Has to be when they sell a version of it in Clarks?!
Now I have been made to eat a large slice of Clarks flavoured humble pie this season when I succumbed and bought the Organza wedge sandals which, admittedly, I haven't had the hugest wear out of but that's primarily down to the weather and not the sandals themselves. Suffice to say I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of the sandals that Clarks had on offer.
So what sort of shoe am I wittering on about now? Brave yourselves..... It's the slipper shoe.
Yet again I have proved myself to be worthy of the prize of the most fickle fashionite on the planet (clearly an award I have just completely made up). I hated these. To put it bluntly.
I thought they were very much a young filly's shoe. Far far too "on trend". Which, I don't actually have a problem with at all, but one of my main tips for straddling that mutton/frump pommel horse is to stick to only one or two "on trend" elements at one time. Piling them all on, Pixie Geldof style, when you're old enough to be her mother, isn't going to do you any favours.
However, call off the dogs. By my reckoning, if they sell them in Clarks, then that's it. They're no longer purely for the nubile amongst us, they're fair game. And on a quick scoot round the high street the other day, it appears they are a little staple number in most shoe shops this A/W.
Which is handy as I've been hankering after a pair for a couple of weeks but have been too scared to tell you all. I can finally come clean! I mentioned Bob potentially wielding the credit card with the purchase of the linen cargo pants yesterday (thank you so so much for all your lovely comments by the way - very much a success by all accounts). Well it's been such a funny couple of weeks in my world of fashion that I feared I may have lost the plot finally with regards to a slipper shoe fetish.
If I haven't mentioned it previously, this is something I can be religiously relied upon to do every season with at least one item/trend. The About Turn. I've already fessed up with one About Turn already - Print and everything to do with it. Although I do only have three pairs of print bottoms (the floral and leopard Primark ones and the navy leopard Whistles ones). Quite proud of my restraint actually.
I have yet to root out some trends this A/W that I can claim to loathe in August and then have a wardrobe full of come Christmas, but fear not. You can count on my pathetically fickle self to come up trumps with something.
In all seriousness though, there are some trends that, were you to wear them, at the infancy of their popularity, they would be hit and miss on the mutton front. That's the beauty of the evolution of fashion. Some trends die a death amongst the 20 year olds whereas others are growers. And there is of course, the argument (and the wise amongst us) that says (say), if you love something, you should wear it regardless. But there are some things that are definitely a slow burn.
So here is a very quick pap round up of some of the slipper shoes that I spied that have grown on me. Oh and in for a penny, in for a pound. I'm thinking I'd like a pair with studs on.... (obviously - nothing like skirting round that mutton pond, is there?)
I will do a further in depth blog on them once the A/W stock is more in abundance. Having said that, I did find the most gorgeous pair online at Zara. Which, of course, is now no longer there, clearly having totally sold out. Will. I. Ever. Learn? Doh.
But briefly, proving that we can wear them and not feel anyone baa-ing behind our backs
Glitter ones from Carvela
Studded jewel ones from Steve Madden at House of Fraser
The infamous Clarks ones. The black ones are suede and the leopard print ones are.... wait for it... ponyskin. Drool drool drool!
A myriad of studded ones at Topshop. These however are fabric. I fear with the weather we've been having, a pair of fabric shoes are not going to be making it into my wardrobe any time soon. Especially for A//W (although, Indian Summer...... yeah right. Having said that, apparently it's Adios jet stream, factor 50 here we come from Sunday. Shan't be cracking out the bikini till I feel proof of proper warmth, mind you)
And finally, a blog from me wouldn't be complete without a beloved Zara number. Am kicking myself for not ordering the utterly divine gold studded black ponyskin ones when I saw them. Sob. Sob. But they do have a couple of other scrummy pairs which will no doubt make the slipper shortlist which I shall compile.
So will you be sporting a slipper as your inbetween shoe this A/W? Or are they just a bit too smoking jacket for you and you'd be much happier retiring in the comfort of your ballet flat? Would love to hear your thoughts!
Last but not least, what I was wearing today. Clearly am loving the linen trousers as had them on for the second day in a row (they have now been consigned to the laundry bin you'll be pleased to hear) I did start the day with the cream Massimo Dutti jacket on and the Clarks Organza wedges in tan but as it's mid July, obviously it poured with rain by 1pm and so I had to change for the round robin of school runs.
Am quite pleased with how versatile they're proving though (she says sitting on her hands to avoid purchasing a selection in every fabric/colour she can come across)
Cream vest (just seen. Could have sworn you could see it - normally wouldn't have that beige next to my skin, hence I had the cream jacket to break it up. Never mind!) - Primark
Beige linen tee - Zara
Olive linen cargo pants - Topshop
Brown leather biker jacket - All Saints
Tan Rockafella boots - Russell & Bromley
Gold bee necklace - Alex Monroe
Gold serpent necklace - Stella & Dot
Cheetah print ponyskin bag - Zara
See you tomorrow!