Stuffed animals holding plush love hearts with ‘I love you’ emblazoned on the front have always been received with equally unappealing grimaces of thanks when presented on V-Day. Last minute shoppers know this scenario all too well – come February 13th they’ve nothing to give their lover, and resort to zipping down to the local florist in the hopes of picking up a sweet forget-me-not.
Putting a little thought into showing your other half you care isn’t all that hard, especially when the most coveted footwear brands launch limited edition, Valentines-inspired collections.
Dr Marten’s latest offering celebrates tough love, with their SS17 Valentines collection. The Bentley II HRT 8-Eye Brogue Boot and Joyce HRT 4-Eye English Brogue Shoe take a romantic turn with an inverted soft leather heart stylishly featured on top. There’s beauty in the details, too, with blind eyelets to add subtle detail, as well as matching red lining inside each shoe.
Combining the iconic Vans low-top style with a sturdy canvas upper, the Vans ‘I Love Boys and Girls’ Authentic collection features the ‘I Love Boys’ or ‘I Love Girls’ signature rubber waffle outsoles. If high-tops are more your S.O.’s style, the Vans Valentine’s Sk8-Hi Slim Zip will be their pick of the bunch. A slimmed down version of the legendary lace-up high-top, the latest iteration boasts a zipper entry at the heel and padded collars for additional support, and their signature rubber waffle outsoles.