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FOOTWEAR FOCUS ROAD TEST


the colour of Summer!


Fashion writer, Emma Cooke, ditches her 50 shades of grey wardrobe and springs into summer in her multi-coloured Lunar sandals


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or the last six months I’ve been living in fifty shades of grey. I’m not talking about the steamy novel nor, in fact, am I making any kind of


boudoir-related reference. When I say I’ve been living in fifty shades of grey, I mean that completely literally: I have not worn a single colour for a long, long, long time. I could give you many reasons for this. I slowly but surely have been


brainwashed by the British weather, and now can only dress in shades that match our dreary skies. As a woman of shorter stature, I’ve been reading too many women’s magazines, and have taken their advice to, “avoid block colours which will cut your silhouette and make you appear shorter,” far too much to heart. Or I could tell you the truth, which is simply that I’ve gotten very lazy. Black, grey and every shade in between are very


easy to pull off. I also happen to know that dark tones suit my excessively pale complexion. And a uniform of black t-shirts with grey jeans is so very easy to maintain (I’m clumsy at the best of times, pathologically prone to spilling things down myself at the worst). Alas, the antithesis to my dark wardrobe has arrived as of this month.


Namely, the sun. We didn’t think it would happen, but unfortunately the British weather has a habit of doing exactly what you don’t expect. I expected clouds and maybe some light drizzle. Instead it gave me sunshine. The horror. Grudgingly, I’ve accepted it’s for the best. One cannot live on charcoal and midnight black alone. The sun’s arrival coincided with the arrival of a pair of Lunar sandals, and


it was these two things combined that dragged me out of my gloomy winter shades and into a summer wardrobe. The sandals, you see, are sunshine personified. Featuring a gold chain, woven through with silky fabric in a multitude of summer colours, they make it near impossible not to contemplate the addition of a few primary colours into your wardrobe. This is probably due to the fact that these sandals come from Lunar.


The brand was born in 1990 (a good decade for fashion in my opinion), with the idea to apply luxe fabrics used in designer clothes to footwear – which explains the colourful silk running through the sandal’s detailing. The idea was a hit, and 25 years later they’re still going strong.


16 • FOOTWEAR TODAY • AUGUST 2016 The sandal itself is incredibly comfortable as well as pretty to look at.


Thanks to a padded insole, and a single toe-loop that doesn’t chafe or rub, you can wear these all day and all night if you so choose. Shallow creature that I am though, the joy of this shoe for me is and always will be how it looks. It’s just so summery. The multiple colours in the fabric make it easy to match with a number of outfits. Well, a number of colourful outfits, which you’ll remember, I desperately lacked. So, high on the kind of euphoria you can only get from a pair of new shoes, and struck with a new determination to turn my wardrobe around, I went shopping. Teal, saffron, burgundy, emerald, fuchsia, maroon… no colour was safe from my wandering eye. And amazingly, nearly all of them went with the sandals. Before I knew it, I had more summer wear than I could shake a stick at, and any lingering reference to a certain grey-


themed erotic novel was well and truly gone. So, if you’re suffering from a case of grey and gloomy


winter-wear, and don’t know how to get out of the rut, consider a pair of these sandals. It turns out, all you need to put a summer wardrobe in motion is the right incentive, and to start from the feet up.


Details:


Style name - Kara Trade Price £9.35 Retail Price £24.95


Contact: GRS Footwear Tel: 01670 716878 Info@grs-footwear.co.uk www.grs-footwear.co.uk


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