My love affair with Russell and Bromley goes way back to 2007, a time I have very fond memories of. Alexa Chung was the queen of the indie scene, the NME was my bible, and Alex Turner had me besotted. When Chung stepped out in Russell and Bromley's classic Chester Loafer, paired with a dainty tea dress (a signature look of that era) I knew immediately those loafers had to be mine. At the age of 17 that was probably my first taste of serious shoe obsession. They embodied cool, chic and preppy all in one. I'd visit my local Russell and Bromley store weekly, to try those beautiful loafers on. I'd imagine every colour sitting in my wardrobe and which colour I'd wear with what. At that age though, £200 didn't come easy if at all. I was at sixth form, with no job, so the loafers continued to be but a pipe dream. That is until, UNIVERSITY! Hello, student loan and hello irresponsible spending. The Chester Loafer was my first investment purchase and subsequently did not leave my feet for the entire three years at art school (and then some). Since then Russell and Bromley have continued to be a place I go back to for wardrobe classics that are built to last.
To the celebrate the spring collection I've picked out some new favourites that I'd have my eye on; the Xpresso Cross Over Flat, Jeansling Sling Back (these are SO good with jeans) and a modern update on last summers raffia bag, Rafferty, all to style with current pieces in my wardrobe.
With the `British weather reflecting anything but spring-like conditions at the moment, I decided against heading out all bundled up to shoot this post, instead, I've taken advantage of my freshly painted lounge to show you how I'd style these shoes day to day in a more laid back setting. When I'm working from home I have a solid uniform of jeans and t-shirt; a combo comfortable enough to sit doing work in but with the quick addition of a slick shoe can also appear 'dressed up' enough if I need to dash out. I've always been a 'shoe-girl'; personally, I think they are the most important accessory to invest in, not only because they're there to support you, but they can transform an outfit — case in point; the humble jeans and t-shirt. The slingbacks are the ideal everyday heel height and offset the jeans 'off-duty' raw hem while the cross over flats with their regal feel (very Diana don't you think) work well with ecru 90's fit denim.
Now I'd really appreciate it if this weather would sort itself out so I can finally stomp about in my new shoes!