Friday Pick

It’s Friday night again but this one is a little different as I left my job this afternoon after six years.  I am happy to say that I have left with a wealth of experiences and I have made some wonderful friends who started out as colleagues or clients.

I suppose I’m now officially unemployed until next week so I think I will have to make sure I just look but don’t buy tonight!

I saw an advert on TV for TK Maxx and, as I haven’t looked for a few days, that was where I headed and I’ve found some lovely things.

My first pick are a pair of Rocket Dog ankle strap heels in navy and red.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/navy+red-floral-motif-heels/invt/25156491
These are the type of shoes I love to wear.  You know that you’re not going to lose them as they have an ankle strap.  Am I the only one who’s lost a court shoe?  I once lost one crossing the road – it was pretty embarrassing!  These shoes are bold and have some interesting little features.  I like the cut out at the back and the ‘RD’ hanger coming from the buckle.  I’d wear these with anything and everything as an every day shoe.

Next up we have a nice nude patent slingback heel but they also have a reassuring ankle strap.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/nude-patent-slingback-heels/invt/25064897
These would make an absolutely perfect office shoe.  They are sleek and smart and, being nude, you could wear then with pretty much anything and they would look great.

The next pick are a fun pair of summer wedges that would be lovely on holiday or wearing to a summer party where you’re going to be on grass.  The last thing you want in that situation is for a pair of stilettos to sink into the ground!
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/sandals/black+white-pola-dot-wedges/invt/25263276
These are a bargain at £14.99 and I would love to wear them with a black 50’s style dress, I think they’d look superb.  These would make a very nice summer wardrobe staple.

My final choice are extravagant.  These are priced at £99.99 but are by ‘Car Shoe’ and usually sell for £275 so it’s quite a substantial saving.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/mauve-suede-buckle-courts/invt/25454327
Aren’t they beautiful!  They are, of course at this price point, leather uppers.  I think they look really beautiful and I’d love to wear them with a smart black suit to add a bit of subtle colour.  If Theresa May does become PM I think she should get a pair of these.  She has made headlines for the shoes that she wears so perhaps she should have something lovely for those journalists to write about!

What have you been up to this week?  Have you done anything life changing?  What shoes were you wearing?

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Monday to Wednesday Shoes

Hi again,

When was I last here?  Life has been a whirlwind.  I think you’re meant to start winding down as you approach your leaving date at work but I’ve been working like a beast in the run up to leaving my job to try and get everything done and leave the firm and my clients with good memories.

As my last week is now here after three months I have decided to have a little shoe parade in the office and wear some of my more fancy shoes.

This is what I’ve worn so far this week.
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Left to right you have Shoes of Prey, KG and Ruby Shoo.

I love these Shoes of Prey and I’m almost certain that no one will have an identical pair given that you get to hand pick all of the colours, etc.P1000941
My only issue with these shoes is that I don’t think the cross straps are quite in the right place as I have an issue with my little toe!
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I seem to spend the whole time trying to fiddle with the straps and tuck it in.  I think that’s the reason I don’t wear them all that often as nothing looks uglier than toes sticking out all over the place!

Tuesday I wore the pink KG heels on the left, these must be about 8 to 10 years old.  It goes to prove that shoes can last a very long time if you look after them well.  That means that today’s shoes were the Roby Shoo’s on the right.  I found these on TK Maxx and couldn’t decide whether or not to buy them (https://emmaonshoes.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/screen-shopping-for-shoes/)
They are really lovely but they have a zip up the back and the back of the heel comes quite high up the ankle.  They can rub your ankles raw but I have discovered Compeed Blister plasters and they saved my ankle today from being skinned.P1000944

All I need to do now is decide what I’m going to wear on Thursday and Friday!

It’s been more than six years since I last changed jobs so it’s going to be a wrench as I’ve made some good friends but you sometimes have to try following your dreams and see where life takes you!

Night Out Shoes

I was being very rock and roll on Saturday night and staying in drinking nothing stronger than a cup of tea.  I used my time to pick out some nice shoes which would be perfect for a good night out for next time I leave the house on a Saturday.

The first pair are cut out court shoes which are plain black and elegant from the front but reveal a nice metallic heel at the back.
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They are £19.99 and available here – http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/black-leather-pointed-heels/invt/25401774
These could easily be worn to the office and then worn on a night out.  I have a pair of cut out court shoes (not these) and they look really nice on and are comfortable to wear.

