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Giving back is the least we can do…

Today we packed up over 600 pairs of Moda in Pelle trainers to donate to our local NHS heroes at St James’s University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.

Moda in Pelle was founded in Leeds 1975, and for decades our team has been supported by the amazing, generous and compassionate NHS Leeds community.

Right now, we couldn’t be prouder and we hope this token of appreciation can bring a small moment of joy to what is no doubt one of the toughest times the NHS has faced.

We are proud and touched by all who work in the NHS 💙

How To Style Brown Boots

Brown boots are a perennial must-have for any women’s wardrobe; whether your style is laid back and casual or dressy and glamorous, there’s a boot for every style palette. Elegantly coloured,  brown boots offer several different shades, from tan, hazelnut and chocolate to burgundy and deep brown. With so many tones to choose from, it can be hard to know which colours you can mix and match with which outfits.

Here at Moda in Pelle, we are on hand to provide you with all the fashion essentials you need to coordinate your look, we’ll even let you in on our special style secrets that we guarantee will take your outfit to the next level. 

Which colours can I wear with brown boots? 

Dark brown boots complement bright and vibrant colours, in particular hues of red and orange. Experiment with a bright scarf and accessories,  be daring and pair a red dress with brown heeled ankle boots. Dark brown boots are best paired with blue jeans, and look particularly sophisticated with olive shirts, green blouses or khaki jackets. 

Tan boots match rich, autumnal hues such as plum, deep berry, opal, burgundy and mustard.  This doesn’t make them a seasonal boot; tan boots look great with bold patterns, florals and brighter tones making them a perfect match to your maxi dress in the warmer months. 

Burgundy boots make a versatile option as they can be styled with almost any colour, however, look particularly stunning paired with white, black, grey, blush and navy. Burgundy boots make the perfect partnership with deep-hued velvet as the colours complement each other and create a sleek, coordinated nighttime ensemble.

Can I wear brown boots with black? 

There was once a myth that black and brown should never be seen. This has long been a fashion rule made to be broken by all. Brown and a black can,  in fact, look very chic. Pairing brown ankle boots with black skinny jeans and a black overcoat can result in sophisticated style. While a brown leather skirt, black turtleneck and brown heeled boots provides the perfect basis for a day to night look. 

What to wear with brown knee-high boots

While footwear trends tend to come and go, knee-high boots have stood the test of time as a popular staple piece. These classic boots provide warmth during the colder months, however, they are surprisingly versatile throughout the year. Perfect for work, nights out and weekend activities, wear your brown knee-high boots with skinny jeans, a long overcoat and scarf during the chillier months. We’re loving this look in lighter hues as it manages to stand bright even on dull days.

As the weather warms up you may be tempted to store away your knee-high boots, but there is no need; there are plenty of ways you can make the most out of your knee-high boots all year long. Partnering your brown knee-high boots with a floral dress or denim mini skirt can instantly refresh your look for a new season.

If you opt for brown suede knee-high boot, there are endless styling options to cater to several occasions and style preferences. Suede boots look great paired with an oversized knitted dress and tights for an afternoon lunch out, and make a fabulous accompaniment to denim. The one thing to watch out for when it comes to styling tan suede boots is to be cautious of your colour choice, too many pale can sometimes make your outfit look washed out. 

Leather brown knee-high boots add a luxurious appeal to any outfit and there are so many ways you can play this lookout. If you’re opting for a flat knee-high brown boot then it’s all about the textures – shake things up with an animal print scarf or snakeskin handbag. Alternatively,  you can keep things really simple by partnering your boots with jeans, a plain white t-shirt and a leather jacket for a chilled relaxed vibe.

Taking the heeled option instantly adds a touch of glamour to your outfit. Again, there are so many outfit combinations available, whether you’re grabbing a coffee with the girls, out on date night or you’re heading for a big night out, these versatile booties can become your new best friend. A perfect daytime look would consist of skinny jeans, a funky blouse and long overcoat, ditch the coat and swap your handbag for a clutch and you’re night out ready. If you tend to shy away from heels as you’re cautious of heel pain, then you’ll be pleased to know there are so many heel heights and shapes – you’re guaranteed to find a pair to suit you.

