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.

 

 

The Lucky Cruise 13

Hi shoe friends,

It’s time to admit to you about what I packed for my holiday.

I am based in the UK and we boarded our cruise in Southampton so I could take as much baggage as I liked.  I thought long and hard about which shoes I wanted to take and these were the final 13.P1000881
There was a nice big selection to cover walking, strolling, shopping and then the formal evening meals.

I took my trusty Skechers trainers.  Above those are a pair of sandals I picked up from tReds for £5, to the right you have a pair of blue suede sandals by Guess (I adore these and I’ve had them 7 years), to the right are the heel less heels by Lipsy, then the custom shoes by Shoes of Prey, followed by my red sparkling Benjamin Adams, two pairs of Iron Fist are alongside those.  The black and white bow on the toe were a pair given to me by my husband for a birthday so I’m not sure where they’re from but I believe they came from Modatoi.  The next pair are a pair of Rocket Dog wedge flip-flops that I thought were interesting looking.  In front of those are a pair of wedge Golddigga flip flops, to the left are my Skechers yoga mat foot bed flip flops and tucked in the middle are flat Golddigga flip flops – the same design as the wedge ones (I know, sad!)P1000880

I am happy to confirm that I wore all but one pair.  The pair that I didn’t wear were my Shoes of Prey.  I have blogged about these before and the platform is huge, given that the sea conditions were ‘choppy’ I just didn’t think it was sensible to risk wearing them on board.  When I say it was choppy I mean this: my husband and I woke up one morning to four loud bangs, these bangs were our shampoo, conditioner and shower gels falling out of the shower basket and into the bath.  We also saw the contents of the swimming pool tipping out onto the deck.  I was worried about the motion of the boat making me feel nauseous but all it did was make me sleepy, it was like being rocked to sleep!

Have you cruised?  How many shoes did you take?

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??

 

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.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Hello Shoe Lovers,

I promise that this blog will start to take shape very soon.  My life is changing and I will soon be telling you many lovely things about lovely shoes but before I am able to start there are a few obstacles to overcome.

In the meantime the best things need preparation.  As this blog will focus on the feet it’s time to prepare those little tootsies for the summer.

I’ve painted my toenails and I’m currently spending each night before bed smearing my feet in any lotion I can find before pulling on a pair of white socks and letting nature take its course overnight.

If you’re anything like me you will have accumulated masses and masses of body lotions over the years from Christmas gift sets.  Bubble baths and shower gels seem to be used much faster than the lotions that come in the sets.

I have learnt that body butter is fantastic for feet but any moisturiser will do.  There really is no need to buy expensive and special foot lotions.  One word of warning…when you take the socks off in the morning be really careful if you are walking on hard flooring or getting in the bath or shower.  Your feet may have a creamy residue on them and it can make you more prone to slipping.  If in doubt leave your socks on and give your feet a rinse before you start your day.

Another tip is this…when you get hot in bed in the summer you can take off your socks and the change of temperature in your feet can make the whole of you feel much cooler.  It doesn’t last ages but it’s a nice few minutes of cooling!

I’ll be back soon with my shoe adventures but in the meantime keep those feet moisturised and toenails clean and short.