Slip into something special from The North Face

There’s something massively lovely about this time of year where you welcome the cold and the wind, and greet the rain with big open arms. No it’s not the first sign of madness, but rather a sign that sitting and waiting for you at home is a cosy and warm pair or slippers that you probably can’t wait to sink your feet into.   You can’t underestimate the value of a good pair of slippers; after all, we spend a lot of time in our homes and unless you like bringing the outside dirt into your carpets and floors then you probably spend a lot of time in your slippers too. Whether it’s a bargain pair of supermarket specials with some kind of animal fashioned out of fluff, or a sensible rubber-soled loafer style to keep you from slipping over, the chances are that they’re either not all that warm or stitched together well enough. There are not many pairs of slippers that make it past their first year and sadly, most end up in the bin after a few months along with the money that you spent on them. If only there were shoe-quality slippers that didn’t cost the earth you might say. Oh, but there are.   The North Face is one of those brands that you hear and then instantly see thick and warm jackets that you could comfortably scale an ice-capped mountain in, or walking boots that laugh in the face of muddy tracks, snow covered rocks and slippery pathways. But The North Face knows that quality doesn’t have to end on the doorstep and...

All hail the Kingpin from Etnies

Fashion takes it influences from everywhere; especially the footwear scene where you only have to look at some of the most popular winter styles to see exactly where they came from. Big fluffy boots are a tribute to the snow adventurers that pack the most advanced technologies into their footwear while fashion takes the best looking bits. Leather boots pay homage to the Wild West where cowboys wear their leather until its aged to perfection and again, fashion replicates it for the best way to style a pair of jeans. But closer to home where the pavement is dry of snow and ice, and sandy ranches are few and far between, street wear is grabbing its inspiration from the two and four wheeled warriors of the asphalt. Skateboarders and BMX riders have been rocking their skate shoes for decades and when you look a little closer you can see why they’ve remained pretty much unchanged from the originals from way back when. Padded tongues for comfort and extra support, foam cushioning and shock absorption for pulling tricks on a board or bike – all qualities you’ll find in the massively popular Etnies Kingpin shoes. Etnies is not only one of the best known brands on the skate scene and one that’s been around since its early days, but its also one of those brands that every extreme sports fan has owned and enjoyed and always goes back to. The Kingpin is the best seller in the Etnies range thanks to its classic skate style, simple branding and its ability to take on any kind of challenge you want to...