Price Points: Old skool sneakers

Black old skool sneakers | H is for Home

My (only) pair of trainers are coming to the end of their life. I’ve had them for at least 15 years and the soles are worn down to the thickness of paper and the fabric is splitting across the vamp where the toe joints bend. They’re a pair of all-black Nikes and I’d like to replace them with something fairly similar.

I don’t like trainers that are too high-tech – you know, those made with colourful space-age material, aerodynamic shape, computer-engineered soles and all that. I just want a pair of old skool sneakers. ‘Sneakers’ must be an old fashioned word – my spell-check tells me it doesn’t exist!

I know exactly what I want from my new pair. I’d prefer if they were low-tech canvas or hemp. They need to be black all over, I don’t like black uppers with thick white sidewalls. This kind of style is so They can be worn with jeans, skirt or dress – really versatile.

I usually prefer the look of Pumas over other brands. However, I’m tempted by the £90 Nikes – they’re completely customisable. You can choose the material; the colour of the base, quarter, swoosh, laces, outsole and sidewalls; style of the tongue… you can even have customised text printed to the underside of the tongue!

  1. Old Skool Lite: £55, Vans
  2. Suede Classic+ trainers: £58, Puma
  3. Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski iD skateboarding shoe: £90, Nike

Price Points: Winter slippers

Selection of winter slippers

When we finished photographing items for our recent George at Asda collaboration, Justin snaffled the slippers in lightning quick time. I pointed out that they were a bit big, but he pointed out back that come mid winter, they’ll be combined with thick woollen socks, so no problem. There was just no getting them back!

I wear surf slippers during the summer, but when the weather turns cold, I need a proper pair of winter slippers – I suffer with bad circulation!

I’ve had two pairs of the North Face tent mules (#1) in the past and I absolutely love them. When you wear them, it feels like your feet have their own personal duvets!

Number 2 from The White Company, look super cosy too with their faux fur, but appear most suitable for a world of soft carpets, beds and other clean furnishings. Number 3 – classic Ugg slippers, also look very comfortable, but more robust. Their waterproof, rubber soles will allow for trips out into the garden or bin emptying duties!

  1. The North Face Nuptse Tent Mule: £32.50, Surf Mountain
  2. Faux fur cosy slippers – mink: £ 35.00, The White Company
  3. Women’s Tasman: £85, Ugg

Price Points: Walking sandals

Walking sandals | H is for Home

After many years of loyal service, my current walking sandals – a pair of Keen Neports – died a death last summer. Despite that, I love them so much that I’ve glued the soles back together, then the laces snapped so I’ve knotted those back together…

Now that the weather’s become warm enough to transition from walking boots back to sandals, I’ve dragged the old faithfuls back out once again. If I’m honest, I’m flogging a dead horse, they’re now really tatty and won’t last until the end of this summer.

The new pair will see daily use, up to 3 dog walks per day… every day, and I’ll need a new pair that can cope with the moorland terrain. I love the look of most Keen sandals, so the orange pair above are my favoured replacements.

  1. Keen Clearwater CNX walking sandals: £72.28, Amazon
  2. Teva Kimtah leather sandals: £80.00, Millets
  3. Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve sandals: £85.00, Cotswold Outdoor

Wednesday Wish: Keen Newport sandals

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brown leather Keen Newport sandal
Keen Newport men’s walking sandals, £64.99, Amazon

Justin lost the majority of his footwear in last June’s flood – he kept all his walking gear in the porch just inside the front door. Now that we’re having a prolonged heatwave his walking boots (with socks) make his feet a tad warm to put it mildly. I’ve had a pair of these Keen Newport sandals for years and they’re so comfortable and durable I’ve talked him into getting himself a pair too. We’ll soon be only a a hair’s breadth away from rocking a pair of matching teddy bear jumpers! 🙂

Wednesday Wish: Espadrilles

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olive green espadrilles available from
Olive green espadrilles sewn in white – €22.00,

The clocks have gone forward, the sun’s been out – I’ve left the house without a coat twice this week – it’s officially spring!

Time for some new springtime footwear. Espadrilles are timeless, coming back into fashion almost every year. I already own pairs in bright Grecian blue, fuchsia pink and white which I team up with wide-legged, white linen trousers. This olive green pair would be perfect with khaki chinos or Bermuda shorts!

Wednesday Wish: Felted wool slippers

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Ash curry Unisex felted wool slippers handmade to order. For sale on Etsy by Onstail
Ash” curry Unisex felted wool slippers handmade to order: $98.00, Onstail on Etsy

The leaves are falling in flurries from the trees, we’ve had the wood-burner chuffing away on many an evening this month. Winter is knocking softly at the door. One thing I’m missing in these chilly temperatures is a lovely, snuggly pair of felted wool slippers. I scoured Etsy for the perfect pair, these fits the bill nicely!