Gratuitous porn

of the shoe variety.  Is there any better?

So.

I am confused.  I'm not going to lie, this happens every season with such regularity it's verging on boring.  But I am the proverbial goldfish when it comes to this.  Each season I say I won't be in this position next season and every time, oh whoops here we are again.  

In a state of flux.  Too.  Much.  To.  Choose.  From.  Too many styles, too many different sorts of fashions, not enough time, money, wardrobe space or youth.  Which fashion tribe (cocky fashion phrase klaxon) am I going to join this S/S?

I had my head turned by the Charlie's Angels look and had my flares at the ready - Farah was going to be my middle name.  Then I was going a hog further and had thrown boho into the mix as well........ 

But then I tried the cheesecloth dresses on and, well it all went slightly belly up and I was ready to admit defeat.  However then (and I haven't blogged this yet....) I moved onto tops and that wasn't quite so bad....

This was before however, I lusted after the pics of Victoria Beckham and Gabrielle Alt in their khakis and all hell broke loose in my neatly ordered plan of things to buy for the S/S. 

So for the next couple of days I'm shelving it.  I'm not even looking at things I can actually buy. 

I am going full on gratuitous shoe porn.  A complete lust list which may seem bonkers but the idea is that we can find ones that we love and then hawk cheaper styles on the High Street.  Only mission is to not completely fall in love with a pair and then not be able to find them.  Let's just call this Fashion Russian Roulette. 

I have thrown myself at the mercy of the designers and have gone with a completely open mind and have just picked ones that I love.  With a wing and a prayer that I will be able to find similar, more affordable versions and not be haunted by something I can't have all Summer (oh we all know where this is going, don't we?)

I'm going to start with a style I do love and have worn for years.  Full on gladiator sandals. They are back with a vengeance this season (clearly I have been hovering on the edge of fashion for the last couple of seasons.  Oops) and there are some slightly different styles to choose from. 

Top of my list these.   Which (compared to some later on - brace yourself) aren't beyond the realms of affordability.  These would go with everything - they are Roman style but somehow manage to have a sleek, clean look to them.  One glass of wine too many on a Thursday night for me? (by the end of this blog, some of you will be yelling, oh dear lord yes, for sure)



Antigone Lace up sandals from Ancient Greek £150





If we're talking gladiator but don't want to go full on knee high (how you don't get leaky leg fat with the up to the knee versions, I do not know), then these from Chloe are my inspiration.   Admittedly if you do have shorter legs, these may come rather far up your leg and who wants muffin calf? 

Lace up Suede gladiator sandals £615 from Chloe





Again, could these by a minimalist gladiator?  


Etoile Amy wraparound leather sandals by Isabel Marant £270


Blow the budget with a Rockstud double gladiator sandal at Valentino £550




Also love this colourway which are *only* £435 




There's also the option of a slightly sturdier gladiator sandal, again at Isabel Marant.  I think for me though, I prefer the lighter, strappier (but not too strappy.... I am very wary of a butcher's tied leg of pork look as I have mentioned) glad look and like to reserve the chunk look for a slider. 

Justy leather sandals £500 (hell would have to freeze over before I paid this much for them as well...) from Isabel Marant 







More Marant, with studs this time - Johanna sandals £510




On the polar opposite though, I'm thinking I may go down the less is more route.....

McQ Alexander McQueen Erin leather sandals £320



These are simplicity at its best.  I can feel a zen like state of calm come over me just from looking at these.  I love these - not sure I £250 love them but will I be able to find ones that are as perfect?  I am going to give it a really good go.

Gato Leather Mules £250


And in black 




A bit of ruching, oh I love these.  I'm ignoring the price... they're on the "must find similar for a tenth of the price" list. 

Marsell Black Arsella leather flat sandals from Libertys £415





Staying with the less is more ethos, here we have a combo of both - on the minimalist side but with a hint of glad in the straps. 

Alvaro Ambra Leather Sandals £255



Slightly strappy at Sergio Rossi - we're still talking a cleaner cut look.

Bi-Colour PVC and leather sandals by Sergio Rossi £165







And at Rupert Sanderson I've got some buckles as well, but still very much paired back from anything too in your face.  

Rupert Sanderson Thira leather sandals £550






Moving from buckles to tassels at Isabel Marant.  I've seen these in Selfridges and I rather like them.  I don't at all like the price tag - am on a mission to find a cheaper option.  Tods had a great pair last year but tassels didn't really filter down to mere mortal affordability levels, so fingers crossed there will be some more around this season.  

