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As the Wimbledon championships are underway we have one colour in our mind – WHITE. The tradition which has been implemented for over a century is one of the most famous dress codes in sports.

Not only is white a reflection of Wimbledon tennis but it is the grand slam colour of summer. In this post we are looking at our favourite whites.

So ace this summer season by avoiding breaking the rules and following our guide to our best white shoes in our current stock. And yes off-white and cream is off the court for our special feature.

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 Lv8

128599b 128599It’s almost impossible to go wrong with this classic Nike style. The Nike Air Force LV sports a leather upper for comfort with a woven detail across the shoe. The full length Air-Sole unit is perfect for cushioning and impact protection.

Birkenstock X Papillio Arizona Birko-Flor Platform

Birkenstock_platform_whiteThe Arizona platform is a must this summer. The popular model from the Papillio collection creates an elevated look both for fashion and comfort. Team this pair with jeans and a casual t-shirt for an everyday look.

Minnetonka 1975

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Although they might be boots, the short style allows the pair to pass for an easy wear summer shoe. The fringe feature automatically gives the boots a festival feel and is a classic fit for our British weather.

Nike Roshe One

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Looking the part for the gym has never been easier with the Nike Roshe One. Worn with or without socks the shoes allow the feet to breathe whilst providing a lightweight feel for easy movement.

Lacoste L.ydro 116 1

Lacoste_L_ydro_116_1_whiteAn in-between sandals and trainers, slip-ons are always the ideal shoes for summer. The Lacoste L.ydro features a cushioned insole and canvas lining. For an effortless look these slip-ons can be dressed up or dressed down.

 

 

Words by Florinda Ceri

 

Scorpion’s festivals guide 2016

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Summertime is coming and once again the festival season slowly encroaches on our workaholic lives. Those days of cool sounds, joy and booze under the sun are finally back and we at Scorpion Shoes are looking forward to get the most out of them. Here is our selection of upcoming events with a bit of music and happiness for every taste and age:

MAY

LOVE SAVES THE DAY 28th and 29th – Bristol

Major electronic two-dayer nurtured in Glastonbury’s Dance Field with Hot Chip, Dizzee Rascal…

COMMON PEOPLE 28th and 29th – Oxford + Southampton

Second year of this festival baby from the Bestival franchise with Primal Scream, Duran Duran…

WE ARE FSTVL 28th and 29th – Upminster, London

Mega rave offering 14 stages of electronic music with Sven Väth, Fatboy Slim…

JUNE

RED ROOSTER 2nd to 4th – Euston, Suffolk

Small and chilled event in Suffolk’s countryside full of Americana and good vibes with James Leg, Bob Log III…

GOTTWOOD 9th to 12th – Holyhead

Wales woodlands rave with Two Bad Mice, Andrew Weatherall…

DOWNLOAD 10th to 12th – Castle Donnington

One of the best-loved British heavy rock festivals with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden…

FIELD DAY 11th and 12th – Victoria Park, London

One electronic music and one indie rock day on the trendiest capital park with James Blake, PJ Harvey…

PARK LIFE 11th and 12th – Manchester

Hip hop and dance blow-out in Heaton Park with Major Lazer, Ice Cube…

AFRICA OYÉ 18th and 19th – Liverpool

One of Britain’s only large scale free events, focused on African music with Ifa Band, Mbongwana Star…

GLASTONBURY 22nd to 26th – Pilton

The world famous mainstream festival with Adele, New Order…

BLISSFIELDS 30th to 2nd July – Woodmancott

Themed around a house party for this year with Roni Size, Everything, everything…

JULY

LOVE SUPREME JAZZ FESTIVAL 1st to 3rd – Glynde Valley, Brighton

The jazz extravaganza funniest festival with Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach…

BRITISH SUMMER TIME 1st to 10th – Hyde Park, London

Mainstream giant superstar pop concerts in the heart of West London with Florence & the Machine, Mumford & Sons…

NASS 8th to 10th – Shepton Mallet

As much about action sports (BMX, mountain bike, stunt skating…) as about music with Stormzy, Knife Party…

T IN THE PARK 8th to 10th – Auchterader, Scotland

Scotland’s biggest festival with The Stone Roses, Disclosure…

LOVEBOX 15th and 16th – Victoria Park, London

Dance festival that emerged from Groove Armada’s club of the same name with LCD Soundsystem, Major Lazer…

CITADEL 17th – Victoria Park, London

Make the most of this summer Sunday with Sigur Rós, Caribou…

LEEFEST 28th to 30th – Secret location in Kent

Began as a teen party, this is one of the most special festivals across Britain with Roots Manuva, Little Simz…

