Q&A with Hudson's 'Uncle Les'
The Hudson team rocked up to install their pop-up shoe shop in our project space last Friday. Among them was Les - the brand's resident shoe expert (they have an 'Ask Uncle Les' on their website). There is no shoe-related question this man can't answer, so we took the opportunity to grill him about what we should be wearing on our feet this season (and a few less serious matter too).
Tell us a bit about the collection you've put together for The Hambledon pop-up?
I think the collection is reflective of the store; it's a range that is simple and effortless in style. I think there's a pair of shoes in there to suit everyone's taste and you'd be hard pushed not to find an essential pair to compliment the key pieces in your wardrobe for the A/W season!
What are the girls wearing on their feet this season?
This season the girls will be sporting androgynous and punk inspired boots, block wooden heels and an array of textures. The 90s are back!
And how are they wearing them?
The boots look great lending a masculine edge to a feminine dress. Or styled up with oversized coats and a pop of colour. The shoes, made up of patent loafers and hi-shine flats, lend themselves to the continuing ‘prep’ trend.
Favourite new style of the season for the girls?
Impossible to choose! But the Mirar Ankle Boot and Paddi Brogue would be up there.
Favourite new style of the season for boys?
Toecap Fenway in Tan. No question. Would look fantastic with a pair of Norse Projects chinos.
What will be on the Hudson playlist at The Hambledon?
Daddy You're a Fool to Cry by The Rolling Stones.
Where are you hanging out in the Hudson manor?
(Hudson are based in East London)
I like to get home to Leigh on Sea. I love it there.
What's your favourite thing at the moment?
Dixie Lee and Coops. (Les has a brand new baby daughter to go with his lovely son Cooper)