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  • Dare We Mention Spring/Summer Ankle Boots?

    Looking at the Catwalks around the world at the minute, it seems that ankle boots are still hitting all the right notes – which is perfect for us in NI. Our weather very much dictates that boots are an absolute staple, must-have on hand basically all year round thanks to our ‘four seasons in one day’ style climate! Boots are now not just a ‘winter style, wear with our jeans’ kind of thing – you now team them with dresses, skirts, shorts and not just during festival season. This is a trend that isn’t just reserved for supermodels and the uber trendy; we can all get in on the action! Continue reading

  • Rain Rain Go Away

    It has got to that time of year where we really need to be thinking about keeping our tootsies dry and warm – and thanks to our good ole Norn Irish weather, we really do have to be prepared for all eventualities. Waterproof and water repellent boots is something we are asked quite often for, so I have put together our top 4. Continue reading

  • Aine’s Fab Five

    So yeah, it’s that time of the year again. The summer sales have officially landed and everyone is on the hunt for a bargain buy or that last minute pair of shoes to throw into their suitcase. If this is the case for you, then definitely don’t give McConnell shoes a miss. Continue reading

  • The Statement that is The Deck Shoe

    Right, so I was going to write about lovely summery sandals this time around but as I look out through the door at the hailstones bouncing off the ground and the wind howl up the street, I decided to opt for styles with the toes covered at least. Let’s talk deck shoes...
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  • Wedge City

    Wedges wedges wedges.. What would we do without them?! They are the perfect go to at this time of the year to get out of your boots but not yet into your sandals (where is the sunshine as I look out at the rain!) We have our ‘must have’ bestsellers from Marco Tozzi back in again this season with a new addition to the clan.

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  • Jump into Spring Summer 2017

    Okay so it seems the Spring/Summer season has crept up on us super quick this year thanks to the mild winter we had. Looking at the new product, it is definitely no surprise why!

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  • Oh what to wear!

    Oh what to wear!

    I love getting dressed up for a special occasion, but it can be a little stressful sometimes. It's the season of weddings & I have two this summer! Obviously I need two new outfits!

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  • Colour Pop!

    Colour Pop!

    Spring is coming! It may still be a little cold & dull outside, but spring is on its way. The snowdrops & daffodils are in bloom, so its time to put a bit of spring colour into your wardrobe. Whether you're after heels or flats, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Colour & flowery prints are huge trends this season, but you don't have to go for head to toe colour just yet. I ten to wear a lot of neutral tones this time of year, but like to inject a little colour into my outfits. So a good way to stay on trend & liven up an outfit is to add colour & prints with some fab accessories.

    Now flower prints were a major trend, seen on the spring catwalks, & a great way to tap into that trend is flower print shoes. If you're after a heel to lift a simple dress, print is the way to go.

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    Take the beautiful "Billie" from our S.Oliver range. This gorgeous high heel pump will go with everything, with its colourful flower print. Add a pop of colour & style to a simple little dress, or just throw them on with jeans. With its vibrant flower print, & pointed toe, "Billie" will keep you right on trend. If you want that punchy flower print with a slightly lower heel, then "Casey" will be your go to shoe, this spring. With its comfortable stack heel, this is a great everyday shoe.

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    Now, for those of you who like a flat pump, you can really make your outfit pop with a colourful pump.

    If you like a print, go for the fun tropical printed "Rose" from Refresh. It comes in a choice of 3 coloured backgrounds. Black print, white print, & turquoise print.

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    This is such a soft, comfortable little pump, you won't want to take it off.

    Now, if you don't want flowers, you can still add a pop of colour with this chic little pump.

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    "Lamen" from our Escape range is a classic pump, with a twist. It features classic silver piping, & bow detail, while staying bang on trend with its bright colour, & subtle stripe pattern.

    So ladies, whether it's a special occasion, or a gloomy Tuesday, add a pop of colour to your spring look.

  • Straight to the point.

    There were lots of different trends coming through on the catwalks for spring 2015. Lots to have fun with when updating my wardrobe! One of my top picks for the coming season is pointed toes. The pointed heel will carry you through from winter 2014 into spring 2015 with ease. A pointed toe can really change the look of an outfit. It can smarten up a casual outfit, or give a floaty little dress a bit of an edge.