What to wear with brown ankle boots 

Brown ankle boots are again an essential staple as they make a chic addition to any wardrobe. Whether it’s leather or suede, buckled or printed, heels or flats there’s a style to suit every foot.

Ankle boots with a mid-shaft make your most versatile choice as they can be styled with just about anything; skirts, dresses, leggings, cuffed jeans, cropped jeans – you name it – these boots have got you covered. Brown ankle boots, in particular, add richness to an outfit and make a refreshing change to your everyday black go-to boot. Uplift your workwear and pair with a brown tweed jacket, or show some sass with a dark green blazer and black leather pants.

If you prefer an ankle boot with a taller shaft, we would recommend tucking in your favourite skinny jean – this elevates the boot and makes the leg look ultra-slim. Brown ankle boots are the best choice when it comes to blue jeans as the colours complement perfectly. A boot with a  lower shaft, however, works untucked or cuffed. If you’re opting for a lower shaft boot, the secret is to keep your ankle shown – showing a little skin can remove any fear of your legs looking stumpy. A top tip would be to try rolling or double cuffing your jeans for a cute and casual daytime look.

Again, don’t be tempted to store away your brown ankle boots as the sun starts to shine, take your sassy floral maxi skirt and match with a sleek pair of pointed boots; minimal effort, high standards. Tan ankle boots styled with a swing dress or skirt creates a casual boho or hippy vibe that totally works for festivals, concerts and weekend adventures. If you’re not a fan of the feminine floral look, pair your brown leather ankle boots with a denim dress for a chic yet relaxed look. 

What to wear with brown animal print boots 

Animal print is everywhere, not only does it ooze sex appeal, it adds personality and glamour to an outfit. While there are many animal print boots to choose from, we’re going to focus on our favourite; leopard print. Boasting those rich earthy tones that we love brown boots for, a leopard print pattern just adds that little extra edge. 

Leopard print boots can make a sophisticated statement when teamed with a head to toe black outfit. Not only is this a flattering look, but the black highlights the traditional, intricate printing. If you’re wanting to add some colour in there then we suggest choosing an accent colour and sticking with it – bold colours such as red, yellow and orange are perfect for those added pops of colour. Red lipstick and handbag make a perfect example of this.

Just like our solid brown booties, leopard print boots look gorgeous blended with other earthy tones such as khaki, rust and olive and make the perfect accompaniment to neutrals such as caramel, coffee, sand and cream. Leopard print makes a bold and powerful statement, so it needs strong earthy solid tones to balance it out. This doesn’t mean the rest of your styling has to be bland or boring, it just means that the balance will come from a rich camel coat or sand shirt, not from a competing print.

Feeling inspired? 

If you’ve learnt anything from our fashion fix it’s that you won’t regret investing in a pair of these wardrobe essentials – versatile brown booties can be worn all year round with some clever styling. So, whatever you’ve got booked in your calendar, be sure to check out of the full range of Moda in Pelle boots, where you’ll find a vast range of stylish must-haves for a plethora of occasions. They are seriously too hot to miss!  

Brogues: A guide for men

When it comes to men’s shoes, brogues are the staple to a multitude of looks. Whether you’re dressing for a smart casual event or a semi-formal occasion, a pair of brogues can completely transform your ensemble, rounding it with a sophisticated edge. Not only do brogues look great, they are incredibly wearable, providing all-round comfort, that can take you from day to night.

But where did this famous shoe come from and more importantly,  how do you style them? Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about brogues, from the history of the beloved English gentleman’s shoe to an ultimate dapper styling guide.

How to polish your shoes the right way

No matter how stylish your leather shoes are, without a great shine, you’re not showing them off to their full potential. Whether you’re refreshing those leather boots you’ve had stored away in the back of your wardrobe since last spring,  or you simply want to improve the look of your everyday shoes, a buff, shine and polish can give the illusion of a brand new shoe.

When dressing for any occasion, particularly a formal one, a shiny shoe is a must.  Not only does a shiny shoe gives you a more polished, sophisticated look, but polishing your shoes also expands their lifespan.

