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Step up for sustainability


Kathryn Wilson is putting her best foot forward, adorned with a new eco-friendly offering aimed to create a kinder footprint thanks to her eponymous footwear brand. Arriving in store this month, her KIND collection has had a lot of thought put into it, so you can purchase carefree.

 

 

Congratulations on the latest collection! Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration and significance behind the design and materials?
Thank you! The initial offering of three casual styles has been consciously crafted using Global Recycling Standard certified recycled leather and fly-knit uppers made from recycled plastic bottles. We are excited to be able to offer fashion footwear with a ‘kinder’ footprint through materials, components and the manufacturing methods used.


 

KIND COLLECTION

 


After more than two years in design development, how did you know the collection was ready to go public?
We have researched and met with several suppliers of sustainable footwear materials and packaging over the last three to four years at international trade shows and shoe fairs. We wanted to make sure the providers we aligned with were GRS certified, trustworthy and had worked with reputable brands to ensure they were committed to creating a quality product, not ‘green-washing’ and were transparent around their social responsibility and code of ethics. We began development of these styles in November 2019 and have been wear-testing and re-fitting the styles to ensure the materials we have sourced are durable, colourfast, and comfortable before finalising our prototype samples which were sold to NZ retailers in October 2020. Our wholesale accounts throughout the country were so supportive of this new development and have been as excited as we are to have these styles arrive at stores this month.


You’ve started your sustainability journey by announcing a partnership with CarbonClick. What factors led to you joining forces to create a footwear with a kinder footprint?
With the release of our KIND collection we made part of the purchase price a $10 donation towards the Kaikoura Project, a local regeneration of native forest and pest control program that would off-set more than 100kg of carbon emissions from each pair sold. We have had awesome support and guidance from our sustainability expert; Vanessa from Unravelled Consultants who specialises in advice for the NZ fashion industry on becoming more sustainable. She has introduced us to suppliers of packaging, materials and manufacturers who are offering climate friendly options.


 

EVOLVE WHITE

 


With the term ‘fast fashion’ being thrown around the industry, what is your opinion on consumption in the fashion world and how we can all aim to be a bit eco-friendlier?
We have always believed in designing and creating beautiful, quality footwear that will be durable, timeless and last for many years to come. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a customer that they have kept a pair of our boots for 10 years and had them re-soled etc to give them a new life, still being their favourite pair, I see that as a great compliment. If we can be encouraging our customers to buy quality items and look after their footwear using care products to lengthen their lifespan, we have less items going into landfill. We hope our shoes will be loved and shared between mothers and daughters or from friend to friend for years to come, ideally given an extended life by donating to a circular fashion retailer or charity.


So, what are the next steps (pun intended) for the Kathryn Wilson brand?
We are excited to share our sustainability strategy document online this month and increase our transparency around our product development, our people behind the brand, our charity alignments in local communities and defining our operational carbon emissions. Our goals for 2021 include auditing our NZ operations, committing to all packaging from all suppliers being 100 percent recyclable in NZ, weighing and collecting all leather off-cuts from manufacturers to be re-purposed, and surveying our tier one suppliers on their practices to understand where we can help to reduce emissions in the supply chain.


 

CIRCULAR TRAINER WHITE

 


 

Functional Fashion


High performing clothing you’ll look good in should be a non-negotiable in your winter wardrobe, with items that can take you from activity to après with ease. Metropol has rounded up some cool-weather inspiration.

 

Lululemon

 

Snug and snappy. North Face Salty Dog Beanie

 

The best of a shirt and jacket in one. Patagonia Isthmus Men’s Quilted Shirt Jacket

 

Toasty and tailored. Macpac Merino Blend Footprint Socks

 

A high-performing cardi. All Birds Men’s Wool Cardi

 

Timeless shades. Garret Leight Rimowa X GLCO Sun

 

Cosy and cool. North Face Women’s Oh Mega Fur Pom

 

Go anywhere in this go-to. Patagonia Women’s Classic Retro X Jacket in Nest Brown

 

A boot which can do it all. Timberland Men’s 6-inch Premium Waterproof Boot

 

These boots were made for…everything! Sorel Women’s Winter Carnival Boot

 

 

Far from basic base layers. Icebreaker Women’s Motion Seamless Tights and Anatomica Sports Bra

 

 

Macpac Narvi Down Coat

 

Tailored to perfection: MVR Tailoring


There’s a new pairing in Canterbury and their mutual love for detail and implementing a client’s vision to perfection is what saw the two joining forces. Tailor Mark van Roosmalen or MvR Tailoring and artisan shoemaker Louise Ayling of LA Shoemaker are masters of their respective crafts.

 

 

Louise honed her craft training and working as a bespoke shoemaker for 10 years in London and is now a welcomed addition to the city bringing her traditional talents with her. Why does she love it so much?

“The best part of my job is seeing a customer walk out smiling,” says Louise.

Meanwhile, Mark has been helping clients suit up for over 30 years. He believes there is nothing quite like the confidence that comes from looking your best in a beautifully crafted suit.

