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30 March 2015

White *transit* Vans.

As in my latest transitional shoe...get it? Sorry, but I just couldn't resist the play on words in the title there!


A few weeks back whilst Kurt Geiger had their 25% off, I was trawling their website for an alternative to my trusty Laurel's when I came across this pair of white Vans. Now, I loved the look of these straightaway as they are so similar in shape to my original purchase of the KG skate shoes. Anyway they didn't have them in my size and then I got sidetracked and forgot about them again until the beginning of this week when it suddenly occurred to me that I keep slipping into the Laurel's as they are so easy! Perfect for shoving on for the school run! So off I went surfing again and managed to find them on eBay via the Office outlet for just £26.99 inc P&P, so I ordered them on Tuesday and they arrived on Thursday! They are just what I was looking for, brilliant for this tricky transitional weather! However when I went to research them again for blog purposes, I started off on the Office website because usually things are the same price as the outlet but they were £46.99, so I checked them on eBay and they are now also £46.99. I would have to draw the conclusion that I just got incredibly lucky on Tuesday! However, not wishing to disappoint anyone, if you are in the market for some new skaters and like the look of the Vans, Surfdome have 20% off with the code ILOVESPRING* and their RRP is £44.99.  

Here's a snap of the first time I wore them. 


Gap original fit jeans, old

A shot with my Topshop duster coat over the top of the above outfit.


And outfits from the rest of the week.


Muubaa biker jacket, A/W sale purchase
Pull & Bear sweatshirt, past season
Pull & Bear sweatshirt, past season


Topshop coat, past season
Jigsaw bag, via eBay
H&M scarf, past season


Whistles jacket, old
Uniqlo v-neck merino sweater, past season
H&M jeans, past season
Converse hi-tops, buy here with 20% off with code ILOVESPRING


Mango sweater, old


H&M faux leather trousers, current sale bargain, can't find online though


Zara sweatshirt, old
H&M boyfriend jeans,old

Are you a fan of the good old skate shoe .....or have you found some other transitional footwear gem's that will tide you over until it's safe to get the sandals out?

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

Next time I will be sharing a few bits that I have been buying and stashing for my holidays!

Michelle x




33 comments:

  1. Didn't you do well....and don't you just love when you get a real bargain! They are perfect for now. I keep switching between boots and trainers at the moment, can't wait to ditch the boots once and for all, even got the old tootsies painted in readiness for the forthcoming heatwave haha! Are those the jogger trousers from H&M sale? Cos if so I got them too....Such a bargain and I love them! Helen xx

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    1. What a bargain...such a fluke, it was obviously meant to be! I keep looking at my tootsies and thinking that it's time I gave them some TLC in preparation for sandal weather but it still seems so far off! Well spotted with the H&M joggers....I've bought and returned them twice (as well as countless others from different stores) but returned them as I thought they were a bit short on me, however for £10 I bought them again and took them hem down....now they are perfect and I got them cheap! ;0) xx

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  2. I can't believe you nabbed such a bargain and they update everything mind you are always on trend so that kind of goes without saying. If they are as comfortable as the Laurels I would have them glued to my feet.

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    1. How lucky was that?! They must have realised their mistake! I still love my Stan's but fancied something else and I seemed to have participated in every other iconic sneaker/trainer brand apart from Vans! They are so easy to pop on and probably mean I can get another years wear out of the KG's if I alternate between the two.....see I can be terribly practical as well! ;0) xx

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  3. I do love your leopard print vans - it seems they pretty much work with any outfit! Good find for the White ones x

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    1. The KG's have been possibly been one of my best footwear purchases ever, so it seemed a good idea to repeat that winning formula!! Hope you've had a lovely holiday....saw your fab pic of Disney on Insta! xx

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  4. I do believe you must have some kind of inbuilt bargain radar, Michelle - I wish some of your luck would rub off on me! I look ridiculous in skate shoes, so I will just have to admire yours, although the way the wind is blowing round here right now, I'll be wearing wellies if I dare to venture out at all!!