Just like anything, a little care goes a long way. Whether you’re a fan of oxfords or brogue shoes, we’re on hand with a step-by-step guide on how to polish your shoes the right way, making sure your formal shoes are on point with a classic shine. 

What Colour Shoes Should You Wear With Your Suit

Choosing the right footwear to match your suit can be a daunting task, with so many colours, shades and designs it’s hard to know what to pair with what. Buy the wrong pair, and you risk ruining your whole ensemble, it doesn’t matter how on point your suit is, if you’ve got the wrong shoes, your tailoring is wasted.  

Following this guide can put you in the right direction to creating a polished and sophisticated look. Here at Moda Man, we can help you figure out which colour combinations clash and which ones match. It’s not just the colour you need to worry about, choosing the right style of shoe is pivotal to a sleek look.

The best suit and shoe combinations

Wearing: Moda men’s barsby navy leather boots.

There was once a time when it was much easier to choose your suit shoe, a quick browse around in the ‘formal’ section and you were good to go. Now, styling is a lot more relaxed, and there are fewer rules when it comes to dressing for occasions. In this modern era, we’ve even seen casual trainers and rugged boots paired with smart suits. Providing you do it right, this alternative styling can give your smart ensemble some personality and edge.

The smart classics, such as oxfords or monk shoes,  deserve a place in every man’s wardrobe. Their elegant and versatile nature means they can be worn to work or a wedding (or even both!).


Which colour shoes can I wear with which colour suits? 

  • Black Suit – Black shoes.
  • Navy Suit –  Black, brown or burgundy shoes.
  • Charcoal Grey Suit – Black or burgundy shoes.
  • Light Grey Suit – Brown, black or burgundy.
  • Cream/Beige Suit – Light brown shoes.

What colour shoes should you wear with a navy suit

The beauty of a navy suit is; it always works, it’s effortlessly cool and sophisticated, and it can be worn to a multitude of occasions. Whether you’re wanting to look sleek in the office, impress in a pressurised job interview or turn heads at a wedding. Pairing your navy suit with a crisp white shirt, pocket square and some polished leather shoes can smarten the ensemble, while a quirky fun printed shirt and brogues can be worked for less formal events. 

When it comes to colour pairings, brown shoes should be your go-to, but when it comes to design, it’s all about what works for you. We’re talking rich hues of caramel, penny and coffee that balance out the cool navy; we love soft tan shoes and lavish chocolate shades. If you’re not a fan of the brown shoe, experiment with burgundy or grey, rich burgundy shoes add a touch of sophistication –  sharp oxfords, brogues, or monk-straps are the best choice here. 

If you’re feeling daring, white trainers provide a casual street style that adds a pop of personality. When choosing your trainers, look for a high-quality timeless design that can cross over into smart wear.  When pairing trainers with your navy suit, choose a slim silhouette suit, trainers work best with a length that rests just above the ankle.

What colour shoes should you wear with a grey suit

A grey suit is another all-rounder, it can be styled all year round and makes a great alternative to classic black, a grey suit can be easily paired with an array of coloured shirts and ties.  The tricky part – so many shades! Being a cool colour, just like navy, warm honey hues work well with both light and dark shades of grey. The beauty of a grey suit is you can mix it up in summer and experiment with light pastel coloured shoes and paisley patterned shirts and ties.

Grey suit with brown shoes

Pairing a grey suit with brown shoes is a classic statement that works for various shades of grey; pick out the hues of your shoes to match your tie, we love tawny shades that balance your look. For a smooth smart look, pair your suit with brighton tan leather shoes; their high shine copper colour complements the grey and creates a versatile and modern statement perfect for every formal occasion. 

Grey suit with black shoes

When it comes to styling a light grey suit, the tones are better suited to classic black shoes.  For a traditional look, go for a formal, oxford or monk shoe;  their high-quality designs will elevate your outfit and keep you looking sharp. Just because you’re opting for a black shoe, there is still space for experimentation; try a smart casual brogue or chelsea boot. These work well paired with your work suit, providing ultimate comfort for the whole day, while their versatile designs mean they can be paired with a pair of jeans or chinos on a weekend – a perfect addition to the on and off duty wardrobe.      

