So you want to be a designer? Here’s how one of the greats will make it happen

The Alessi Design Awards are here — and things just got even more exciting.

A fledgling designer can look to many places for inspiration. From a book or the pages of a magazine such as Vogue Living, learning the tips and tricks of the trade are all part of the journey into becoming an established, career designer. But, like in every industry, there’s nothing better than learning on the job — or from the people who know best.

Alessi’s annual Design Awards, which have seen the iconic Italian brand partner with Vogue Living yet again for the ultimate up-and-coming Australian design award, could see that dream become a reality. With two categories, Emerging Designer and Established Designer, the award fosters talent from all corners of the Australian design industry, with the two finalists of the Emerging Designer award winning the opportunity to travel to Milan to present their big idea to the in-house team.

Now, excitingly, a living legend and design icon has joined the judging panel. French designer Philippe Starck has been announced as one of the judges for the Alessi Design Award, and will be personally involved in selecting the final winner. A known figurehead in the industry, Starck’s prowess as an architect and industrial, furniture and lighting designer has seen him work with a slew of much-lauded brands, including Alessi, throughout his impressive career.

Known within the Alessi family for his unique take on the classic citrus squeezer, Starck designed the ‘Juicy Salif’ in the 1990s as part of the Project Solferino, a working group between Alessi and Francois Burkhardt from the Centre de Creation Industrielle at the Beabourg in Paris. The design was functional and controversial all at the same time, transforming the humble juicer into a staple design object — and becoming one of Alessi’s best-selling products of the era. “He is a living example of my dream: design, real design, is always highly charged with innovation towards the word of manufacturing trade, bringing results that need no longer be justified solely on a technological or balance sheet level,” said Alberto Alessi himself said of Starck’s genius.

Starck is among an impressive list of designers who have collaborated with Alessi over the years, including Patricia Urquiola, Adam Goodrum and Marc Newson.

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6 Shoes You Should Never Wear While Driving

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There are all sorts of things you shouldn’t be doing while driving. But when talking about the dangers of eating, wearing headphones, or doing makeup in your car, it can be easy to forget what a crucial role your feet play in operating a car. According to Laura Adams, a safety and education analyst at Driver’sEd.com, “an often-overlooked safety preparation that drivers can take to reduce the chances of getting into a deadly car crash is simple: Wear the right shoes.” And to do that, you need to know what the wrong shoes are. These are types of shoes you should avoid wearing while driving.

Sandals/mules

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Flip-flops hit several different hazardous marks when it comes to driving. Most importantly, flip-flops, more than any other shoe, have the potential to just come right off. “The concern with [these types] of footwear is the chance of the sole getting caught or stuck under the pedal or even sliding off the person’s foot while driving,” explains Ronit Tehrani, one of the owners of Driven2Drive, Pennsylvania’s largest driving school and license testing company. “[This] is highly unsafe and dangerous, especially if…one needs to apply either the brakes or gas pedal at a moment’s notice.” Flip-flops also completely lack any ankle support. And it’s not just flip-flops; you should probably avoid driving while wearing any type of sandals or shoes with no back. Flip-flops might be the most likely to fully come off, but the less secure fronts of any type of sandal have the potential to get stuck under a pedal.

Slippers

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If you’re making a nighttime run to the store just down the block, and are tempted to just make the drive in your slippers, well, think again. Slippers hold the same potential dangers as sandals: They’re not secured around your ankle and could (as their names suggest) slip right off your feet at any time. In addition to unsafe driving practices, learn more things you should never do to your car.

High wedges/platform shoes

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While shoes with tiny, thin heels present problems, so, too, do particularly large, chunky shoes. Thin shoe soles keep your feet as close to the pedals as possible, making them better suited to helping your feet gauge the proper amount of force needed to work the pedals. Therefore, driving with very thick-soled shoes, like wedges, platform shoes, or even heavy boots, “could cause you to miss a pedal, press two pedals at the same time, or use the wrong amount of pressure,” Adams says. And, of course, while driving, even making the slightest mistake can have catastrophic consequences under the right conditions. Regardless of what shoes you’re wearing, you should know how to deal with these 10 scary driving scenarios.