    This spring season I'm loving the pointed flat. It’s got style & comfort in one neat little package! A pointed flat can dress up an outfit if your feet are needing a rest from heels. You can easily style a work outfit with a pointed loafer, & stay right on trend. When the weather gets a little bit milder, I know I'll be changing from boots into my pointed pumps.

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    My two favourites here at McConnells are "Coral Reef" from Clarks, & "Angel" from Tamaris.

    "Coral Reef" comes in two great finishes. A lovely neutral oyster leopard print suede upper with patent accents. This one will go with any outfit, whether it’s for work or play. Team them with your skinnies, button down shirt, & a chunky knit for a casual, yet chic look. Also coming in black leather with contrasting white trim, they give a nod to colour blocking, another key look for spring 2015. The black & white will look great teamed with a pair of cropped straight leg slacks. You'll find this one a good addition to your work wardrobe this year.

    Now, "Angel" from our Tamaris range is a beautiful little pointed ballerina pump, with strapping detail to keep it very up to the minute. It comes in a muted blush gold, which will go with everything. A-line midi skirts are big again for spring 2015, & these pumps will go great with them. They will look fab with my floral midi, for a fresh springtime look. This style of shoe is so versatile, it will look great with skinnies, skirts, slacks, & even shorts, for when the weather really heats up.

    Now for those of you, who just don't like flats, have a look at "Aquifer Belle" from Clarks. This chic little number has a kitten heel, keeping it dressy yet still comfortable to wear all day. With snake print leather upper, & sling back detail, it will dress up any outfit. This is one of those shoes that will take you from day to night with ease.


  • Those Boots were made for walking!

    Those Boots were made for walking!

    Boot season is well & truly upon us. When it's cold & wet outside you just want to stay indoors & curl up by the fire. However, out you must go, & you're going to want some boots to keep you warm & dry. Whether you like long leg boots or ankle boots, there are plenty of styles to choose from out there. So many, it can become a chore finding the one you love! So I've selected a few of my favourite boots here at McConnells to help you out. Yeah, I'm nice like that.

    First of my top picks is "Anthea" from S.Oliver. This long leg boot is great for the cold winter weather. With its cosy faux fur lining it will keep you toasty warm when you're out & about. Made of rich chocolate leather, it will become a wardrobe staple. This boot is bang on trend, with its gold trim details, giving you the style you want, & the comfort you need. Now in the sale, this boot was £99.99 now only £89.99.

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    Another firm favourite is "Lavender" from our Tamaris range. This soft ankle boot is great for everyday wear in the cold winter months. It comes in classic Muscat coloured suede, with a "Duo Tex" lining to keep you dry in the wet weather. With a soft faux fur trim & cosy fleece lining, it will keep you warm all day long. This boot is also in the sale, down from £89.99 to £79.99.

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    Another "Duo­Tex" boot from Tamaris is "Danielle". This 3/4 length leg boot has a nice chunky sole for comfort & grip. With an upper made of both suede & waxed leather this boot will see you through the winter months in style. Now on sale at £89.99, down from £110.

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    If you're looking for style & warmth, look no further than "Delta" from Rieker. This long leg black boot is finished of with some great gold detailing to catch the eye. With a delicate gold heel trim & gold zip at the back, this boot is right up there in the style stakes. This lightweight boot has a warm fleece lining & flexible sole, giving you warmth & comfort in one. Down from £77 to £64.99.

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    "Jimba Mid" from Sheepfeet is a great little winter warmer. Incorporating a luxurious suede outer with a 100% Australian wool lining & EVA sole, this boot is made for winter! Coming in black or chestnut, this little Australian export will definitely be on my Christmas wish list! At the moment there is a 10% saving on this boot, so you get it for £72, originally £80.

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    Finally, & possibly my favourite, is the funky & furry "Fold Down Hi" from our range of Converse. Converse take cosiness & style to the next level with this little number. Featuring a faux­shearling lining, it will keep you toasty warm. Made of premium leather, this ox blood coloured boot will go with everything. With its funky fold down feature you can style this boot whichever way you like. With our 10% offer off all full priced adult footwear, you can snap it up for only £67.50, down from £75.

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    So ladies, don't be afraid to venture out into the cold outdoors this season. With our fab range of boots you can go out in style & still stay cosy & warm.

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