Are you a Sk8ter Girl?


Style Theory: The 90s style skater shoe is back with a vengence. No longer the property of skater boys....the skater shoe or slip on as it is now known, has become mainstream and looks to be even bigger news this Spring Summer:

The designers have re-launched this shape with Celine, Dolce and Gabbana and Saint Laurent to name but a few bringing out versions of the laceless 'kicks'. Comfortable and sleek, the high street have embraced this slip on trainer trend and there are some fab, more reasonable versions to be found. It is the great new alternative to the trainer or converse this summer so why not give them a try?

First here are a few ideas of how to style the slip on:

Animal print slip ons look great with an all black outfit.
Buy light or metallic slip ons to wear in the summer.
The Celine plaid tartans are one of the designer versions that started this trend.
Pair your skater shoe with cropped leather trousers for a cool, sleek look.
Black skater shoes are infintely versatile and look great with this grey and denim  outfit.
Red is going to be a big colour in AW14 so get in there early and add a pop of colour to your outfit with a red bag and leopard print slip ons.
I love this look of the camel coat and grey tee with dark leather trouser s and black slip on, laid back and chic.
Skater shoes fit perfectly into your 'day' wardrobe
These trainers do the talking and are therefore best styled with simple outfits, they look great with a plain jumper and skinny black jeans or cigarette trousers. I really like the idea of them with skirt and tees in the summer. So here are the best on the high street:
Bertie Putney mix material Slip on Leather Shoes £69
These are a fabulous version of the slip on, they have the right size of chunky sole to flatter legs and the leopard print can be seen as a neutral and paired with any colour and style of jeans.
Carvelo Lorenzo Trainers @John Lewis £95
Pair these Zebra print slip ons with black ankle length skinny jeans and a black jumper now and in the summer wear with white shirt and black shorts for a chic monochrome look.
KG Londres casual shoes Black@House of Fraser £95
Marks and Spencer Slip on Trainers with Insolia £25
Marks and Spencer Slip on Trainer with Insolia £25
A lady like lace twist on the slip on with a lace printed skater shoe.
H&M Snakeskin Sneaker £19.99
I have these ones and they are so comfortable, not leather so I am not sure how long they will last but I am wearing them none stop at the moment.
Topshop High Vamp Sneaker £20
This wine colour looks great with black and greys and for the summer clash with a pale pink top.
Topshop Fur Slip On Skater £20
I love the fur look, this is a great basic black slip on.
Topshop Tartan Skaters £20
A 'hommage' to the Celine skater shoe, pick out the red in the check with red accessories.
And for a more feminine take on the trend try these beautiful metallic slip ons from Hush, they are a gorgeous gold or silver colour and will look amazing in the summer with tanned ankles and ankle skimming skinny jeans.
Hush Slip on Perforated Sneaker £85
So there is my run down of the best on the high street and now for a couple of ideas of how to style them:

For a chic day to evening look:

Zara Blazer
Topshop Camisole
Topshop Boyfriend Jeans
Red Scarf (Similar)
A cool daytime look:
Denim Dress - Topshop Moto Denim Dress £38
Leopard print pumps - as above 
Lightweight Parka - Hooded Parka £60
Gold Cuffs - H&M £9.99 
Backpack - New Look £19.99
A pastel day to evening, laid back look:
Whistles Pink Coat
H&M Grey Tee
River Island Backpack
Slip on Trainers - as above

I hope this has inspired you a little, I have been a slightly late jumping on the 'slip on bandwagon' but am now I obsessed with these shoes and think they will come into their own in the late Spring/early summer.

For My Style over the last couple of days:
What I wore for running up to school with the kids and working from home..loving my new H&M slip ons so comfortable!

Sorry no head shot, my 3 year old photographer was having an 'off day'!! 
Trench coat: Topshop
Denim Jacket: Warehouse
Jumper: Zara
Jeans: Zara
Slip ons: H&M

Bomber jacket: Primark
Lilac jumper: Topshop unique
Jeans: Topshop Baxter
Trainers: Adidas Superstar
Are you into slip on/skater shoe, have you indulged in one or more pairs, would love to hear about your favourites. I have tried on so many pairs but because I have big feet for my height (UK6.5 I am only 5ft3!) it took me a while to find a pair that did not look huge..those of you with smaller feet will have a field day!! 

