Festival footwear.

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We trust if you live in Adelaide and/or enjoy the combination of music, fairy lights and creative energy then you’ll know that it is festival season in our wee little city of churches.

Where do you start?

Who do you see?

What do you do?

There’re late nights in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, many games of croquet at the Royal Croquet Club, the crown jewel that is Womadelaide as well as bars and restaurants filled with musos, comedians, improv theater and everything in between.

With so many decisions to make this Mad March, why not let us take care of the ever important footwear dilemmas? We’re ready to help and have some super jazzy styles to take you from the grassy knolls of the Garden to the rooftop bars of the night!

Yes, ok? You ready for our Mad March suggestions? Here we go then…

The Penny Loafer

Penny Loafers are a great slip on option for those sophisticated shows in the numerous marquees sprouting up in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. They’re perfect for the smart gals who like style to be easy and on trend, as well as super comfortable. Sunny afternoons spent rolling about on the lawns of the Botanic Gardens with a cheeky friend or wine (or both!), are made immeasurably better with a pair of these on your feet.

Great to wear with everything, from your summer frocks to your casual jeans!

Wedge Sandals

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Perfect for those late night jaunts when you want to grab a drink or two after a show. You want a heel but also that absolute comfort that will take you places all night, and we’re not about to make you compromise. Our summer season wedges are not only on sale, but they’re that comfortable that you could wear them forever!

Wear with skirts and skinny jeans or cuffed boyfriend jeans- throw them on and you’re ready to roll!

Brogue

A go-to enclosed shoe for those unexpected summer showers that pop up each year in Adelaide around Mad March! Wear with anything, as you would the Penny Loafer and Wedge Sandal.  Jump into your brogues for an edgy look – juxtapose sweet dresses and floaty shirts and tunics with the masculinity of the cherri bellini style brogues. Make a statement.

 

So if you’re feeling just a little bit ill prepared, think of cherri bellini when your feet start to get a little tired – we’ve got the lot! See you at the Garden.

 

xx cb girls xx

 

 

 

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How to wear ankle boots | Style guide

Okay – so there is a tonne of ways to wear ankle boots (that’s why, you know, EVERYONE loves them). So, we would like to shine a light on three of the most popular style of ankle boots and the tips and tricks to incorporating them into you very own wardrobe, so you can reap the rewards of this super stylish shoe.

The Heeled Ankle Boot

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A heeled ankle boot will really go the distance all year round. Pair them with dresses, jeans, shorts, tights and anything else you can think of! We love them worked casually with black skorts, patterned tights and your favourite parker. A heeled boot will look lovely with dresses too. Weather its daytime chic with a maxi dress like the one above, or something a little more elegant during the evening.

The Classic Ankle Boot

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An absolute wardrobe staple. Seriously.

Go with a masculine vibe and chuck on with boyfriend jeans and your favourite t-shirt. This will keep things casual but stylish and, of course, keep you comfortable. Bold prints will still be a huge fashion hit throughout Autumn ’14 like a floral dress (and chuck a nice beige swing coat over the top for warmth). A classic ankle boot will anchor a bold print and work all the way through autumn, winter and beyond. Feel free to experiment with print on pants, jackets or scarves – and your ankle boots will go with it all!

Embellished Ankle Boots

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autumn fall fashion ideas blue bootsMore punch than your average ankle boot, yet no less versatile – a boot with studs and embellishment will add attitude and style points to any outfit. Don’t be afraid to pair these boots with a cute and ladylike skirt, especially in a similar colour tone (like the blue in the blue and white skirt above) as well as more masculine pieces like jeans and blazers. The blue hue also works wonderfully with a contrast (like the burgundy hat!).

This goes to show – how you accessorize your outfits will go a long way to defining them. How do you rock your wardrobe with ankle boots?

Buy any of these beautiful Italian ankle boots online at cherri bellini here!

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Dyva: Leather heeled ankle boot with metallic heel detail. $495  ankle boots leather black

Dyva: Black leather ankle boot. $4752015

Gwen: Studded ankle boot. $279 

We’re not stretching the truth, just your shoes!

Oh please, for the love of all things shoe, please believe us that shoes from cherri bellini will stretch!!!

It’s the most difficult thing for us to convey here at cherri is that our shoes stretch and they stretch good! We know you’ve heard it before a million times over and we’ve all had that pair(s) of shoes that were supposed to stretch and didn’t. It’s a hard sell. We know! But we’re really for truely promise that ours do!! I’ve seen our shoes stretch to double their original state, seriously DOUBLE!! It’s all got to do with high quality leather lining and uppers. You have to have the leather on the inside as well or you simply won’t get a good custom stretch.

Beautiful soft leather uppers and lining – Pascucci $195

If you buy our shoes just right or a bit loose at the start, it’s a good bet they will become too big after one or two wears and you will walk out of them. ESPECIALLY the ballet flats and pumps without any straps. It doesn’t take long for our shoes to give. Usually as quick as a few hours of having them on! You should feel the leather start to relax as soon as it starts to warm up from being on your feet. Many of our customers feel the difference within a few minutes.