My next pick reflect a bit of a shoe trend at the moment with the two part court shoe.
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I like these because they are simple and elegant and have a nice metallic front to make them look more party wear than office wear.  These are available for £19.99.
http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/black+metallic-heeled-shoes/invt/25404007

Moving on we have another pair of cut out courts but I think the gems on the front and the material upper make them exclusively evening wear.  These would look gorgeous with smart black trousers or an evening gown.

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These are a great price at £16.99.  I’m certain that it would be hard for others to guess that you have paid so little for such an elegant pair of shoes.
http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/black-stud-embellished-pointed-courts/invt/25078456
Prefer something similar in navy? http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/navy-sateen-embellished-courts/invt/25068545
Maybe fuchsia? http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/fuchsia-satin-embellished-courts/invt/25068855

My next pick are a funny one.  I think they would be good for a night out but I also think that they would be equally at home in the office.  I couldn’t pass them without marking them but I don’t know why and sometimes you fall in love with a pair of shoes ‘just because’.  I think for me I like the angular sole leading up to the heel.  Most shoes gently slope up but these have a tight angle.

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They are £16.99 and come in a faux snakeskin finish.
http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/black-faux-snakeskin-heels/invt/25080823

I love the next pair because they look so normal and ‘dull’ from the front but the heel hides a surprise.  It’s a beautiful metallic heel but, more than that, look at the way it’s attached to the shoe.

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These are £19.99 and I think would become a talking point at a party.  Some people wouldn’t notice but you’d know and any shoe lovers out there would spot them straight away.  It’s a good way of finding someone you have something in common with at a party – wear a great pair of shoes and you’ll find your soul mate.
http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/black+metallic-court-heels/invt/25402063

My final pair are the only ones, I notice, which aren’t black!  I do not follow fashion to any extent.  I love to do my own thing and wear things that I like and that suit me.  Fashions come and go but some shoes will last for years, if you treat them right, so buy them because you like them, not because they’re in fashion.  All that said because I don’t know whether fringe shoes are ‘in’ at the moment.  I like the style and I like the colour so they join my list.  I think you’re going to want to team these with a skirt or dress that doesn’t come below the knee so you don’t make your ankle/foot area look too busy.

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These shoes are the most expensive at £39.99 but they are by Steve Madden who is a designer that I love.
http://www.tkmaxx.com/view-all-shoes/violet-suede-fringed-sandals/invt/25298756

Big Friday Pick

So, it’s been a busy week and today has been very wet with stormy skies and rumbles of thunder.  After a nice take-away I’m sat on the sofa just having a little look to see what shoes are about at the moment.

Let me share some of my favourites.

These are currently £24.90 on the Modatoi website.  A perfect shoe for summer with the sandal vibe but a bit more cover up and closed toes for those wet summer days we are likely to get in the UK!
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http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C4835-38&code_lg=lg_us

The next pair are £20.90 on the Modatoi website.  They offer them in the blue that I have picked but also in black, white, red and beige.  I like the silver contrast heel.
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http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C5169-38&code_lg=lg_us

My next pick are similar to the above but the contrast heel is a slightly different style.  These are again from Modatoi and £20.90.  They are also available in black and blue.
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http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C5197-38&code_lg=lg_us

The next pick are a classic court shoe but with a nice twist.  I have picked them in grey but I’d be happy with them in any of the other colours (black, beige or blue).  They are on offer at the moment for just £16.60.  I think they’d make a lovely office shoe.
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http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C5109-38&code_lg=lg_us

My final pick from Modatoi are just delicious.  I have paid hundreds for a pair that look in the region of these but these are just £18.40.  They are also available with a red base.
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http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C3695-38&code_lg=lg_us

Next I moved onto TK Maxx and I start with a nice pair of summer clog sandals.  I love this style of shoe after buying a few pairs like this in Portugal.  They are comfortable and sturdy and you won’t have to worry about getting them re-heeled!  There are a few colour options but I have gone for pink as I think these would look lovely against a tan.  The RRP on these is £90 but they are on sale at £16.00.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/view-all-shoes/pink-strappy-block-heel-sandals/invt/25177976

You know I said that I liked the clog sandal style of shoe, well I’ve proved it by picking these as well.  They were just too lovely to scroll past.  Again they have an RRP of £90 but are being sold for £16.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/view-all-shoes/leather-strappy-block-heel-sandal/invt/25178196

The final pair of the night are by a shoe designer I adore.  I have few pairs of his shoes and they are gorgeous.  Steve Madden is a shoe genius and these £110 shoes are available for £32.  You’re going to need to have your feet in tip top condition to wear these as they won’t cover any rough skin so get your Ped Egg, or similar, out and get those tootsies smooth.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/view-all-shoes/pink-jeweled-embellished-heels-/invt/25298733

That’s it for tonight.  Now I just need a spare £170 to go and buy them all…

Do you like any of my picks or have you seen something lovely that I’ve missed?

