Posted by Melanie Rickey, Fashion Editor at Large

As most of you know, I have two fashion lives; one as a journalist and blogger, the other as a consultant. In my consultant life one of my clients is my other half. Just writing that makes me think arrrgggh! Collaborating with ones own spouse has the potential to be fraught and stressful, but happily this job isn't tough at all. When the project is as enjoyable as conjuring up perfect everyday fashion shoes for summer with Clarks, work becomes pleasure. The Mary Portas & Clarks shoe collection was conceived last year to be one offering beautifully made, gorgeously on-trend fashion shoes with the high quality and glorious hidden comfort Clarks is famous for.  The idea with each shoe is to create a fashion cocktail with chic + edge, then decorate as ingredients. The range is aimed those grown up women who have given up  taking a few Nurofen so they can go out in heels for the night.

The first Mary Portas + Clarks collection for AW11 was a hit, (massive phew) so I'm excited to show you a sneak preview of the new collection for Spring/Summer 2012 which arrives at Clarks online, selected Clarks stores and at House of Fraser Oxford Street on February 13th 2012.  My favourites are the lilac suede La Amelie (below, left) and the black studded La Provence, (the white ones are far below, right.)

La Amelie in lilac suede, natural snake leather and lime suede. £99.99  

La Gigi in coral combi leather and snake combi leather £79.99 + La Provence in white leather £89.99

A few of the styles from the first collection have been updated and given a twist for spring.
La Wesley in tan snake leather, £89.99 La Peep in lime suede, (see below), La Marianne in black £79.99 

We made a peep toe out of last season's platform court shoe... love the colour
La Peep £99.99 (also in black leather, lilac suede, natural snake) 

We also gave our black suede wedge boots the peep toe treatment and warmed up the colour
La Minx £110 (also available in black suede)

The bestselling easy court shoe from last season  has been refined to be more pointy 
La Marianne £79.99 (also in coral snake leather, natural snake leather and black snake leather) 


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