I sort of lied. I had the inkling of a plan... for shoes to go with midi off the shoulder dresses.
I will also fess up that I hadn't planned on buying any more sandals this season (yeah right).
That was until I ignored all my shopping rules and bought a dress which a) I can't wear as the weather is so ugh and not summery in the slightest and b) I have no shoes to go with it. I'm talking of the Rixo Animal Print dress that I mentioned yesterday which is a maxi dress and I thought about shortening to a midi.
I did ask on here and on Instagram. Great suggestions on the comments here to wearing it a couple of times (in my dreams at the moment...eerr Summer feel free to put in an appearance any time you feel like it) and then deciding. On Insta, my suggestion of changing to a midi went down like a bag of sick. Keep it as a maxi was the overriding response.
So I will see. I am still not convinced that a maxi works on me...I fear I am too tall and look like a stick of patterned rock. It's a shoe issue. What shoes, as a tall person do you wear with a maxi that aren't flats? I know I'm a massive flats fan but I like heels for an evening. I do, I'm sorry. I also like a mid (ok slightly higher than mid but not vertiginous) heel for during the day to wear with dresses. But with maxi dresses? I'm all out. I have no plan. Hence I don't really wear maxi dresses and find midi ones so much more forgiving.
However the Rixo model is wearing a pair of Gucci mules with the Issy maxi dress which I had admired from afar, smugly thinking, these have no place in my life. Well now they bleeding well do. I NEEEEED.
Except that they are too high and too out of stock (the latter being handy, is all I can say).
The Gucci Webby Mule £380 in black Limited sizes at Harrods.
And in the red online at Gucci - again limited sizes, mine not being one of them. Phew says my bank balance. And my knees.
So there has to be a cheaper alternative and it appears that a mule would work with this dress. Although as I said a maxi with heels doesn't sit incredibly well with me. But I am prepared to be proven wrong and so am on a mule mission.
Topshop you're up.
These. Oh hello. A cross between the Gucci and all that is gorgeous this season from No.21.
Prosecco (couldn't write it) Pearl Effect High Heeled Mules from Topshop £92 And obviously not in my size. Oxford Circus, we have a date on Thursday.
And with Gucci still clearly in mind... oh lord I love these. Properly love them. Too high. Simply too high. I can count the number of times on one hand that I would wear these which is NOT the plan. I am looking for ones I can wear during the day as well. Check out my strong will, pretty please (as the chances of it lasting aren't high...).
Riot Flared Mules from Topshop £65
Or the gold.. but for me it's the pink above that win. I have gold heeled loafers which are, alas, too heavy for the dress. I really need a sandal. I simply cannot justify another pair of gold shoes this season (although don't they say that three is the magic number..?!).
The nearest I did find to the Gucci Webbys are these from Aldo.
Olani mules from Aldo £70
Or in the metallic, again £70
Although I have to say, was super impressed with the offering at Office.
Assume Square Toe Mule from Office in tan was £48 now £34 Lurrrrrve. And not in my size *weeps*.
And in the black which unfortunately aren't reduced. Although I need a paler colour than black.. £48
Plain grey at Office were £65 now £35
Let your shoes do the talking at Kurt Geiger.
Jaxon from Kurt Geiger £120
But if those above are too high (and frankly they are for me although I really want to try the Proseccos...) then these may be worth a look. I fear they could be eye wateringly frumpy on me. A hunch. I hope to be proven wrong....
Nordic Peep-toe Mules £49
They also have the Prosecco in a mid heel at Topshop which is called the Pavlova. Spookily my favourite pud... But only in black.. I really want the pearl colour.
Pavlova Mid Heel Mule from Topshop £89
What did I end up ordering? Gucci, I couldn't find anthing that did you justice, but on my search I found the perfect tribute to Laurence Dacade. Good heel height check, pale colour, check, make me feel happy waiting for them to be delivered, check check check.
Kanada Nude High Heel Shoes from Carvela By Kurt Geiger at Topshop were £110 now £79
Not remotely a mule. I am seeing what I can track down in store later in the week.
So apparently the above buckle ones are only a 6cm heel. Of this I am doubtful but hey ho, they're arriving tomorrow. Along with the other lower silver mules, as I was ordering one pair so why wouldn't you order two. And by that logic, I also threw a dress in, just in case. Which was all a great idea until the husband told me he was working from home tomorrow. Thank the lord he's got a gammy toe and so I can hotfoot (ha ha) it to the door way quicker than he can. Of course obviously not thank the lord he's got a gammy toe - I am a much more sympathetic wife than that (ish. Suffice to say I am no Florence Nightingale...).
And here I am today in an outfit which the above shoes would look fabulous with. I have high hopes, which means they will be crushingly disappointing, no?
Shirt dress - Maeve at Anthropologie
Tan suede heeled ankle boots - Boden
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe
Marie Silk Scarf Bracelet - Silk Philosophy
I now need to go and have a lie down as I am gutted about the football. Yes I love watching international football. No the husband doesn't generally watch it with me as he's a dyed in the wool rugby man. But tonight he's out so I am going to retreat to bed and watch tv. Dare I watch the finale of Game of Thrones without him....??!
Or should I do some more summer shoe research? I am now convincing myself that it can't possibly be this crummy weather wise for the rest of the season and a pair of bargain shoes is just what we need to cheer ourselves up. Talk me through your summer shoe purchases..