M&S Leather Riptape Ankle Boots (sizes 4s-13s)
£30.00-£32.00 SHOP NOW
These are some of the best High Street boys’ boots I have seen for a while. They are almost identical to a very expensive, designer pair that my friend’s son has (and I tried to buy during the sales, but sadly wasn’t quick enough). They are a great shape, and I love the brown for a change. And the rip tape fastenings definitely make them look and feel expensive. I have already ordered Marlow a pair.
ps: an amazing 30% off on Gap Kids and Baby Gap (including sale items!) until 20th. Hard to resist when they have so many fab things at the moment. Make sure you check out the nightwear -they have really cute pyjamas and colour block onesies (for boys and girls) that I have not found in any of the stores yet. I will be doing a supermarket sweep later…
Stella McCartney Boys Navy & Grey Rubber Sole Desert Boots (sizes 24-30)
£40.50 (were £81.00) SHOP NOW
I saw these a while ago when they first went into the sale, but never got around to actually ordering a pair for Marlow. So I was eally excited to see that they were still available. I love that they are cool and stylish, but also sturdy/chunky enough for boys. Marlow’s are on their way…
Petasil Kaz Chelsea Grey Boots (sizes 24-30)
You all know me (and my taste) so well now, that I’m getting lots of really great tip-offs… These fab chelsea boots (and we all know how hard it can be to find decent boots) were recommended by Little Spree reader, Annamarie, and I love them! And they also come in navy!
ps: there is currently up to 30% off at The Little White Company, including this super-cute knitted beanie, and this gorgeous gingham dress.
M&S Silver Desert Boots (4-13)
I always think a little bit of metallic can go a long way with any outfit (it jazzes things up in a way that doesn’t have to look like you’re going to a party…). These silver desert boots are quite ‘low key’ because they are not glittery/sparkly, so you can just think of them as a neutral colour that will go with anything (I actually prefer them with more casual outfits). I like the pretty velvet ribbon laces too. These navy glitter boots are also a great option (as recommended by Little Spree reader and Red collegueue, Sarah). I also adore these gold glitter desert boots (they look super-expensive) from Mini Boden (why haven’t I bought them for Tabs yet??), but they are selling out fast, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on a pair…
ps: as you know I spent the day at the Gap flagship store yesterday. My eagle eye noticed that were a few new additions that I feel I need to share. I LOVE these gorgeous boys’ chunky cable-knit jumpers (they come in navy and cream); this super-cool moustache jumper; this cosy fur bear hat (a huge hit on the baby shoot yesterday); these cute mittens; this amazing party dress (it looks SO much nicer in real life, and I dressed two little girls in it yesterday for the photo shoot, and will definitely be buying one for Tabs) and this pretty plaid blouse.
pps: Thank you to all of your who entered the babyGap/Little Spree special prize draw. I will be announcing which of the five winners has won the £150 mini shopping spree with me here on Monday, so don’t miss it!
Petit Bateau Leather Vintage Trainers (sizes 7-12)
These are some of the coolest hi-tops I’ve seen. Love the sheepskin lining/trim. And the colour. And the shape/style. Everything really…
£59.00 SHOP NOW
Mango Girl’s Fringed Suede Ankle Boots (7 small-5)
I always love a moccasin boot (they are always cool in my book), and these are a great pair (so cute!). I will definitely be making a purchase (although Tabs will probably complain that they aren’t pink…).
£44.99 BUY NOW
ps: while I was cruising the Mango website, I also saw (and loved) these super-cool leopard print chelsea boots.
Geox Navy Ankle Boots (sizes 21-25)
The quest for stylish navy boots (for babies, boys and girls) continues (I can’t not look for them when I’m trawling through the websites/cruising the shops). When I was searching for the in-demand girls’ navy ankle boots, I came across these cute boys’ boots. So now I find myself compelled to share any cool navy boots! I slightly recoiled when I realised they were Geox, but I thought they were more than worthy of a mention on ‘The Spree’ as they look so great (call me superficial…). Navy nubuck with lovely grey stiching, and they are super-practical as they are slip-ons, but look like proper lace-up boots. Waterproof, but breathable (that’s a Geox thing I think); a sturdy brown sole, and extra cushioning around the ankle, making them both durable and super-comfortable. And not forgetting, stylish of course.
