So it just goes to show sometimes (often) what works in your head, simply doesn't work when you try it on....
I am having a sandal mare this season. Ok, slight exaggeration there but still, I haven't found a pair that I like. The brief (I've decided there is a brief) is a pair that I can wear during the day that will go with all sorts of jeans and trousers but also shorts and dresses. So not much then.....
They mustn't be high heeled - zimmer at the ready, I am all about the flat and the mid heel. And that's about it.
Actually to be honest, I was all over a flat sandal until I saw the Zara lace up ones and then my obsession with the mid heel was born. Which grew on me like mould when I couldn't get hold of them. Of course.
I then managed to finally tracked them down in Ireland (when they were back in stock online in England, obviously...). Giddy wasn't the word. It would be sod's law then, wouldn't it, that they looked rubbish on me.
Damn my skeletor feet. They looked like they were trying to escape out of the shoes - seriously, as I walked, my toes actually moved out of the shoe at the front and touched ground. Dear lord they were horrific.
So I returned them on Thursday on the way back to the airport and lo and behold, I may have found another idea.
The Flatform. Idea number gawd knows what of the season. Or should that be The Platform Wedge? Who knows but what I do know is that this could be a contender.... (there's definitely wedgedge here....)
My bestie cottoned on to the trend super early in the season, bagging her 20% off at M&S with these beauties.
Wedge Sandals £29.50 from M&S
Limited Edition Ankle Strap Wedge Sandals £29.50
I will say for me, the jury was out. They looked amazing on her, I just thought I didn't need the height and I was at my "not doing 70s" stage.
However, I then came across these in Zara the other day when I was taking the awful lace ups back.
Crossover leather wedge £39.99
And I fell in love. Obviously they're much higher than the M&S ones - much higher..... never let it be said I don't change my mind more frequently than my pants.
They are not remotely what I was looking for in a sandal this summer. At. All. But suddenly I'm not sure I can live without them.
So yesterday, I had a day out with two of my closest girl friends in London. Fantastic full on shopping day. New footwear was the name of the game. So yet again, I tried the Zara ones on. And learning from my mistakes I nabbed them, so that I can think about them at leisure at home, not deciding that I have to have them and then scouring the country for them in vain.
It was then off to Selfridges where there is the most amazing selection of shoes for all purses, but I was definitely focusing on the affordable. Best choice was at Dune.
Dune Kimono Leather Mule £65 These I absolutely loved but they are a wide fit. Ideal if you have wider feet but my skeletor trotters just walked out of the front of them.
These were the next port of call - super comfy in spades, but I fear that despite having a very narrow foot, it's trying to escape from the sides. They also come up very small - this was a 7 and it only just fitted.
Dune Gladley Fabric Cross Over Cork wedges in black £49
These I loved. I really did but I'm not sure they did me any favours and I don't like them £40 more than the Zara ones. I prefer the heel to be honest and randomly they are the same height wedge even though I think they look higher. On my foot, I just found the Zara ones more comfy.
Dune Keera Wooden Wedge £79
Of course I'm having second thoughts now.... yup, definitely don't know which ones I like best... Any help?
I've also had a look to see if there are any others that I should be considering and an added strap is also an option. Personally I think I'm veering towards the mule.... but....
Mango Platform Strap Sandals £59.99
Leather plaited Ankle Strap Wedge sandals from M&S £35 (think my friend may also have purchased these with the original flat forms....)
So sticking with the theory that a mid wedge might be better - loving these at Boden. And there's 20% off Boden at the moment and until the 28th April with the code G2LA
Sienna Wedge £89
Or navy.... hmmmmmm
But these ones look mighty fine too.....
Espadrille Wedge Sandals from Next £56 Which they also do in black. If you haven't noticed, I am rather obsessed with all things black at the mo.....
Hour long "debate" with the Aspie 8 yr old about why he can't take a toy gun onto a plane. Apparently the fact that "it's not real" should appease everyone. I managed to persuade him that whilst this was a plausible argument and he was indeed correct, he was not in any way, shape or form going to change Global Aviation Law with this point.
He did then, once at Gatwick, proceed to tell me that he didn't mind that he couldn't bring his gun, as (presenting me with the evidence), he'd bought his bullets instead. Whilst the gun (back at Nanny's in Ireland) did look very plastic, the bullets on the other hand, look decidedly real. One can only give thanks to whichever deity was looking down on us and persuaded small boy that it was prudent to keep them very well hidden throughout the entire flight.
It's a miracle I'm not entirely grey and/or an alcoholic.
Flight, nevertheless was without incident, picked up by The Husband who then cooked a fabulous dinner with a rather lovely bottle of red. Tis very good to be home.