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Hi boyfriends/girlfriends/husbands/brothers/sons/dads and anyone else who is stumped on what Christmas present to buy the girl in their life who loves flat shoes! *waves*
Now, I know that what you REALLY want to do is buy her that gorgeous pair of Grenson shoes she’s been going on about ALL YEAR. But you can’t afford it and slippers from Primark just won’t do will they? So I’ve put together a list of stocking fillers that will set you back no more than £20 while still showing that you’ve been paying attention to what she likes. You’re welcome.
1. A pair of snazzy socks
If she’s into her brogues, chances are she’s also partial to a snazzy pair of socks. Happy Socks (designed in Sweden – totally cool) has a MASSIVE choice, with everything from multi-coloured leopard print to classic Argyle. There’s literally something for everyone.
2. A shoe care kit
For the most part, you’ll find these in the ‘for him’ sections in stores. Why retailers think that women don’t need to clean their shoes I don’t know. Anyway, this one is cheap enough to a) add a suede brush (essential – John Lewis has one for only £3.50 here) and b) put it all in a more appealing bag. Or you could just cover a shoe box in Liberty print wrapping paper and pop it all in there. Job done.
3. Sheepskin insoles
These tick so many boxes it’s a no brainer. They’re a designer label, but nice and affordable. They transform a pair of shoes or wellies she already owns, so you don’t need to buy actual shoes. And I can tell you, because I have some, that they are AMAZING and keep your feet really warm. You might want to get a pair for yourself while you’re there…
4. A pair of shoe trees
Anyone who cares about their shoes wants to keep them in good condition, and these shoe trees stop soft leather shoes losing their shape when they’re not being worn. Extra marks if you can find some vintage ones as the wood is so much more beautiful – try eBay and junk stores.
5. A book about stylish flat shoes
*shameless self-promotion face* So….I just so happen to have written a book about stylish flat shoes that’s the PERFECT Christmas gift for your shoe-loving girl. It’s only £10 and it’s small enough to fit into a stocking! It’s full of interesting facts about shoes (did you know the Nike Air Max is modelled on the Pompidou Centre in Paris?) as well as my illustrations and photos of loads of lovely shoes. I reckon she’ll LOVE it.