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Though the pink coat takeover shows no sign of slowing down, I prefer to wear my colour on my heels. Boots like these Duo knee-highs add the so-called ‘X Factor’ to monochromatic looks with the longevity that a coat can’t offer (how long do we wear our coats indoors, anyway?). The coat might as well be, well, invisible.

Outfit of The Week – Get The Look:
Pink platform knee-highs from Duo Boots
Transparent raincoat by Wanda Nylon
Commuter bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs
Boyfriend t-shirt by Alexander McQueen
Biker Wrap miniskirt by Free People

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With so much of our shopping done online these days, I truly value a person-to-person shopping experience. Especially at places like Duo Boots.

When browsing the interwebs to find a great pair of Autumn boots, I kept coming back to Duo. With up to 21 calf sizes and 3 widths available, they offer the kind of customisation capabilities that makes a woman trust her footwear. I knew their flagship store would be worth a visit.

As you can see, my expectations were met. And then some. The flagship fitting room is – in fact – part shop, part tailor, and has a kind of ‘secret shoe room’ appeal thanks to its hidden spot in Slingsby Place.

After enjoying the kind of customer service that employee handbooks dream of, you even end up with a brand new pair of boots…or five. Ahem.

21 Slingsby Place, St Martins Courtyard, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9AB.

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I’ve happened to get my socks in a twist over DUO a few times before, but for those who don’t recognise the brand, let me introduce you to a shoe brand that – led by a team of in-house designers – tailors every single one of their shoes and boots to sophisticated perfection.

(Yes, still talking about DUO.)

I had the pleasure of previewing their Spring/Summer 2013 collection last week and I am already itching to fill up next season’s wardrobe. With a beautiful selection of relaxed glamour, two of their standout shoes for me were:

  • The Kesia – a bandage heel with ankle strap fastening (available gold shimmer patent & metallic leather orblack suede & cream leather)
  • The Slippers (called ‘Bloom‘ and ‘Seine‘ – which has a 2cm heel instead of 1cm…score).

Which pair of shoes stand out to you?

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This “Great British Summer” doesn’t appear to be lasting for very long (Insta-proof). We’ve had a few days golden sunshine and warm summer breezes then – before we knew it – those breezes turned into blustery wind and a summer shoe’s worst enemy. It’s time to plan ahead and when a few shots of DUO’s Autumn/Winter collection popped into my inbox, I found a fantastic excuse to do a cheeky bit of shoe searching (soul searching is obviously for those without credit cards). On the catwalks over the last few months we’ve seen a lot of red, purple and blue – commonplace for the changing season – and it seems that the DUO design team have taken that as their A/W 2012 inspiration. I wouldn’t say their shoes were a massive departure from the shoe brands we all know and love, but the fact that all of their shoes can be tailor-made to measure (in up to 21 calf sizes and 3 widths) definitely sets them apart.

Time to share some favourites from the “Autumn ladies shoe collection“. Up first: boots (seen above)! The Amora boot is a low heel riding boot in premium crocodile-embossed leather which comes in black or tan. It is a classic-looking boot and potentially my favourite of the bunch. They would work perfectly with a knee-length dress, as pictured, if you’re having a ‘ladylike’ day, as well as skinny jeans and a trench for a casual vibe. The Belice boot is the super-glamorous knee-high boot to its right, with a fierce stiletto heel. They come in plain black leather, black snakeskin-effect leather or blue suede (my ode to Elvis). They’d go equally well with a knee length dress or an all-white/all-black ensemble.
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