Zara: Jewelled Nude Courts

Goooooood morning everyone and for those of you in the UK, sorry that it’s raining again! With all of the rain and so little sunshine, it’s no wonder I’ve turned to the AW collections in the shops for some inspiration.

What I’ve found though is a gorgeous pair of courts with a low enough heel to wear all day, that would be fabulous for weddings, christenings and the like as well as parties when that season comes round again.

Here they are:

Zara call these kitten heel, my wimpy feet would say mid-heel but either way, aren’t they great!?! They’re real leather and the jewelled straps are detachable. With narrow feet, it’s likely you’d want them on all the time but they’re so gorgeous, you’d have a hard job going out without them!

They come in a penny shy of sixty quid, at £59.99 and you can buy them here. As they’re new in, there are plenty of sizes available and you might also want to check out the range of flats Zara has in at the moment too, as loads of them strap onto the foot 🙂

Happy shopping! x

New Look: Blue Metallic T-Bars

OMG! Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together and you find a gorgeous pair of shoes at an equally attractive price?

Check out these New Look beauties, now in the sale for just £12 and also available in pink:

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New Look, Blue Metallic T-Bar Heels, £12

These little stunners are less than half price in the sale and available here.

Now there was a day when pretty much any t-bar shoe on the high street would fit me OK and with sandals, I just needed to go a size down to achieve the narrow fit I wanted. Those days are long gone and shoes in the UK seem to get wider and wider. Not these ones. These don’t seem to be from the usual, IMO incredibly wide, New Look mould. These are snug and I took my usual size. And I didn’t have to make more holes in the strap to secure them tightly enough.

£12. And in pink, too.

What are you waiting for? Pop these on with some blue skinnies and white top and you’ve got relaxed summer evenings having drinks with your mates absolutely nailed!

Much love x

Acne Studios: Black Courts

Hello all and happy Monday my fair-footed friends!

Apologies for the slight hiatus recently, I’ve been busy strutting my stuff on stage and suchlike and almost ran out of time for shoe shopping. I am back on it now though and boy do I have some luxury for you.

Arrived today, I have the most comfortable, made-for-my-feet pair of black court shoes I have ever tried on. AND…and…they don’t even have any straps, they are NOT mary-janes!

They’re from Acne Studios and while they aren’t cheap, I’m definitely keeping them because I’m so happy and in love!

My pair look like this:

Mine were a total bargain from theoutnet.com; they’ve got loads of sizes of these in black suede and while still pricey, they’re hugely cheaper than usual at £148.50. I’d never be able to afford these at full price but at that price, I can stretch 🙂

If you want more options and have a bigger budget, they’re selling them in two other colours on the Acne Studios website right now. You can pick these gorgeous Babet shoes up for £370 usually:

All I can say is they are incredible! I can even jump, (carefully, so as not to snap the heel) in them. The elastic grips the foot wonderfully without digging in, the suede is super soft and the toe box is for me, the perfect shape and leaves no gaping above the toes. I’ve never been so excited about a pair of black court shoes. That’s the other thing though, they’re such a staple, classic shoe that you know you’ll wear them enough to get the price per wear down to something you can stomach.

If you have the money, I highly recommend checking these out for some go-to courts. Love, love, love! x

Stunning Primark Sandals!

Ooh, don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!

I have a wedding to go to this summer and it explicitly says on the invite that chunky heels are the order of the day as much of it is on grass. Well now, there’s a shopping opportunity if ever I heard one!

I’d been scoping out some beautiful, and very expensive shoes online when I decided I’d try my old favourite just in case. It came through! I found some perfect-fitting, gorgeous sandals with chunky heels in Primark. My only question was whether to go for the silver or the gold…at £14 a pair, I went for both!

There’s no gaping at the front and the knots / straps at the front are super soft – perfect for wide feet too. And I don’t even need to add extra holes in the straps to keep them on. Absolute win!

Anyone else sandal shopping right now? x

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

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