CAMBRIDGE FOLK 28th to 31st – Cherry Hinton

At its 52nd edition, one of the oldest festivals in Britain and a folkie institution with Gogol Bordello, Imelda May…

WOMAD 28th to 31st – Malmesbury

Probably the most renowned world music festival in the world with Sidestepper, Tetish…

BOOM BAP 29th to 31st – Mildenhall

Only hip hop event of its kind in the United Kingdom with Da$h, A-F-R-O…

AUGUST

BELLADRUM TARTAN HEART 4th to 6th – Beauly, Inverness

One of the northernmost festivals in the United Kingdom full of Celtic vibes with Madness, The Darkness…

WILDERNESS 4th to 7th – Great Tew, Oxfordshire

Wilderness is a chance to enjoy a natural reserve environment and lots of side activities and classy night parties with The Flaming Lips, Robert Plant…

BOARDMASTERS 10th 14th – Newquay, Cornwall

A surf and music five day party with Kaiser Chiefs, Craig David…

GREEN MAN 18th to 21st – Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons

Full of rootsy charm in the Welsh countryside this event comes full of magic with James Blake, Wild Beasts…

V 20th and 21st – Weston-under-Lizard + Chelmsford

If mainstream pop is your piece of cake you will certainly love this festival with Rihanna, Justin Bieber…

CREAMFIELDS 25th to 28th – Daresbury

UK’s biggest dance music festival with Fatboy Slim, Tiësto…

THE BIG FEASTIVAL 26th to 28th – Kingham

Hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James, this gastro-fest have as many big name chefs as bands. With Róisín Murphy, Foxes…

SEPTEMBER

END OF THE ROAD 2nd to 4th – Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

Laid-on and impressively curated, this small festival is a healing experience to mark the end of the summer with Animal Collective, Cat Power, Joanna Newsom…

ONE LOVE 2nd to 4th – Chigwell, Essex

UK’s only major reggae festival with Lee Scratch Perry, The Gladiators…

BESTIVAL 8th to 11th – Downend, Isle of Wight

The last major summer event, this festival in Isle of Wight is going to show a drum&bass history set by curator Rob da Bank as well as the performances of Hot Chip, The Cure…

UNDERCOVER 9th and 10th – Brighton

Boozely affable event focused on ska and punk performances with Spear of Destiny, The Selecter…

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Everything was easier before 2005. You just got some of your best looking old clothes and shoes to enjoy those days in a tent and in front of the stage with your friends at your side and a drink in your hand. Indeed you had to worry about looking great just in case that girl or guy (or both) were around, dress to impress you know… But it was mostly about looking nice without ruining your best footwear and clothes for the rest of the year. Then, that summer of 2005 at Glastonbury, Kate Moss stomped in the mud wearing a pair of Hunter Wellington boots and the game changed forever. The British style icon thankfully forced us all to stop worrying about wearing practical comfortable clothes and shoes that could easily adapt to unpredictable weathers (and probably lakes of mud) but to look chic and show some style even in the wildest conditions.

Well, maybe you need to keep worrying about your clothing but here at Scorpion Shoes we’ve decided to give you a helping hand at least with your footwear. We’ve been delving into magazine articles, influencers’ selfies and blog posts to grab an idea of what the trendies and TOWIEs (if that’s an indicator) are going to wear for the festival season. So here is our selection of favourites for every occasion and scenario. Are you ready?

Starting from THE CLASSICS, immortal styles which are going to work in every occasion. An easy pick, true, but also a wise one:

-After Kendall Jenner’s Instagram post last year, white sneakers are going to be everywhere this 2016. Nike Air Force 1 is the eternal standard but the Adidas Superstar will be seen everywhere too. Why not try the black option? Black is the new black, you know…

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-Converse is a festival classic and you can go for the most iconic fabric but maybe you’d feel safer choosing the colourful rubber or the more durable leather option.

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-Also an eternal style favourite, Vans is coming back stronger than ever this year. You can go for the special 50th anniversary or the Hoffmann Fabrics collaboration editions but as we’re speaking about classics, the Old Skool has always been (and will always be) there.

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As for classics, we also need to consider SHOES, always a smarter option which is also compatible with the latest streetwear trends.

-Dr. Martens 8249 shoes, East Londoners’ official footwear, are a good option for those who play hard at electronic or ska nights.

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-Even more arty, the deconstructed suede shoe Trigenic by Clarks is an option for the avant garde who also look for total comfort.

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-Moccasins are definitely on trend this year: they might be more suitable for drier climates (as this trend actually began in Coachella’s dusty environment) but with the Minnetonka suede moccasin/ankle boots you are going to look like the Wild West Queen.

