Which means of course that we're talking more black...
But this time, it's a necessity. Ok so again, if you're a navy lover (I will see if there is a navy version for each - I do genuinely have a friend who honestly only buys everything in navy! Apart from a bag.. she does have a tan handbag - which looks amazing with all the navy actually), then this isn't going to float your boat. (eta - failed miserably on the navy front - I'll do a separate blog).
For the most of us though, this is something we all have in our wardrobe and, if we do it right, we will have them for years and they will see us through many an outfit crisis. They're also the perfect foil to be able to wear with something slightly more "disgraceful".
I am talking the plain black shoe. Which doesn't sound that exciting, does it? We're talking not necessarily classic but definitely pared back. The whole fact that they're not exciting IS the point. They need to have a simplicity to them. They don't necessarily need to be delicate - I think I would go so far as to say minimal is the name of the game.
But there are lots of options. Lots and lots and something for everybody. From a ballet flat, to a chunkier plain sneaker, to a slipper style. And I've also encroached on sandals as well - just a taster as I am polishing my halo at sending THREE pairs back. Three pairs of Isabel Marant ones actually. It's not that I didn't like them - I loved them. But I couldn't justify keeping them, when the sandals I have from last year and two years ago, still work perfectly well (from Forever 21 and Zara respectively) and I had to admit I didn't like that new Isabel Marant ones "that" much more than my old bargains.
But I do have a black shoe hole. Personally I'm not looking for a full on shoe and I'm not looking for a full on sandal. I'm looking for something, in leather, that will get me through the next two months and all those days when it's not scorchio during the Summer (ie 80% of it).
So I've picked my favourites but also covered some other options that will also do a stirling job in the coming months. Shoes we can wear on a daily basis - some to work but all of them to play.
Starting with pure elegance at an amazing price. Channel your inner Audrey. These turn any sort of trousers into Parisian chic in a heartbeat.
Classic Ballet Flats from New Look - leather for £19.99
Luxury Suede (with a price tag to match) at Jimmy Choo.
Lucy Suede Point Toe Flats £395
Luxury in leather this time again at Chloe - a complete classic.
Lauren Leather Ballet Flats £295
But these from Boden, I've always thought are an excellent substitute.
Scallop Point in black suede from Boden were £69.50 now £48.65
Moving onto the more pointed...
ASOS Milan Pointed Flat Black Shoe £20
A full on shoe now - perfect for work £49 But I also love with skinny jeans, wide leg crops, jeans - oh all sorts of jeans.
Now this style usually have studs on them a la Valentino Rockstuds but I have to say I think I might actually prefer them plain.
ASOS Lola Caged Pointed Ballet Flat £22
And now - we're onto my guilty secret. WARNING. You may mostly think these ming.
Premium leather babouches from Mango £69.99
So the idea is (I'm assuming.. not being that knowledgable in the way of the babouches) that you're supposed to tread down the back of the shoe to make it into a slipper slider thingy. And I think that can work but I think with some it just looks like you're treading the back of your shoe down..
But then the ones that I love. I adore these. And I know that these are going to be completely marmite and lots will loathe. I will admit they are ever so slightly Seven Dwarves. Need to try them on. Go on - all tell me how hideous they are. You can't persuade me - I love love love. Clearly they will look vile on.
Acne Studios Amina Flats £320
Variation on a theme here and these for me are contenders. You know when something grows on you.. Well these are growers for me. But do I love them as much as my Dopey shoes above? Nope nope nope.
ONCE two-part open shoes £32
Or there are the shoe/sneaker variety. A shoe that's not a shoe and not a sneaker and not an espadrille but a hybrid of lots of things which just makes something lovely to wear on your feet.
New Look Wide Fit Espadrille Plimsoll £14.99
Full on espadrille at Seven Boot Lane. Love the flatform - really an espadrille with an edge.
Falcon Black Leather Espadrille £75
Or a more classic skater shoe.
New Look Snake Effect Slip on Plimsol £14.99
Or.. with a tan sole. Now these I think look a lot more expensive than their price tag belies.
ASOS Dynamic plimsolls £20. I would happily wear these with wide leg black crops, or black peg legs and a white tee and blazer. Or how about with a pair of khaki cargos, black tee (or top from the other day.... you see this is why you need a black shirt) and black blazer.
Another black and white skater style with a touch of tan in leather at Seven Boot Lane.
Flame Black Leather slip on £125
And then of course I had to put these in.. .in my defence, I put "black" into the filter at Browns Fashion and it brought these up.. Even though they're allegedly navy. A black navy... Divine nonetheless.
Golden Goose Distressed Sneakers £240
And finishing with some sandals (I will get more into these as soon as it starts to warm up but I have to say at the moment, I'm thinking I'm ok with my £15 bargains from last year and would rather have the Aminas above). You may be able to tell my interest in these has waned...
Mango Strap Cord Sandals £19.99 Now these I tie around my ankles as opposed to up my leg.
Holly Ankle Tie Sandals £22 A bargain for leather.
But call off the dogs when it comes to plain yet interesting. Mango have totally come up trumps for me. These are the exact combination of minimalist with a hint of detail (ok so it's a great big ring of gold hint...) Interest piqued again.
Applique leather sandals £35.99
Interest x2... LOVE the tan sole. Isabel Marant Boops eat your heart out.
And just in case you did want the real version (I have to say I think I may prefer the TS ones!)
Boop leather slides from Isabel Marant were £350 now £140
So that's the end of my choices for today as we have a date with Dynamo. Alas, not at the O2 but on tv - the Live from the O2 show so as almost as good as it gets.
Outfit from today and this is one of my favourite outfits I've had on in ages. To prove how much I LOVE slides, I unearthed these from last year and I think I may love them more than I did last year. Can definitely justify a plain black pair.... (so long as I don't look like Buddy the Elf in them. I have a horrible feeling about this...)
Black jumpsuit - hush
Onyx leather jacket - hush
Haworth Cross Body leather bag - Village England
Black dot ponyskin slides - Anthropologie
I'm off to get the popcorn on. I hope everyone is surviving the hols. We had an "interesting" morning this morning which did involve extensive tears from me which is a bit of a bummer considering it's Day Two. However have booked a babysitter for Friday evening so something to look forward to. Now what to wear... (and shall I order the shoes?!)