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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

How To Clean Suede Shoes And Boots

Suede shoes or boots are an absolute staple for the fashion-forward lady. Classic, versatile and ever-stylish, a pair of suede boots or shoes will instantly take any look to the next level.

However, suede can be notoriously tricky to clean; if done incorrectly, you could even end up damaging your beloved shoes. So, what to do if you find yourself with marks or dirt on your favourite suede beauties?

From how to clean your suede shoes to how to remove those pesky stubborn stains, here at Moda we’ve got you covered. Follow the simple steps below to keep your suede shoes and boots looking their absolute best for years to come.

How To Tell If Your Shoes Fit

Badly fitting shoes don’t only feel awful to wear, but can actually lead to a host of foot problems. Therefore, it is vital to ensure you are wearing footwear that fits comfortably.

If you’re looking for help and advice, here at Moda in Pelle we’ve put together a handy shoe fitting guide, so you can make sure your stunning new shoes feel as fantastic to wear as they look.

How To Repair Scuffed Leather Shoes and Boots

A pair of really great leather shoes truly are an investment piece. They look stunning and, with the right care, will absolutely stand the test of time in terms of both quality and style. However, even with all precautions taken, accidents do happen, and sometimes your precious leather shoes or boots can be left with unsightly scruffs or scratches on the surface.

If this has happened to you – do not fear! There are actually a whole range of methods you can try yourself at home to help clean and repair marks from your leather shoes.

Race Day Style: What To Wear To The Races

Dressing for any special occasion can be tricky; the races bring a whole new meaning to the word!

What to wear for the races well and truly is a minefield. You have awkward late spring weather and mind-boggling dress codes to contend with — and, of course, you want to look fabulous!

With the Grand National this weekend kicking off horse racing season, here at Moda in Pelle we thought we’d take a closer look at race day fashion. So, whether you’re getting dressed up and heading out to a local Ladies Day or you’re prepping for Royal Ascot, you can ensure you look your best with our top race day fashion tips.

Check the dress code

First things first — check the dress code! Some of the bigger race events, especially in the more prestigious enclosures, have strict dress codes; you definitely don’t want to be turned away for something as silly as wearing the wrong hat!

If you’re attending the Royal Ascot, be especially mindful of the rules. Cropped trousers or tops are a definite no-no, for example, and straps on tops or dresses should be one inch or more across the shoulders. While other events, especially your local races, are likely to have much more relaxed dress codes, it is definitely worth double checking before you commit to your look.

Keep it elegant

Once you’ve identified the dress code, you can move onto the fun part — the clothes! While the races definitely call for a ‘dressy’ look, stay away from what you’d usually wear for an evening out. Race day outfits should be more closely linked to what you would wear to a daytime wedding rather than a big night out — think chic formal dresses in classic shades finished with subtle accessories.

Nudes and pastels are perfect choices for a classic, elegant daytime look. Or, if you’re looking to make more of a statement, prints are your new best friend! Nature inspired prints, such as florals or feathers, are perfect for a sunny day at the races.

Check the weather

Of course, your look will largely depend on the weather. If you’re attending a race in spring, you could be faced with anything from rain to bright sunshine. Keep a firm eye on the weather in the run-up to the event, and be ready to make last minute adjustments in case the forecast changes.

If rain is on the cards, opt for a cover-up jacket, and slightly more ‘sensible’ shoes — stilettos sinking into mud is not a good look! If you’re lucky and the weather is looking on the hotter side, opt for lightweight fabrics, sleeveless dresses, and stand out from the crowd in a pair of killer heels.

Pay attention to detail

Once you have your outfit sorted, you can get started on accessories. A formal, elegant look really is all about the little details — there’s nothing like chipped nails or laddered tights to ruin an otherwise perfect look!

Think about the accessories you want to work with. Hats and fascinators scream ‘race day fashion’, and are a fantastic way to instantly elevate your ensemble. If you’re going for a statement hat, ensure the rest of your outfit is kept simple. Or, if your outfit makes a statement, a subtle, understated headpiece will perfectly complete your look.

With jewellery, keep it simple and sophisticated. A pretty chain necklace or a pair of chic studded earrings are ideal for adding a polished yet fashion-forward edge to your race day look. Finally, opt for a super-stylish clutch bag to complete your elegant ensemble.

Shop clutch bags

  • Ilaribag Nude Suede

Consider Your Footwear

The final thing to consider, and yet one of the most important, is your footwear. Race days can be long events, and you’re going to be on your feet for much of the day. You need footwear that isn’t hugely unpractical — it needs to be comfortable all day long but, naturally, you want it to look good too!

