25 Nov 2013
British made footwear is still the best quality in the world. There are still plenty of British footwear makers. Here are well over 60 UK footwear brands still manufacturing in the UK (in no particular order)
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02 Nov 2013
I fully appreciate and love receiving a tweet to find that someone completely random has written an editorial piece and included my shoes in their content. You can read 'What Lizzy Loves' by following the link below:
Thursday, 31 October 2013
I'm looking for some fancy flats that I can wear when when heels are OTT. I'm thinking of when we have people round for a meal or a girls' night in.
It would be nice if they were sparkly, glittery or metallic to differentiate them from "everyday" shoes. Although, I see no real reason for not wearing sequins every day...
I've been doing a bit of browsing.
Walsh, Jimmy Choo £275
The multi coloured glitter
is just gorgeous. They'd match
Surely a wise investment.
Morse, Jimmy Choo £315
I've mentioned so many times
how much I love metallic
shoes. They match everything
Wild Kat, Black Foil, The British Flat Shoe Company £99
These are embossed leather with a slight sparkle.
And in my favourite leopard too
I'm falling in love...
Black Brady Ballerina
Usually £99 but there's a footwear promotion
on until 11th November.
A nod to Chanel.
Amulet Jewel, Black Suede, Clarks £59.99
I love the shape of these. Almost a ballet/slipper shoe
Amulet Jewel, Red Suede, Clarks £59.99
I've always had a soft spot for red shoes
Sparkle Ballerina, Oasis £35
A slightly more robust shape
than a ballerina and I really
like the beads on this.
Grey Velvet and Metallic Ballet Pumps
Mint Velvet £79
Feather Pony Skin Ballet Pumps
Mint Velvet £89
Sequin Ballerinas, Next £24
These caught my eye not only
because of the beautiful colour but
the pattern of the sequins too.
Aren't they just exquisite?
I'm spoilt for choice and unable to decide.
What do you think?
Love Liz xxx
*Apologies for the lack of reproduction on some of the pictures. Please visit the blog to view the pictures in full.
Posted by Elizabeth Johnston at 18:18
19 Oct 2013
The British Flat Union Flag Shoe!
From the onset of the business I have had repeated requests for a ballerina shoe in the design of my logo. I knew what I was looking for with the design and rejected ideas of a shoe made out of Union Flag material and also rejected the idea of an embroidered or painted flag, it’s been done and I wanted something a bit different, a bit more special.
The shoe itself had to be of the same comfort and exacting standards of a ‘British Flat Shoe’ and the flag itself had to be the right way up, show all the relevant slim and wide white parts of the flag. (There are oodles and oodles of union flags on products which are the wrong way up, have the wrong wide parts in the wrong place.) Given that this is a British made product and is also, not only depicting the Union Flag but is also The British Flat Shoe logo, this had to be done right.
The idea of layering out of leather strips the various parts of the flag was a design I was aiming for.
Creating the flag took some time as a generic template had to be made which, not only created the flag across a size but would also suffice for a size 9. Using too much leather on the front of the shoe would make the whole thing too bulky. Working with the factory we created the template of the flag. By laying the template over the leather and using a stich marker we could then mark up the leather to begin making the flag itself. A prototype shoe made from white binding tape which forms the white background and then strips of patent red leather were applied over the top by hand to finish the flag, the only piece is then machined into place by hand.
To see the process in action. Click on the following You Tube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClVR6cZxE5Y
An interesting comment was posted by Kate Hills from http://www.makeitbritish.co.uk/ on my Twitter account which is @Britishflatshoe who said and I quote ‘Great to see a Union Jack design that’s actually made in Great Britain.’
I think she was referring to the amount of Union Jack merchandising which comes in from abroad – hence why the flag is usually upside down or displayed with the white bits in the wrong sequence.
14 Oct 2013
Mid October already…!
Following some important feedback from my customers and 'would be' customers I am now making size 3 and size 9 shoes. In the next few days I will be stocking all 12 colours in both these sizes.
No news on half sizes yet but i promise this is still very much on my radar.
A few interesting things have happened on Twitter this past week or so. I am delighted to have got a mention including pictures on http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/?s=the+british+flat+shoe+companyThe Upcoming is an online magazine publishing thought-provoking stories, glamorous events, cultural insights and interesting news.
