Thinking of veering away from your tired black leather lace-ups? Bending the rules doesn't have to mean causing a remarkable scene. Here are a few subtle changes you can make to your footwear choices that will go perfectly with your favourite suits.
As we move into spring revive your navy suit with a pair of blue suede crepe sole loafers from Hugs & Co. These combine navy blue English suede with a natural crepe rubber sole. The leather welt on the sole has been left in a light natural colour to draw on the gum shade of the sole. Covering distances on foot? These will be great as the crepe rubber sole flexes, grips and provides comfortable cushioning for every step you take.
Men's Penny Loafers, navy blue suede with crepe rubber sole, Hugs & Co. £194.99
Next up we suggest the Hugs & Co. tan suede brogues. Again we've sourced an English suede with a perfect fine brush for this style. The sole is welted and made from a robust leather that can be easily resoled time and time again giving these shoes a long lifespan. Here we've teamed them with a jaunty fabric and a turn up at the ankle.
Men's Brogues, tan suede leather sole, Hugs & co. £194.99
We recently released the Hugs & Co. Boat Loafers in three different colours. They incorporate a versatile deck shoe style sole, classic penny loafer silhouette upper and have been made with a soft Italian suede. Slip on a pair of black suede boat loafers with a grey suit to feel not just cool but noticeably comfortable.
Men's Boat Loafers, black suede rubber sole, Hugs & Co. £124.99
Sometimes you just have to keep it classic and for that we can help too. The Hugs & Co. goodyear welted men's penny loafers are of course available in a lustrous black English leather. These fine slip on loafers will take a gorgeous shine and certainly won't let you down when you need to look your best.
Men's Penny Loafer, black leather with leather sole, Hugs & Co. £194.99
A clean Scandinavian aesthetic is melted together with vivid brush work, colour and a passion for motor sport, the English countryside and wildlife. These characteristics are expressed wth a playful Pop Arty nod to iconic designs important to Alex Hall’s world. It’s easy to delight the senses whilst viewing his current collection of works; Ferraris, vintage Champagne and Polo Ponies are among a few of his favourite points of focus. Each one carefully rendered in a way that expresses the joy and excitement each subject would bring if it were in the room with you.
‘They are a conceptual subject, I look at each subject for why we like the look of them and then I use my style to portray that in a more powerful way.
I would never paint anything I don’t like, when people approach me with commissions I still want to do my own take on what they want. It has to be aesthetically pleasing to me. It’s good to have your own mark in life and to do things in my own way to show my perspective on it.
I prefer to keep stuff clean and simple which I like. The subject, range of material and experiences come from my English side.’
Some choice works revolve around classic cars and the Monaco Grand Prix. This deep interest Alex has in automobilia didn't get chosen at random or come about purely by chance. Motor sport is in his blood and he's certainly more than au fait with the lifestyle surrounding it.
‘I grew up around cars and my father was an historic racing car driver. Most of my friends and family are as a result related to motorsport. My Godfather was James Hunt, the F1 champion, and my Grandfather was one of the pioneers of bringing over Ford from America.
The delight he gets from motor sports shines through in his artwork. A Ferrari 250 GTO looms at us from the wall, virtually popping out of the canvas in three dimensions. The perspective of the car is from below the centre line, almost as if the viewer is kneeling to pay their respects to Enzo’s vision of the perfect motorcar.
Alex Hall wears Black Suede Laced Driving Loafers by Hugs & Co. £104.99
We asked Alex which was the greatest car ever made?
‘In my opinion the classic Fiat 500 it's iconic and accessible to everyone.’
Time for Alex is spent mostly in London where his studio is. For many painters though travel is an important part of life and inspiration and for Alex this is no different.
‘If I’m not in London then I'm in the Cotswolds or Sweden of course, both are a healthy escape from London. Then I just travel around to see new places’
As an Artist Alex has developed his style both on and off the canvas. Fashion and art are intrinsically linked and in this case each can easily feed into the other.
Given you're interest in classic cars would you say there's an element of the classic in the way you dress?
‘Yes but that's like life. As an artist I would say I am inspired by everything around me. Even by being around certain people, that can translate into fashion and my style. I don’t dress in a completely logical way, I choose style that I feel comfortable with regardless of whether it is considered right or wrong.’
Where and when?
Jumby Bay in January.
Where with a party and where for escape?
St Tropez for a Party, for serenity my lake house in Sweden.
One place everyone must visit?
Sweden. It's beautiful, the people are good looking and the air is clean. A great place to get perspective.
What always goes in the suitcase?
Pair of Hugs & Co. laced black suede drivers, two pairs of spectacles, one pair of dark sun glasses and one tinted and then your ready to go.
Ditch the map or plan the route?
I ditch the map but someone else has usually planned the route!
Wearing it now?
My paint overalls and a pair of my old Indigo Blue Sneaker Loafers from Hugs & Co.
To catch some attention?
Double breasted blazer.
Shirt tails in or out?
Always in if it's collared, if it's more casual always out.
Is it ever too dark for sunglasses?
My next purchase will be…
A camera case.
The first style tip I learnt was…
If you’re wearing any jacket, to get a better fit put your opposite hand under the inside shoulder to get a better fit.
Never wear light socks with dark shoes!
Breakfast, lunch, dinner?
