So this is what I saw this morning on The Pool. A great article (who knew about Cos socks although I am a total tight wad and stock up on plain black ones from Primark which I'll have you know, aren't too shabby either).
But this I am totally taking to heart. This was number 6 on the article entitled, "The 6 Best Things I've learnt from fashion people".
6. SPEND MORE ON FLAT SHOES
Yes it's another blog on shoes, yes it's currently my favourite topic bar none. So when I read the above I may have done a tiny victory dance.
But I promise you will all thank me for this as it solves so many shoe issues. Today I'm all about the loafer. The flat loafer.
I've been planning this for a couple of days and according to The Pool, we all agree, the flat shoe is having its day.
Let me try and explain the method behind the madness in my championing of all things Loafer. I've got it into my head that these are going to be the next sneaker. Ok so they're not going to take the place of the sneaker but I don't think there's any reason why these can't be a great alternative.
I adore my trainers (the ones I have..) I absolutely do and I won't be giving them up for sure. But if given the chance I would wear them every day. And well.. that becomes a bit dull.
Maybe it's the Aquarian in me (or bolshy cow as the husband likes to refer to it) that means I'm looking for something different. I'm putting it out there - I reckon loafers are the perfect shoe to work alongside sneakers in your wardrobe.
Almost like trainers in reverse. So a couple of years ago, it would have been unthinkable to wear trainers with a smart suit. Whereas now it's a complete no brainer of an outfit. So I'm thinking... loafers with a casual outfit and not just for smart days. I'm not talking just jeans - I'm talking more dress down. Why can't you put an outfit together of joggers, jumper, coat/blazer/biker jacket and loafers?
I'm going in. And in at the deep end. The very deep end.
Gucci. Oh the irony though. Making the decision to buy a pair. Made infinitely easier by remembering that the husband hasn't bought me a birthday present yet. I know it's in January but he is the WORST birthday present purchaser. Ever. Surpasses himself at Christmas but you can almost see him fading with Gift Fatigue come three weeks later.... *can't compute having to do present giving two months in a row...* Given the chance, I swear he'd go and lie down in a darkened room till the following December. Not a hope, mate. As I pointed out to a friend the other day, whilst justifying prospective purchase, if my birthday was in June, we wouldn't be having this problem....
So decision made. Pair of Gucci loafers coming up.
Except you can't buy the damn things. Seriously? Freaking sold out everywhere. And of course as soon as you tell me something is out of stock.. well that's one way to fuel an obsession.
Originally I wanted the soft red leather ones which are aren't available anywhere bar in big sizes.
Gucci horsebit loafers in red £405
So I then found these (scary scary price difference...)
And the eel loafers £535
I managed to track them down to Selfridges in my size (I had been to the Gucci shop as I mentioned yesterday, earlier in the week and had been trying on lots of shoes but in the softer leather..) These are a harder leather than and as a result do feel slightly tighter so I think I'd need a half size bigger. All these Gucci shoes do come up on the big size. I'm usually a 39.5 or a 40 and in the softer leather, I'm definitely only a 39 or a 39.5. The 40 is way too big. So am umming and ahhing whether to wait for the soft red leather to come back into stock (Harrods have assured me they're getting more in... and yes I have been spending hours on the phone playing hunt the loafer).
You can always rely on Topshop to come up with great options as well. The fact they have so many leads me to believe we could be onto a winner here...
Karter Loafer from Topshop £62
Black suede also at Topshop
Kube Metal Trim Loafer £59
More very wearable at Seven Boot Lane.
Francesca Charcoal Suede from Seven Boot Lane £120 Love the mix of suede and leather... and the detailed above the fringing which gives them a great twist on "classic loafer"..
More grey and another twist on a classic from Seven Boot Lane with the leopard print tassels. Just too too cute.
Dixie Charcoal Suede pumps £100
Now these are perhaps slightly wintery for the Summer but they will be your best friend come the Autumn. And let's face it, we're going to have (alas) plenty of wet and windy days in the meantime when you'll be grateful for these.
Embrook Italian Loafer in navy from Finery London £109
Or the Kimi from Topshop in the Bordeaux leather £39 Love this with grey. Perfect for an all year round loafer.
Now I am personally sticking with something (to begin with..) that's more on the conservative side colourwise as I think breaking the loafer out of its worky comfort zone is progression enough for me at this point.
I won't lie though.. I am tempted by the coloured ones.
Surely gold is practically a neutral? Topshop Kimi Pointed Loafer £39 (amazing price for leather)
Can't say they haven't thought of something for everyone.... just in case you're a silver not gold girl...
Kimi Pointed Loafer in silver £39
And surely for Summer, there is no more perfect colour than white?
Karter Loafer from Topshop £62
Taupe Suede at Topshop - Kube loafer again £59
Pink is more handy an option that you'd think. Gorgeous with black and white. The perfect foil for grey and looks fantastic with khaki too. Embrook Italian Loafer in Pink at Finery London £109
And of course I had decided that all I wanted was a red pair. Well. They're like the proverbial rocking horse poo but did find these with a little block heel which may suit lots if you're not a fan of the very flat.
Kave Block Heel loafer in red £56
And I couldn't not include a leopard one, could I? Too. Cute.
ASOS Minkie loafter was £28 now £14
And tasseled leopard loafers at The Outnet from Dieppa Restrepo were £220 now £110
So what did I end up with? Well I am still umming and ahhing about the proper loafers but at the moment, I am waiting on these to arrive. They've been OOS everywhere but I had a£100 off from Matches (DAMN YOU - sort of) and so when yesterday the "item from your wishlist back in stock" pinged up on my phone - it was sort of meant to (actually I said to myself - if you can check out before they get sold to someone else, it's fate. At which point I thought I really needed to get a life. Ach well, at least I'll have lovely shoes to get a new life with. And then I did remember how difficult the holiday had been and thought - nope. Deserved).
Princetown leather backless loafers from Gucci £380
Backless version again which my friend says are The Bomb from Topshop.
Kola Mule Loafer from Topshop £59
For me - they are the perfect Spring/Summer shoe. I really don't think I am going to be venturing into the choppy waters of Boho dressing this year. I'm on the lookout for a style alternative and these are going to be the wardrobe epicentre around which I shall build the rest. Who would ever have thought a pair of shoes could be the epicentre of anything?
Speaking of useful shoes - these boots that I bought in the sale in January were one of my best A/W buys. And although they will hopefully be packed away shortly, they're going to definitely get lots of wear next Autumn as well. Not to mention the bag...
Ditto the jumpsuit and the faithful military jacket from last year. Although had I had my new shoes, I would have soooo worn them... perfect for day and night.
Black l/s jumpsuit - hush
Black military jacket - Zara
Nuria boots - Iro Paris
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci
And for a lazy Sunday. No rugby for us anymore as the little one has decided it's not for him (I may be ever so slightly overjoyed at this news) so I took two of them swimming and then headed to the rugby club for drinks afterwards (this is the way to do it... even though I have only ever drunk water there. Go figure).
Red and navy breton - H&M
Navy dress coat - H&M
Navy and white cashmere Lucie Loungers - Wyse London
Hazlemere tote - Village England
Crackled leather Stan Smiths - adidas
First BBQ at home this afternoon which keeps the middle son entertained for hours which is great. Pixels and a glass of red wine this evening and then back to the school run this week. I cannot wait for my loafers to arrive and think they will seamlessly be worn when I would (every day) have worn my sneakers. Have I persuaded that these are the next must have flat shoe?
I've got more Spring ideas coming up this week and shall be starting to think about options for those of us who aren't going boho this season. Anyone else or just me?