TAKE A HIKE WITH HOLLY

The Sentinel - - STYLE & BEAUTY - EMMA JOHN­SON

HAVE you got yours yet? Not your Christmas tree – I couldn’t give a stuffed koala about your fes­tive decs. Have you got your hik­ing boots yet?

Be­cause, at a time when we should be out buy­ing sparkly party shoes, the UK’S fash­ion­istas are in a frenzy over the sort of footwear usu­ally re­served for fell walk­ers.

Not since the Gareth South­gate-in­spired sum­mer run on waist­coats, have we seen such an in­stant style hit.

And the rea­son we are all go­ing gaga for Gore-tex? Holly Wil­loughby.

Fill­ing in for Ant Mcpartlin on ITV’S I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, TV’S busiest blonde has swapped her heels for hik­ing boots and fe­male view­ers are des­per­ate to walk a mile in her shoes.

Well, Louboutins were never gonna fly in the mid­dle of an Aussie rain­for­est were they? Plus she’d have been tow­er­ing over the dimi­nu­itive Dec.

For her first ap­pear­ance this series, Holly (or should that be Angie, be­cause su­per-stylist Angie Smith is rep­son­si­ble for most of Holly’s wardrobe and is hope­fully getting a well-de­served trip Down Un­der out of her client!) chose a pair of Nanette boots from Gren­son.

Gren­son is a Bri­tish hand­made shoe­maker with a her­itage go­ing back more than 120 years, but I’ll wa­ger you’d never heard of them be­fore.

I have, but only be­cause my hus­band is a fan. Now every­one is. Within hours Holly’s £255 Nanette pair had sold out and the site was groan­ing un­der the weight of traf­fic.

As with her This Morn­ing looks, ev­ery­thing Holly wears on I’m A Celeb is doc­u­mented on her In­sta­gram un­der the hash­tag #hwjun­glestyle.

As well as Gren­son’s, there have been boots by Rus­sell & Brom­ley, Rag and Bone, Maje, Camilla El­ph­ick and Ganni. They’ll all set you back in the re­gion of £300, but re­tail­ers can’t re­stock fast enough such is the de­mand.

While Holly’s footwear has been a hit, there have been more mixed re­ac­tions to her clothes. A £120 tar­tan dress from All Saints flew off the rails, as did her £358 flo­ral dress by The Kooples, but the £485 ‘Darth Vader’ skirt by Ellery sparkled count­less on­line jokes.

My first inkling some­thing big was hap­pen­ing on the footwear front was when my mum started mes­sag­ing me pic­tures of Holly. Ever the early adopter, she al­ready has a pair, al­beit hers are Clarks – com­fort comes first at her age.

I think I’ll have to set­tle for Holly’s Top­shop ones, a snip at £79. Granted they are not quite as gor­geous as Gren­son’s but I’m sure they’ll cope with my con­crete jun­gle.

Pics: Holly Wil­loughby/ In­sta­gram

Holly in the Ellery ‘Vader’ skirt, left, the Gren­son boots, cen­tre, and The Kooples dress, right

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