We’ve all seen it before, the girl walking down the city street, high heels in hand after a big night out, the office worker rushing off to a meeting, dressed to the nines and looking the picture of professionalism –  that is, until you look down and realise she’s also wearing her runners or even worse rubber thongs!

Yes , even the true highheel afficiandos here at HHD have had cause to ditch their much loved heels in favour of something a little more  practical when the time calls for it. But does being practical mean you should compromise on style? The answer to that question is, “absolutely not!”  as this writer found out when she spoke with Mardi Tildsley creator and designer of  Sugarsole shoes.

Sugarsole was started by Mardi in 2009.  Mardi had taken a break from her career in television to start a family with her husband  and was looking to do something which would allow her the flexibility to spend more time with her family.

According to Mardi, the whole idea for Sugarsole came about from a pair of her own shoes:

“I had this great pair of flats that all of my friends use to comment on… I decided that I needed to get another pair, but when I went back to the store  they didn’t stock them anymore. I noticed there was a real gap in the market for flats that were not only comfortable but well made and reasonably priced and so I decided to start looking into designing my own.”

And with that Sugarsole was born. When the brand started back in 2009,  Mardi  focused on designing stylish ballet flats which were not only on trend but also reasonably priced. Her latest collection is no exception, in fact its now even better as Mardi has expanded her range to include what we  at HHD thought were some truly exquisite heels.

The Sugarsole winter 2011 collection is a myriad of plush suedes in jewel toned hues, leopard print pony hair and the ever practical black suede staple (above) that every girl needs in her wardrobe. The best part about it is some of the colours in the range come in both a flat and a heel so you can  have your flat and heel it too – no more  compromising a perfectly put together outfit for the sake of comfort and practicality.

Of her inspiration for designing this latest range, Mardi says:

“I like the decadence of suede… I think I should have been born in the 1930’s, I like things that are timeless, I  really think that sort of timeless style is going to be really on trend for the coming season.”

And we couldn’t agree more, but I know what you’re thinking: where can I get my hands on these beautiful shoes? Well, Sugarsole’s flats range is currently available on line at the Sugarsole website and through various stockists in NSW, Australia as listed on their website.

The heels will be available at the end of March 2011, so watch this space for more news on Sugarsole shoes.