Kurt Geiger Sale

Watch out!!  There’s a Kurt Geiger sale on!!

Kurt Geiger make some of my very favourite shoes.  If I had unlimited funds I would own millions of pairs of Kurt’s because they are just so gorgeous!

I’ve had a little browse at the website and there are some stunners available but I’ve picked two that I’d love to own…

These beautiful shoes are called Jellia.  They have leather uppers and their neutral tones mean that they would go with pretty much anything!

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http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/sandals/wedges/jellia-multiother-leather-croc-print-nine-west

I also adore these.  Their name is brilliant to start with – Howrude – I love that name!

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http://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/sandals/heeled-sandals/howrude-orange-synthetic-nine-west

These only seem to be available now in a size 3 (too small for me) but if you’re lucky enough to have diddy feet then snap them up – they’re gorgeous.

Have you found any amazing sales recently?  If so I’d love to hear about them.

 

 

Lisbon Visit – New Shoes

Hi shoe people,

As you may know from previous posts I have recently returned from a little holiday.  One of the stops whilst aboard Navigator of the Seas was Lisbon and I was very excited as I have noted over the years that a lot of my lovely shoes show on the soles as ‘Made in Portugal’.

We docked in Portugal quite early so my husband and I were up, dressed, breakfasted and ready to catch the courtesy bus into town before 9am.

A short ride on the bus and we were in the centre of Lisbon.  It was a beautiful day but quite early and it didn’t take us long to realise that none of the shops actually open until 10 or 10.30.

There were lots of lovely cafes with tables lining the streets so we decided to sit and have a drink, soak up the sun and wait for the shops to open.  We have never visited Lisbon so didn’t know which café to go for so I chose based on the name.  One was called ‘Café Nicola’ and I have a cousin called Nicola so it seemed like a sound basis for deciding.

It’s at times like these that I curse myself for being useless at foreign languages.  I only learnt French at school and barely know any other languages but we found a few words of Portuguese to use and ordered a tea and a coffee.

Time ticked by and it was shopping time!

Shop number one yielded the pairs on the far sides of the pictures below.  The middle two came from shop number two (after this my husband considered it too dangerous to shop any further and we went back to the boat!)P1000871
The shoes are all leather, made in Portugal and as comfortable as shoes can be.

These were the first pair that I picked out.  I went for coral coloured fronts but they also had them in blue.
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These were the first pair from shop number two.  I have to admit that they look a bit old fashioned in the photo but they look really nice on and they have a cushioned footbed and are just so comfortable.  When we had a rough day at sea and the contents of the swimming pool were spilling out onto the deck I wore these and they were lovely!P1000875

These were pair two from shop two and a bit of an impulse buy.  The shop was small and they had to go to another shop down the road to get their stock so while I was waiting for the black ones above to be brought back to the shop I saw these on the shelf.  They were in my size so I slipped one on to have a look and loved how they looked on so got them as well.  I wore these to London the other day and they were great for running across the station and I wore them to work today.
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These were from shop one and were the most expensive.  My husband picked them out and I wasn’t sure to begin with but when I tried them on I was hooked.  My husband does have great taste, I have to admit.  He’s bought me clothes and shoes before that I look at and I’m not sure but when I put them on they look brilliant.
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When I got home I realised that my new black shoes were separated at birth from their shoe twins.  Not the same colour and slightly different width straps but exactly the same style.  I love these silver Carvela sandals so it’s no wonder I knew the black ones would look nicer on than off.
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I would love to visit Lisbon again as there were many, many shops that we didn’t get a chance to see.  I would definitely take an empty case to bring back more gorgeous shoes.  If you’re a shoe person then I’m sure you’ll find something you love in Lisbon.

Have you been to Lisbon?  Did you find any lovely shoe shops?

 

Quick Pick

Hi,

I’m still coming back down to earth a bit after my holiday and trying to adjust to reality so to ease back into real life I have had a browse through to see what has been going on in the shoe world over the last couple of weeks.

In the summer I don’t think you can beat a clog.  I have a few pairs of various designs and they are perfect for the summer.  They look great with shorts, skirts, dresses and trousers.  They are a really good all rounder.  You can wear them on grass without fear of sinking into the ground as well as them being fine for strolling on hard surfaces.