When it comes to footwear you need to once again consider the weather. If rain is predicted, opt for block heels or wedge sandals. These will elevate your look, add an instant touch of style, and won’t sink into any damper grass.

Shop wedges

  • Rivas Nude Patent

Shop block heels

  • Madio Gold Snakeskin

If you’re expecting a drier day, stand out for all the right reasons in a pair of sophisticated stilettos. Nude or pink high heel shoes with gold detailing are absolutely perfect for race day; they are versatile and elegant, and will bring an instantly glam edge to your look.

Shop high heels

  • Lazanto Rose Gold Porvair

 


Whether you have a day at the races booked in or you’re looking for footwear or accessories for a special occasion, be sure to explore the full Moda in Pelle collection. From shoes and sandals expertly blending fashion and comfort to evening and clutch bags, you’re sure to find the perfect piece to take any look to the next level.

Travel In Style: Spring City Breaks

With a long Easter weekend on the horizon, there really is no better time to book a city break.

More and more of us are trading in our traditional summer holidays for city breaks throughout the year — and with good reason! There is a lot to be said for a city break. Yes, they may be shorter than your regular two-week-in-the-sun getaway, but you actually pack so much more in! During a city break time is precious — you are less likely to waste time lounging on a beach, and instead get the opportunity to live like a local, totally immersing yourself in a new country, city or culture.

Whether you’re already booked and ready to go, or you’re looking for some travel inspiration for the Bank Holiday weekend, here at Moda in Pelle we have you covered. Read on for some of our favourite Spring city break destinations, alongside handy fashion and packing advice.

How to pack for a city break

First things first — check the weather! Spring is a funny old time, and depending on your location you could end up with anything from bright sunshine to rain or snow. You don’t want to be caught short in torrential rain, but you also don’t want to be dragging a big winter coat around if it’s not needed! Keep an eye on the forecast in the run-up to your holiday, and avoid packing anything you may not need.

When it comes to city breaks, packing light is the main thing — especially if you have to check out of your accommodation early and will be carrying your bags with you. When it comes to clothing, think capsule. A pair of jeans or a classic pair of trousers are a must, as they can be paired with multiple different tops to create varied looks. A versatile jacket is also perfect — opt for something that can be dressed down in the day and up in the evenings.

With your shoes, comfort should be at the forefront of your mind. A city break will generally include lots of exploring, and that means lots of walking! Opt for classic sneakers or ballerina flats, or comfortable boots if you’re heading to a colder location. If you’re planning any evenings out, a classic pair of heels or wedges are great for instantly dressing up your look.

Our top city breaks

Copenhagen

The capital of Denmark offers the perfect blend of old and new, with cobbled streets and traditionally painted townhouses alongside modern architecture. Copenhagen really does have something for everyone; from art and fashion to history and museums, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

When it comes to the fashion, on the streets of Copenhagen you will see classic Scandi style out in force. The Danes love a casual but very well put together look — expect structured shapes and a lot of black, grey and neutral clothing, given an edge with cool leather jackets and bold accessories.

For your footwear, keep it simple yet fashionable with sneakers. The Arlot Light Grey Leather Trainers offer an athletic style on a slightly raised sole — perfect for nailing an effortlessly stylish look and blending in with the locals.

Dubrovnik

If you’re looking for a trip away with a touch of history, you won’t get much better than Dubrovnik. Walking around the Old Town of this medieval walled city you could be fooled into thinking you were on a film set — unsurprising then, that Dubrovnik is the main filming location for Kings Landing in HBO’s Game Of Thrones!

This Unesco World Heritage site offers unrivalled beauty, with white limestone winding streets, ancient city walls and orange rooftops piled up from the sparkling ocean. Temperatures in spring tend to be slightly warmer than the UK, so dress with light layers.

Opt for flats to keep stylish and comfortable throughout your trip away. The Esto White Leather moccasins feature ultra stylish studded detailing, along with a supportive padded inner sock that means your feet will feel as great as they look! If you’re planning on heading out to one of Dubrovnik’s many bars in the evening, opt for a pair of wedge sandals. The Palmina Black Patent Leather wedges will add the perfect amount of glam to your look while remaining practical on Dubrovnik’s cobbled streets.

Edinburgh

Perhaps you’re looking for a trip a little closer to home? Look no further than the beautiful city of Edinburgh! With an Old Town steeped in history and a New Town bursting with culture, Edinburgh has earned its place as one of the most stunning and alluring cities in Europe.