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Another classic range, perfect for the ever-changing British weather, is BOOTS. Here are our choice picks;

-The durable and all-purpose Caterpillar are the perfect match for hip hop and RnB environments.

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-The Dr. Martens classic 1460 boot is more suitable for indie and alternative gigs and with the 90s’ comeback, we’re sure you are absolutely in!

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-Another big trend this year is ankle and cowboy boots… We have chosen the Blundstone in burgundy to match almost any outfit and weather/music condition.

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-Wellington boots are a festival classic which work great both for comfort and style. Although Hunters are a bit off trend this year, the handmade and super high quality French brand Le Chameau can offer a very distinct and elegant alternative.

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Also, Wellington booties are always a good choice and we are definitely in love with the classic sailor charm of the Barbour Beacon.

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Trying to avoid muddy floors but wanting to keep your feet fresh and cool? Then FLATFORMS are made for you!

-There’s no fresher flatform than the Fred Perry Phoenix, with its mesh fabric, they guarantee a cool retro look!

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-The Superga 2790, with its iconic shape and huge variety of colours, is always a good choice but, if you’re feeling a bit more summery, then you definitely have to go for the rope sole collection, mixing the best of flatforms with the natural and warm espadrilles look.

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Oh and espadrilles! We are all waiting for the first batch of heat to wear these comfortable and light shoes and pretend to be Don Johnson. They’re omnipresent on beaches, pools and of course festivals. And when speaking about espadrilles, of course Toms is the reference. You can go for the most classic ones or this year’s new design, the open toe ones. With their large range of designs and prints it’s always difficult to choose one…

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Last but not least, an unmissable item for any proper summer outfit and something that you can’t miss when packing for a festival, SANDALS. You will need them for taking a shower (if you are one of that kind) but they also are a big trend accessory nowadays!

-On one hand you can go for the classier styles that different brands are offering, from the wedges on the Tommy Hilfiger style to the high quality leather and exceptional design of the Camper models, not forgetting the awesome and delicate Hush Puppies, perfect for a warm and natural look.

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-On the other hand, this year’s biggest trend comes from two classics reinvented. Both the Nike Benassi and the Adidas Adilette are brought back to life with the addition of white socks. Yes, white socks and sports slides… What some years ago was still an aesthetic affront has become the must wear of this season. Even Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora can be seen wearing them all the time! And, of course, it all started some years ago with the combination of the most famous German sandals brand, Birkenstock, and thick wool socks, being worn even during wintertime by almost every fashion connoisseur around the globe.

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BONUS TIP

Not to forget, one of the most important fashion accessories you need for a complete festival outfit (and the only one which is absolutely necessary, to be honest) is a good BACKPACK. We have chosen two different styles from our huge range of bags. The all purpose classic Converse bag is full of different sized pockets and perfect to keep all your stuff under control during those long and crazy festival days. Our other choice is the high quality and very original Sprayground Livest One with a lovely and colourful ethnic-inspired print and golden details that is going to make you stand out from the crowd which ever festival you end up at!

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by Marcos F Gallego

havaianas: the long and sunny road

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Born as a Brazilian working-class commodity, the now omnipresent Havaianas have walked a long way before becoming the quintessential comfy summer slip on we know today. Their story began in the early 60s when Brazilian company Alpargatas, founded in 1907 by the Argentinian-born Scotsman Robert Fraser, marketed a version of flip-flops made with local high quality gum under the name of Havaianas, the Portuguese word for Hawaiians. With their first pair launched in 1962 and inspired by the Zori, a traditional Japanese sandal made of rice straw, its design was quite simple, white insoles, blue coloured outsoles and straps with a rice grain texture on the rubber soles. They first succeeded as a popular shoe for lower class workers as they were comfortable, durable and cheap. They could be found exclusively in small neighbourhood stores and from 1964 onwards, in many Brazilian towns throughout the countryside as a result of traveling salesmen who sold them from their Volkswagen vans as they travelled up and down the country.

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Their humble origins made them known as chinelos de pobre (poor man’s flip flops). Nevertheless, they were very successful at the time selling a thousand pairs a day and becoming a national symbol for Brazilian working people. Although Alpargatas registered the patent of Havaianas in 1966 and they can be considered the original rubber flip flop, their popularity produced many imitator brands so in 1970 Havaianas came out with a new and successful campaign called Havaianas: As Legítimas (Havainas: the Legitimate Ones) to take on the competition. A bit later, during 1973, they changed their slogan to the more direct Protect yourself from phonies. Havaianas- the real ones. They don’t lose their shape, don’t smell and the straps don’t come loose taking advantage of the still secret formula of the high quality gum, durability and comfort characteristics that made them a big success amongst Brazilian popular classes. In 1980, millions of pairs were being sold each year and the Brazilian government listed them as a fundamental product to control inflation, like rice and beans.