What colour shoes should you wear with a black suit

A black suit is a staple in every man’s wardrobe, so it is more consequential to know what  shoes to pair with it. When it comes to a black suit the best shoe choice is a classic black to match – we know this might seem a bit obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people get this so wrong! Light shoes totally off balance the outfit. Although we love to encourage experimentation here at Moda Man, when it comes to shoe colour,  stick with the classic black. If you want to mix it up,  experiment with eccentric shirts and ties, there are unlimited options here. A black shoe doesn’t have to be boring either, there are many designs with intricate detailing that do enough talking on their own, we love the buckle design on barkby black leather shoes and the premium stitching on barrow black leather shoes.    











What colour shoes should you wear with a blue suit

A blue suit puts a bold contemporary twist on traditional navy. Full of character and personality, tailoring in these bold shades requires a little more forward planning.  As with navy, brown shoes are the go-to when it comes to lighter shades of blue, the difference is, while dark browns suit navy’s depth, lighter brown hues, such as tan shoes,  complement much better when pairing with a  blue suit. 

What colour shoes should you wear with a beige/cream suit 

Light brown or tan shoes make a fabulous footwear choice when it comes to cream and beige suits. Cream and beige suits were once only seen in summer; now with stone and tweed extending the look into spring and fall,  the light shades create a classic look to be worn to a range of functions. Popular at vintage themed weddings; tweed, houndstooth and plaid have created textured country styling. Rustic textiles and aristocracy fabrics add an edge of luxury and elegance, from rustic tweed blazers to sleek waistcoats layered under jackets. Nothing finishes off this old world style quite like a pair of traditional tan brogues.

Whether you’re worrying what to wear to a job interview, not sure what to pair with your new blue suit or you’ve got a wedding on the horizon. We hope we’ve helped you make some trusty decisions on what works and what does not. Remember, sometimes breaking the rules is fun, as long as you’re aware of how to carry your rebellious look off.  For some more inspiration, browse our full range of Men’s shoes at Moda Man, providing fashionable footwear to the modern man- from updated classics to off duty weekend style.


How to wear ankle boots

The time has come to stow away your summer sandals and peep-toe shoes. Ankle boots are the essential autumn staple and are a chic addition to any wardrobe. These versatile booties are so on trend this changing season and can be styled with almost any outfit, you just need the know-how. Whether it’s leather or suede, buckled or printed, heels or flats there’s a style to suit every foot. This post will explore how to choose the best leg wear that compliments the ankle boot, assist in choosing the right ankle boots for the right occasion and celebrate our new autumn trends. Scroll for inspiration, along with our shoppable hot picks. 

Styling ankle boots with skinny jeans 

boots with ankle

The universally loved skinny jean has a place in every wardrobe and can be worked with an array of different styled boots. If you prefer a boot with a taller shaft like our Bettiah range, these look best tucked in – this elevates the boot and makes the leg look ultra slim. A boot with a  lower shaft, however, works untucked or cuffed. The trick with a lower shaft boot, like our Ableist range, is to keep your ankle shown – showing a little skin can remove any fear of your legs looking stumpy. Try rolling or double cuffing your jeans for a cute and casual daytime look. We want to avoid baggage at the bottom, so if your skinny won’t tuck, don’t force it. 

High heel block boots work with anything, our staple favourites are Lotus black leather.  Introducing a smart blazer for a formal look that works well at the office, while a leather or casual jacket complements a more relaxed style. 

Styling ankle boots with the straight Leg 

Cool yet casual, the straight leg jean is the ultimate leg elongator and works well extended over the boot. This look is made for exploring the city streets, whether you’re shopping until you drop or partying the night away. The straight leg works with an array of styles; the perfect excuse to get experimenting in a full length mirror. 

