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Splurge or save: British shoe brands

I have a slight shoe addiction. I have boxes and boxes of them, more than will fit in my wardrobe! They can really make an outfit, but there is no need to spend a fortune, there is plenty on offer for all budgets. Today I wanted to bring you the offerings from a couple of really great British shoe brands with different pricing options. For my splurge option I have a personal favourite of mine, Russell & Bromley, a mid-range, elegant, high-quality brand and for my save option, Clarks, a low price, high comfort range that has been making a massive come back in the British market. I’ve picked out some key styles for SS15, for all occasions and matched up the styles from each brand for you to compare. Just click on the shoe name to shop them…

Statement flats


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Left hand side: Russell & Bromley – 1. Guything metallic loafer £225 2. Chester tassel loafer leopard £225 3. Chester tassel loafer snake £185 | Right hand side: Clarks – 1. Busby Fully metallic loafer £70 2. Orla Bella £100 3. Busby Fully snake loafer £70

A statement flat is perfect for sailing through S/S in style. Pair with a jeans and tee combo or a sleek slim trousers and blouse combo for work. Keep the colours neutral to draw focus to the shoe.

Black heeled sandals – sleek and peep-toe

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Left hand side: Russell & Bromley – 1. Nudist strappy heel sandal £295 2. St Jacques Ankle strap peep toe £195 | Right hand side: Clarks – 1. Susie Deva £80 2. Oriana Billy £65

Elegant, classic and chic this seasons black sandals are gorgeous. They go with anything from the perfect dress to jeans.

70s style sandals

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Right hand side: Russell & Bromley – 1. Cindy platform £125 | Left hand side: Clarks – 1. Rosalie Pose £60

The 70s are making a big comeback this season, add some suede or high-waisted flared jeans and released your inner that 70s Show. Or for the less brave pair with skinnies or a chic midi skirt.

The comfy flat sandal

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Top: Russell & Bromley Spring St ankle strap sandal £115 | Bottom: Clarks Romantic Moon sandal £50

Who doesn’t need a pair of these?! Summer holidays are about exploring places after all and why should your feet not be both comfortable and stylish? What was seen as clumpy and ugly not so long ago is now cool. These will go with anything. My sister bought the Clarks version last year and I spent all summer being jealous of them….they come recommended!

A couple of tips on sizings…

 Russell & Bromley tend to come up large, I tend to go a size down, but they fit narrower feet really well. Clarks tend to be quite wide fitting, so also go a half size down with their shoes. Luckily both do half sizes…winner!

…And to finish here’s possibly the most gorgeous flat I’ve seen this season from Russell & Bromley. Sadly Clarks have yet to bring out  cheaper alternative…hint hint to anyone who works for Clarks that may see this…

The ballet pump extraordinaire

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Russell & Bromley Logo-Lace point ankle lace flat £255 in black and £295 in leopard

Hope you’ve enjoyed my little expose into two great British shoe brands. Now for the big question…which one would you buy?

ST x

*all images from the brand websites. All opinions my own.

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