you pop in and give us your grubby old shoes, we’ll give you a brand spanking new pair of schuh wellies! Not only that, but your old shoes will then be recycled by the Newlife Foundation to raise money for disabled and terminally ill children in the UK.

 

If you’ve missed us so far, never fear, we’ll be hitting Bestival in September so come along, say hello, and bring us some old shoes! In return, we’ll provide you with some brand new wellies and some top quality banter too!

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