I am off to the Gap and Red Magazine Event in Gap, Oxford Street this evening, I am excited to see what direction their fabulous new Creative Director Rebekka Bay (formally at Cos) has taken their looks in and will report back....
Next time, my Blogger meet up in town..was a fabulous day, I met some fantastic Mum fashion bloggers and had such fun with copious amounts of Prosecco..heaven!

Till next time, Frances xx 


  1. You'd look good in a paper bag!
    I can't say I'm fond of this shoe .. reminds me of the kids at the sk8ta (LOL!) park.
    I do love 99.9% of everything else you own/wear and I am very jealous of your hair!

    1. You just wait the end of the summer you may be wearing a pair!!! Xxxx

  2. Great post Frances....I'm still undecided but after my post saying I thought I'd stick with ballet pumps I'm now thinking a slip on would look fab with a little denim dress come the warmer months & loving your images when worn with a skirt too.....I may just have to try some now!!!
    Jane xx

    1. They are definitely worth a try Jane, they are all slightly different, some more flattering than others and you are right they will look fab in the summer with dresses skirts etc xxx

  3. I'm wearing my black Limited ones today for the first time!! SO comfortable! Great photos as ever Frances! That TopShop jumper is stunning on you. xx

    1. Thanks Joanna, I love those M&S ones they are fab, I think black ones will be my next purchase xxx

  4. As you know Frances I a huge fan of the skater shoe too! Love the H&M snakeskin ones.....they look ace with your outfit!! I am definitely after another pair as I love seeing all the ways in which they've been styled on Pinterest!! Looked at the Topshop black croc vamp ones yesterday.....very nice ;0) xx

    1. You are the original skater girl Michelle! I love yours and I am loving the Topshop ones too! Xx

  5. Haven't gone there yet ... but.. especially like the way you've styled them with the blazer in the first moodboard

    1. Thanks so much, I am a big fan of them and think they will be great for summer, thanks so much for you comment xxx

  6. Oh these things are growing on me...... Last year I thought no way! I love them in leopard and LOVE your last moodboard. Great images for inspiration, really liking the leopard ones with the red bag. The H&M ones look great on you, styled them great with the trench. X

    1. I know, me too Annmarie I though I would never wear them but am loving them now! X

  7. I love them and I have been totally converted, now proud owner of black and leopard print ones. Loving your H&M ones too, might need to add to my collection :)

    1. You look fab in yours and style them beautifully xx

  8. I haven't yet, but I will. It's too cold for me to bare my ankles just yet. Love your outfits x

    1. Thanks Donna, look forward to seeing you rocking your slip ons xx

  9. Great post and you have put a really good selection across. I am in the ' undecided' camp ( shortish, bandy leg syndrome ) but I think for £20 - £50.00 it is worth giving them a try. I like the Topshop options but really like the KG black ones. I have to admit that I said "no" to the trainer trend and guess who has just ordered some NB 420's? so it is only a matter of time with these. H xx

    1. Short, bandy legs...I don't think so you have long slim legs and will look amazing in them! I love your NBs btw just seen them on Avenue 57 xxx

  10. Brilliant post. I have been mulling leopard print ones for ages and will get some but think I will go for cheapie ones! For some reason am not prepared to spend much even though I know I will wear them loads! X

    1. I have done the same tried the H&M ones to see if I can make them work..and I am sold! Look forward to seeing you in yours on your blog xx

  11. I love them, they look super cool and comfortable. I walk EVERYWHERE so need flat shoes for daytime. The leopard print ones tick lots of fashiony boxes for me.

    1. Me too! I walk everywhere and these are fab definitely worth a try! Xx

  12. You look great Frances, as always. I like the Topshop tartan ones and all if the animal print ones. Ideal for every day xxx

    1. Thanks so much Liz, the tartan ones are fab! Xx

  13. I love them & you & a few other bloggers inspired me to get a pair! I've got the M&S leopard print ones but they feel a bit big & I'm just not sure! I need to have a good play with them! Ax

  14. So love these on you, but just don't think there me, but not tried them on yet, so who knows!!!

  15. I love the skater, more than the trainer trend! Not bought a pair yet, it's still to cold for me to get my ankles out! I loved the Gap one's at the event though. Great to see you again! x