Is this the ideal shoe?

And if so, why doesn't it have a better name?  This word is almost as bad as blouse.  Court Shoe.  Boak.

But it's a must.  It really has cemented it's place as the most useful shoe you'll own and one that will earn its keep in your wardrobe for years and years to come.  A timeless piece of perfection. 

And there's one to suit everyone.  Sky high or mid heel. I'd even go so far as to put in a flat (which doesn't really make it a court shoe, but yah boo sucks to the purist out there.  If it's got a toe like a court shoe and can be worn in exactly the same circumstances as a court shoe, then a court(ish) shoe, a pointed flat can be).  Or you can throw in a kitten heel (being tall I tend not to do these as I feel it looks like I'm just too big and heavy for an average heel and have squashed it down to kitten size). 

For anyone who says they're boring (my 30yr old self springs to mind), well have I got news for you.  There is nothing boring about these shoes now.  These can be the work horse of your shoe wardrobe.

Although I will just throw this in there, I personally struggle to wear these with a dress.  Clearly there is a part of me that isn't quite comprehending that at almost 43, you can dress like a grown up.  But I just feel too "grown up" in these.  Does that make sense?  I feel like I should be going to work.  Proper corporate work.  Even though I have other friends who wear these with dresses for parties and look like the height of sophistication, I feel like I'm going to a job interview.  And the one thing I've learnt, in my quest to find fashion that works for us as we get older, is that it doesn't matter how great something might look, if you're not loving it and you don't feel comfortable in it - ditch it.  That's the secret of personal style.  Other people might not get it but it's not their style, it's your style.  Wear it and own it. *fist bump and naff pep talk over*  (falls off soap box.  I haven't even had a glass of wine...) 

I had intended to go slightly off piste and also include variations on a court shoe but then I realised that wasn't a court shoe.  That was a high heel.  And I have plenty of those up my sleeve but for classic capsule wardrobe purposes, I'm thinking it needs to be a true representation of a court shoe (boak).  For me, that is the most versatile of heels and one that you will wear the most. 

Read it and weep (or just shop.)  I have plundered the depths of the sales archives and brought you the best bargains to bolster your Spring look.

Starting with some designer options and we've got a mid heel.  Hoorah I hear you cry...

Holla Pumps from DVF were £248 now £99  There is zero reason why these wouldn't go with everything.  I would have happily worn these to work with a suit and gold jewellery - super simple, yet super effective.  With a white shirt, black blazer, boyfriend jeans for a night out.  Black dress and these = black tie.  



Hilda pumps from DVF were £264 now £105  Not everyone love a bit of metallic bling so how about some snakeskin?



An even better bargain at Jigsaw in a super versatile pewter with a great mid heel height. 

Milly Court Shoes from Jigsaw were £149 now £74



They do also have them in a black pony skin version (be still my beating heart) but these are £159 still.  Personally I would live in these and would be happy to pay full price.


And an out there option.  With an all black outfit.  These.  Rock.  And check out that mid heel you could wear all day.  LOVE.  (and love the price even more). 

ASOS Soulmate Co-ord pointed heels £25



And these, which would be much more of a treat but I still adore.  You would have these for years and you could wear them every day as they're such a daily friendly heel.  How to make a boring suit a lot less boring.  

Star Crystal Point Toe Court Shoe from LK Bennett was £295 now £145



Now I know lots of you would think these are a high heel but they're probably billed as a mid heel (albeit a higher mid heel.. I'll give you that).  And as they're the special "woven by the foot fairies so they're akin to walking on clouds" aka Insolia from M&S, you can wear them for hours and walk mile in them (not tried, can I point out?)  Did I also mention that they're magic suede too? 

Stain Away Suede Pointed toe court shoes from Autograph at M&S £49.50




Or in the black 



And who says that plain black needs to be boring?  Not when you have a glitter sole it doesn't...

Natalya Glitter Sole Shoe from Jigsaw was £169 now £84



Or a classic nude in patent leather £49.50 also from M&S




Slightly more but I love the cut out side on these and they are in the sale..

Black Tamsin Court from Hobbs was £139 now £89




And now we're onto the super high.  Not for the fainthearted.  But they make your legs look amazing... 

Bandele Pumps from DVF were £248 now £148



Bethany pumps from DVF were £248 now £99  My favourite print for the classic shoe.






And finishing with a ringer... have to say - back on the yellow quest from yesterday (giving all my up and coming blogs away..), these caught my eye.. I think I love. 

ASOS Pocket Pointed Heels £42



Proof that these stand the test of time, is my black suede pair that weren't expensive at all - from Zara, but I have had for four years now (maybe five?).  I wear them all year round and am always asked where they're from.  They're high for sure and no, I can't really dance any more in them (to be fair - that's more down to my ageing knees as opposed to the height of the heels).   