High heels

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Considering how cumbersome high heels are to walk in, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’re not ideal driving shoes. “To maintain control of pedals, the heel of your foot must rest on the floor of your vehicle,” Adams says. When you’re wearing thin heels, your heel instead hovers over the floor of your vehicle, only making contact with the floor at a point with a tiny surface area. There are a few other drawbacks as well, including heels positioning your feet in an uncomfortable, unfamiliar position than what you’re used to and skinny heels’ potential to snag on your car’s floor mat. In addition, if the shoes have pointy toes, as many high heels do, “the shape and front of the shoe can make it difficult to apply the necessary pressure needed due to the limited surface area of the shoe,” explains Tehrani.

Brand-new shoes

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Here’s one that might be a little more surprising. To prevent nasty surprises while driving, you should make sure you know exactly how any shoes you wear feel on your feet before driving in them. Only when shoes are fully broken in should you trust them enough to drive in. What’s more, “certain types of new shoes may have a slippery sole until they’re worn in,” Adams warns. The last thing you want is for your shoe to slip off the pedal while you’re driving.

No shoes

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You probably know that driving barefoot isn’t the safest choice. When you’re used to driving in shoes, driving without them can feel foreign, and that’s not what you want when operating a motor vehicle. “It requires you to put more pressure on the pedals than you usually do when wearing shoes,” Adams sums up. “That could affect your braking time, putting you at risk.” But Tehrani acknowledges that barefoot driving is actually a preferable option to driving with some of these other dangerous shoe options, especially if said shoes are particularly uncomfortable. Driving barefoot at least “allows one to have more control of the pedals and a direct feel for any deviations while applying pressure to the brake or gas pedal,” she explains. However, its other drawbacks make it risky enough that you should avoid it.

So what should you wear?

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There are a few things you want to have in any shoe that you wear while driving. You want your foot to be fully enclosed and secure in the shoe, and your heel should be firmly touching the ground to provide enough “leverage and pressure,” per Adams. “That’s the main problem with many of the other shoes,” she explains. “They don’t allow your heel to make good contact with the floor of the car.” You also want good ankle support and relatively thin soles, factors that “[ensure] that you can apply the right amount of pressure on pedals,” says Adams. A wide toe box also provides safer pedal operation than a narrow one. Some good options for driving shoes are sneakers, (comfortable) flats, and loafers; some shoes like these are even specifically designed for driving.

Driving somewhere where wearing shoes like that is just not an option? Both Adams and Tehrani advise that a pair of comfortable, vehicle-friendly shoes is one of the things you should always keep in your car because then you’ll always have a backup if you’re wearing shoes that are less ideal for driving. Before you get in the driver’s seat, swap out your footwear so that you’re good to go. Make sure you stick your discarded shoes in the backseat or trunk, though; don’t leave them under your own seat to potentially get wedged under a pedal.

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Secrets Your Interior Designer Wants You To Know

Design is truly a collaboration.

Working with an interior designer is a great way to transform your space. They can work magic turning a boring room into a bold reflection of your style and personality. A good interior designer knows how to create a space that’s just as beautiful as it is functional. It’s an investment that many people will say is well worth it. But while an interior designer provides a service, many forget that it is also a collaborative effort.

From the process of designing the space itself, to what looks best and all the details in between, here are the secrets designers wish their clients would understand. It’s a relationship and communication is key. Luckily these top interior designers were willing to openly share the biggest pain points they experience with clients.

Your Designer Needs Time To Do Their Job

Interior designer Lisa Gilmore wishes her clients understand that every designer needs time to do their job properly. “Can we whip out a design in three days? Of course. Is it really thought out, creative and curated especially for you? Probably not.”

