Jelly shoes

What is it about jelly shoes that fills us with nostalgia? Ever since Melissa teamed up with Vivien Westwood for a range of deluxe designer jellies, there has been a craze for jelly shoes varying from retro sandals to dainty heeled creations boasting elaborate bows and juicy colours.

shoeOn Tuesday I spotted a pair of sandals on someone’s feet that resulted in a frantic scouring of the internet until I finally identified them as ‘Marula’ by Mel, the sister company of Melissa. Needless to say I immediately purchased them and thanks to next day delivery they were promptly thrown on and put to work pedalling my bicycle. So what’s to love about Marula? Jelly is pliable so there are no clasps to fiddle with, while equally, the design prevents them from slipping off. What’s more, as they don’t depend on an ankle strap, if like me you avoid anything that shortens already short legs, then these are a must-have.

The orange shade is on sale on the Mel website for just £12 [here], but my neon lime coloured sandals (and the blue and red that I ordered this morning) were from ebay.

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Pannier

If you’re on the lookout for a chic and unique pannier bag, then you need look no further than Loeffler Randall. You’d be fooled into thinking that this is an ordinary satchel, but their beautiful leather panniers transcend the usual stereotypes of functional cycle gear, and give savvy cyclists a bike bag that translates seamlessly from bike to high street.

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The designs vary from the elaborate black and white pictured above, to plain coloured or even studded. At £315 ($495) they don’t come cheap, but if you have the cash to spare, you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth. Browse the Loeffler Randall Rider Bag range [here].

Velovution. .

The cycling revolution (or velovution) has been growing at unprecedented speed in the last few months, and with so much media attention, the emphasis has turned on the cycle-chic movement.

It seems that everyone wants in on the game, Urban Outfitters has even gone so far as to stock a selection of chic Nutcases for women on their website. The world has gone bicycle mad and the focus is moving away from lycra and racers to vintage dutch style bicycles with deep wicker baskets and ditsy summer dresses. The Summer 2010 edition  of Evans Cycles magazine not only address the cycle chic style, but actually featured it on the front cover: a copper coloured Charge Lazy Susan bicycle, a Dahlia dress, wind in the hair… the new look of cycling revealed.

So who have we got to thank for this renewed interest? Could it be Boris Johnson’s promotion of cycling in London? Or the designer bikes sporting names such as Fendi or Chanel, and celebrity parents driving their children to school in Trikidoo tricycles. Emily Blunt’s latest film, Wild Target opened with a long sequence in which she cycled through Trafalgar Square and into the National Gallery on a vintage style bicycle while Regina Spektor sings in the background.

Needless to say the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme has made cycling endlessly more accessible – meaning that the masses can now trade four wheels for two without having to commit to their own bicycle or have to worry about the costs of maintenance, storage, or even an initial purchase. But honestly, nothing quite beats the thought of a a Dutchie, or a Pashley Poppy (although my personal favourite is the Sonnet Pure)…

New ZealandNew Zealand’s Fashion Quarterly Spring 2009