The Corner House Brook Green, Caraffini, Granger & Co.
For one quick drink?
My local pub.
New in to the Hugs & Co. men's collection is the hybrid Boat Loafer. Combining our classic penny loafer silhouette with a versatile deck shoe sole in robust rubber. We have released this highly wearable style in three shades of suede each perfect for this time of year. As always meticulous attention has been paid to material selection, the Italian suedes and soft leather linings are brought together to create a product we are proud to put our name on.
The deck shoe sole adds further durability to your loafers but keeps a clean line and simplistic aesthetic. The shoe is perfect for a more active wearer whilst respecting the values of traditional style that carry through the Hugs & Co. collection. Comfort, endurance and design have each been balanced harmoniously in this new line.
Available to order online now or drop us a line if you have any questions before you purchase.
Its December and the Christmas season is upon us, time to look forward to festive cheer and giving presents to friends and loved ones. Here at Hugs & Co. we've got some great ideas for Christmas gifts like the taupe suede loafers featured above. Have a look through our men's and women's collections and you're sure to find plenty of great gift ideas.
Once again this year Hugs & Co. will be honouring Christmas purchases for returns or exchanges until January 25th. That way if your purchasing a gift there'll be plenty of time to exchange if the recipient would prefer a different size.
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This Autumn Hugs & Co. chelsea boots are a perfect way to stay on trend and looking sharp. Here we highlight two shades we think will be a great addition to your wardrobe.
Slate grey is a colour that pairs perfectly with denim of any shade and many of our popular styles are available in this colour. The Hugs & Co. slate grey chelsea boots are shown here with a mid tone of blue denim. However they could look equally well paired with dark blue jeans with a turned up ankle or black jeans for an evening out.
The robust goodyear welted construction of Hugs & Co. chelsea boots mean they're intended to be as enduring as the style itself has been. An English suede has been selected for the perfect pairing of materiality and expert craftsmanship. Boots like these will be with you for many years to come.
There are six variants of the classic chelsea boot in the Hugs & Co. men's collection but winning a mention here is the tobacco suede option. A timeless colour for autumn footwear and as versatile as they are iconic. Tobacco suede chelsea boots are highly popular with some of the most stylish fashion influencers to have been snapped by photographers. Here we've decided to combine them with grey slim fit trousers allowing the two softer colours to compliment each other.
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As the British polo season draws to a close Hugs & Co. once again supported the Best Playing Pony award at the prestigious Ham Polo Club in Richmond. This time the judging panel were observing ponies played in the Billy Walsh tournament looking for the most outstanding one.
The winner pictured above was Sodita owned by Laura Schiebel and played by Argentine 4 goal player Lorezo Larumbe. The young South American player said that Sodita had 'played excellently in the second chukka of the tournament final'. He went on to add 'She has also been a very important pony in my string whilst competing at Cowdray Park Polo Club this season.'
Hugs & Co. footwear has become a popular fashion choice for plenty of polo players. Follow us on social media to see what's being worn by some of our brand ambassadors in the polo world.
Eyes may be turning gradually to autumn colours but don't be tempted to make the jump too fast. One colour Hugs & Co. offer in both the men's and women's collections is a perfect transitional shade of petrol blue. A rich colour that looks great with dark denim but can be equally suitable with shorter leg wear on the last few sunny days of summer. In the women's collection a fringed design is on offer, a unique twist on a classic style. In the mens our staple penny loafer is available as well as the laced loafer with brown leather bow detailing.
All feature soft leather linings to reinforce the shape our Italian suedes have been crafted into. The technical materials layered in the insole provide comfort, durability and lasting shape over time.
Hugs & Co. Women's Fringed Loafers, Petrol Blue Suede, tan leather lining: £124.99
Hugs & Co. Men's Penny Driving Loafers, Petrol Blue Suede, dark tan leather lining: £104.99
Hugs & Co. Men's Laced Driving Loafers, Petrol Blue Suede, dark tan leather lining: £104.99
Hugs & Co. footwear are continuing to sponsor the Best Playing Pony awards at Ham Polo Club this summer. The BPP judging panel carefully watch the club's tournament finals and select the pony that made the biggest difference to the game. The winning pony and player are then presented with a rug and a pair of shoes from the latest Hugs & Co. collection.
The winner in yesterday's Dubai Trophy final was Dudy played by Hissam Ali Hyder. Dudy is a 9 year old Argentine mare who came to England last season. Ali Hyder describes her as one of the best mares in his string. Dudy played in both the first and second half with Ali Hyder scoring four goals whilst riding her.
Hissam Ali Hyder is Pakistan's highest rated player and was selected this year to play for the Commonwealth team against England for the Coronation Cup at Guards Polo Club.
For ideas of what to wear to polo this summer browse through either the Hugs & Co. women's collection or the men's collection. The relaxed traditional style Hugs & Co. offers resonates perfectly with the elegant summer fashion seen at polo clubs around the world.
Three colours, perfect for summer, have been added to the Hugs & Co. women's collection. Our growing range of grain leather styles now include the women's penny loafers in tan and sea blue. These are joined by two sumptuous pastel shades in soft Italian suede. All feature natural leather linings carefully sewn in to ensure comfort and a lasting shoe. Find these and more beautiful driving loafers in the women's new arrivals section of the site.