Are you a fan of the court shoe?  Plain or print?  Mid or high?  If you are after something a little more elaborate or "statement",  then I will be back as I have buckles and straps a plenty (which sounds wrong on every level).

So this is me today following on from my mantra on Instagram, determined not to keep things just for best.  I had a lovely day today - a surprise lunch with the husband who was working from home and then a trip to a car show room (which, saddo that I am, I really like... Didn't have time to test drive anything today but going back next week.  This counts for me as a good day out.  I know, I know, need to get out more).  Excellent meal at The Twenty Six in Southborough if anyone local wanted to know.  Really really good and highly recommended.

I couldn't be more in love with this jumper if I tried.  And in the end I kept the Ash boots.  I couldn't justify the £300 price difference between these and the Acne Jensens and seeing as I'm planning on wearing them with my new cropped trousers and culottes, the Mira which are slightly longer, I think will work better.  Not to mention with midi dresses... 


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Red 1970 jumper - Bella Freud
Black peg leg trousers - Zara
Grey scarf and wristwarmers - Black
Black blazer - hush
Mira chelsea boots - Ash

I can't believe tomorrow is Friday.  Whoop whoop me for getting through another week without a glass of wine.  I have not signed up to a Dry January but thought I'd try not to have a glass at all during the week (WHY?????) and also have two party free weekends.  Really looking forward to spending time with the children actually (and a glass of wine which I am going to have tomorrow night.  Which obviously I'm *not* looking forward to as much as I am spending time with the children.. not at all... nope... In my defence, tomorrow after school I have football, three lots of swimming lessons and cubs.  Just what you want on a Friday night.... What was I saying about the wine?). 



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  1. Shoe porn! Just when I think, I don't really do court shoes you show me gorgeous dvf metallic ones, then snakeskin, pewter, ponyskin... each more beautiful than the last. Sigh, I am rubbish at heels but these are lovely.

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    1. Some of these aren't too high though??! I think my fave is probably the gold actually.. The first DVF ones.

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  2. I had a pair identical to the DVF metallic shoes when I was about 14 in yellow from Clarks of all places. They were my first pair of heels and I thought I looked ace in them! I agree with you about wearing with a dress. I only wear with jeans or trousers.
    Did you buy any of the LKBennett skirts? I wondered whether to give one a try, it would probably be the black and white spot style, for an anniversary I have coming up.

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    1. Oh that's funny! Now I DID buy two of the LK bennett skirts (well - the same skirt in a 10 and a 12 - and yes, the black and white spot one) but I am mortified to say they're still in the packets they arrived in.. I MUST try them on this weekend.

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  3. Stop posting amazing shoes!! Love all the dvf ones...but have ordered the lk Bennett tamia after you featured them the other day!!! Never had shoes fro there and can't wait for delivery day!! Xx

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    1. Oh I love love my LK Bennett shoes. My tan shoe boots I got from them three years ago I have worn and worn and worn.

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  4. I bought the M&S nude patent ones yesterday, they look gorgeous on although I did have to size up because they were squishing my toes. Took the labels off and had a walk around in the house, they feel get but they are squeaking badly, I hope that disappears with a bit more breaking in as they look a lot more expensive than they are.

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    1. That can be a problem with the more pointy courts - they don't fit as well as we're used to with normal shoes. Interesting as most people I know suffer from this problem yet the retailers seem to not do anything about the sizing. They do look gorgeous (and a great price for leather)

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  5. I'm with you Kat, I started wearing pumps (that's what we call them on the other side of the pond) only recently, in my 40s. They made me feel too formal or corporate until now. Too grown up. Strange right? And still no skirts and dresses with them, although your unusual recommendations could make me change my mind!

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    1. Aha! At least I know I'm not alone in my madness.. The only thing I think they could work with is perhaps a midi skirt or dress??

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  6. I can't wear court shoes - I have wide feet and they are too pointy. Shoes are my nemesis.

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    1. Awwwwww. If it's any consolation, there are loads of things I can't wear (and everyone is exactly the same) You have loads of other gorgeous styles to choose from xxxx

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  7. Thanks for providing a beautiful piece of shoes images as my wife has been a shoe lover, i mostly prefer to buy shoes for her frequently. But, for the last few months, as i have been engaged in a busy tight schedule, i had stayed in my custom research paper writing office itself, in order to complete all my clients writing works and provide their needed documents to them. From last week only i have been free and so, i have decided to go to home this week, and so, i have been thinking of buying a new sandals for my wife in order to compensate her.

