It's going to be too late.

You may have noticed that my head is well and truly entrenched in all things Autumnal.  Which is obviously no surprise given the complete lack of Summer that we've had. 

But could the weather get any better in the next month or two?  Was walking to school this morning and it was actually rather nice out there.  Looking at my (albeit offensively unreliable) iphone app, it appears to be warming up this weekend into next week (we'll gloss over the plummet in temperatures from Wed onwards... what do they know anyway?)

And then we'll all be clambering for Summer things.  Clotheswise, I am sorted - seeing as I haven't worn any of my ones from last year or this year (thank goodness I only have a couple of new things anyway). 

But sandals.  Ugh.  My nemesis of the season. 

Can't get this one cracked.  And it's going to be too late, if it's not already.  

Therefore I am tackling this head on.  

So I mentioned the other day that I am need of sandals of the lighter variety.  I had bought a pair from Carvela which I thought I loved.. but wasn't sure.  I had kept them for three weeks and hadn't worn them.  Which - yes, I know I know - it means return.  If you haven't worn them already and don't want to wear them immediately, they're not right. 

Phew.  Decision made, packed up and ready to go back. 

And now... 

I just can't find any that I like.  I've even thrown budget out of the (within reason) window and STILL can't find any that float my boat.   I have absolutely no idea what I'm looking for.  Which isn't a good thing.  I do know though that any that I vaguely like are vertiginous of heel.

How hard can it be?  To find a pair of sandals that don't a) give me a nosebleed when I wear them or b) require me to travel by taxi everywhere as walking more than 10 metres may result in either a hip replacement or a pavement face plant.

Dear entire shoe making world.  WHY do you make sandals so high?

One option which we do have are mules. 

Now mules... I've tried them and tried them and try them because I love them and they look epic on other people.  But on me?  Meh.  Something just doesn't click.  

So I'm not buying any (for now...).  Even though everyone is wearing them and they look amazing, it's having the confidence to say nope - these aren't right for me.  Even though I really really want them to be....  It's the defining of your own style, even though it may be not be the height of fashion.  If you love something and feel good in it and it works with your proportions, then I promise you, it will work.  And by the same note - even if something is ridiculous ontrend, if you look down at your feet and think wtf, then it has to be a no.

That's not to say I haven't been tempted.  Especially by the new burgundy ones in at Topshop... except they're so high.  I will say though they are ridiculously comfortable.  Think slippers with a slightly (ok very) higher heel.

Ruler Flared Heel Peep-toe Mules £60



And I'm also rather partial to the yellow pair...


Slightly lower options at Jigsaw.

Bea Open Toe Block Heel Mule from Jigsaw was £129 now £64


And in the slate blue... now... hmmmm




Another option are the Marant alikes.  The originals were from last year and are now sold out everywhere but that's not to say the trend hasn't filtered down for us mere mortals on the high street.  I have ordered a pair from H&M but their website is down at the mo.

Betilla Sandals from Vine Camuto at Shoeaholics were £115 now £59


Although I have to say I do prefer them in the black... again now £59.  And this is why I don't have any light coloured sandals but have a wall of black shoes. 



Orrr slightly higher... and cheaper at Nine West. 

Gailon Sandals from Nine West at Shoeaholics were £95 now £39



And in the taupe.... for a tenner cheaper at £29


And now for some slightly off piste numbers.

Don't judge me.  I've reached desperation status and am sucking and seeing.

I think these could work... in a minimalist/Scandi way.... *clutches at straws*...
Lina Wedge Clog from Jigsaw was £129 now £64





And moves swiftly on.  These are the most impractical shoes ever for a daily bomb about.  But they're rather handsome.  I'd go so far as to day they look a lot more expensive than £55.  Not what I'm looking for though but they did catch my eye...

Faith Two Part Sandals £55





And then the total ringer... which I thought looked amazing online (I may have had a glass of wine - I can't remember).  In my head, with my off the shoulder Rixo dress (which is currently being hemmed to a midi length.. I KNOW everyone said don't but well, I didn't like it on me as a maxi.  I felt like a poor man's Margot) at a midi length, these would be ideal...

Plus I could wear them with jeans and.. jeans.... and ... ooh maybe my khaki trousers... 

Real Suede Frill Sandals £69 from Topshop


But on.. well suffice to say I wasn't convinced. 



However I have thought about it and looked again and no I wouldn't wear them with a jumpsuit (a notoriously difficult outfit to team footwear with actually... especially heels...) but I've come round to thinking they may well work with the aforementioned items.  I'm going back in.  

So I'm well and truly confused as to what I'm going to end up with.  If anything.  At this rate, I have procrastinated so much, I'll be looking for shoes to go with my Christmas outfits. 

It has made me think - maybe I've left it so late - just wear the ones I've got.  Maybe I can't get buy without buying any new ones.  The ones are I have are very high.  They're high so they're high.  All the new ones I like are just as high.  But I've been keeping them *for best*... Well.  Forget that.  They're coming out on a daily basis now.  Balenciaga for the school run?  And why not?  (except that there is a teensy hill I need to navigate... remember that pavement face plant thing I mentioned??)

Speaking of new things though, I have a new dress.  Which I LOVE.  I have honestly ordered loads (all shopping rules out of the window - sales desperation has taken hold and is not letting go.  I am so blaming the weather) and it has all been horrific.  All going back (as I mentioned yesterday).

Bar the red M&S dress from the other day which is just amazing and I can't wait to wear it (tomorrow..) and this one from today.  Love.  Alas sold out online. 