I also made it to the following online publication: http://www.stillmadeinbritain.co.uk/shoes/the-british-flat-shoe-company.html
Once again Kat Farmer kindly wore a pair of my British Flat Navy/Cream toe Shoes shoes and has written on her blog. You can keep up to date with Kat’s blogs by subscribing, you can find her here: http://www.doesmybumlook40.blogspot.co.uk/
A British Family is worthy of mention as James Bradshaw is designing and making leather traditional leather products which he is now selling. You can find their products here: http://www.beta.folksy.com/shops/RawLeather They have some great little products so if you are stuck for a gift pop along to the site and take a look.
On the mention of gifts. Christmas is coming. The British Flat Shoe Company is now offering gift vouchers. You can buy the ‘gift vouchers’ from ‘Shop for Shoes’ on the website. We are also offering some accessory products for your shoes which you can view from the ‘Accessory’ page. There are some great little padded insoles with a built in 'gel' implant which really are superb, particulalry if you have a pair of shoes that are just a little bit too big or do not have the comfort in the sole you need.
International and European Postage facility: I have been fortunate enough to attract some buyers from USA recently and made a decision to add the postage details to my website thus making it transparent for customers to view the overseas and calculate the overseas postage details. We can now post out to Europe and Rest of the World. The website will work out the postage and remove the VAT from the countries which are VAT exempt. Just to make you aware that at the checkout the VAT will still show but when you actually come to pay the VAT is taken off and just the relevant postage charges left in place.
The Next Blog will feature the making process of The British Flat Union Flag Shoe...
30 Sep 2013
Please visit site to see the pictures and read Kat's other blogs: http://doesmybumlook40.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/cinderella-shall-go-to-ball.html
Cinderella shall go to the Ball
In a brand new pair of ballet flats! At last I have managed to replace my poor, lost in a drunken stupor, pair of faithful old ballet flats from Banana Republic, which, to be fair, owed me nothing. They were truly on their last legs and had served me well for the last 4 years before deciding, on a night out with other bloggers, to free themselves from the burden of being worn by me (and unceremoniously dragged around in the my handbag whilst pride of place was always given to the heels)
I hadn't realised though how much of a staple part of my wardrobe they were - that old chestnut, absence makes the heart grow fonder. I've charted my pursuit of a replacement here (ie moaned like shit about not being able to find any)
Actually I was less Cinderella and more Goldilocks, one pair was too plastic, one pair was too expensive, one pair was too pointy, one pair was too pointy, plastic and painful (ok so Goldilocks with a harem of bears)
But thanks to Charlotte Henderson at The British Flat Shoe Company, I now have a pair which I am absolutely over the moon with. I was really torn between getting a navy and black pair and the ones that Charlotte sent me are the perfect combination.
The British Flat "Wild Cat" in Black Foil. £99 These are essentially black but because of the foil effect on the leopard print, they pick up the colour of navy when worn with it - the perfect holograph effect shoe! (ok so that probably isn't top of your list when looking for a shoe - but trust me, it randomly works)
Charlotte started the company only this year after she couldn't find the shoe that she was looking for (familiar story there) and decided she could do better herself (have no fear - I have no plans to start manufacturing or designing shoes!)
Thus The British Flat Shoe Company was born and now produce leather shoes that are from local materials, hand machined and hand finished right here in the UK.
And, to top it all, they are comfy. They're not as flimsy as some ballerinas can be but certainly not too chunky - just a classic ballerina flat. They have added cushioned inner soles and built in padded soft heel inserts - I've had mine on for two days and am off to London on Thursday - shall definitely be wearing these.
They do come in a range of colours - I know that Charlotte is looking to expand the range (please can we also have a leopard print pair?) but for the moment, the classic every day essentials are there.
Definitely next on my list is a pair of the two tone - probably in the classic navy and bone combo.
One of the best things about writing this blog and becoming better known is finding out about small British Companies and being able to support them and therefore, British Manufacturing, our heritage and our traditions. Don't get me wrong, I am a guilty lover of fast fashion and am not foolish enough to think that it doesn't have a place on our High Street but I do think that it needs to co-exist alongside British Companies and not at the expense of them.
I feel very privileged to be asked to support young developing companies who are bringing us products of excellent value and quality and at the same time, supporting the traditions of British Industry.
As a thank you, Charlotte from The British Flat Shoe Company is offering a 10% off discount code:- KAT40/10% from orders placed on the website. Any problems at all using it, please do shout.
o hope you think they're as fab as I do. I'm also sure that Charlotte would appreciate any feedback on ideas for new shoes that she could make in the future. I've got my thinking cap on.
Tomorrow I shall be back with another of my Must Have items for the A/W. (have we worked out yet that when I say "must have" it's code for "I need new ones and need to justify a purchase.....")