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Put your best foot forward
by Cynthia Loh

First adidas SLVR pop-up store in Singapore

Fans of the sports label will be happy to hear that adidas SLVR, from the label's PURE fashion line, has been launched in Singapore at the first adidas Pop-Up store in the Asia-Pacific region. Find its latest Autumn/Winter 2009-10 collection at Level3@Front Row, which is located in the conservation quarter of Chinatown.

adidas SLVR high top sneakers

Diva likes the pared-down, minimalist feel of the Autumn/Winter 2009/10 collection that extends even to the sport label's shoes. An odd palette of mauve, fire-engine red, turquoise and chocolate make for statement-making footwear.

Of the rest of the collection, the minimalist sense of style is continued. Highlights from adidas SLVR consist of trench coats for the ladies and bomber jackets and parkas for the men. Fabrics such as organic cotton, poplin, light and chunky knit, water-resistant nylon, sateen and denim. And the collection will only be available at the Pop-Up Store.

Prices from $125 - $399 for footwear, $91 - $299 for tops such as long shirts, jumpers and sweatshirts, $219 - $499 for jackets and coats, and $45 - $279 for accessories.

The adidas SLVR Pop-Up store is located at Level3@Front Row, 5 Ann Siang Road.

Zip them up or strip them off for two different looks

You can remove the leather
link straps from the Bethel
Leather Links Tall Boots to
create a pair of short boots.

While knee-high boots can look very sexy with a pair of skinny dark jeans or a flirty knee-skimming skirt, our tropical clime certainly makes sure it isn't always practical to clunk about town in boots that can get you hot under the skin.

We like these versatile Bethel Leather Links Tall Boots from Timberland. Made from elegant full-grain leather, they can be transformed from tall stylish boots that are suitable for colder weather (such as when you're holidaying in more temperate weather), to short and stylishly cute ones by  removing the leather link strap attached to the shafts.

And since it's made for comfort - they are layered with synthetic lining for supplemented with a footbed to offer breathable comfort, and stacked wood heels are enhanced with rubber outsoles to offer better traction, you can also subject your boots to harsher conditions, while ensuring your feet still remain comfy.

The boots are available in two colours, Black Smooth and Dark Brown Smooth, and retails for S$499.

ECCO opens flagship store at ION Orchard

I know of a couple of friends who are fans of this brand. They tell me they are fond of the shoes

ECCO opens a new concept store
at ION Orchard, #B2-21

for the comfortable fit even after a long day's worth of walking. But I wasn't an easy convert because I didn't think much of its style factor, having seen some of its sensible pumps and what I considered practical-looking shoes. So when ECCO opened its flagship store, I thought I should have a relook at their offerings again, just to see if their shoes can satisfy a pregnant woman with badly swollen feet, where comfort is first priority.

I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw. Their range of casual shoes for women from its Autumn/Winter 2009/10 collection had sneakers, booties, patent boots and pumps in a fashionabl colour palette of black and purple. At the same time, they also came in sensible browns, blacks and earth tones for more utilitarian wear.

Comfort-wise, I am pleased to say I'm satisfied with the ballerina pumps I bought. The leather was soft and moulded easily to my feet, which at my late stage of pregnancy, were swollen enough to cry foul if I should try and fit them into any kind of leather shoes that were a little too stiff. I had resorted to wearing shoes that were a size bigger than what I am normally used to, but that presented a different problem. My shoes would slip off easily since the length of my feet did not change.

I did buy my ECCO shoes one size bigger, but the they stayed on my feet without danger of slipping off, since the soft leather conformed to my feet easily. So yes, in all, I like the comfort - and variety of styles - I found at ECCO in its new flagship store.

ECCO shoes from the Autumn/Winter 2009 Collection retail from $199.

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