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.