It’s been a two outfit day in Paris today. This morning was so warm and sunny, it was the perfect opportunity to wear my NW3 by Hobbs checked suit to Chanel. I’ve never worn the jacket and trousers together, but I think I got away with it without looking too much like a Bay City Rollers fan! I wore it with my trusty Ludwig Reiter boots, a Raoul belt and Coach bag.
Then I changed for Hermes this evening (how posh!) into my Belle by Sigerson Morrison leopard print pumps, with Zara trousers and Fred Perry Breton top. One day left!
Yesterday I learnt that I’m not only going to be covering London fashion week for The Times, but also jetting off to Milan and Paris too. This is brilliant news, obviously, but did set me off panicking about my outfits a whole three weeks in advance (this would be classed as last minute planning in some fashion editors’ books, mind you!). I worry a bit when going to the shows, as everyone really does make an effort, and more often than not, this involves a vertiginous pair of heels. You know me, readers. I won’t be doing this under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, so I decided to buy me some more flat shoes. I love my two-tone pointy pumps in my avatar picture – they are my fall-back posh outfit shoes – so I fancied getting something in a similar vein.
Before I knew it, I had bought into A Thing. The Thing was ankle straps. I do love this style anyway, but it seems that it is having a moment. I’d spotted this white pair by Kurt Geiger in Vogue, which also come in black, and whipped out my credit card almost straight away. It’s OK to wear white shoes if they’re not stilettos, right?! I ordered them online, opted for free delivery because I wasn’t in a hurry to receive them, and they arrived the next day! Very impressive service. Today I am wearing them with a black and white striped sweater and a Fred Perry Amy Winehouse pinafore dress; quite a sixties look and ticking the monochrome box too.
Then, in some kind of shopping frenzy that I don’t usually fall victim to, I bought another pair! This time by Belle by Sigerson Morrison, and they come with the added bonuses of some leopard print and a T-bar. God, I love these shoes (and not just because they were in the sale and came with a hefty discount!). They’re going to look brilliant with a black dress and black tights, or a pair of battered rolled up blue denim jeans. They’ve just this second been delivered and I am giddy with excitement.
If you fancy buying into this trend, you could do worse than have a look at the Boden catalogue. It has some lovely two-tone pumps with ankle straps, in two different colourways. Pretty Ballerinas also has some very similar monochrome points, and I can vouch for this brand for comfort and durability. For those with their fingers on the fashion pulse (and a tight grip of their purse strings), ASOS’s metallic version might be for you with their brilliant price of £25. Or if you want to splash out and really draw attention to those ankle straps, try Selfridges for some Chloe ballet pumps.
Happy new year everyone! I’d like to welcome all my new readers: my, have you guys been keen to find out about about stylish flat shoes over the holidays! Perhaps you’ve made resolutions to be kinder to your feet for 2013? En Brogue approves whole heartedly.
Today I had a little look at the sales and it struck me how nude has become as ubiquitous a colour as black for shoes these-days. The Duchess of Cambridge has given this shade of shoe a somewhat uncool image with her penchant for flesh coloured patent heels, but I’ve done some hunting and there are some great flat styles out there that don’t have the slightest whiff of princess about them. And some of them are in the sales too!
I have fallen in love with these slipper style shoes by Sam Edelman, and not just because they have a 40% discount. They would look awesome with cropped cigarette pants and a T-shirt once it’s warm enough to bare your ankles again. Also available in black with silver toe cap, though there aren’t many sizes still available.
I’ve had my eye on this retro style from Kurt Geiger for months, and with that whopping discount I think it’s about time I got around to buying them. I love the pointy toe and double buckles, and the barely-there heel that for flat shoe lovers will actually feel like quite an elevation!
I realise the sales can be disappointing when you can’t get your size, so here’s a pair that’s new and well stocked. And also, cheaper than the others even at full price! If you read my last post about Valentino-style studded pumps, you’ll know that I love this look.
Finally, these fab suede pumps by Belle By Sigerson Morrison put a new spin on that studded look I’m so keen on. There’s something almost reptilian about the placement of the rivets, which juxtaposes brilliantly with the feminine shade of pale pink. Again, these aren’t in the sales but I think the price is very reasonable for a designer brand.