Apologies for my tardiness this week and the day late post. I went to a work event on Thursday night – black tie ‘do’ in Bath – and I erm wasn’t myself yesterday.
It was a great night out and I had lots of fun, apart from my feet hurting. They took a battering. As these events often do, the night seemed to go on forever and I think it was between the starter and the main courses that I realised my feet were feeling decidedly pinched and stinging. The shoes I had on were not new, but newish, and I hadn’t really worn them very much. In fact, I mostly wear slippers, LOL. As the meal came to an end the awards part of the evening began I wondered if anyone would notice if I took my shoes off.
Thing is, the pain had got so bad that I knew for certain that once off it would be even more painful to get them back on. So I was stuck in painful limbo. Cue more wine.
Shoes have never been my thing. Handbags, on the other hand, are. So I’m a bit at sea when it comes to what’s on my feet. Rarely following the latest trends and having a rack of standard wear uniform courts, a couple of fun ‘skin’ prints, Birkenstock sandals, Converse kicks and Timblerland boots. Not exactly going with the #notgivinin theme is it.
So what if I do want to update my look and keep up appearances? Let’s face it, if you decide to turn a blind eye to trends it’s a very quick and slippery slope down the ageing pole. That said, my feet can’t be tweens when I’ve gone past my mid forties.
I love heels. I used to trot around Soho in sky high heels every day when I worked in London, quite happily, and I don’t want to give up wearing them. I tend to wear more block heel styles nowadays, as they raise me up from my 5ft 3 1/2″ self without being uncomfortable, but summer sandals are a problem as I don’t think thick wedges are that flattering and when I’ve gone shoe shopping in the past few years I have come away thinking everything is either too young or too sensible. What’s a ‘girl’ to do?!
I’m a huge fan of Intagram. You can look up my name and follow me if you fancy it. I get lots of inspiration from IG and I follow so many interesting bloggers it’s hard not to be inspired. I also follow a few brands and they’re great at sharing looks for the coming season, which is how I found my latest pair of shoes. My new summer sandal is the Bright Gold Lace-Up Mid Heel from River Island. Pictured on my home page and below if you want to click through to RI, these shoes tick all my needs and wants in one shoe – a little metallic (complementing a tan), a little print (Grrrr), mid heel (I can walk in them), lace up (I’m finally wearing a current trend). All this and they’re only £35. A great price for a seasonal update don’t you think?
What else is out there? Well, there’s a whole new geek trend that I’m loving, lots of chunky mid heel Gatsby and Mary Jane styles around. Have you also spotted the leather tassel loafers? I remember wanting a pair the first year of secondary school when mods were in and my mum bought what she thought was a fashionable pair, but they had heels and a couple of girls from an older classroom sniggered at me as I walked into school. The loafers in now are exact replicas of my mum’s purchase. I shouldn’t have chucked them out, I was ahead of my time.
The sporty look is also really popular, but you don’t always want to have trainers on and in fact they’re not always the right thing to wear, so I’m loving the sporty slip-on this season and want to get a pair. I found some white ones below that are just £20 from ASOS. Again, a cheap update for the season, that will go with everything and are comfortable.
Here’s a flick through my picks from the current season. You’ll find lots of other versions out there.
Speak next week.