Yes I'm gabbing about shoes again. I'm not even going to mention the weather as it's TOO FREAKING DEPRESSING. But on the upside, yesterday there was sun. Which puts everyone in a good mood and I managed to walk to pick the one child from school I was collecting. So love just being with one of them at a time - such a novelty as it happens so rarely.
I say walked. I mean limped. Another personal training session yesterday (I think I might need to ramp them up - my fitness levels do not seem to be improving..) which meant whilst I was a tad staggery yesterday, today I can't actually move.
And I thought it would be an excellent idea this morning to start looking at shoes that I have and shoes that I need. So I tried on some of my stilettos from the last couple of years and hells bells... man I'm getting old. But then I spied a pair of block heels at the back of the shoe rack. Yes they're high but they've never made me quite so unstable (and it's clearly always the shoes and not the champagne that does that) as a thinner heel.
Which got me to thinking.. block heel. Hmmmm. I'm sure I've seen a fair few of those on the numerous emails I get sent with the new season's hauls on.
I love it when I get a new idea in my head. It's like a seed that germinates (well, I assume it is - I absolutely loathe gardening with a passion - I know, I know, but some people hate cooking and I could happily spend days buried amongst cookery books, chained to an oven) and then gets a life of its own and takes over like a weed.
When I think of something that I *need* I always start at the top end. Not that I will buy them but it's great for inspiration. As, especially in the shoe (and bag) department, ideas from the designer side of the track often filters down to the high street. I say inspiration but, let's be frank - it's frequently more "copied" than "inspired". But usually there are (vague) differences and they're sometimes an alternate (cheaper) fabric or colour. And as we don't all have £500+ to spend on a pair of shoes, does it matter? Well... I guess that depends if you're the person who buys the £500 ones or the person who buys the £30 versions.
I will admit it is slightly irritating when you've saved and spent a lot of money on a designer item, only to see a copy of it at a tenth of the price in Zara or Primark. But, by that same token, there are times when most of us have taken advantage of this trend (Zara Givenchy-a-like buckle sandals I'm thinking of you) and been more than grateful to buy a shoe or bag (or coat) that we love for a fraction of the cost.
So I think it's just one of things that I personally sit on the fence about - and conclude it's something that makes the fashion world go round. Would love to know your thoughts on the subject.
But in the meantime, let's start at the top end and see what we could be wearing were we all gazillionares.
These I love. Apart from the heel height. But it being a block heel, surely that makes it a tad more acceptable at that vertiginous level? The colour, the detailing, the all of it. Oh yeah but forgetting the price. Which sucks.
Dahila suede sandals from Sergio Rossi £650
Because they're a shoe. But they do just happen to be the most divine shoe ever. Which probably doesn't really help if you're after a sandal. Even I'll admit it's a tall order to try and wear these with really summery dresses. I am going to give it some more thought though.. Something to do with them being slightly heavy next to a floaty, lacy dress. Dang it.
Marmont fringed suede block heel pumps in black from Gucci £455
But then I hit pay dirt. These are very familiar. And I'd love to say it's because I am fully up to date with every shoe from the Gianvito Rossi collection but I fear it might be as I've seen some very similar in other places. AHA! One to explore later .
Janis Suede Sandals from Gianvito Rossi £515 These don't even look too high.. or is that my imagination playing tricks on me... They are too expensive though, that I know for sure.
And how great do they look with a pair of jeans and a plain white shirt. Because of the block heel, they're so much more wearable during the day than a stiletto. Here in the turquoise.
Blue is clearly the colour of the moment. I'm sure we can find something similar to these...
Colour Block Suede Block Heel Shoes from Paul Andrew £495
Super wearable and not too hideous a price from See by Chloe. These are the ultimate in versatility. Team with a tan clutch and they'd go with pretty much any dress I can think of.
T-bar leather sandals from See by Chloe £225
And then the interesting part begins.
Can I find the equivalent but at high street prices. Let the games begin.
First up Topshop.
And they don't disappoint.. suede for £69. Ok so yes, I do prefer the GVs above but I much prefer sub £70...
Rosa Suede Knot High Sandals £69 from Topshop Except that I want them in red.. which they don't do... but it would be rude not to look at the black ones.
And these which very much appeal to my "can't fake tan my feet which are more skeletor than I would like" feelings towards my trotters.
ROS Asymmetric Ghillie Sandals from Topshop £58
Now I know I said no shoes. But I think these could work. They are on the heavier side but as there's so much flesh on show, it somehow makes them more suitable than a shoe. And they're red. And I've realised that a red shoe is super versatile.
Scarlet Platform Shoes from Topshop £52
But move over Topshop and hello ASOS.
As per usual, they have come up trumps. For less than £30. In a nutshell - how perfect are these? (ok so they are ridiculously high which is a slight/massive fly in the ointment but if you were looking for a one off... I'm not actually sure mind you if I could even stand up in them, let alone walk...)
Public Desire Mary Red Tie up Block Heeled Sandals £29.99 I might have to try them. Just in the interests of research.
Suedette Block Heel from New Look £27.99
More from New Look with a wood block heel.
New Look Tassel Block Heel £24.99
Tan now at ASOS.
Call it Spring Zigorwen Ghillie Block Heel Sandals £45
Other favourites I've found on the High Street - well, first port of call for sandals for me is Reiss. I have sandals from there that I have had for three years now. They are amazing and, for high stilettos, they are comfortable (as comfortable as they can be... which isn't that comfortable any more if I'm honest - *gimmer alert*)
These then look like an amazing bet. If only with they had them in red or something. I think I might be addicted to a red shoe. Two of them even.
Moretz Black Block Heel from Reiss £150
They also look amazing from the front.
Navy suede at Aldo. Exerila high heel sandal £80
And then I saw these. Not remotely on brief but they are such a fantastic bargain and would be so so useful with dresses, jeans, trousers, casual or smarter. Love them.
Black Somerly Wedge by Michael Michael Kors were £170 now £59 at Shoeaholics (and if you sign up for a newsletter you get an extra 15% off).
But surprisingly, I am drawn to these. Slightly off piste, a nod to boho but I think they still manage to be clean looking. I keep coming back to them.
Leather Strap Sandals from Mango £79.99
And I'm continuing to go off piste with another pair... knowing how much I love Toga Pulla buckles..
Buckles Leather Sandals from Mango £79.99
And there I have to leave it as I'm branching into another blog's territory - the mid heel. I am more than aware that lots of these are very very high. Which is ironic seeing as I said I can't really walk in higher heels.. but the block heel surely makes it easier?! If you still think not, I have mid heeled sandals on my mind too. Coming shortly...
Outfit from today. Yes you could be forgiven for thinking it's December. Yes that's coffee in my hands just to warm them up. Some validity behind all the red shoe comments above.
Into This grey jumper - Bella Freud (that you can't actually really see)
Faux leather joggers - ASOS
Longline blazer - Me+Em
Red Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Oh and just to prove I have a mountain to climb to get back to my fitness levels of a couple of years ago...this is me, absolutely dead and struggling with the stairs, just after the training session on Thursday. (I apologise profusely if anyone is eating...and yes, I'm still wearing the fashion NB trainers. Maybe I can blame them...),
So I'm off to wrap up in more jumpers and hunker down for the evening. Going to buy a new car tomorrow morning which is quite exciting (clearly it has taken me months to decide which colour to get.. errrr engine size? Bothered) and then tomorrow evening one of my oldest friends is coming over from Boston for the weekend. Putting the world to rights at home in the evening and then hitting brunch and the shops on Sunday. Gucci, I'm coming your way...