As we get prepared for winter, our Senior Designer, Emily Linnell, shares her favourite boots from the AW21 collection.
SPLASH in blackcurrant leather is a re-boot of a signature style updated with embroidered flowers, warm Aqua-Rite linings and a bellow’s zip, so your little one’s feet stay warm and toasty, and the boots stay looking smart. Perfect for stomping in puddles or if your child’s going somewhere fancy! I think the beauty of this style lies in the embroidery detail with dazzling, gold metallic threads crafted into a sophisticated arrangement making the case for elegant understatement.
If you’re looking for a timeless, ubiquitous classic for your child, ECHO in brown leather will always be my go-to recommendation for every day. The boot’s statement broguing punched into a stylish, tough waxy leather and a rugged utilitarian sole is a nod to a classic business shoe with strong undertones of adventure! My favourite feature of this shoe is its durability and character through wear: over time the leather will get sturdier and create a charming, distressed vintage look that’s a perfect combination for active feet!
As we celebrate friendship with our partners at JoJo Maman Bébé, we’ve collaborated on this fabulous little design. FRIEND in harvest gold suede is a stripped back design with playful Breton stripes, easy to pop on with every outfit. We’ve also equipped the boots with an inside zip and zip keeper - devised so that everything is in its place while out and about at the park. This soft, comfortable, lightweight boot has a protective, flexible 360 wraparound toe and heel design for extra defence, perfect for little explorers!
Make a statement with our sophisticated, botanical dark green leather CHELSEA boots. Our Chelsea style feels like the defiant younger sibling of Echo, with a great range of colours that ooze personality and allow your kids to get creative with their outfits - a great choice if you are looking for something smart yet casual, let’s call it ‘smasual’!! These little booties are made with premium leather inside and outside, absorbing moisture from hot feet keeping little toes dry and comfy. The herringbone screen printed elastic gusset and easy inside zip makes this style easy to put on and kick off, great for feet on the go!
Sometimes you just need to add a bit of sparkle to your step and our boot-iful WONDERLAND boots do just that! The pearlized mauve metallic leather paired with the delicate bow detail gives this Chelsea style boot the “aww” factor and brings me so much joy when I look at it! These would be my happy boots I’d wear on a gloomy day. The bow is securely stitched onto a flowery adorned, screen-printed elastic. The floral ditsy print is one of Start-Rite’s signature prints - designed in house, by me! The clean lines and distinctive feature leathers make this style easy to wear for every occasion. Feature materials tend to be dyed through so they look smarter for longer, adding a fun flair to our collections - perfect for little party feet! The fresh white sole unit features biomechanical grooves to help aid foot movement and development with additional extra toe and heel protection.
If you want to follow the fashion trend for chunky, durable soles and feel rebellious, the bold ICON is for you. The boots are made in patent leather, a coated leather that has a high gloss finish so it’s easy to wipe clean and stay looking smart. The decorative strap is finished with military style hardware, juxtaposed with delicate ribbon laces, adding a modern twist to a simple boot. With an inside zip for easy on/off without having to undo the laces or strap, makes this an easy win for any aspiring rock star!