I have found a very nice example today on the TK Maxx website for a bargain £14.99.
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http://www.tkmaxx.com/heeled-shoes/black+brown-canvas-clog-heels/invt/25384367

They also have them in different colours and designs:-
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These are my pick of today and will see you through the rest of spring, summer and into autumn until it gets a bit chilly.

Have you found any good picks??

 

Who Are You Looking At?

Hi!

I’m almost certain that these shoes are going to divide opinion.  Some of you will love them and some of you will hate them.

I own them, and wear them, so clearly I love them!

These are another pair of Iron Fist shoes called ‘I See You’.P1000436 P1000437

You may remember from my last post about Iron Fist shoes I told you that the sole is printed with the theme item from the shoes.  I have only worn these a few times so the pattern is still visible on the bottom of these.  It’s nice attention to detail.P1000438

These are them on:-
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As you can see, they’re not for the faint hearted as they are quite high and they have a narrow heel but if you give them a try I think you’ll like them.

On the occasions that I’ve worn these it has resulted in conversations with strangers.  The comments vary from asking where I got my fabulous shoes to people asking how I can walk in something so high.

The question of how I can walk in something so high comes up all the time.  I have worn heels since I can remember.  I was always clumping around the house in my mum’s shoes, or those little plastic high heels, when I was little and, as soon as my feet were big enough, I was allowed a little pair of heels of my own.  I have always walked about on my tiptoes when I’m not wearing shoes.  My parents tell me I walked like that when I was small so wearing heels feels so natural for me.  I do wear trainers and flip flops so my leg muscles aren’t ruined but I feel very at home in heels.

Back to ‘I See You’.  They are bright and out there and not for everyone but if you want to wear a statement shoe these are a good choice.  They are not a current design so are not currently available on the Iron Fist website but I have found a few pairs on eBay if you want to give them a try.

What do you think?  Are you brave enough to wear these?  What would you wear them with?

A Quick Thought

It’s a beautiful day so instead of being miserable and sitting at my desk this lunchtime I decided to go for a wander.

It’s my Grandad’s birthday so I thought I’d nip to M&S and treat him to a little cake.

Anyway, as I always do, I was taking in the footwear of my fellow shoppers (I’m wearing these today – my favourite Steve Madden shoes!):
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I heard a real clip clopping coming from close by so I had a look about.  I saw a woman committing a shoe crime!  Her heels had lost the heel tips and she was walking on the metal studs.  Given the state of the base of the heel she’d been wearing them like this for a while.

I am quite lazy and currently have about three pairs of shoes that need new heels but I never wear them until they’ve been done.  If the shoes are good enough to wear then it’s worth spending between £5 and £10 to get your heels re-tipped.  Walking about on the metal tips is not only noisy but it completely ruins the base of the heel.

Anyway, just a quick thought – back to work now.

Coloured Courts by Modatoi

Hi,

I know I said that this blog was in progress and I was preparing.  I decided today that there’s no time like the present to get underway so here we go…the first pair of beautiful heels to feature on my blog are these:-

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Have you ever seen or worn anything like those before?  No?  Why’s that?  I understand that not everyone has the confidence to wear such a statement and other people might just think they’re gross but that’s the beauty of choice.

In my opinion a beautiful pair of shoes is a pair that are unique and you’re not going to see dozens of people wearing.  These fit that bill, I have never seen anyone else wearing these.

These are not in the current Modatoi collection but they have lots of interesting and exciting shoes like these.  When I chose these there were a number of colour combinations but I decided to go bold.

What would you wear them with?  In my opinion you can get a way with a lot.  They look superb with jeans, black trousers or a black skirt.  I would recommend that if you are going to wear a nice statement shoe like this that you keep the rest of your outfit plain.  Clothes for me are a means to an end, for me it’s the shoe (and a nice handbag) that makes the outfit interesting.

These shoes have taken me to a number of places.  I’ve worn them to work.  If you wear them under black trousers only a bit of them is showing so there’s a peek of something interesting but if you work in a more conservative environment you’re not showing too much colour off.

The green part on the bottom is all platform which means that although they look like a high heel, when you’re wearing them they don’t feel like a high heel.

Although these are no longer available they still have a similar idea in their current collection, if a slightly toned down version:-
http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C4162-38&code_lg=lg_us
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These are currently at £18.40 and are available in three colour choices.

I currently have my eye on these little beauties:-
http://www.modatoi.co.uk/boutique_us/fiche_produit.cfm?ref=C4425-38&code_lg=lg_usC4425-04

So then, tell me, would you wear a bright bold shoe like these or are you more of a black pump person?