With the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival taking place over the next couple of months, you’ll find an abundance of things to do and see in this bustling metropolis. Temperatures in spring tend to mimic the rest of the UK, so plan for chilly days and the chance of rain when it comes to your wardrobe.

With your footwear, keep warm, comfortable and stylish all day long with a pair of classic women’s boots. The gorgeous Ametti Tan Leather Chelsea boots are our favourite go-to for chilly spring UK days: with a padded sock for added comfort and subtle elasticated panels, these stylish Chelsea boots will allow you to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer in true style!

 


If you’re heading off on a city break this spring, be sure to explore the full collections of women’s shoes, women’s boots and women’s sandals at Moda in Pelle.  

Step Into Winter: How To Care For And Protect Your Leather Shoes

Ladies, as winter is fast approaching and the imminent bad weather edges its way in, it’s time to step up your game and learn to look after your shoes. And no, that doesn’t mean giving them the occasional once over with a baby wipe. At Moda in Pelle, we believe that even the most luxurious pairs of leather boots and shoes need a little TLC from time to time.

Take a look at our easy to follow guide to get your leather boots back to in tip-top condition in no time.

Protect your shoes against rains and stains

You wouldn’t go on holiday without applying sun cream, and similarly, you shouldn’t step out into the bad weather without protecting your footwear.

Water damage can destroy the subtleness and overall look of your shoes, so investing in a protector spray is essential if you want your footwear to stand the test of time. While a protector spray won’t prevent against scuffing or provide 100% waterproof resistance, it will act as a barrier to prevent any potential white salt marks which can damage the appearance of your shoes.

Make sure you gently wipe away any excess dirt and generously spray the protector all over your shoes (in the same way you’d apply hairspray). This will temporarily darken the appearance of your shoes, especially when used on suede, so it’s a good idea to treat your shoes and leave them to settle overnight. Protector spray also produces a fairly strong scent, similar to smell of pear drops, so it might be an idea to use the spray outside or in an open doorway.

Tip: Apply your protector spray 2-3 times a week during the winter months to ensure your shoes are adequately protected.

 

 

Leave your wet stains to dry

While it might be hard to resist, you should try to leave a liquid stain to dry overnight before attempting to clean it. Firstly, pat dry the area with a clean cloth to wipe away any excess residue; performing a wiping motion while the stain is still wet will cause it to smudge and could cause further harm. If possible, immediately apply talcum powder over the damaged area to absorb any moisture.

Should your shoes become stained, it might be an idea to use a combination cleaner to lift out any marks. Rather than spraying the whole shoe, target the specific stain and spray the cleaner directly onto this area. Briefly leave the solution to settle into the shoe for a few moments, then use a dry cloth to smoothly rub the area in a circular motion.

Tip: If your shoes get seriously drenched, leave them to air dry naturally, rather than attack them with your hairdryer. Too much direct heat will dry your shoes too quickly and cause the leather to crack.

 

 

Bring your suede back to life

Suede can be a tough one when it comes to the winter as it can easily become worn and tired looking if not looked after correctly. Using a suede brush will help to bring your shoes back to life and restore the material back to its original appearance.

Gently sweep the brush in the same direction across your suede boots. For any stubborn marks, repeat this motion while applying additional pressure; this will remove any dust and dirt trapped within the nap of the suede. It’s also a good idea to apply another coat of protector spray after using a suede brush, as this will help to buff up the fabric and increase the nap of the suede.

When you’re not wearing your suede shoes, we recommend they’re stored in a dry, dark area, as any humidity or unwanted moisture can encourage mould and mildew to form. Similarly, you should keep suede shoes away from direct sunlight (if that day ever arrives) as this can cause suede to fade and lose their colour.

Tip: Make sure you know which side of the brush suits which purpose. The rubber side is used for softer surfaces, such as nubuck, whereas the metal bristle side is more suitable for suede.

Rehydrate your leather

In the same way our skin dries out in cold weather, leather also needs moisturising or it will become dry and begin to crack. Using a waxed leather cream will significantly help to restore the moisture of your leather shoes.

Generously apply the cream, paying particular attention to any existing cracks and crevices, and let your leather shoes absorb as much cream as they will take. Regular use of shoe cream will help to clean and nourish your shoes, helping to keep their appearance soft and supple.

 

Tip: If using a coloured shoe cream, test the product in an inconspicuous area of the shoe beforehand, such as the tongue, to ensure it is a suitable match.


Why not take a look at the full selection of shoe care products we have available from Moda in Pelle?