Ballet Flats: New Look

Hello friends!

I was mooching around in town today and popped into New Look to see if they had any shoes that I thought you should all know about. I apologise for the tiny picture but I didn’t buy these shoes as I don’t need them so I couldn’t take any foot-based pictures.

New Look Black Leather Bow Ballet Pumps, £19.99

New Look Black Leather Bow Ballet Pumps, £19.99

These shoes are currently available in store and online in both black and a deep red / maroon type colour. I tried the black ones on in the shop and think they are a great bargain. They’re real leather and in my opinion, the length comes up true to size and the width is ideal. The elastic means the shoe hugs the foot without digging in and because the heel area isn’t elasticated, they’re comfortable at the back as well. For such a low price, these are brilliant every day shoes for those of us with narrow feet 🙂

Happy shopping! x

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Ballet Flats: Sam Edelman

Hello again!

I promise I will branch out beyond ballet flats but they are such a staple part of most girls’ wardrobes at the moment that I feel I need to provide as much choice as possible in this category. What I’ve noticed is that the cheaper end of the high street has somewhat moved away from the elasticated ballet flats or they’ve only got the ones that really dig into your heels, so it’s time to get creative.

There is one website out there which I think is an absolute godsend to all shoe-lovers who are on a budget and that is Shoeaholics. This is run by the Kurt Geiger guys and is basically an online outlet for lots of gorgeous shoes that otherwise would be rather pricey. You need to bear in mind that many of the most popular shoes you will buy from this site are ex-display but I’ve ordered a few pairs now and not had any problems.

One particular shoe I recently ordered was the Sam Edelman Beatrix flat. I’ve been lusting after a pair of these for ages but couldn’t really justify the £130 price tag given that I already have quite a few pairs of flat shoes. Then I found them on Shoeaholics and I couldn’t resist any longer! Stock is quite low so apologies if they don’t have exactly the colour and size combo you want. I’ve ordered the Metallic colour, but I’ll show you the options below.

Sam Edelman, Beatrix, Metallic, £39. Current sizes available are 36 and 37.

Sam Edelman, Beatrix, Metallic, £39. Current sizes available are 36 and 37.

Front view.

Front view.

Sam Edelman, Beatrix, Beige, £45. Current sizes available are 36, 37, 39, 40

Sam Edelman, Beatrix, Beige, £45. Current sizes available are 36, 37, 39, 40

One thing I really love about these is something you can see in the second picture, the inside sole of the shoe is really cushioned. Sometimes flats can be a bit brutal under foot if they aren’t padded but these are lovely. They also have a proper, hard heel to them so they shouldn’t wear out too quickly.

I’ve taken a few pictures so you can see them on my feet and decide whether they look like they might fit you. Problems I usually have with shoes are that there is a huge gap between my toes and the shoe, as in I can slide my fingers into the shoe above my toes and still have space. Also, my heels slip out and often there are huge gaps around the sides of my foot where the shoe should be. General, all-round narrow foot type issues 🙂

Normal size gap between toes and shoes!

Normal size gap between toes and shoes!

Snug fit on the inside

Snug fit on the inside

Heel is snug as a bug without digging in

Heel is snug as a bug without digging in

Only slight gape is on the outside of the foot but for me, this is normal

Only slight gape is on the outside of the foot but for me, this is normal

Hopefully this is helpful, even if all I have done is open up a new website for you to explore. Any feedback on the content and format of posts is much appreciated as this is such a new blog! x

Tools: Leather Hole Punch

Hello everyone!

Today I’m going to introduce you to a tool which has been invaluable not only in terms of helping me to keep shoes on my feet, but also in terms of saving me time.

Every now and then I find a great pair of really reasonably priced shoes, (I’m talking under £30 here) on the high street which already have straps and everything but the straps won’t pull tight enough for me. I used buy shoes and then have them sit in my wardrobe for a good couple of weeks before I got round to taking them to a cobbler to have some extra holes punched into the strap. Now, I do it myself! If you’re like me and completely incompetent at most things, you’ll need this hole-punching process to be as simple as possible. I suggest you buy a leather hole puch, as shown below.

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This little gadget is so handy because it allows me to add as many holes as I like into shoe straps until I get just the right fit. It barely cost me anything, there are loads on eBay and you should be able to pick one up for under £10 including delivery.

My one word of caution would be to look carefully at the shoe before you do this. If the shoe is an all-round terrible fit, the straps will only end up digging into your feet. If they fit quite well apart from the loose straps, that’s when this is a good solution. Also, check out the strap itself. Straps which are attached to the shoe by a piece of elastic tend not to work so well for those of us relying on the straps to keep hold of the shoes.  This extra bit of give means the foot can still slide forward and you end up with the straps really digging into the foot.

Anyhow, that’s my top time-saving tip for today. Let me know how you get on if you decide to buy one of these! x

Ballet Flats: Bloch

One of my favourite shoe brands is Bloch, the same brand that make ballet shoes, etc. I discovered them a couple of years ago by accident and ordered a pair that were in the sale. They quickly became my favourite, most comfortable pair of shoes and I have since bought a couple more pairs which I virtually live in.

There are a few styles of Bloch flats and each comes in a wide variety of colours; so far only one style really fits me well so I tend to stick to those. The great thing is that whilst they are elasticated pumps, the shoes themselves are really narrow anyway so the elastic isn’t really strong and doesn’t dig into your heels like it can with other, ruched styles.

Bloch shoes are real leather and have a suede-like inside so it’s like putting your foot into cotton wool when you get a brand new pair. They also come in loads of sizes as they do half sizes on European sizes. For instance, I usually wear a 40 but with these I can take a 39.5 🙂

Here’s a picture of the style I love, in a colour that’s new for this season:

Bloch Rose St Laurent Luxury Ballet Flat Shoes, £130

Bloch Rose St Laurent Luxury Ballet Flat Shoes, £130

These beauties are available on the Bloch website, http://www.blochshop.co.uk. They are a bit pricey but I personally think that for the comfort they provide, they are really worth it. Plus they’re flat and if you’re anything like me, that means you’ll wear them loads so the price per wear becomes much more reasonable.

If you have any suggestions for narrow, flat shoes just let me know! x