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  8. I've been looking for a decent pair of navy courts for yonks - I'm going to order the M & S suede ones, especially as they sound super comfy (how old am I) - with each year that passes high shoes get harder and harder to walk in (whilst trying to look vaguely demure!). Love your lunch and car shopping outfit by the way!

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    1. Oh so pleased ! (and god yes, I am so with you on the comfort thing most of the time!) And thank you xxx

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  9. Over the past couple of years I have invested in two pairs of Jimmy Choo heeled courts! When I say "I" my daughter works for them so "have been bought as gifts" would be a better statement! Two years ago I had the nude patent mid heeled ones and this year the dark grey patent ones! I love them so much! They bring a touch of class to a plain outfit and jeans alike. Well worth the investment. I am with you though on the dresses, would probably only wear the nude ones with a dress I think! Yvonne x

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    1. You win on the shoe front. Full stop, without doubt!

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  10. The DVF snakeskin are gorgeous. I really struggle in heels now so hooray to Clarks squidgy insoles & M&S Insolia! X

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    1. Didn't see any I loved at Clarks but the M&S ones are amazing for the money (and hopefully are super comfy xx)

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  11. Top tip for toes.
    Buy some of that Lanacane anti-chafing gel in the yellow tube.
    Never again will you get a blister if you apply it all over your feet!

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    1. So now - do you do this before or after you've had the blister.. and does it work if you already have one??! (actually, you've said anti-chafing so I'm assuming they're for before the injury?) Great tip!

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  12. I absolutely LOATHE court shoes! The only time I've worn anything like them is at my wedding, but even then they had a block heel so weren't quite the same. I've tried them, but find them so uncomfortable - they always have thin soles, or hard-as-nails platforms. And with a sizeable heel as well, the balls of my feet are burning within seconds. They look fabbo on you though!

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    1. Awww what a shame - but would be so so dull if we all wore the same shoes! Loads of other options for you to choose from if courts aren't you thing!

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  13. Love the DVF snakeskin courts. And the Hobbs ones. I have a pair of black suede Autograph ones (similar style to your Zara ones I think) and pony hair leopard print courts. Worn the latter loads on evenings out. They do have their uses - but like you I have never worn them with a dress!!! I have worn the leopard ones with my black leather midi skirt though. Oh Kat your Bella Freud jumper is gorgeous. Wish they'd get discounted...!!! Good on you re Dry Jan Mon-Fri. I have survived so far with one evening off...!!!

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    1. AHA - now yes, I think a super cool pair like a leopard pair with a midi skirt might work... I did get mine with a discount on black friday from Selfridges (although couldn't wear till Christmas as it was part of my present..) but if you don't mind which style you have - try the www.bellafreud.com That's where I got my birthday present from for less than £100! I am SO having a glass tonight.

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    2. Not condoning fakery, but have you tried ebay for Bella Freud? I did.

      That's all I'm saying....

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    3. I have seen the 1970 jumper on ebay and am tempted! What's the quality like?

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  14. I am not a big fan of the court shoe. I have really weird toes and like a peep toe so that they can have a bit of freedom to move about (gross or what?). Lorraine x

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  15. The Jigsaw ponyskins are mine tomorrow! Btw, have you seen the new colours in the excellent M and S Autograph boxy jumper? Can I really justify having 4 of the same jumper??
    Jill

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    1. The one that they did in the navy and the mint? I've seen it in the grey.. I simply cannot personally justify any more chunky jumpers!!

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    2. Yes - the grey is spot on. Camel is the other colour. I can't justify both, but maybe the grey... My son sprayed bolognaise on my mint one.
      Jill

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  16. Your Bella Freud 1970 sweater is simply divine - so much so that I am actually contemplating getting a red Bella Freud sweater (even though I haven't worn red since my teens!!) I remember you said they fit small? I am usually a UK12 - would you recommend sizing up to a L or an XL for Bella Freud??

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    1. Right, well the Bella Freud one Red 1970 one I think definitely comes up on the petite side. I am a 10/12 on top and I have the Large, I probablyl could have got the Medium but it would have been much more smaller in the arms and on the shoulders for me (I am 5ft10..) HTH!

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    2. .....this is completely off topic, but did you know Kat that H&M have shaken up their frankly appalling online delivery service? Just received a parcel this morning which I ordered yesterday....YESTERDAY! They now use Hermes, like Boden. Standard delivery now 2 -5 working days. x

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    3. I have heard... alas it doesn't extend to the APPALLING service still offered by & Other Stories. SOB

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  17. Not really a court shoe but I just ordered a pair of ballet pumps (think Chloé) in gold. 2" block heel with a round ballet slipper like toe. They are ugly-beautiful to me and would complement my cropped flares. Topshop 'Juno,' you should have a look.

    Hope you had an amazing birthday!

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