Big Budget vs. Little Budget: Leopard Loafers

Hello, hello!

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of leopard loafers and have bought two pairs which I think are both worthy of review, for different reasons.

First up, we have this stunning pair from Russell & Bromley:

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Russell & Bromley, Casanova, £225

Now I don’t know about you but the combination of the leopard with the bow makes these just about the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever seen. And flat too, so they’re totally practical.

The great thing about increasing the budget to Russell & Bromley levels is that you can buy half sizes and I personally know I am slap bang on a 6.5, which is almost impossible to find! If you are buying them, their website says they fit big, I disagree and would say take your usual size. If like me you find one size too small and one to large in cheaper shops, pick the half size in the middle.

These beauties are great for narrow feet as they’re nice and snug around the toe box and the shoe comes high up the foot so you instantly feel safer. However, because they are so well made, the back of the shoe is quite firm. I have bony, annoyingly skinny heels (bony knees too – grrr…) which means that I get instant blisters from shoes that are so firm at the back.

With a cheaper pair, I’d take the gamble on breaking them in but at that price, for me they had to go back. I am still crying about that now! If you’re heels are less bony and you tend not to find heel rubbing an issue, please buy these and love them with all your heart.

So, on my search continued and my next stop was these beauts from Dune:

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Dune, Gracious, £75

At a mere £75, these are a total bargain compared to the previous pair! You can see and feel that they’re not the same quality but equally, they aren’t Primark shoes that will fall apart as quickly as you fall in love with them.

These are plasticy on the inside, so the heel area is much softer. The shoe itself is wider but again, the front comes up high, and is relatively snug so your foot is held in place. I bought these in a 7. If Dune did 6.5, I reckon they’d fit as well as the previous pair but sadly they only deal in whole numbers. Sometimes a girl needs a half. (Carrie Bradshaw, anyone???)

I’ve gambled on these and added some heel snugs at the back. They push my feet forward so they’re right at the front of the shoe, but there was a little spare space anyway so that’s ok. I’ll let you know how I get on longer term but right now, I think these could be my winners.

Anyone else had any leopard loafer wins? x

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New Look: Stud Strap Tie Up Ballet Pumps

Hello lovelies!

I hope your weeks haven’t been too manic and if they have, we’re nearly at the weekend now! I’ve been a bit quiet for a few days as I’ve been pretty busy, but rest assured that I haven’t stopped shoe shopping. I’ve tried a whole heap of shoes that didn’t fit very well and then eventually I’ve found some shoes that I am OBSESSED with!

New Look, Black Sateen Stud Strap Tie Up Pumps, £18.99

I’ve been looking out for a pair of ballet pumps with the tie up detail, which could also be worn without for those days when you need to keep it simple. These fit the bill perfectly and they’re ideal for narrow feet!

Here are the pro’s of these bad boys:

  • Price – who can complain when they’re less than £20!?!
  • Elastic Strap – it really holds the shoe on and actually fits, not one of these stupidly baggy decorative numbers
  • Ribbon – there’s only a tiny tab at the back of the shoe for the ribbon, so you can wear them with or without
  • Fit – I usually find New Look shoes incredibly wide, but these seem to have been cut from a completely different mould. They’re slim and there’s a slight elasticity to the top of the shoe too
  • Studs – I LOVE STUDS!

If you need any more reasons to buy them, go and try them on and you’ll see what I mean. I’m tempted to buy a second pair now, for when these wear out.

Buy, wear, love! x

George at Asda: Block Heel Courts

Hello my fellow narrow footers and happy Friday!

Just a quick post for a pair of super smart courts, perfect for work, that I spotted in my local Asda.

You can pick these beauties up for a mere £16 and they’re pretty good narrow foot wise. The strap kept the shoe on my foot without adding any extra holes, though I did find them ever so slightly short in the length – but I find that quite frequently so I suspect that’s my feet, not the shoes!

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Asda, Block Courts, £16

There’s good availability online, if they don’t have your size in store and the croc heel is a great touch. They really do not look like supermarket shoes.

Happy shopping, my lovelies!