Add a personal touch to your wedding by investing in a custom-made suit or give an older “sole” a new lease of life with an alteration. But much like the rest of the day, there has to be some planning.

Make sure to get in six months (minimum) before your big day. Because no two bodies are the same, sometimes a millimetre can determine the fit, says the duo.

Both artisan crafters are available by appointment and situated conveniently at 140 Durham Street, along with multiple parking options.

 


 

Exquisite new season edit: Mikko Shoes


As the leaves begin to fall around our beautiful city, Mikko Shoes presents an exciting collection of quality European footwear and handbags for the cool weather to come. To give us some wintry wardrobe inspiration, we spoke with Mikko’s founder, Michaela Longstaff, about what key pieces we can expect in store this season.

 

Phineas Pikolinos

 

Hi Michaela, so nice to chat with you about AW21 at Mikko! Tell us, in footwear this season, what is the key colour palette?

“I think this has to be my favourite season to date, when it comes to colour. Ultra-luxe and ultra-wearable, our focus is on indulgently rich shades of green, understated but chic tones of grey, decadent hues of vanilla, nougat, biscuit and toffee, and, for a pop of colour, a wardrobe-brightening maraschino cherry.”

 

Sendal Hispanitas

 


 

How about new styles – what’s a must-have this season?

“Those who love flats will adore our edit this season, as there are many silhouettes to enjoy with a lower heel. As fashion takes a less corporate tone with a reflection on world events, it’s about comfort, versatility and practicality whilst still feeling sophisticated in the process – think combat boots, ladylike loafers, and metallic embellishments for elevated everyday style.”


And for off-duty moments, can we expect your renowned offering of sports-luxe footwear options?

“Absolutely, our Sporty Chic collection houses a number of versatile and edgy wedges, lace-ups and new takes on the classic tennis shoe. With a polished play on tones and textures and the perfect combination of form and function, sporty can indeed mean sophisticated!”


Egmont Evaluna

 

Pop in to see the experienced Mikko Shoes team at 143 Victoria Street for a personalised fitting – you’ll feel fabulous in quality European shoes and boots, no matter the forecast! Or, phone ahead on (03) 595 0762, or visit them online.


 

Best dressed guest


With few recent occasions to dress up for, weddings are the perfect events to whip out your glad rags. Here is Metropol’s style inspiration for the upcoming season.

 

Cut out and puff sleeves are on trend. Aje Mimosa Midi Cutout Dress

 

Sunnies are essential. Gucci

 

Respectably stylish in beige. Saba Juan Check Jacket

 

Loafers fit any dress code. Common People

 

Wedding blues. Saba

 

Tie your look together. Barker’s Linen Tie

 

Gold details delight. Karen Walker 9ct Arrow Fob Chain

 

Strappy and monochrome, tick! Wynn Hamlyn Layered Slip Dress

 

Block heels for comfort, snake print for style. Miss Wilson Ginger Heel in Rose Python

 

Florals and weddings are a perfect pair. The Vampire’s Wife The Falconetti Dress

 

Feminine and floaty forever. Trelise Cooper Fame and Frills Dress

 

Long and silky is made for formality. Camilla & Marc Abbie Gown

 


 

Fancy footwear for fall: Rangiora Shoe Lines


It’s a sizzling summer at Rangiora Shoe Lines as customers up and down the country (yes, both South and North Islands) are snapping up sandals, shoes and sneakers in the end-of-season sale. But that’s not all that’s happening at the “best little independent shoe store in North Canterbury” – owner Rebecca Barker has had a sneak preview of the first autumn arrivals and here’s just a little insight as to what she saw…

 

Rebecca Barker

 

Knee-high boots, courtesy of Minx, in a galaxy of colours – think pink, orange, purple and winter white. Wow!

Bresley brings the winning combo of neutral tones and classic design with shoes tailored to meet the work/leisure lifestyle, in timeless shades of black, navy and the still oh-so-hot chocolate. Yum!

Minx Venom boots in denim

Speaking of yum, Gelato sneakers in white, and white with pops of colour, remain firm favourites, as does the EOS sneaker, which has every wearer walking like a Greek goddess!

In the nine months since Rebecca took over the business, she cannot believe the support she has received, both locally and nationwide, thanks to online shopping.

 

Woden May ll sneakers in soft white/pink

“Rangiora Shoe Lines can’t thank New Zealand enough for that. It’s amazing to know how far, and how well, the business is known and appreciated. It’s wonderful!”

Visit the store at 162 High Street, Rangiora between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturdays and 10am to 3pm on Sundays, or check out the website below.


 

summer simplicity: ECCO Shoes


A simple, minimalist shoe is not only chic and on trend, but when lightweight and soft also makes the perfect summer travel companion for those day and overnight adventures.

 

Here come the (wo)men in black, Lace-up Sneaker in Black.

 

The Ecco Shoes Simpil II women’s collection features sleek silhouettes in a range of styles, soft leathers and a choice of playful colours or neutral tones to match your mood.

Why have one pop of colour, when you can have two? Lace-up Sneaker in Shadow White.

Fun, feminine and easy to pair with your summer wardrobe, the range features thoughtfully designed shoes that work with you.

