Back to the drawing board

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

They also do these in a denim but she chose the white. 

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. 

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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. 



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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






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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?


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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 


Staying with raffia at Next and adding an ankle strap.   These are great, but dare I say it, I'm looking for a bit more height (obvious statement being 5ft10....) 





Also in black £45 I like the tan but I think the black looks much more expensive.



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.....




Finishing with outfits from this week.  Starting with last day in Ireland.  Great morning with the AA man freeing the keys from the boot of the car.  God Bless the AA.  Truly amazing, thank you!  But of course, this being us, why would everything go smoothly?  

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. 


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Grey Every day Jumper - Boden
Black Tuxedo blazer - Hush
Off white distressed boyfriend jeans - All Saints
Black Hobo Faridah bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Black buckle sliders - Zara

And on Friday - I was absolutely shattered so just went to the supermarket in the morning, put a load of washing in as we had one of my oldest friends and her girls visiting us for the day/night from Oz!  Lovely day and evening helped along by a couple of bottles of champagne, just for old times sake. 

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Navy and black print top - Zara
Real Straight jeans - Gap
Navy Lille flats - Boden
Navy swing cardigan - TKMaxx 
Vanilla Roxanne bag - Mulberry

Up with the larks on Saturday for a day shopping Up West with the girls.  

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Black jumpsuit - Kin by John Lewis 
Black blazer - Topshop
Charcoal Dakota flatforms - Seven Boot Lane
Black quilted bag - Zara

And last night, out for dinner with the same girls but we dragged our other halves along too.  Great restaurant owned by The Tanner Brothers called The Kentish Hare on Bidborough Ridge.  Can highly recommend if you're ever in the area.


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Black jumper - Tommy Hilfiger
Black leather A line midi skirt - Whistles
Black gladiator sandals - Burberry
Black clutch - Tory Burch

So we're off on for some lunch and a long country walk, followed by an evening on the sofa, catching up on the all the TV I missed when I was away.  Kids back to school tomorrow - actually have to say, I think I might miss them...... Huge apologies for having been missing for a couple of days - thank you to everyone for all your message!  Lots of things coming up this week, fear not. x

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  1. Love your leather skirt from last night - very chic. I am a flip flop girl in summer. The sandals you showed in your post I would be able to admire on others but all I want on my own feet are flip flops with as little material as possible. Lx

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    1. Oh you're so practical! My feet need more coverage, they're so minging.

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  2. I too am having a sandal trauma! I need low heel due to arthritis & all the ones I love are FLAT. I am overreacting in my disappointment, haha.

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    1. Any of the mid heels from the other day any good? It's just sod's law isn't it? Hope you find something xx

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  3. I try to steer clear of thick strapped sandals for fear of them looking too frumpy, but these are actually a good pick - I don't dislike them all!! x

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  4. Fabulous selection here Kat...so hard to pick a favourite! xx

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  5. Loving the leather skirt outfit. So chic x

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  6. Love your Zara ones, I like the Dune ones too, but wide fit are no good on me. Now I want your jumpsuit ! Xx

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    1. I am loving the jumpsuit so much more than I thought I would. So easy to wear, comfy and hides a multitude of sins!

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  7. I loved the Clarks ones on your page but in reality (on my feet) they are pretty dire. The soles are cheap looking. Liking these alternatives a lot more.... and I'm usually wedded to flats.

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  8. Love the black next espadrilles! Might just have to try them out...went for some topshop gladiators but felt a bit kind of stumpy in them, bit of flat form could be the answer! Thanks, Lisax

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    1. You're welcome! hope they work for you xx

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  9. Not a flat form fan but defo a flat shoe/sandal fan. And a mid block heel or a wedge fan too. Kat have you tried on the snakeskin Clarks birkies yet? Me neither...but I have tried on something similar from Moda In Pelle. More expensive so am holding out for a discount code. Still hanging on to the Kin jumpsuit - need to take it to tailors for alteration (crotch too low!) Inspired after seeing you wear yours for a casual shopping excursion - and not just for a night out.

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    1. No I haven't yet love - I really will struggle to justify them as I love my black and white sandals that I have from last year. I would dearly love them but not sure I need them... Plus I may have also bought a new pair of flat mules which were rather more than I had anticipated spending on shoes..... oops.

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  10. I brought a pair of gorgeous wooden wedge heels a few years ago, and whilst they look great on after a couple of hours walking in them my feet are in agony as there is no give in the wood at all, so my feet take a real pounding so now tend to wear them only on occasions where little walking or standing is required like at a BBQ as i cant cope with the pain of walking on 2 solid pieces of wood.

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    1. Oh god you're right, I had two pairs of wooden clogs and they were horrific to walk in. The Dune ones did seem to have a really good padded inner sole unlike the ones I had but I'm not sure how comfy they would be.... the Zara ones are cork and are much more flexible!

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    2. dont get any of the shoes in the post. They all look a bit dinner lady

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    3. It would be a dull world if we all liked the same thing. I've already bought the Zara ones!

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    4. very true and many a time i've seen something on a shelf or hanger and thought it wasnt me, only to cave in and try and find that it worked and i loved it. It is about how you style it and wear with confidence. Have always told my children to not be the sheep, if you like it then wear it, even if its not what everyone else is wearing. Who would want to be the same or copy everyone else , Not me thats for sure.

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  11. Love the Dune ones, but they are quite a bit more expensive than the Zara ones. They remind me a bit of the ones hush did last year. Also, are they comfy? I walk so much I need something that won't kill my feet! Love chunky flatforms.

    Very funny about the toy gun and bullets (not sure you thought so at the time!). My youngest has SEN, so you have my sympathies.

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    1. ooh they did some great ones last year didn't they - don't have them this year. The Zara ones are very comfy yes.. the Dune ones not as comfy for sure.

      And yes - unless you have a child with SEN it's impossible to understand the complexities, isn't it?!! xx

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  12. Hi Kat, have you seen these? They mix your love of snakeskin and wedge-type heel http://m.zara.com/uk/en/woman/shoes/view-all/leather-printed-wedge-c719531p2542619.html

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    1. they're cute aren't they? I do like the simplicity of the plain black ones.... they're comfier than they look so I think I'm definitely going to keep them! xx

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  13. Did a click and collect for the Clarkes snakeskin slides never even tried them on utterly horrible really cheap looking. Did however buy the flat sandals with the leopard print really nice and comfortable, thanks for the recommendation re Clarkes have not been in there for years!

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    1. Oh I saw them instore and thought they looked ace! oops! But pleased you like the other ones - they're all comfy I'm sure xx

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