£47.50 BUY NOW
La Redoute Suede Ankle Boots (sizes 19-28)
I have been inundated with requests for girls’ boots, after posting the fabulous Mini Boden ones a couple of weeks ago (which, as most of you now know, have sadly almost completely sold out). I have searched high and low, and I cannot find any quite as nice at such a great price, but I have found a little selection of boots that I like (some affordable, some, not so much…). These La Redoute ones are some of my favourites (I know, I know, they are pink, but they are cute, and I’ve posted so much grey recently, it’s starting to depress me…), and they come in a whole range of great colours – navy, grey, chocolate brown, beige… And a fab price too. A good girl/boy option, and velcro is always helpful. I also found these ones from M&S one; these Pom D’Api ones (sorry – they’re pricey, but fabulous, and probably the closest in design to the Mini Boden ones); these cute Zara fringed ones (for little-ish girls); and finally these really cool Cyrillus ones (I actually love the grey, but they also come in navy). Sorry not to have found more ‘stylish affordable’ ones, but it’s easier said than done to find good kids’ shoes/boots on the High Street, and believe me, I have been fully dedicated to the cause.
£39.00 BUY NOW
M&S Corduroy Cuffed Trainers (sizes 4s-13s)
I’m starting to (reluctantly) think about phasing out the (well worn) Summer sandals and ushering in the hi-tops and various other closed-toe Autumn footwear options for boys. And I think these are pretty great. Next stop – the velcro option for nursery…
La Redoute Boys Suede Boots (sizes 19-30)
It’s never too early to start searching for the perfect desert boots for the Autumn. I love these ones from La Redoute (and they come in beige and brown too) for girls as much as for boys. Yes, my obsession with the humble desert boot is going to continue for another Winter…
H&M Boys Basketball Boots (sizes 7 small-1)
Time for a boys’ post I think. These were brought to my attention by my lovely friend (and ex-neighbour), Kath (who is about to go from one to two kids in a matter of weeks). I was (and always am) happy to get a good tip-off, but equally annoyed at myself for not sniffing them out myself (after all, I’m always in H&M on a ‘smash ‘n grab’ mission for Tabarlow). Kath bought them for her two year old son, Sam and he’s barely taken them off apparently. They are completely plain (I like that they are unbranded, and so does my credit card), and grey! And you just know they are going to go with everything. I love the lace and velcro combo. This is the kind of thing that I would definitely double up on (as Kath wisely did), because at this price, frankly you’d be crazy not to…
Nike Blaze Hi-tops (sizes 17-27)
Just because they are so cute…
Pom D’Api Boys Boots (sizes 25-29)
Pom D’Api is one of my all-time favourite brands for kids’ shoes. I love them. But I’m not going to lie, they aren’t cheap. But they are super-stylish (I particularly love their boys’ boots and sandals), and really well-made, and therefore I think they are a great buy if you’re going to invest in one decent pair of shoes/boots a season (which I always do). I bought Marlow the exact same pair of (Pom D’Api) sandals last Summer and the Summer before because I loved them on him so much, and they really lasted. There was no denying that there were well-worn by the Autumn, but they were still going strong! I also bought him other less expensive sandals and boots to fill in the gaps, but the Pom D’Api were his ‘go-to’ pair. They do lovely girls’ shoes too. The design is great – chunky, but not orthopaedic looking (it can be a fine line sometimes…). And very French. And how can you resist the name? So cute. Oh, and last but by no means least, these fantastic (navy) chelsea boots are in the sale! I’m definitely buying a pair…
£55.99 (were £69.99) panachekids.co.uk
Petit Bateau Unisex Leather Boots With Wool Lining (sizes 24-31 European)
Love, love, love these! They are still quite pricey, even in the sale, but I think they will definitely see a lot of action because they are just so cool. Loving the distressed finish on the leather. And how toasty does that sheepskin-esque lining look? Could have done with a pair myself today, instead of running around town in my Isabel Marant boots, which are many things, but cosy is definitely not one of them. These did also come in grey, but have sadly now sold out. But actually, I have to say, I’m really liking this colour (and let’s face it, it makes a nice change). Hurry though, these ones are selling out fast too…
£57.50 (were £72.00) petit-bateau.co.uk
Ugg Infants ‘Boo’ Boots (sizes S, M, L)
These are coming Tabarlow’s way on Friday as birthday presents from my sister, Caroline (navy for Marlow and chestnut for Tabs – not that I was involved in the colour choices of course…). Am I more excited than they will be about this fact? Um, yes I would say so (after all there is a distant lack of Hello Kitty or Thomas…). Now I’m not what you would exactly call an Ugg fan, but I really do love these toddler boots. I love the moccasin vibe, and the fact that the sheepskin gives a funny sort of mohawk effect (or is that my imagination?). Anyway, I think they are super-cute, and just feel that bit more stylish than your average, regular Ugg. Roll on Friday (and an end to this dreary, wet, rather un-Ugg friendly weather).
