My Favourite 5 shoes that I own…
Kurt Geiger Elliot’s in Red Suede
Super high. Super sexy. They look amazing with anything from a pair of rolled up boyfriend jeans with a white t-shirt to a body-con dress. As well as being a real classic colour, red’s also a colour of the season too, so they are a great investment. The ‘cigarette’ heel is glamorous, elegant and looks insane on the foot.
Black Pin Studded Boots – Office
The little black ankle boot has become a wardrobe staple. No longer something that’s coming in / out of trend, it’s a necessity. They can be worn in the summer with little dresses, to festivals, to work, with jeans or skirts… the list is endless. Would obviously love to have the real pair of these (Chloe’s Susanna Boots), but at £795 that is a little over my price bracket, and these are identical to the untrained eye (surprised they didn’t get sued for copying!). Such a great style of you want to add an edge to any outfit and really easy for everyday.
Zara Studded Mesh Heels
Having said I didn’t like studding, I have slightly contradicted myself (twice). However, I absolutely love these, I wanted them all of last Summer but they’d sold out everywhere in my size. Eventually I found them on Ebay (brand new), and for a fraction of the price. They look super cool with leather leggings, an oversized knit jumper and a statement necklace, or some tapered trousers and a simple tee. And have just a touch of studding, so it’s OK.
Nike Free 5.0
My ‘Commuting Kicks’
Possibly the only shoes I own that are actually good for my feet. The thought of white trainers with work wear makes me want to vom, so these are a great compromise. So comfortable and I actually live in them. As sports is such a massive trend at the moment I frequently wear them around the office during the day… they look cool with anything from leather shorts to skinny jeans, and make trainers with work wear, that little bit more acceptable.
Converse – image taken from tumblr.com
I own too many pairs (navy, white, black, low tops, hi-tops, leopard print…) some of which are definitely fit for the bin. My favourite pair would be my white low tops covered in silver studs (similar to the image above), commissioned by me, and designed and made by the amazing Sarah Speechly of Freshthreads.com. Most Converse look better completely battered, but this pair most definitely look better clean, I have even been known to take a face wipe to them (!). Having said I was a bit bored of studs, this is one massive exception – they are awesome and will look so for years to come.
The 5 Pairs of Shoes that I’m dreaming of…
Wedge Trainers – Isabel Marant
Pioneer of the wedge trainer, Isabel Marant has nailed it and must be laughing her way through each season at the moment. Any fashionable high street store that is remotely interested in backing this trend has done so. These wedge trainers hit bestseller lists every week, create month long waiting lists and cannot stay in store long enough. They’re a more feminine way of approaching the sports trend due to the hidden wedge and there isn’t much you can’t wear them with. If you have long, brown 6-foot pins (definitely not me), they look insane with denim shorts, otherwise they still look great and can literally be worn with anything and from day into night.
THE Givenchy Boot
SO beautifully designed and made. The block heel, the peep toe, the rouched leather elastic and the black gloss tooth pins on the buckle… I love these. Super hot and sexy with a serious edge to them. Need the high street to adopt this look, or someone very rich to buy these for me, A.S.A.P.
The Dolly Platform, Charlotte Olympia
These are probably number one on my ‘must buy before I die’ list… I have been lusting over these since 2009, one of my biggest regrets is not having bought them when they were £100 cheaper than they now retail for. Perhaps they don’t look much off the foot, but they look blooming amazing on. The attention to detail from the scalloped sock on the interior, to the gold spider web on the sole is stunning. A really beautiful pair of shoes, and one day, a pair will be mine.
Pigalle Heels – Christian Louboutin
I have to add a touch of the red sole into my list somewhere. They are the definition of beauty in a shoe - the point, the stiletto heel, the scarlet red sole and the cut on the foot. So French, so iconic and absolutely killer.
‘Taxi” shoes – worn from the house, into a taxi, to the destination, back into the taxi and home - these are they!
The Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Series
Studs are a trend that I loved a year ago, but has now thrown up over the high street, and in my opinion, is just overdone. However, for some reason, square studs on a shoe with a Valentino label, is one big exception. I wouldn’t mind owning these in the gladiator sandals, the flats, the kitten heels, or the stilettos, be it in black, nude or pale pink (possible my worst colour in shoes). They are so ‘luxe’, make your foot look instantaneously sexy and just make you want to prance around all day and night. They’re incredibly versatile and can be worn in the day with boyfriend jeans and a checked shirt, into night with a black tie dress.
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