04 May 2016
As you may have seen this season we have launched a range of exciting, fresh new brands for you to add to your wardrobe! From formal shoes manufactured in the UK to summer sandals designed in the Balearic Islands, our collection of new brands gives you everything you need to step up your summer shoe game! Find our guide to these must-have new brands below:
Pronounced Sol-ee-yas and meaning ‘sun islands’, Solillas was born to share love for the magical Balearic Islands; their character, creativity, and freespirit.
Their story began with the traditional Balearic avarca sandal. In 2009 Solillas founders Sarah Jayne and Jonnie set about bringing this traditional style back to
life with fresh, fun designs and vibrant, quality materials – but always staying true to the Island’s shoemaking heritage. Proudly, every pair are still handmade in their friends Carlos’ family factory in Menorca, using bespoke lasts to form the shape and then baking the shoes to give a very high quality finish and lasting shape. Inspired by the bohemian life of the Balearics, Solillas’ amazing creative teams in London and Ibiza drive their own trends, not afraid to experiment and take risks. In 2015 they were awarded the Drapers Footwear Award for Best New Business and were a finalist for Women’s Fashion Brand of the Year.
The county of Northamptonshire, England, has long been renowned for its boots and shoe making. In an attempt to impose some regularity of income, in 1881 five men living in village called Wollaston banded together to form a co-operative called the Northamptonshire Productive Society (NPS).
Ever since then footwear has been made at NPS with various different construction methods and in 1959 the first English pair of sample boots with air-cushioned soles was welted in the NPS factory for Dr Martens. For 35 years NPS produced Solovair (Sole-of-Air) boots and shoes under license, which were sold under the name “Dr Martens by Solovair”. Times change and NPS no longer produces boots and shoes under license, but patented the name Solovair in 1995. Their latest range of footwear not only maintains their original manufacturing quality, but their products have been enhanced with a new ‘Soft Suspension’ sole that improves the comfort and durability.
Strive’s goal is to provide you with stylish and supportive footwear for your lifestyle that help ease the daily aches and pains of common foot problems.
In 1980 Strive’s parent company LBG Medical Ltd became the first custom made foot orthotic laboratory in Europe. This revolutionary new concept soon captured the attention of healthcare practitioners all over the UK and Europe. More than 35 years and millions of custom made insoles later, LBG Medical Ltd are still the world’s leading foot heath care supplier to the medical market. Their passion has led to the development of Strive Footwear – an exciting and attractive brand of footwear, which incorporates all of their knowledge and experience as well as their unique BFT technology footbed – an ever present component in every single sandal and shoe they develop. BFT technology is the unique combination of a contoured footbed, patent pending dual density sole unit and a worldwide patented sole geometry which can help to reduce excessive pronation, align the body and by properly supporting the foot can save energy by reducing muscle fatigue.
Laura Vita, since its establishment in 2004 in France, devoted itself to offer all modern women an alternative choice in shoes. Tired of the never-ending trends of black, white, beige colours, the brand decided to bring life and happiness in a unique way.
Quickly, Laura Vita has established itself with its eclectic style and the work given to comfort. Originality describes the best Laura Vita. The free spirited brand renews its entire collection every season, with more than a hundred colours created but only a few selected. Delicately applied on selected naturel leather, every colour reveals its own personality on their designs. This is why each pair of Laura Vita is unique. Inspired by nature, art, and also by the latest trends, their designs are slowly created and refined until they finally express their unique personality.
Step into the world of Lisa Kay London, a footwear haven for the fashionable woman who has discovered that great-looking shoes can feel fabulous too! Founded in 1982, Lisa Kay continues to provide customers with timeless elegance; born in the heart of London, they appreciate the varied lifestyle of the modern day woman and offer the perfect selection of shoes, boots and handbags for every occasion: from daytime loafers to high-heeled party shoes, they take you from day to night in effortless style, always providing the Perfect Fit.
Their handcrafted designs feature leathers sourced from the finest Italian tanneries, intricate attention to detail and signature finishing touches. Stocked in 200 shops across the UK and Europe this brand continues to grow from success to success.