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:

Russell & Bromley

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:

Dune Leopard

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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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…

flourish

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

Dune: Harvest Elasticated Flats

Well hello again! I promised you in my last post that I have been out and about trying various shoes and the next installment comes from Dune. I was in my local store trying on some awesome shoes, (post coming soon) when I spotted these and thought I’d test them out.

The shoes in question are the below; a pretty cute looking pair of practical pumps if ever there were!

As you can see, these beauties come in black and silver – for what it’s worth, my money is on the silver pair for summer. They’re just so versatile!

The higher price tag and the Dune label means that you get more than your average high street shoe out of these and they are made from gorgeous, soft leather. For me, that’s a bonus as leather moulds to your feet so much better than synthetic materials do.

Anyhow, I tried these on as Dune are usually fairly narrow and the elasticated back had me all hopeful. They are a good, snug fit on my feet but I found that they were just a smidge short. I have quite big toes so I had that whole “toe sticking up into the leather making a toe shape” thing going on. I hate that! If you’ve got more delicate, feminine toes than my beasties, these might just be perfect for you though. They really are great shoes and I definitely recommend trying them on if you’re looking for your next comfy but pretty pair of shoes.

Anyone else had any shoe based successes recently? x

Slipper Shoes: Dune

OMG I am sooooooooooo excited!

I was window shopping on the Dune website earlier and I came across a pair of slipper shoes with elasticated sides! I haven’t seen these in my local store yet to do a fit test but I usually find Dune shoes err on the narrow side so I expect they will fit.

These are currently available on the website in black but it looks like Dalmation print and a dark maroon type colour will be coming soon. I’m holding out for the Dalmation print, I can see those going with EVERYTHING and becoming my staple winter shoe. They’ll also complement a pair of Dune ankle boots I bought recently rather nicely too 🙂

Dune Mexxys, £59

Dune Mexxys, £59

If anyone gets their hands on a pair, I’d love to know how they fit! x