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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Winter warmers & boots

That Nancy Sinatra must have been talking about the Po Zu Pep Sheepskin Boots when she said, “These boots are made for walking”. Po Zu’s ankle boots, £142.00, are incredibly comfy and warm as they are lined with sheepskin! Nancy did however forget to mention that they will stamp eco style on the pavement as you go.

You can wear them with jeans or tailor cut trousers and they are just perfect teamed with some cosy knitwear for an after-Christmas dinner amble. Produced ethically within the EU, the leather is neither dyed nor bleached – the leather is tanned naturally with vegetable extracts.

The rubber is pure vegetable latex obtained the traditional way from the sap of the Lectae hevea tree, while the sole and packaging is made from tough coir (a mixture of coconut fibre and natural latex). I love what the makers of these boots suggest: the biodegradable shoe box they come in can also be used to grow seeds!

If you are looking for a pair of boots with urban sophistication then go no further than Terra Plana’s Haiti Boot for £150.00. These are low-heeled (just 2 inches) to give you a little height without you losing the ability to keep up with fast-paced city life. As they are mid-length, they can be worn easily with jeans. Available in chocolate brown or black vegetable tanned leather with the usual Terra Plana recycled memory foam for comfort, they boast a sexy back panel of either dark brown suede or textured woven laces, which I just adore!

For an ankle boot that will approriately suit the classic LBD look or some skinny jeans, why not enjoy the utter elegance of the Beyond Skin Hendrix Ankle Boot for £160.00? Black hemp is given a treat with an attractive black patent trim at the ankles, and there's a purple lining that will show when worn to tease any admirers.

I love cosy pairs of gloves to keep my fingers frost-free, but I see so many pairs of gloves that are warm but forget to embrace the chic. Shocking really.

The solution? These People Tree Feather Knit Gloves for £17.00 that utilise feather and fan stitch are just the ticket. Lovingly hand knitted for People Tree by Kumbeshwar Technical School in Nepal, I especially like the jade green colour as it really highlights the stitch design. And you can get a matching beret that will prevent ears from getting all chilly and pink.

It’s time to adorn yourself with a jacket that has a warming colour and fight off any winter blues. Embrace the classic tailored design of the Cecilia Hammarborg Mandarin Coat, for £245.00. Made ethically here in London, it’s simplistic with its impeccable cutting and craft yet it creates a dramatic shape effect with its back of wide pleats, a high collar (that will keep the breeze out) and puff shoulders. The covered buttons add pretty, modern detail while remaining fully functional.

The perfect winter boots
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