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But this popular success was not reaching high end customers of developed countries nor having any impact on the fashion industry. Their models remained exactly the same basic white and blue design for many years. In 1969, there was a production error creating a batch of green Havaianas which broke the blue and white monotony. When this haphazardly coloured model hit the markets there was a very positive reaction so the company started to produce brown, yellow and black pairs keeping the white body as a main feature. It was one of the first steps to move towards more on trend audiences. Also, 1970 onwards, the hippie movement helped to move Havaianas even further as youngsters and those more politically involved started to wear them as a symbol of freedom and also support for the less favoured inhabitants of the country.

Nonetheless, in the late 80s and early 90s the brand was in a crisis, with less influence on an increasingly globalised fashion market. They started to develop new styles in a brand building attempt to reach different sectors of Brazilian society and also different markets all around the world. In 1995 they launched Havaianas Floral, their first printed design with hibiscus flowers as decoration. The following year, they released one of their most successful styles, Havaianas Top. It started as a streetwear trend, inverting the sole to make the outsole face upwards and creating the appearance of a monochrome sandal. The launching of Havaianas Top was the starting point for higher social classes to wear Havainas and the beginning of their infiltration into the fashion establishment. Originally they launched this style in 8 colours; nowadays it’s available in over 15 different monochrome shades.

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Due to the celebration of 1998 World Cup in France, they launched the Havaianas Brasil, with a small Brazilian flag on the strap to show support for their team, becoming an international success and meaning the beginning of the brand’s international expansion. One year after, in 1999, Havaianas were shown on Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk and made its own mark in the world of high fashion. The company started to work with some of the highest brands and designers around the world as well as widening their distribution in Western Europe, US, Japan… The brand can nowadays be found in more than 60 countries.

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The new millenium saw the consolidation of the brand’s international prestige. With the support of many brilliant advertising campaigns delivered by Marcello Serpa for the agency Almap BBDO and an impressive visual identity based on pure intense colours and organic shapes, the company kept the track of innovation. In 2000 and to celebrate the new millenium, they launched the first sandal that glowed in the dark. A year after they gave birth to Havaianas Special Collection which further marked Havaianas’s presence in the world of high end fashion with exclusive details like crystals and metalwork. In 2006 the Havainas Slim arrived to the markets, specially designed for women they had a thinner and more delicate strap. In 2010 and with less benevolent weathers than the Brazilian one in mind, Havaianas launched the Soul Collection, a range of casual sneakers and espadrilles with the Havaiana’s character keeping the rubber sole.

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We all wait for the first rays of sun in order to wear this iconic shoe on beaches, around pools or in far away destinations. Never has such a simple design brought so many different and original ideas. What will be next?

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by Marcos F Gallego

Asics Gel Lyte III & Gel Saga ‘Summer Kite’ Pack

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Asics is going strong with the Gel Lyte III and Gel Saga in a new pack that will
heat things up for the Summer. Two pairs of Gel Saga and one Gel Lyte III make
up for the ‘Summer Kite’ pack. The trio will feature kite-like ripstop nylon uppers
that are dressed in fluorescent colors. The Gel Lyte III comes in eye popping pink,
while the two Gel Saga’s utilize yellow and blue respectively. White accents outline
the classic shapes, with a contrasting white outsole completing the look.

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Shop your Asics ‘Summer Kite’ pack HERE

 

Frozen-Inspired Havaianas added to Disney Collection

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Havaianas has added a Frozen capsule to their their famed Disney collection
featuring vibrant colors and familiar faces for spring 2015. The sandals are
inspired by classic Disney movie characters as well as some new favorites
including Elsa, Anna and Olaf.
These are going to be all the fashion-rage this spring and summer!
“Disney embodies instant joy much like Havaianas, creating a harmonious
relationship,” said Melissa Tansarico, Havaianas’ Manager of Retail.
I love it and I couldn’t agree more!

Havaianas embodies the fun, vibrant and spontaneous way of Brazilian life.
As the original flip-flops created in 1962, Havaianas have been bringing the
Brazilian spirit all around the world for products of high quality rubber and
bright, joyful designs. Add instant joy to feet with comfort and happiness.
I’ve gotten myself a new pair every summer, such a perfect summer
essential to have in my closet.

Enjoy these for the little lady in your life!

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