Go wild 

Snake things up this autumn – we’re absolutely loving snakeskin and alternative patterns for a step away from our same old black boots. Not only do they make a statement but they make choosing an outfit super easy; you can just let the boots do the talking. Dare to be wild with the Loona Monochrome boots, they come in an array of different prints such as zebra and tiger. If you’re not feeling ready to make a bold statement, Loona black mini leopard suede boots are a perfect way to introduce a pop of personality.  

snake boot
animal boot

Styling ankle boots with the bootcut 

The bootcut has been styled for decades, it is all about the length. We love a long bootcut paired with heeled pointed boots, a dressy stiletto heel adds a touch of class, while a boot with a thicker heel can be worn all day and night, Kelli Black Leather ankle boots provide style and comfort. Zazie Red-Leopard calf hair ankle boots have a stunning close fitting and are a lot more versatile than you may think – they are at the top of our autumn wish list!  

red animal boot
black boot

Styling ankle boots with leggings

Leggings are not only the comfiest of clothing, but are perfect tucked into your favourite boots. They create a seamless elongated leg line, which sometimes can’t be achieved with even the skinniest of jeans. Want to take this look from day to night? Faux leather leggings are a sophisticated alternative that can transform your outfit in a matter of minutes. 

Styling ankle boots with dresses & Skirts 

boots with skirt

Just because the cooler weather is on the horizon, you don’t need to ditch your skirts and dresses! Update your wardrobe and take your sassy summer slip skirt to fall by pairing it with a sleek pair of pointed boots; minimal effort, elegant standards. Ankle boots styled with a swing dress or skirt give girls a casual boho vibe that is fun for festivals and concerts, our favourites are Adali Khaki Porvair and Nurela Black Leather. Be bold; you can totally wear cool leather boots with a delicate floral dress; these add a little edge to even the most feminine looks. 

Work styling 

Western heels and Chelsea boots such as Colina Black Leather, smarten an outfit and are perfect for work; introduce layers such as jackets, knitwear and tights when the leaves start to fall, this will take your outfit to another level of style. Ankle boots and midi-length hemlines are the perfect combination of elegant and chic. When the weather starts to take a turn, finish your look off with a trench and tousled up-do. 

Ultimately, ankle boots are your best friend. Through high pressured office meetings, relaxed casual lunches or cocktails with the girls; the trick is finding the right friend for you. 

Shop the ankle boot trend 

For on-trend pieces, browse our autumn arrivals. These ankle boots are easy to wear, contour your feet perfectly and are sure to make heads turn. Which one will you be adding to your wardrobe this season? 

animal boot
animal boot

   

A Guide to Court Shoes

With Summer coming to an end, Autumn and Winter styles will be hitting shelves all around the UK. From practical ankle boots to stunning stilettos, there are so many styles to choose from, so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking for a versatile shoe that is also a great all-rounder, court shoes might just be the perfect choice for you. Comfortable, timeless and beautifully stylish, court shoes are perhaps one of the most enduring styles in the modern world and it’s easy to see why.

Here at Moda In Pelle, we have all the information you need on these wonderful shoes and how to wear them. Once you know a little bit more about them, we can guarantee you’ll want a pair!

What are court shoes?

Calaria Rose Gold Porvair (left) & Dolar Black Leopard Print (right)

Court shoes date back as far as the Regency period, though they were commonly worn by men and only became known as as a woman’s shoe at a later date. Court shoes are usually defined as a type of heeled shoe that has no fastening. They tend to be largely plain, with a medium height heel, though as fashion and styles have adapted, court shoes have moved away from their original, traditional look to become a more varied type of footwear.

Court shoes are generally assembled with a low-cut upper and traditionally have a pointed toe, though rounded and peep-toe variants are also pretty common and can look equally as chic. Some court shoes will have a buckle or other embellishments on the front and are available in a range of colours and patterns, making them a great footwear style for every seasonal wardrobe. Court shoe boots are another variant; a fantastic addition to Autumn wardrobes, they are the perfect combination of an elegant shoe and a luxurious boot.

How should court shoes be worn?