Design is a creative process. “Give your designer time to digest your design goals, hear what your dreams are for your space, allow them to dive into their headspace and let the creative juices flow, then put the design on paper,” says Gilmore.

How much time is needed? According to Gilmore, four to six weeks on average is a healthy amount of time from signing a contract to presentation. “By allowing your designer (and building team) a little breathing room and not watching over their neck with a ticking watch, you are allowing your project to be its best potential. When things are rushed, often mistakes are made; which can, in the end cost you more money.”

Allow For Proper Lead Time

When there are multiple vendors involved in a project, it can require a bit of patience. “Stressing out all the subcontractors to get it done quick, leaves room for cutting corners and not the best quality work,” says Gilmore.

Then there are issues that are truly beyond your designer’s control especially when it comes to availability of products and supplies. “Yes there are options that are in stock and ready to go, but you would be amazed at the possibilities that open up when you allow for longer lead time products. This goes for all things, lighting, wall covering, tile, furniture and fabrics.”

You Need More Than One Point Of Light In A Room And Dimmer Switches

Lighting is one of the most important elements of a space, says Aurore Martial of Domus Venus, “Very often, my clients look at me with funny eyes when I make proposals with five or six lights in a room. They tend to think of the functionality of lighting uniquely rather than light as a mood creator.”

In addition to the main light source in a room, Martial also suggests using lighting for specific tasks such as a reading chair and to highlight a specific object or areas of a room such as art or a library.

She also believes dimmer switches are a must. “The best way to go about it is to have a wall switch that controls the different lights so that you don’t have to go to each individual light and have a dimmer to create moods in the evening.”

Paint Is The Cheapest Way To Transform A Room

While every designer has their own style, most are unanimous about the power of paint. But clients don’t always believe them, “Strangely, paint is the thing that makes most people cringe and creates most fear, especially when we talk about darker and moodier schemes,” says Martial.

Of all the things to debate with a designer, paint should not be one of them. “It will often be the cheapest thing we buy in a project, but also the one that has most impact. And the beauty of it is that if you really don’t love it, you can buy another pot the next day and change it over.”

Don’t Complain About The Cost Of Fabric 

Martial reveals her clients often cringe when they see the cost of fabric for window treatments especially because they require two and a half times the width of the window in fabric. But she thinks it’s worth every penny. “Especially when the fabric is expensive… But in that case, it’s even more important to have beautiful full and luxurious looking curtains rather than skinny ones with a nice fabric. So keep that ratio in mind, and have them lined or even interlined if it’s a very thin fabric. I promise, it will be worth it in the end.”

The Little Things Can Be Just As Important As The Big Things

“Although most of my work is to find the big pieces, the smaller ones and accessories are not to be underestimated, or even worse, forgotten,” says Martial.

Details are very important, she explains, “Very often, people think that once the sofa, table and chairs are bought, a huge pressure is gone and they start to relax. That’s how I end up seeing places half done that lack warmth.”

Accessories such as cushions, rugs, mirrors and vases are important. Framing art properly is another consideration, as well as how everything is styled. “All of that has to be thought of as well to get the best results, they have to be interesting and blend well with the rest of the house. And your designer can totally help you with it too.”

Have A Reasonable Budget

While furniture and accessories are available in a range of prices, having a proper budget is essential. Fernando Wong of Fernando Wong Outdoor Living Design suggests being upfront about your budget from the beginning, “It helps us when we design and makes the process shorter and much easier.”

It’s easy to forget that design fees do not include the cost of furniture. Donna Hoffman has seen many of her clients underestimate the price of designing and furnishing a home. “Furnishing a home, from new design-builds, to downsizes to up sizes always cost more than you thought it would, wish it did, or think it should. The stats to furnishing a new or whole home is a percentage of your purchase price, from 12% to 30%,” she says.