Embroidered bib front midi dress - Warehouse
Suede stud boots - Quattro Rish
Red Soho Disco bag - Gucci

I am off out tonight and best thing about this sort of dress - quick change of shoe (ie a Balenciaga heeled sandal) and throw on a biker jacket and I'm set to go.  The absolutely best sort of dress there is.  Shame there aren't that many of them around (at a palatable price.. this was £50 in the sale but it was only reduced from £69!)

I have also just had a HUGE H&M order (including shoes...) delivered for which I have (pathetically) high hopes.  I would share but their site is down for maintenance... (and has been all day which is mildly irritating as I have a skirt I want to order in another size!).

Hope everyone has enjoyed the sunshine today and please could you all let me know your sandal choices this season.... I need help... (actually I might just can the lot and buy some boots!).  You may notice that I haven't tackled the espadrille yet... there's a story about that. I need to tackle it head on, don't I?  Am I missing a trick?


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  1. We must be lucky in Yorkshire, the weather has been fab! I've been wearing sandals for weeks! I love you in that dress, it looks great. However, I wonder about the boots with them? maybe another type of shoe? Thanks for the blog xx

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    1. Each to their own but I love the boots with them! I will wear sandals as well but at the moment when it's not hot hot, that's perfect for me!

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  2. I said you should shorten your dress - I only like maxi dresses with flats, but with midis you can wear anything - just about!

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    1. Fingers crossed it works out ok.......!

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  3. I have these and they are WONDERFUL: http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/ankle-boots/perf-midi/invt/236267

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    1. Oh they're lovely - good call!

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  4. I bought the Jigsaw Bea mules in the blue, thinking they were going to be perfect, but they were just a bit wrong. Boyfriend said they looked like horrible clumpy 90's shoes, and frankly he was right. Bah

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    1. UGH. Hate it when that happens. But that's how mules look like on me. Just can't quite make them look right.

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  5. Hi Kat, did you have a look at Uterque? They have the sort of mules like Topshop but with lower heels. The weather is crap here too, bought a Wyse sweater in the sale ( they are based around the corner of my friend's house in London, which is lucky as they charche £18 shippingfee to the Netherlands!) No new sandals, I've only worn the 'old' ones twice this season.

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    1. I did look at Uterque as someone I know has THE Most amazing pair from there but darn it, sold out. Lower on me (they also have them in Topshop) I LOVE on other people but on me - they look horrendous. WEEPS. I'm sure though, I'll get my head round them come October... duh. And you will LOVE the Wyse sweater. Amazing xxx

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  6. Have you checked out Clarks? I recently got these in the sale. Not only lovely leather but also comfortable.
    http://www.clarks.co.uk/p/26114988

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    1. I did but didn't find anything that I was quite looking for... they're lovely though. I think in my head I've moved on...!

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  7. Not bought any sandals here as the weather has been so bad (lovely today and crap now to over the weekend) as for high sandals I have some Jimmy Choos that will need to see the light of day with my new maxi dress, which I also plan on wearing with ankle boots, but they are what I call car to bar shoes!. I like mules to look at at least but don't normally find them comfortable so they don't like me! Love the sound of the Balenciaga's!

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    1. So with you. I have enough that I haven't actually worn that I can wear which means I don't need any at all! I think I might move onto treating myself to another flat pair.... that's the best idea I've had all week!!!

      I bought the Balenciagas a couple of months ago and have worn them so so so much. Super comfortable, not too high and they go with pretty much everything. Maybe not to the supermarket or school run but for lunch, they're perfect!

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  8. Not bought any sandals here as the weather has been so bad (lovely today and crap now to over the weekend) as for high sandals I have some Jimmy Choos that will need to see the light of day with my new maxi dress, which I also plan on wearing with ankle boots, but they are what I call car to bar shoes!. I like mules to look at at least but don't normally find them comfortable so they don't like me! Love the sound of the Balenciaga's!

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  9. These are lovely if you are wanting flat have a look http://www.mytheresa.com/en-de/printed-suede-ballerina-sandals-562688.html

    Susan

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    1. Oh they are so so cute. Although I'm not sure pale blue suede is the most practical for rain sodden Kent!!! GORGEOUS though - Chloe shoes are amazing recently.

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  10. I feel your pain. I got ahead of the curve for once and bought some fab summer stuff, dresses, tops, awesome shoes, several pairs, and only one pair of shoes has seen the light of day! Miffed to say the least.

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    1. Ok I feel vaguely smug....! Am SO onto boots now. Although like I said - maybe I have one more pair of flat shoes in me this season....

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  12. I second cover cat's comment. I also have these in beige from Russell Bromley. So comfy and get loads of compliments. As they're a shoe boot type sandal I reckon I'll get my wear out of them come Autumn
    http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/heeled-boots/perf-midi/invt/236396

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    1. They are fab and have reminded me I have a pair of not too dissimilar Kurt Geiger lace up ones which I should be wearing more...!

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  13. Have to agree with Plum jam Clarks have had a few and some great reductions, bought two pair of black. Also bought some in Jigsaw's sale rude not to at £24 very similar to ones sold by Hush but a fraction of the price. To date bought 7 pairs and kept 4 just need the weather now to wear them.

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    1. OMG how cheap for the Jigsaw ones?? Ok you are doing amazingly well on the sandal front and looks like you'll be rewarded with the weather this week!

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  14. You might like these mules, available in red or mustard: http://www.camper.com/en_GB/women/shoes/karolina/camper-karolina-K200100-002

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    1. Now they are a fabulous find. Wow. They're like the Gucci ones but lower. GENIUS! Thanks for the tip off xxx

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  15. I've bought four pairs of sandals so far! 3 from Clark's and one from M&S and I love them all x

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    1. OK so it seems I'm pretty much the only one not winning on the sandals front this season. V impressed!

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