    Love the title, by the way :-D xx

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    1. Those shopping fairies certainly do seem to be shining down on me Becky!! No skate shoes for me today either.....the ankles are covered up and there are plenty of layers on for a day in the park!! xx

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  5. Ha ha - good title. And lovely shoes. Perfect for this spring period! Well you know me, I love skate shoes. I have two pairs which are in current rotation along with the Stans. I may invest in another pair of espadrilles yet for the summer ... they are a weakness just because they are so comfortable. And the shoe gods were obviously good to you - good score! I loves me a bargain ;)

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    1. I am loving my skate shoes now Sue, they are perfect for the in-between season weather we are having at the mo! I think it would be worth me investing in a further pair....in either metallic or snakeskin! That said, you have just reminded me that I have the KG snakeskin espadrilles from last year and I have some Superga flatforms that I am also looking forward to wearing again this year! Mind you....I could always be tempted if I can find another bargain pair! ;0) xx

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  6. Love the play on words Michelle & how lucky were you with your buy - fantastic & they look fab on you.
    I'm loving my two pairs of trainers & leopard print slip ons at the moment.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Lol! The play on words is a tad corny but I just could not resist! We are becoming a bit trainer obsessed at the moment aren't we?! I reckon comfort and warm tootsies are playing a huge factor in that....showing fashion can have it's practical moments! :0) xx

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  7. You look great in your white Van's! I'm getting me a pair of silver skate shoes for spring :)

    Karianne x
    http://capsulewardrobeexperience.blogspot.no/

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    1. Thank you Karianne, I think I could also do with a silver skate shoe as well!
      Great blog too.....I am now following you! :0) xx

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  8. What a bargain - that was nicely done! I really love the skate style shoe but they just don't love me! I have very narrow feet and none of them fit properly which is such a shame, as they really are the ideal transitional shoe (loved the title by the way!) x

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    1. Pretty handy time to make up my mind about them wasn't it? Another 24 hours and it could have been a whole different story! What a shame the skaters don't do it for you.....bet you have a great alternative though, anything I should know about? ;0) xx

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  9. I love them. I am still in boots as it is blowing a howling gale and I feel like I have moved North by about 500 miles!! You are so good at sourcing items from eBay. I need some lessons. Looking good. H xx

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    1. I wasn't going to risk the skate shoes today H after last nights gales, the ankles are well and truly covered up again! Oh how I love eBay....but if I remember rightly you have purchased some great bargains on there too! ;0) xx

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  10. I always forget to look at E-bay...you've had some great bargains from there...must remember to look!! Love the Van's, you will get so much wear out of them! I'm back in boots after the gale-force winds (seriously thought our roof was going to blow off last night!!) xx

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    1. At times it's almost as addictive as Pinterest only it's more costly Sian! Once you start trawling you can easily lose a couple of hours, that said you can find some real bargains! I was back in the hi-tops and am just pondering whether it ought to be a boot day today as the forecast is not good again :0( xx

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  11. Anonymous31/3/15 16:11

    Looking fab Michelle. The H&M white skaters are really comfy too. Hx

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    1. Thank you H! I saw the H&M skaters on Monday, they had some faded denim ones which were reduced too....I may be going back for a closer look at those ;0) xx

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    2. Saw some snakeskin white ones instore and they looked fab....definitely a lot more practical as they would wipe clean! Just trying to decide if I can justify another pair?! xx

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  12. I still haven't got round to trying skater shoes, I tend to stick with my Converse but these look great. I (stupidly) braved the Converse today & my ankles nearly froze, especially when we had a wee snow shower - what the bobbins is that all about?!?! ;) x

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    1. These weather is pretty freaky isn't it?! The skate shoes are back in the box for the next couple of days as the ankles are staying covered while it's like this!! They are a great alternative to Converse....you should try them! A lot easier to get off and on too....though mine are so comfy I end up wearing them around the house like slippers! xx

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  13. Fab skaters Michelle, vans just have a cool edge don't they? And I cannot believe you got them for that price...amazing! Xx

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    1. Thank you Frances, I've never owned any Vans before but I've seen a few pairs on a few of my Instagrammer favourites so I started to look and them! I think they are pretty cool! Yep....that kind of bargain is worthy of a happy dance! :0) xx

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  14. Amazing bargain! Are they canvas? I worry about white/canvas and me being a clumsy messy oaf!

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    1. They are indeed canvas....which could well end up driving me nuts as will want to keep cleaning them! One lovely commenter above has mentioned some great white ones in H&M and having a look I would definitely vouch for them as they were sort of snakeskin and would easily wipe clean, altogether more practical for this foul weather we are having! xx

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  15. I was converted to skater shoes last year and I love them now. I have my eye on a Warehouse pair at the moment. Fab outfits as always, Michelle. Lynne xx

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  16. Hi my love!! Wow the Vans were such a fabulous buy and I love how they go with so much in your wardrobe too! Your outfit choices are so perfect for Spring and very inspiring, I need to dig out my skater shoes and trainers too! Have a lovely Easter! xxx

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  18. Wow! You were so lucky Michelle! They are a great buy! I love your grey Topshop coat & you look knockout in the tux & pleather trousers! Andrea x

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