Isabel Marant Etoile clay tasseled leather sandals £490



More fringing at Chloe - Cherry Blossom leather sandals £555  These do not look like golf shoes.  Rid that thought from your mind at once, you at the back.




Saving the ultimate buckle job till last though.  Finishing with my dinosaur feet sandals (the name that people christened them last time and to be fair, I can see their point.  Randomly it hasn't stopped me still loving them.... who knew I had an inner Godzilla?)

Toga Buckle Leather £225







Am I more confused than when I started?  Hell yes.  Have I narrowed down any choice?  That'll be a no.  And do I need about £1000 to spend on sandals?  Well, that would be handy.  It ain't ever gonna happen, so plan for next time is to find some affordable sandals that we can be just as happy with.  Who's in?

In the meantime, as up in the air as my fashion choices for Spring/Summer are, I have a confession to make. 

I bought dungarees.

And I really really really like them.

This was my outfit from last night, went to see The Full Monty at the theatre with a group of girlfriends.  Oh my lord alive, it was hilarious.  It's touring the UK at the minute and if you get the chance to go and see it, do do do.  Take girls (your husband will not thank you for sharing the pleasure with him, I'm going to hazard a guess at that)

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White tee - Eileen Fisher
Black dungarees - H&M
Black blazer - Hush

I loved them so much, I braved them during the day today.  Autistic meeting in the morning and a lovely lunch with friends at a new local restaurant.  

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Cream silk blouse - Zara
Black Dungarees - H&M
Tweed military jacket - Jesire
Black quilted bag - Zara

All feel free to tell me they're rank but I don't care, I love 'em!  I snagged these in H&M for the grand price of £10.  Do not ask me why they were so reduced - they were the only pair they had in the shop.  And no, it's not remotely difficult to go to the loo in them, before anyone asks.

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  1. I would love to know how it feels to wear a pair of shoes worth £300 do they feel that amazing I wonder

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    1. Do they hell?! Ok if we're comparing to a pair of plackie Primark numbers then maybe but honestly, compared to most places, honestly I think you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference. This is all about the inspiration. xxx

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  2. Hi Kat, I was actually on my way to go to sleep but I did a last iPad check..and saw this post. Again, you are spot on about the difficult choices we face! Out husbands don't seem to realise just how much study and effort we have to put in our wonderful appearences! I'm on the lets-keep- things-simple-sandal front, so very much in douwt about too much Gladiator.
    But then there are heels, slingbacks ( I am on the lookout for non-prissy nude ones), brogues, trainers, skaters aaaah! Toooo much Indeed!

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    1. oh lordy husbands haven't a clue! So lovely to know someone else is having a similar footwear dilemma.

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  3. It's so hard to know when it's worth spending the extra, if there isn't much difference why pay more ?

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    1. Excellent point. Well. In the majority of cases, it probably isn't. And certainly most of the above are just way out of my budget so it's not relevant at all! But I do think if there is a pair that you can afford and you can't find similar anywhere else and you can justify the cost per wear, it's worth doing. But that's a lot of ifs!

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  4. Love love love the dungarees and the tweed jacket! I bought a great pair of Sam Edelman sandals last year which are great copies of the Valentino sandals!

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    1. Oh yes, they did have them didn't they? I have to say the Rockstud has never appealed to me - rather like the Balenciaga bag - but now I'd love one. So I reckon I'll be all over the rockstuds in all guises in about 10 yrs!

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  5. like those finged Marant ones. Just sent back the Boden Lisa orange beauties with lacing, my feet far too wide - Looking for something sturdy - ish that I can walk round cities in this summer - what do you think about these?
    http://www.camper.com/en_GB/women/shoes/mil/camper-mil-22104-001

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    1. Had same issue with the Boden lace-ups - but the leather was so soft! I was doing a search for a possible replacement and came up with these beauties...http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gentle-souls-break-my-heart-sandal/3075053?cm_cat=partner&cm_ite=1&cm_pla=10&cm_ven=Linkshare&siteId=J84DHJLQkR4-Ot.HaDaZ28Q_ohx4peAN2Q from a comment on un-fancy.com. They get rave reviews for comfort and despite being seriously practical look a little edgy at the same time! I am currently trying to figure prices etc as hubby in NY, but looks like sizing might be a pain to get right. Check out their website www.gentlesouls.com for other ideas - some lovely things amongst the granny variety. meg x

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  6. I have to admit, the dungees actually look pretty good (on you!), Kat.
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    1. HA! Thank you. I have to say I do like them rather more than I thought I would and for a tenner - done!