She suggests considering furnishing costs even before falling in love with a home. “Maybe opting for less square footage so you can truly furnish it will make you happier than living in an empty echo-chamber.”

Snafus Can Happen

Clients often have unrealistic expectations when it comes to problems that can be outside of their designer’s or even the manufacturer’s control. “Almost a third of the furniture that ships today needs to be retouched and repaired once it is received at a receiver or final destination; often due to freight damage,” says Hoffman.

But at the same time, she says your designer should be able to take care of these problems. “Part of the high-touch service your designer provides is flagging furniture issues, rejecting items beyond repair and approving repairs prior to delivery to your home. Catalogers and retailers don’t and can’t provide this kind of safety net. I design it; I order it, I inspect it, and I oversee its final delivery in perfect condition. I do not build it, ship it or deliver it. Those snafus are beyond any designer’s control, but, a good designer is the steward of your project and I won’t rest until all is corrected for you.”

Don’t Buy Everything From One Store

Pam Mamourian, designer at Home With Alexis believes it takes time and life experience to decorate a home. “Choosing everything straight from a design showroom leads to a home lacking in energy. Clients should travel. Period. And when they do, they should keep a curated eye out for pieces they love. Bringing bits of their travel experiences into their homes reflect an energy that is unique to them.”

But that doesn’t mean spending every penny, she says. “Pieces don’t have to be expensive: a spalted maple hand carved bowl from Vermont, soapstone candlesticks from a flea market in Manhattan, a block printed tablecloth from India, a hand thrown ceramic figurine from Copenhagen.”

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How Fashion Can Make You Feel Confident

Image result for How Fashion Can Make You Feel ConfidentHThere’s nothing better than that feeling of knowing you look good. You might not be turning everyone’s heads, but you know some people are giving you an admiring glance.

You’ve experienced it before when you walked into the office in a new outfit that’s different to your usual dress sense. It might be the first time some people in the building even realized you were there!

What is the secret?

Believe it or not, this feeling has a name. It’s called enclothed cognition. The concept is defined as the influence what you wear has on your psychological processes. It affects several aspects of a person’s overall psychology. These aspects include confidence, performance, and empowerment.

That means that ‘swag’ is an actual thing! The spring in your step when you’re feeling good about what you’re wearing is not imagined at all. What people have been saying for years is correct: when you look good, you feel good.

How do you get the full advantage of your enclothed cognition?

Our forebears said that clothes make the man, but they were only partially correct. Fashion is not as narrow as clothing. It includes accessories like handbags as well as fragrances. Face it, when you smell good, you feel good.

Jewelry is another essential component of fashion and often treated as a status symbol. You can achieve enclothed cognition in your regular clothing while wearing a trendy Rolex Explorer or a blingy diamond bracelet.

So, go ahead and buy yourself some stylish clothes that make you feel good. But don’t forget to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

Shopping for optimal enclothed cognition

Here are some tips to help you achieve the highest levels of enclothed cognition the next time you go shopping:

1. Shop alone

You might enjoy going shopping with your friends, but did you know that it cramps your style? Our friends and family tend to be very influential in the decisions we make, and shopping is no exception.

Are you going to treat yourself to those designer shoes when your sister is with you nagging you about spending too much money?

2. Have a sense of who you are

Each person has their style. Your style is a set of fashion choices that make you feel good about yourself.

It might not always conform with all the latest fashion trends. Have a sense of what suits you, what makes you look good, and what makes you feel confident. Put your stamp on every outfit you wear.

3. Play around with fashion

Fashion is all about experimentation and personalizing your style. Combining different elements creates new outfits that are eye-catching. Part of expressing yourself through fashion is showing who you are and what a unique individual you are.

Don’t be afraid to experiment; it’s the best part of it all. Sometimes going against the grain is the best approach, if that’s your style, of course.