Marcopizzi ballet flats will relax in minutes – Marcopizzi $150

So if you have purchased a good quality leather shoe (of course you have, you’ve shopped at cherri bellini) and they are firm to tight (which we hope they are to start with otherwise they will fall off or become to big once they give), then here’s a few tips to help you out/ speed up the stretching process should you need it.

The time it takes to break in a new pair of shoes will totally depend on the leather. Personally I find patent the most determined and suede will always be the easiest as it’s a higher quality of leather to begin with, so it should melt like butter to the shape of your foot.

So try these if they are taking too long for your liking!

Try using a stretching spray – available from most shoe repairers.

Just squirt a small amount onto the inside of the shoe where you need the stretch, then pop your shoes on and off you go. The spray will help to relax out the leather, while using the heat you generate while walking around. I find this works a treat if you have one or two little trouble spots, like where a seam lies, or just near the little toe, that sort of thing. Speeds up the process no end!

Collonil Stretch - leather stretching spray

We use and sell Collonil products here at cherri. They’re awesome.

Wheat pack – also good for sore muscles! ;)

If you have shoes that are tight all over and you need to break them in quickly, reach for the wheat bag! Warm you wheat bag up to just body temperature, not too hot or you will buckle the leather! Stick your shoes on, and place the bag over the top of your feet while you kick back and read a book or watch tele or whatever you like! Leather needs heat to give, so you are just helping the heating process along and the leather will give out to the size you need it to without all the walking around!

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This is a cute one we found on http://www.etsy.com

Bit by bit – take a spare.

I usually like to break my shoes bit by bit if they are particularly small. For example, I like to buy my Riccardo Banfi’s half a size too small because I know how much his leather gives from many years experience (he’s my favourite here at cherri, I LOVE him) and I hate sloppy shoes. However this does make for uncomfortable wearing for the first few times. So I wear my new shoes for a few hours and take a super comfy pair with me so I can swap over when it gets too much. Usually only takes doing this twice, then before I know it, I’m wearing the new ones all day without a care in the world and they’re perfectly fitted to me with no extra cost or hassle. Ahh, patience, as they say, is a virtue!

These are my Pascucci slippers of choice for instant relief!

Shoe repairer – especially good for boots around the calf area.

If you are in a hurry or simply don’t want the discomfort (albeit temporary) to break in your new beauties, then head to your most trusted shoe repairer as they should be able to stretch your shoes for you, no dramas. If you have boots that don’t quite do up around your calf area, your shoes repairer should be able to fix that too. Our guys can get a good 2-3cms extra stretch out of our boots, especially if it’s a straight leather without any elastic sections. Failing that, you can always have an elastic section fitted to the tops of most boots too but usually a good stretch is plenty to get them to where you need them to be. Again you can do this bit by bit yourself (just wear them under pants a few times until they do up properly!) but the quick way is to hand them over to your shoe repairer/ boot maker.

A good shoe repairer can do more than you ever thought possible!

Vaseline – not just for lip balm.

I have also been known to use a bit of Vaseline on the inside of my shoes on the  spot that rubs. As long as the lining of your shoe is leather, a bit of Vaseline helps to soften the leather and it protects your skin a bit too.

So there you have it. Please trust us on this one. You won’t regret it!

Buon San Valentino!

Love it or hate it, it’s coming up to that time again…Valentine’s Day! Where it’s all about hearts and flowers and chocolates and the colour red….(sigh)…oh and LOVE! Yeah, that love stuff too.

As much as some of us swear we don’t think anything of it and it’s ‘all just a big commercial rip-off’ and a ‘Hallmark’ occasion, if we’re really honest with ourselves, deep down honest, there ain’t one of us ladies out there that doesn’t secretly wish that by the end of the day we might have some flowers delivered (and we’re secretly bummed when it doesn’t happen)!

Did anyone else’s Dad used to get them flowers for Valentine’s Day? Mine did. He would buy my sister and I single roses and sign them from ‘An Admirer’. Which was very, very sweet but it would get me every time as a had that flush of excitement of getting flowers on Valentines Day and wondering who they could possibly be from only to find out, yet again, it’s Dad. Bless him for the gesture though!

Anyway, here’s to celebrating a love affair that last forever…love of shoes!!! :)

 

And staying somewhat on theme, we can introduce you to cherri Rule number one – Red shoes are awesome.

More rules (our Gospel truths, if you like) to follow! :)

cherri bellini $130

Riccardo Banfi $295

Stefano Diomedi $250

cherri bellini $117

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

We love Jess Loves Fred!

 

There’s nothing we love more than fashion blogs, seeing real (non-model) girls dressing like superstars on a penurious budget, and looking babin’ while they’re at it. One of our absolute favourites is Jessica Tran’s site, Jess Loves Fred. The petite stylist has loads going for her, and she could definitely teach us a thing or two about dressing. And how could we not mention that hair!

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We love the way she’s styled this adorable vintage fish necklace; it reminded us of the Tuleste Market fish locket necklace we have on sale at the moment. ($135, was $195). Tuleste Market fish necklace
Jess Loves Fredpointy heelsAnd if you want to get the look with these gorgeous pointy court shoes, try these Riccardo Banfi kitten heels ($200, was $250) or below, the nude Ripa pair ($250).

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