Forget the little black dress, try the little black Simpil II sneaker.

The remarkably lightweight and soft design makes for easy packing when exploring our beautiful country this sunny season.

A shoe that can carry its weight, Mule in Black.

And the signature anatomical fit follows the natural shape of your foot for comfort, support and stability when strolling your favourite holiday hotspots.

Get your dancing shoes on, Ballerina in Volluto.

 

Shoes and so much more: Rangiora Shoe Lines


When Rebecca Barker became proprietor of Rangiora Shoe Lines in June, she was thrilled to be taking on a respected business with a long and loyal clientele.

 

Rebecca Barker

 

The iconic shoe store is an independent business that’s been in the heart of Rangiora’s shopping precinct for over five decades, with previous owners Jill and Sandra retiring after 35 years.

Dedicated to sourcing the best in shoes from all over the world, every shoe is a carefully curated product – handpicked and tested for fit, style, quality, detail and, most crucially, comfort.

Belle Scarpe Rottino Sling Back

Shoe labels such as Alfie & Evie; Django & Juliette; Bresley; Minx; Hispanitas; Josef Seibel and Ziera, to name but a few, give customers immediate assurance their feet are in the best possible hands.

Colour trends this summer see shoes splashed in the brightest prints, while accessories, like Briarwood bags in chocolate and gunmetal, team beautifully with linens.

Platform sneakers are very in vogue (thanks to devotees like Trinny Woodall of What Not to Wear) and Rebecca says the platform sneakers from Minx have taken the concept of the casual shoe to a whole new level.

 

Top End Siobhan

Visit Rangiora Shoe Lines at 162 High Street Rangiora, online, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RangioraShoeLines or phone on (03) 313 8444.


 

You need therapy! Shoe Therapy


Having a bad day? Sometimes all you need is a little therapy. Retail therapy, that is. Lovers of gorgeous shoes and fabulous accessories make your way to Shoe Therapy in Kaiapoi and resident fashion stylist and owner Debbie Reeves will help soothe your wardrobe woes.

Andrea Heel Rose Croc

 

The style superstar’s latest additions to her carefully hand selected collection of goodies includes the comeback of metallics, always-pretty pastels, and ever in vogue animal print.

Debbie says wedges and manageable heels are becoming increasingly popular as wearers embrace the emergence of more practical heights.

Superga 2750

Trusty white sneakers are still really hot right now, and Debbie ensures Shoe Therapy has a large range to choose from.

EOS Jada Blush

If accessories are more your outlet, then a selection of much-loved New Zealand designer, Saben, is available from suitcases to side bags, wallets and handbags in a characteristic rainbow of striking colours ideal for matching to your new statement shoes.

Miss Wilson Susanna Slide Rose Croc

Pop into the store at 178 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, any day of the week because there is always time for some shoe therapy.


 

Sophisticated style afoot: Mikko Shoes


Mikko Shoes’ new season collection is an enchanting offering of energising colourways and sophisticated shapes providing ample inspiration for the warmer months ahead. Metropol spoke with founder and buyer, Michaela, about this season’s trends and the Mikko difference.

 

 

BEFORE WE DIVE INTO THE SS20 TRENDS, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MIKKO AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
I launched Mikko in 2013 to offer an extensive range of European hand selected and handcrafted quality shoes for women who wanted stylish footwear, without having to compromise on comfort. I felt there was an opportunity to provide a truly personalised instore experience – our team are professionally trained in fitting and styling.

WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON EUROPEAN BRANDS SPECIFICALLY?
Europe is the origin of shoemaking with a rich history of quality and excellent craftsmanship. The brands we choose are family-owned businesses, just like us. Each brand has its own story and every shoe has four things in common: comfort, quality, style and value. Since day one, we have prioritised artisanal quality, unparalleled comfort and timeless design that will last.

AND ONTO THE NEW SEASON, WHAT ARE THE MUST-HAVE COLOURS IN FOOTWEAR THIS SEASON?
There are two ends of the colour spectrum to enjoy. Poolside Daydream – punchy, playful, ‘60s inspired tones of fuchsia, coral and teal – and Design Emotion – a Nordic-inspired, earthy palette, think jute, woodgrain and cork; a textural blend of sophistication and warmth.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
We see an evolution of the interesting silhouettes, finishes and features introduced in winter – large scale exotic prints, the ‘90s square toe, brushed metallics and the architectural heel. Also new are corsage trims with glamorous oversized adornments.

HOW ABOUT CASUAL FOOTWEAR OPTIONS – ARE SNEAKERS STILL A MUST-HAVE?
Sneakers are seasonless! We love fresh interpretations like platform soles, metallic touches, animal prints and retro influences. We’ve also launched DL Sport – an Italian luxury casual sneaker range.

AND FINALLY, IF YOU HAD TO SUM UP THIS SEASON’S TRENDS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
The vibe is joyful, inspiring and optimistic – and who isn’t feeling in the mood for that?

Visit Mikko Shoes at 143 Victoria Street or online
www.mikkoshoes.nz.