 

Dune: Flourish Brogue, Pink

Hello and happy hump day to you all, (I’m in NYC so my timing is fine over here)!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’d had some recent success in Dune, but I’ve left you on a cliffhanger since, so I figured I’d best share what that success was.

Check. These. Out…

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Dune, Flourish, £85

I saw these beautiful brogue type (no holes) shoes online and thought I’d be really bloomin’ lucky to find them in the shop so soon after they’d appeared online, but it turned out that luck was with me. Dune in Reading had them in and I was in love instantly.

For me, this pink colour is perfect for spring / summer because it beats away the drabness of winter, without being too much of an in-your-face statement.

So, I duly tried these on and actually walked around the shop with some very helpful assistants for a while. I usually wear a size 7 / 40 but I found that while they fitted, there was a bit of room in them. So I tried the 6 / 39 instead and that’s quite snug but probably going to give a bit. In the absence of half sizes, where a 6.5 would have been perfect, I eventually opted for the 6. These are quite generous length wise so my toes aren’t squashed and dropping a size means the width fits me much better.

I still need to wear these in a bit because the heels are now so snug that they’re going to rub slightly as I get used to the shoes, but I think that will ease with time.

I know that not everyone will want to take the gamble but if you do, definitely go and try them on at least because you might also be able to take a size down and achieve a closer fit.

Let me know if you do! x

Firetrap: Cutie Canvas Trainers

Hey folks!

Just a quick one today as I’ve had a little success 🙂

I’ve been on the hunt for a comfortable pair of basic pumps / plimsolls since last summer. My previous pair have been so well worn for summer dog walking that they just aren’t acceptable for public consumption any more! I’ve bought numerous pairs but all of them have failed the comfort test once I’ve done more than walk around my bedroom for a few minutes. Until now!

I’ve found these bargainous Firetrap beauties online for a mere £12.99 and you can even get them in baby pink, baby blue or black instead of the white I have gone for and they are fab.

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Firetrap, Cutie Canvas Trainers, £12.99, mandmdirect.com

I think the key for narrow feet is having the laces run most of the way down the foot; it allows you so many more options for securing a snug fit exactly where you need it. They probably won’t last a hugely long time before they start to look a bit tatty, but at that price it’s really not a big problem if you have to buy a second pair. (Maybe do that, just in case they sell out!)

These, combined with the sunshine and blue skies of today have made me a very happy camper. Until next time… x

Simple, Black Ballerinas

I’m sure you’ll all be familiar with the fact that even finding what should be simple shoes can be tricky when your feet don’t fit the standard mould. Your friends walk into shops and come out with their favourite of several options without giving it a second thought, while you spend months hunting for just one pair that are comfortable enough to walk in.

Today, I’m going to highlight a few pairs of classic black ballerinas that I think could be winning options, depending on your budget and preferences. A staple shoe for any female, especially those who have to dress in work attire but also spend a lot of the day on their feet. If you have any other great options, please do chip in, in the comments!

In ascending price order:

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New Look, Black Elasticated Pumps, £12.99

I don’t think any of the options are too crazily priced to put them out of the league of most people, but hopefully that’s given you some inspiration if you’re looking for an easy to wear black ballerina!

Happy shopping x

 

Clarks: Grace Isla Court Heels

Before I start this post, I will just let you know that I haven’t had a chance to get in store and try these on but I spotted them online and I think they look amazing. Plus, there is so far only 1 review of this shoe and the reviewer says that they are so comfy it’s like wearing slippers. Sounds good to me!

When you look at these pictures, you’ll probably think that review sounds pretty accurate too; I certainly looked at them and thought I needed to find a space in my wardrobe for that level of comfort.

These super comfy looking shoes are part of the new season collection from Clarks*. They’re called Grace Isla and come in the 3 colours shown. My personal favourite the bottom colour, dusky pink. I think this will be incredibly versatile in the summer. They’re made of real leather and retail at £70. Plenty of stock online at the moment and you can find them here.

The elastic in the front and the tie in the middle suggest that these will stay on the foot nicely. Typically, I have found Clarks shoes to be reasonably narrow around the front, so these are most definitely on my hit list!

If anyone has tried these, I would love to know. Otherwise, I’ll update this if I get so lucky as to buy a pair.

Happy walking! x

*Images taken from the Clarks website