4. Don’t save it all for a special occasion

Shop for work, play, and formal clothes equally. There’s no point in only feeling good when you go to work but not when you go for a run. Spread your shopping across all aspects of your life. The more enclothed cognition you experience, the better your self-image will be.

5. Shop smart

You don’t need to be dressed from top to toe in fashionwear that makes you feel good about yourself. A pair of shoes alone can give you that confidence boost you need.

Instead of spending a fortune on one ensemble, shop for clothes and accessories that you can add to your regular wardrobe. Then you get to feel enclothed cognition more frequently.

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From jarfing to jellyfish, our fashion terms guide will help you to chat with the style pack

THE mullet isn’t just that much-ridiculed eighties hairstyle, it’s a fashion term. And it seems that with every new fashion season, there’s a new bit of fashion jargon.

Frankly, it’s a language minefield out on the catwalks, as bizarre designs compete with bizarre descriptions . . . but don’t despair. You can keep yourself headed firmly fashion-forward with our round up of keywords so you can talk fash with a pash.

MULLET – Gemma Chan

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GOFF PHOTOS
An asymmetric hemline that’s higher at the front, lower at the back

JARFING – Alexa Chung

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SPLASH NEWS
Wearing a jumper as a scarf helps you cope with the cold without being overburdened

ONIONING – Blake Lively

<img class="lazyautosizes lazyloaded" src="data:;base64,” sizes=”620px” srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 3024w” alt=” Layering up on cold days – it’s both stylish and comfortable” data-credit=”Splash News” data-sizes=”auto” data-img=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?strip=all&w=720″ data-srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204441.jpg?w=960 3024w” />

SPLASH NEWS
Layering up on cold days – it’s both stylish and comfortable

SHROBING – Jennifer Lopez

<img class="lazyautosizes lazyloaded" src="data:;base64,” sizes=”620px” srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 3024w” alt=” Placing your coat or jacket on your shoulders and leaving the arms to swing” data-credit=”Goff Photos” data-sizes=”auto” data-img=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?strip=all&w=639″ data-srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT0004652044011.jpg?w=960 3024w” />

GOFF PHOTOS
Placing your coat or jacket on your shoulders and leaving the arms to swing

LAMPSHADING – Jada Pinkett Smith

<img class="lazyautosizes lazyloaded" src="data:;base64,” sizes=”620px” srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 3024w” alt=” Creating a slender silhouette with a broad hemline sitting above over-the-knee boots” data-credit=”Splash News” data-sizes=”auto” data-img=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?strip=all&w=640″ data-srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204421.jpg?w=960 3024w” />

SPLASH NEWS
Creating a slender silhouette with a broad hemline sitting above over-the-knee boots

JELLYFISH – Victoria Beckham

<img class="lazyautosizes lazyloaded" src="data:;base64,” sizes=”620px” srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 3024w” alt=” Using voluminous pieces on the top and streamlined below, to appear slimmer” data-credit=”Splash News” data-sizes=”auto” data-img=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?strip=all&w=642″ data-srcset=”https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 180w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 360w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 540w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 720w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 900w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1080w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1296w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1512w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1728w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 1944w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2160w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2376w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2592w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 2808w, https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/NINTCHDBPICT000465204410.jpg?w=960 3024w” />

SPLASH NEWS
Using voluminous pieces on the top and streamlined below, to appear slimmer

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The Lake MX237 Endurance Is the Only Mountain Bike Shoe You Need

Lake MX237

Price: $320
Weight: 415g (size 45)
Sizes: 37 – 50; half sizes 39.5 – 46.5
The right shoe for: racers or riders who go hard and want good protection

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Lake’s MX237 Endurance is a versatile shoe that excels for the schralpiest of rides and most aggressive riders. The incredibly tough, durable (real) leather upper offers excellent protection from rock strikes and the elements while the stiff carbon sole is ideal for riders who like to ride fast. The mid-volume last puts the foot into a position to maximize power transfer and still provides excellent on and off the bike comfort. While off the bike, grippy rubber lugs on the sole do a great job of providing traction. And even through the shoes have an inflexible sole, the rider’s heel remains firmly in place thanks to the cat’s tongue texture on the sockliner. The dual Boa closure dials can be adjusted quickly in either direction to make sure you have your ideal fit across the entire foot. They are great for a multi-hour adventure and a quick shred, plus the camo look (one of three color options) is badass.

