Barratts Shoes Buzz and News - December 2008

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I like to think that every day is enough of a special occasion to deserve high heels

A time for beautiful shoes.

This year Christmas may be anything but easy for many girls. With the credit crunch putting pressure on everyone's festive budgets it may be hard to find the money to splash out on gifts, food, travel and a fabulous new outfit for the office party. However, the one good thing about Christmas is that it is the time when it is acceptable to wear completely over the top attention-grabbing heels. According to Amber McNaught, writing on the online pages of fashion resource Shoewawa, one pair of shoes that ticks all of the festive boxes is the latest heels from Mario Bologna. The stilettos come in emerald green suede with a hidden platform, peep toe and rhinestone detailing. However, they are also accompanied by a hefty price tag. But girls who do not wish to wait and pray that a pair is waiting for them under the Christmas tree may be interested to know that Barratts stocks a pair of black lace and gold peep-toe stilettos that could be the perfect addition to any festive party outfit.

Wearing flats with style
While women may wish to wear comfortable shoes to work, it can sometimes be difficult to find a pair that will also look smart with the office wardrobe. This was exactly the problem one Times reader encountered, prompting her to contact the newspaper for advice on where she could find stylish but hard-wearing flats. In response, the Times' fashion team advised her to look to the Stella and Chloe labels for inspiration; with the former currently stocking a satin ballet pump and the latter some patent leather flats in autumn's key colour purple. They added that consumers should take care to choose the footwear in the right material which is designed to be long-lasting, while patent leather adds sophistication to an outfit and loafers can also look professional. Finally, when it comes to the rest of the outfit the team suggests wearing flats with hems that are just above the knee to avoid looking short, or wide-legged trousers that slightly skim the floor. Alternatively a girl could slip a pair of heels into her bag to put on at the office. Barratts offers a range of flats, including a round-toe leather pump with a small hidden wedge heel.

A highly versatile shoe
The latest sandals by the queen of the multi-task Gwen Stefani have been described as an extremely versatile shoe. Kelly McAuliffe, writing on the online pages of fashion resource Shoewawa, said that she is a fan of popstar and designer Gwen's label LAMB and thinks she is a genius. But she claims that she attempted to remain objective when casting her eye over the grey suede and snakeskin gladiator-style stilettos. However, Ms McAuliffe admits that the colour, style and texture of the footwear adds up to the perfect package for autumn and winter. "You can pair these with everything from bodycon dresses, to skinny jeans and frilled cocktail dresses worn with leather jackets. Worn with opaques or without, these are a supremely versatile shoe," she stated. But girls who can't afford the hefty £219 price tag may be relieved to hear that Barratts are currently stocking a similar pair of grey leather gladiator sandals, for a fraction of the cost.

Heels versus flats
Two shoe lovers have been putting across their arguments for the ultimate trend in footwear for a recent article. According to The Age, 27-year-old Anna Kelly, an advertising account manager, is a devotee of the high heel. She explained that she is committed to super-high heels which make her feel equally happy whether she has splashed out on a designer pair or come across them on the shelves of a high street store. Ms Kelly also claimed that she would have little problem running or cycling in them if needed. "I like to think that every day is enough of a special occasion to deserve high heels," she explained. Meanwhile, 33-year-old Rebekka Power, a business writer, editor and blogger, noted that it was flats that had always held her heart, adding that the last time she wore a pair of heels was a decade ago. She added that she loved cute, girly shoes but that it could be hard to find these and know that they would be comfortable as well. Whatever a girl's shoe needs, Barratts has footwear for every palate, whether it be peep-toe blue satin stilettos or quilted turquoise ballerina slippers.

Girls Aloud inject the glam factor
Girls Aloud proved that they had the wow factor at the recent Music Industry Trust awards. Singer Kimberley Walsh opted for a slim-fitting black dress with a pair of eye-catching black and red peep-toe platforms. However, the rest of the girls went for less subtle outfits at the music biz bash. X Factor judge Cheryl Cole wore a silver and black dress with bell curves which was cinched in at the waist with a red leather belt and gold chain. She also danced the night away in a striking pair of black and silver Kurt Geiger court sling-back shoes with an unusually shaped heel that resembled an upside down chocolate fountain. Bandmate Nicola Roberts sported a ruffled peach minidress with white accessories, while Sarah Harding also opted for a barely-there strapless purple and black minidress. However, the accessory that people most wanted to hear about was the ring on Sarah's engagement finger. According to the Daily Mail, the singer wrote in the band's new book Dreams That Glitter that she had chosen the wrong men in the past.

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With over 168 high-street stores and 30 concessions within Bay Trading, Barratts is the second largest independent shoe retailer in the UK. Barratts philosophy is to offer an extensive range of footwear for the whole family, combining leading-edge fashion with exceptional value for money. Thanks to over 85 years experience in shoe retailing Barratts offers extensive collection of boots including cowboy boots, ladies boots and Caterpillar boots, kickers, small shoes.

Through it's own labels Barratts has developed great ranges of shoes and accessories for all ages with a focus on style, quality and value. Barratts also has an impressive range of branded products, from famous labels including Hush Puppies, Caterpillar, Kickers, Ben Sherman, Skechers, and Rocket Dog.

Barratts is a trading name of Stylo Barratt Shoes Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stylo PLC based in Apperley Bridge, Bradford, West Yorkshire. For more details please visit the company's website on http://www.barratts.co.uk/

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