Is it better to have loved and lost...

....than never to have loved at all?  Even if the "loved" bit means only having worn a pair of shoes once for a mini photo shoot?

Have you ever tried on a pair of truly luxury shoes and then had to go back to your high street version?  If you haven't, don't. 

Givenchy sandals.  Who would have thought they would create a pair of sliders that make you feel like you have angel wings attached to your feet.  And the thought of putting on your Zara looky likies would be the equivalent of strapping barbed wire to your feet.  Ditto with the "most find super comfortable" Birkenstocks.  Move over all other wannabe sliders - these Givenchy sandals are a thing of beauty - shoes of dreams.  Pictures don't do them justice, my pathetic attempts at fawning descriptions don't come close to the reality of how truly amazing they are in real life. 

However all this is slightly redundant as the pair over which I am lusting are last year's and are now sold out.

Even this pic doesn't demonstrate how divine they are in real life.  The temptation to do a runner in them from the Me+Em shoot was large.  Not large actually - massive.  To be totally frank, if I hadn't had my car keys in my handbag, I would have given it more serious thought that than the very serious thought I had already given it and legged it sans handbag.  And in these shoes, I could have been Forrest Gump.  Running for years. 

Ignore my hideous feet.  For shoes this beautiful I don't care.  Oh and I appreciate there are loads amongst you who think these ming (the shoes, not my feet.  My feet officially ming, no contest)  This is fair enough.  It took me years to come round and I am now clearly making up for lost time.  I am though just going to mention the angel wings once more.  Complete with clouds......

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But sold out they are (thank the lord as otherwise I couldn't be trusted with a laptop and a glass of wine) so I have been forced to delve elsewhere to see if there are other options that can still my beating heart. 

And randomly for £28, I don't think these are too shabby at all.  Especially as they're leather as well.

Gold Leather Double Strap Textured Slider £27.99 from New Look




And in the black - again how fabulous for leather and less than £30 




If we're looking for full on bling however, these should go straight to the top of the list. 

Steve Madden Rivitt Rhinestone Sandals in Pewter £69





If you are a dyed in the wool Birkie fan then fear not, they've added some glitz to their repertoire as well. 


Birkenstock Sydney Suede Sandals £68.95




However if we do have money to throw at the problem and you are a Marant fan, you may have your eye on these.  For me, slightly too much going on but give me till July and you can guarantee I'll be salivating all over them.


Isabel Marant Gail leather sandals £295




However opening up the brief here and I think I may have stumbled across another gem.  If metallic doesn't float your boat and to be frank, now that I've had my head turned by the Givenchy numbers, I'm not sure any of the others stack up - it's over to an animal number. 


These are too gorgeous for words. *sits on hands, hides credit cards and pours wine down the sink* (clearly that last bit is a total wind up)

Senso Ida Leopard Ponyskin Buckle slip on shoes £135 


And there is of course the amazing still on my wishlist, Clarks Netrix Rose in Snake £50


Which they also do in a metallic - hmmm silver anyone?




Now these are exactly what I was looking for last year and couldn't find anywhere.  

Collection WEEKEND by John Lewis Grenoble Leather £55



Plain now (oh how I love black) and if money were not object...... let's go through that cost per wear persuasive argument one more time..... 

Leather Sandals by Alexander McQueen £395






If you are a purist (although not purist enough to buy Birkies...!) then it may be the more traditional style you prefer - although these are all leather.  

Double Buckle Footbed Sandals £26 in neutral from Next (in black and in pink online)




There is of course the option of the single strap birkie alike.... and staying with the bling...

Shimmer Buckle Footbed Sandals £24



And they also do them in a less bling navy version £24 from Next.  Also available in white and in pink online.




Or the more traditional white version for only £20 from Next (also available in black) 




Now moving slightly off piste here - some similar sliders but without the buckles.


Black metal panel sliders from New Look £19.99



However these have grown on me hugely.  Whilst I didn't love these at all at the beginning of the season, I'm now not sure if I can live without them.  Black or silver is my only dilemma.....

Whistles Haldi Leather Cleated Sole Sliders in black £115




And in silver 



So there we have and I'm sure I've seen loads more that float my boat, but suffice to say I'm not sure any of them come close to my love of the Givenchys.... ok maybe the Senso ones.. or should it be the Clarks Netrix Rose.... Thoughts?  Or are these the stuff of nightmares for you?!

Outfit from today - getting my money's worth from the dungarees.

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White tee - hush
Off white dungarees - H&M
Beige jersey blazer - Zara
Camel bag - Prada
Beige suede Oxford brogues - Seven Boot Lane 

I'm off tomorrow morning on my fancy dress hunt.  I may be some time... I'm also having dress dilemmas (god I am BORING myself about this and so as I spend so long writing this blog, I'm going to treat you all to the boring story too.  You have been warned.....!) 

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  2. Love the senso ones and adore the marant ones!! Make my birkies look so plain....xx love love love your blog

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    1. I actually prefer the Senso ones to the Marant ones... who'd have thought... I might try them tomorrow BUT the Clarks ones have 20% off now.. would be rude not to...