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  7. You look gorgeous in the dungarees - more Does my bum look 30 in this?! Love the first 2 pairs - can you tell I used to do Irish dancing!

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  8. Next of all places have got a couple of decent looking ankle tie gladiators and even a Marant-alike fringed pair.
    Your Dexy's do look kind of fab!

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    1. They are on my next blog call for sandals - I've done a more reasonably priced one today and needed to stop as there were too many lovely ones!!

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  9. I have those dungarees and wore them to work this week! Was a bit worried about being ridiculed but got loads of compliments. I am currently lusting after some fringed sandals from &OtherStories.

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    1. They're fab aren't they? I am SO overdue a visit to &OtherStories. Their footwear is normally amazing x

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  10. Loving your styling of the dungarees. Just goes to show you can dress them up smart xx

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    1. Thank you - I think they work ok!

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  11. LOVE them .. you wear them so well

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  12. As I said in the previous posting - you have aced the dungarees. Thought I wouldn't - but am now tempted. You've given them a classic, pared down, but smart look - ie a grown up look rather than trying to look 16 look. And apparently tweed is in vogue next A/W so you are way ahead of the curve there! Am off to H&M today....!!!! Now to the sandals - I have a black pair of Carvelas from last season - very minimalist ankle strap with simple strap across the front - so not really glads. However - if you see a copy of the Valentinos, please tell us! They, along with the Sergio Rossis, are my fave. Think the straps around the calf will be irritating as they won't stay up - how can they? Not to mention leg fat.... !! Oh - love the black slides too - but not the dinosaur ones!!!!!!!

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    1. AHA - Joanna at Poppy's Style says she got some from Sam Edelman from last year. The Carvelas sound gorgeous. And yes, not too far up the leg, I'm going to try some on.

      Very much looking forward to wearing my ones from last year which I love but I definitely need some new ones too. xx

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  13. Great outdoor shot of you - the dungarees look great - unfortunately I think one needs to be as slim as you - I think I'd look like a plumber!!

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    1. Thank you - honestly they are probably more flattering than you think..!

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  14. Honestly... dungarees are a total no for me, but they look amazing on you - I think you have to be uber slim to carry them off - I'd look like a rogue toddler!
    Love the sandals - M&S have a pair of silver sliders on their instagram which launch soon, they're gorgeous. Also love the lace up ones but again, not being hugely long of leg I think I'd look totally ridiculous! ( Off to research leg lengthening operations!!)

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    1. oh thank you, I am probably the most surprised that I think they do work. Like I though boho dresses absolutely would and SO So don't on me! ooooh they sound lovely the M&S ones - off to see if I can find them x

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  15. Arrgggrr dungarees on a grown woman?? Wrong on so many levels! Sorry!

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  16. Hi Kat, thanks for another great post, just wanted to share my find. These are stunning Somerset by Alice Temperley Lacey Leather Flat Sandals, Black from John Lewis, which are more affordable as well:

    http://www.johnlewis.com/somerset-by-alice-temperley-lacey-leather-flat-sandals-black/p1747357

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    1. PS dungarees are awesome and looks fab on you, don't listen to anyone! xx

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    2. SPOOKY! I've had those on my wish list for ages and they've now SOLD OUT in my size. GAH! I may have to go in and see if I can find them instore.

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  17. Kat!
    Just got a 20% off email code from River Island if it helps anyone? Is it ok to share on here? (STYLEW0315)
    That tassled black handbag is almost within reach now!
    Lu xx

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    1. ohWOW! I wonder it if still works....

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  18. You look great in the dungarees Kat. Love how you've styled them-that's what makes them work.

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  19. I love the jacket but the dungarees are a bit children's tv presenter -ish. Just my opinion folks don't shoot me ��

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    1. Gosh no, everyone likes different things - that's the whole point of personal atyle!

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  20. They look amazing on you Kat & they were clearly meant to be! As for the sandals.....how bloody gorgeous & where to begin indeed! I've been browsing sandals & there really are some gorgeous ones to choose from this Summer! Ax

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