If Cinderella had gone to the ball today, she wouldn't have worn glass slippers. Hell no, she would have donned the most kick ass pair of black stilettos on the planet. (we're assuming she had a black dress by the way and not pastel pink...)
This is the one shoe that every woman needs. Again I am assuming (and we all know what that makes us) that every woman wears black and we know that isn't true. But as much as most of us will acknowledge that black isn't as flattering as the warmer and possibly more wearable shade of navy, when it comes to Christmas and parties and nights out - it is black that does tend to dominate.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a full on black outfit - for example my new found love - the sequin top from the other night. It's mostly silver but I still wore it with black trousers and a black stiletto was an integral part of the outfit.
And the fact that the pair of black shoes I wore, I have had for either 4 or 5 years, speaks volumes about their longevity. These are my go to shoes every Winter and I honestly haven't even thought about buying new ones. (Famous last words here I fear.)
Mine weren't even expensive but they couldn't be more perfect if they were Laboutins. And the fact that I am asked about them every single time I wear them, means I have to see if I can find a decent equivalent for you this year. Plus, if I could also find some that are a smidge lower, it would be handy as they are on the high side and I can't dance in them any more. My knees hurt. I can't believe I admitted that. I feel like the oldest gimmer in time. If I could possibly find another pair that are slightly lower and, dare I say it, more wearable for hours and hours on end, that would be a bonus.
So let the search begin.
Most obvious place to start if we're looking for sensible shoes (and we're not looking for sensible shoes per se but if we can find ones that don't butcher our feet - this is surely an advantage?) And sensible shoes don't necessarily have to look sensible anymore.
I'm talking M&S (with their magic Insolia which, as we've already discussed, is where tiny elves live in the soles and caress your feet as you walk. Or something like that) and Clarks (who don't claim to have any such magic I fear but because they're Clarks, surely they must be comfy? Akin to assuming that if something has All Bran in, it makes it healthy?).
These are all more almond toed than most of the (clearly killer and I mean that in an ouch way not in a Killer Queen way) pointy jobs. I am therefore assuming that the secret to comfot may lie in the shape of the shoe (not sure you need to be a podiatrist to work that one out, to be fair).
Stiletto High Heel Platform Court Shoes with Insolia at M&S £25
Sequin Embellished Platform Court Shoes with Insolia from M&S £29.50 One to let your feet do the talking here.
Similar again at Clarks and again I am armed with a code. 20% off - BACK315. Should work on everything.
I know more than a couple of people who adore these. I think there's something rather vintage looking about them. And I also know they are possible to stand up for a whole day in.
The Kendra Crisp £55
Also available in a black snake - again £55 pre discount.
And a black leather.
Pointed stiletto but still not as high as lots out there. But I think the point makes the slightly lower heel work.
Black Flax by Nine West was £95 now £65 From Shoeaholics. If you sign up for their newsletter, I think you can get an extra 20% off. Details on the homepage.
They also do a black patent version.
Or a classic black leather.
And then I come along with more offers. 20% off at Office with the code GRAZIA20. Go forth and buy shoes.
Perfect black courts again but this time in a rather delicious ponyskin...
On Tops Black court hair shoes £65
Black Court Suede Shoes £68 and a slightly lower classic suede.
A full court still but in a rather fabulous croc print from River Island. And there is 20% off with the code FESTIVE15 for orders of £75.
Black Leather croc print court £55
Or they do it in a patent... (not sure I can tell the different massively if I'm honest..) For me - the detail in the print is enough and I'm not sure you need them super shiny as well but if you're going to just let your shoes do the talking, go for it.
Cut away now which is what I have and absolutely adore.
Black Lex Punk 90 by McQ by McQueen was £320 now £159 again from Shoeaholics so don't forget to sign up to get another 20% off.
Slightly higher but a great price.
Black Rowin by Vince Camuto was £95 now £69
A suede and leather version at Office and the price is pre 20% off.
Office Jilly Court Black Leather £60
Variations on a theme. Not cut away but the illusion of cut away..
Black Vida by Kurt Geiger London was £220 now £99
And another version at M&S. Stretching the court shoe stiletto definition here as I'm sure a court shoe is supposed to have a back to them, but these have a covered toe which is sufficient for me.
Autograph Stain Away Suede Stiletto from M&S £49.50
And finishing with my ultimate favourites £72 from Office Oh my lord I LOVE these. So so so so so much. I am trying to ignore the fact they are so ridiculously high and focus on the fact that my feet will officially be the most stunning thing in any room I go into wearing these. Fact. These look fabulously expensive to me.... (don't forget the 20% off...). Thing I most love about these is they will transform any "worky" looking dress into full on glamour. Instantly. Let alone what they will do to a plain old pair of jeans, white tee and blazer. These will pay for themselves by January.
So thank you everyone. I have gone from being Mrs Smug with my ancient suede wonders to needing - yes NEEDING that last Office pair. You can go off people you know...
Well clearly I don't get the hugest opportunity to wear anything like this during the day but here I am in a couple of super casual outfits. Today and some day last week I forgot to put a pic up.
This is after two and a half hours of dog walking. The hair didn't quite survive. But fresh air clearly made me smile. (I think I may have taken this photo pre children's dinner as I never ever ever ever look this smiley after I've had to feed them.)
Grey poncho - Simply Be
Charcoal Agnes jumper (not seen!) - hush
Grey tie dye jeans - Sandro
Black Caitlyn biker boots - Seven Boot Lane
So tomorrow I think I may have to do another classic post. Dare I spend tonight on the luxury sites looking for black bag ideas whilst the footie's on? Or actually I know - I've been asked so many times for more.. dare I say it... blouse ideas. Ones that will take you from work to a party. I may have found the perfect option... Or I need to look at colour. And blanket scarves, and boots. Who needs new boots? (you may have noticed I have abandoned the idea of over the knee boots... yes you can all say I told you so. I will be back with an explanation shortly!).