Dolar Black Zebra Patent PU

Court shoes are available with a variety of heel types and heights, from a stiletto style heel to a chunky block heel. Both heel types can look phenomenal but if you struggle to walk in higher heels or heels with a narrow width, then a block heel might be the best choice, as they allow for more even weight distribution and stability.

The heel section of a court shoe should fit flush to your foot and ankle but should be neither too tight or too loose. If the shoe is too tight it can cause blisters and other uncomfortable ailments and strangled feet definitely isn’t a good look! If the shoe is too loose it’s more likely to slip constantly when you walk, which can be equally as uncomfortable. If your shoe fits properly but you still feel discomfort, there are a number of things you can do to make your shoes feel more comfortable.

To ensure you get the best fit and make the most out of your court shoes, why not read our blog post on making high heels more comfortable? We have plenty of tips for loosening up new shoes and what you can use to increase your enjoyment when wearing them.

Choosing the right court shoes to match your outfit

Dolar Burgundy Multi Snake Patent Leather

The style and colour of the shoes that you choose to wear can vary greatly depending on the outfit that you’re pairing them with. The beauty of court shoes is their variety; they can be worn to complement both formal and smart casual outfits and look particularly stunning when worn with formal dresses and pencil skirts.

If you’re looking to achieve a traditional look then it’s difficult to go wrong with a pair of classic black court shoes with a pointed toe in a chic suede, patent leather or matte leather. A natural nude or shimmering rose gold are other fantastic choices for both formal and relaxed outfits, as their neutral shades tone in exquisitely with most other colours. Wear with a smart dress for work or with a figure-hugging bodycon dress for a night out.

If you prefer to jazz things up a bit, our Dolar Black and Dolar Burgundy court shoes are a perfect addition to your mid-to-end of year wardrobe. With eye-catching prints such as leopard print, zebra print and snake print, you’re sure to turn heads! Wear with black leggings or trousers and a floaty top to create a sophisticated, modern look.

Shades such as white, grey, black, nude and brown are easy to pair with most outfits, as their soft colouring helps to bring any ensemble together. Contrastingly, brighter coloured and patterned shoes are best when combined with a more neutral outfit, such as a black dress, and are great at bringing a sense individuality to your wardrobe.

Traditional court shoes look wonderful with pencil dresses and skirts or smart slim-fit trousers and jeans. A classic, comfortable choice for a night out or brunch with friends, it’s hard to find an outfit they won’t compliment. Combine with a matching handbag to truly bring your outfit together.

Alternatively, a block heel can look gorgeous with well-fitting jeans or a flowing skirt. Wonderful for everyday wear due to their comfortable design, block-heeled court shoes are a winner. No matter whether you’re having a relaxing afternoon out shopping or directing an important meeting at work, you’re sure to look and feel elegant.

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Now that you know everything there is to know about court shoes, we’re pretty sure you’ll be thinking about investing in your own pair. Why not take a look at our full collection of fabulous court shoes, here at Moda In Pelle? For even more stunning shoes, browse our latest styles and treat yourself to the latest wardrobe essential.

Can High Heels be Comfortable?

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned wearer of high heels, you’ll be familiar with their reputation for causing pain. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, you’re bound to know at least one woman who has worn a pair of sky-high heels and struggled to walk the next day – the things we do for fashion. 

Heels can make a wonderful addition to your outfit, particularly for special events and on a night out. They’re classy, sassy and fashionable, providing a welcome boost to those looking to gain a little extra height. Most of you will be wondering how to wear high heels without killing your feet and, here at Moda-In-Pelle, we have all the high heel hacks you need to keep your feet feeling comfortable and pain-free

What Shoes To Wear With Each Skirt Type

Hands up who’s loving summer?

After months of waiting and fantasising, summer is finally upon us. From trips to the beach with friends to summer events, there’s just so much to look forward to – and so much warm-weather outfit planning to be done!

Skirts are a firm staple throughout the summer months. Classic, comfortable, cool and stylish, every woman needs a decent selection of skirts in her collection. But, what footwear goes best with each type of skirt? Whether you’re struggling to put together a killer look or you’re simply after some summer footwear inspo, join us here at Moda as we talk through all the shoes to wear with your favourite skirts.