M&S Lace-Up Glitter Boots (sizes 4s-13s)
These boots could definitely go one of two ways: super-cute or totally naff. I’m definitely in the cute camp on this one. I love a bit of sparkle, but I love it a whole lot more because it’s on a pair of flat, lace-up boots. The trick with these is to play them down a bit (or even a lot). Wear them with jeans or trousers, but if you insist on a dress, make sure you also add knitted tights (preferably grey of course) – basically nothing too ‘party’. There’s all the party you need right here.
Bobux I-Walk Navy Outback Boots (sizes 20-28)
Love these! They are the ones I bought for Marlow for nursery (no velco, but they have a zip, so easy to get on and off, so solved the same problem), which I ended up buying for Tabitha too. They are not perfect, but they are as close as I could find, without blowing the best part of £100, and that just wasn’t going to happen. They look really cool with a skinny jean (surprise surprise!) with a little turn-up. And they look cute with knitted tights (as well as jeans of course) on girls. They are a proper (100% natural leather), walking shoe, and Marlow has pretty much lived in his since I bought them. A Little Spree reader was actually the first person to introduce me to this brand a while ago, so thank you. And check out the website – they have lots of other cool styles too.
ps: off to Cape Town this evening for a shoot. As always, will try my best to post daily, but please forgive me if I don’t manage it.
Start-rite Navy Boots (sizes 4E Jnr-6.5E Jnr)
I’m now constantly on the look-out (on high-alert in fact) for great shoes for babies and toddlers because so many people have emailed me about this very subject, and how hard they find it to get decent ones. How cute are these navy boots from Start-rite’s ‘English Classics’ range? They almost look a bit Victorian, which of course, I love (just leave the velvet knickerbockers at home…). And no velcro/trucks/cartoon characters in sight! I just love that they are simple, classic and completely plain. And navy! And you know that Start-rite are def going to look after your little one’s feet. Love.
Next Glitter Hi-Tops (sizes 3-12)
Sometimes the magpie in me just can’t resist a bit of sparkle. I can’t quite put my finger on what the exact appeal of these is, but I think they just remind me of various cool ‘blingy’ hi-tops that have been around lately by designers such as Lanvin and Louboutin. And I always love a hi-top, and live in them myself. I guess I also just love the mix of casual-cool and sequins, and they do look really cute on. I would, however, draw the line at wearing them with skirts or dresses. These definitely need to be worn with jeans/trousers/leggings (Tabs was wearing hers today with a Crew Cuts long sleeved striped breton and beige cable knit cardigan). Try and dress them up or make them too girly, and the coolness starts to unravel very quickly. They are also a great compromise for little girls who want all that sparkly ‘pink stuff’ that us mums hate. Tabs loves these (obviously she is blissfully unaware that they do also come in pink..).
Next Suede Desert Boots (0-24 months)
Now it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but personally I love a little bit of leopard print every now and again. I have a great bag (slouchy, and roomy enough to carry all my stuff for for Tabarlow) from Antik Batik that I absolutely love, and every time I use it, someone stops me to ask me where I got it from. But I only ever wear it with quite a dressed-down, simple outfit, such as jeans and a grey sweatshirt (and never with heels). That’s the trick. Dress it up too much, or worst of all, mix with other animal prints, and the overall effect is well, a little trashy… Leopard print is even trickier with kids’ clothes/accessories. It can all end up looking a bit cheap and nasty… I would generally advise to approach with caution, but there are definitely exceptions. Get it right, and it looks super-chic, and so cute. I really love these little boots, and they would look great worn with simple, neutral trousers/jeans (grey/navy/brown, beige) and a simple jumper/smock top/t-shirt. Just make sure the rest of the outfit is completely plain. I think they look rather French and expensive too. They would also look sweet with navy tights and a plain dress. Just make sure you’re not wearing any animal print at the same time!
ps: having a wonderful time in Cornwall. The weather is definitely ‘mixed’, but so far, no rain so I think that’s pretty good going. And this afternoon we were all on the beach at Carbis Bay and it was just beautiful. We could have been on a beach in Costa Rica! (I will tweet a pic to prove it!). The sea and sand are so lovely and clean, and it wasn’t super-crowded because we arrived at around 3.30pm (the perfect time as far as I’m concerned). Tabarlow absolutely loved it! And Tabs finally got to wear one of her CFK bikinis (the grey spotted one to be precise), which she loved (the top stayed on for all of ten minutes though!). So all in all, a great day!