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  3. Have you seen these? Make sure you look at the silver colour way.

    http://m.marksandspencer.com/mt/www.marksandspencer.com/leather-double-strap-mule-sandals/p/p22371087

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    1. ooh I saw those last year but they didn't come up when I searched for Sandals earlier. The excellent of the M&S website.... They're fab though.

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  4. Love the clarks snakeskin ones, just go and grab them, perfect for weather now and so cool....and the senso but snakeskin is more 'now'.....have just bought black padded cross straps marant look alike from asos...to funk up all of last years tops etc...and have just bought also from clarks THE white mules...they are spectacular with my white lace anthro shirt...and boyfriend jeans...and a white t shirt and silk poncho...i could go on...they are so cool...I had them in mind and then when you wrote about them the other day I just had to have them...they have breathed new life into all my old stuff....and did I mention how comfortable they are??!!...x loving the blog....xx

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    1. I WILL!!! I love the padded cross straps ones - I tried so hard to get the Jolene ones from Dune last year but could't and now I am OVER them! I did though get the River Island white stud ones which I still love. They are amazing. And I am so pleased you love the mules. They are too too cool x

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  5. Gorgeous prada bag. I now have serious bag envy. Lx

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    1. It is a seriously lovely bag, I am indeed v lucky!

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  6. Tk Maxx have some fab birk- a-likes in with huge flatform soles. I was in store today and struggled with sizes but they had loads online and managed some snakeskin ones (similar to the Clarks ones u like) and only 16.99!!!!

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  7. I was just looking at those in the Me&Em catalogue! They look pretty gorgeous in their photos. Just as well they are last year's. I have 3 pairs of double strap sliders - I do not need any more...

    Those Clarke snakeskin ones are really lovely, though.

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    1. If you don't have a pair of snakeskin ones..... just saying.. they've now got 20% off.....

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  8. Sorry Kat, you'll never convert me. I still hate them - they just make feet look soooooooo wide. Now sliders, they're a different story...

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    1. ha ha ha ha! You see I like the way they balance out my height with some sturdiness at the bottom!! Although they did go from zero to hero in my book last year. So there's still time to convert you......

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  9. My problem is, as someone who has spent most of her life in warmer countries, I can't get my head around wearing open-toed, backless shoes here in England where it is warm for such a short period of time. Just been to take my daughter to the school bus stop and the car registered 5 degrees!!!! So I would definitely not spend too much on this look - and one pair would suffice! I'd go for the snakeskin Clarks - they would go with everything.

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    1. And they now have 20 % off... I wear these all summer, what's a bit of cold on your ankles?! (and feet.... ditto a bit of rain...!!)

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  10. http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2015/may/12/10-of-the-best-shirt-dresses-in-pictures saw this and thought of you which is randomly stalkerish of me come to think of it! Your top shop one is in there!

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    1. I am SO pleased with the TS one! Have to say I like it more than the rest...

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  11. Accessorize has some great alternatives!!! I just bought these rose gold metallic slides - really comfortable and nicer in the flesh than online http://uk.accessorize.com/view/product/uk_catalog/acc_3,acc_3.7/7950359637 They also have birkenstock style shoes in silver and gold http://uk.accessorize.com/view/product/uk_catalog/acc_3,acc_3.7/7951021253 Love your blog - I always look forward to it and all my friends are now reading it too!

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    1. They're fab. And thank you xxxxx

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  12. Never been a fan of the birkie style especially as I have very narrow feet but just ordered a pair of KG minted flat sandals, check them out they combine pony skin, snake print and bling, fab! Now need to resist searching out the Alexander McQueens, love them but a crazy price!

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    1. I am off to check them out now. I may be hawking those McQueen ones in the sale.... ABsolutely gorgeous, aren't they?!

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  13. No, sorry Kat I don't like them at all! Even (especially? the Givenchy ones). I just think they are so ugly. Shoes are usually the only thing I don't agree with you on. I love your blog and always look forward to sitting down with a cuppa and having a read of it. It's the first one I check. Thank you!

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    1. Fair enough and thank you xxxxxxxx

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  14. Clarks ones on sale. 20% off just sayin'...! 😊

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  15. God NO - they are simply the most unflattering "sandals" ever. Especially in the bronze or any metallic........lets face it ANY colour. I appreciate they may be comfortable but there is nothing good to say about a birkie doudle strap style sandal. They even make my size 4 feet look flat, wide and big. Rather walk barefoot across gravel! Sorry. I dont even like the Isabel Marant slides but I would consider the Isabel Marant Brook Braided Leather ones........for indoors. So many cute flats out there that these really should be delegated to the "Very Bad Shoe Bin".

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    1. Sorry Kat and as someone said above, I love your blog.............but not these strap on flat bits of cardboard.

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  16. Love the whistles silver sliders!

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    1. They're gorgeous, aren't they?

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  17. I have both feet firmly in the Birks camp! I'm currently lusting over a black pair with studs which would break the bank, and probably be the straw that broke the camel's back when it comes to actually being able to shut the shoe cupboard door, but they really are fabulous! And I don't blame you for loving the Givenchy pair, they are stunning! xx

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