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Transitional Fashion: Your Footwear Staples

The transitional months can be tricky when it comes to fashion. It’s not quite summer, but not quite winter, and the changeable weather can sometimes make it hard to get it right.

When it comes to transitional clothing, layering is key. But what about your footwear?

Transitional footwear is all about finding a balance: something lighter than a boot, but more covered than a sandal. If you’re looking for your new season must-haves, join us at Moda in Pelle as we talk through our traditional footwear staples.

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?