Lake MX237
The carbon sole has grippy rubber lugs to keep you on your feet while running

Trevor Raab

100% Carbon Mid-Sole and Specific Last Sizing

The MX237 has a 100% carbon fiber outsole. It is plenty stiff enough for XC riding and racing even though it has a little more flex than than Lake’s top-end MX332 . I occasionally get hotspots and discomfort with hyper-stiff soles, but I found the MX237 comfortable with excellent power transfer.

Lake places great emphasis on getting fit right, so the company uses different lasts intended for specific uses to ensure that you get the ideal size and fit based on your type of riding. The “competition last” of the MX237 is designed for performance riding and racing, and has increased toe and heel pitch that a Lake representative told me puts the foot in position to maximize power transfer. For comparison, Lake’s less-expensive MX105 shoe uses the company’s “comfort last” which is flatter for improved comfort when standing and walking.

Off the bike, the MX237’s rubber sole lugs provide excellent grip and keep the cleat from jutting beyond the lugs, so there’s less chance of slipping on the metal cleat. Even in wet weather, I had no problems walking through steep and greasy rock gardens.

Lake MX237
Abrasion resistant leather keeps your toes and heel well protected from rock strike

Trevor Raab

Roomy Toe Box and Tight Non-Slip Heel

The upper is ideal for riders who like to ride in all conditions. The full-grain leather is tough and will handle just about anything you will encounter while riding while offering excellent protection from the mud, rocks, roots, and the elements. You can certainly get shoes that weigh less for this price, but for riders who prize protection, these are a great choice. Helcor abrasion-resistant patches is also added to toe and heel area for some extra protection.

Finding a great fit is easy with dual Boa dials. The L5 dial system turns in both directions so you can quickly tighten or loosen the fit in one-millimeter increments and even when they do get wet and muddy, they are still reliable. Boa offers a lifetime guarantee so any parts that do break are replaced for free.

The heel is lined with cats’s tongue Lycra to prevent slipping. Tiny teeth grab your sock, helping to hold your foot in place as you put in a hard effort or walk through rock gardens. Since the shoe doesn’t flex like it would with a soft sole, it adds some extra grip to keep the heel in place.

Lake MX237
Hook Lycra keeps your heel in place during hard efforts on and off the bike

Trevor Raab

Riding in the MX237

Though I usually prefer riding in softer-soled shoes like the Five Ten Maltese Falcon, I felt comfortable in the MX237 from the first ride. The leather upper is initially stiff and takes a few rides to break in, but after I had accumulated a few hours on the trail, they broke in and the stiffness went away. . Once they conformed to my foot, the MX237 quickly became my go-to shoes for rides that required a lot of pedaling. They are tough and comfortable enough for riding park laps, but they are best at hammering on long flat sections and steep inclines.

I started testing the MX237 mostly during fall, but even on warmer rides they kept my feet cool and remained comfortable throughout the ride it was a three-hour adventure or a 45-minute shred. I haven’t had the chance to test them in the hottest conditions, so I can’t yet say how they will feel during the summer months.

The MX237 Endurance has a stiff-enough sole to maximize your power output during hard efforts, and the fit doesn’t allow your foot to slip when scrambling up a scree field. The rubber lugs will keep you on your feet and moving quickly. With an superlative combination of performance, comfort, protection and durability, this is a shoe that excels at almost any mountain bike ride.

Trevor Raab
Lake

MX 237 Endurance
$319.95
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