To be honest, I could end this article at this statement and still be fairly pleased with myself.
Beautiful shoes need no introduction. They are a law unto themselves, and can turn even the utmost non-believer in ‘fashion’ and ‘style’ into a bona fide fashionista. Style resonates with many women all around the world. We have a constant need for approval and competition that sends us into a frantic buying frenzy each and every time that a new trend is named. Season on season, thousands of style bibles (you may call them ‘magazines’) are purchased, with hope that we will be given the secret equation behind the mystery of how to look like a chic, put together supermodel every single day.
The Shoe Market, is another thing entirely. Shoes are the serene, composed older sister of the It-bag, the Leather Jacket, and the Skinny Jean. They feel no need to over-compensate with the catchy slogan, the press release, or the celebrity endorsed campaign. When was the last time that you saw one of the Hilton sisters fronting a new Louboutin pump?
Buy a timeless pair of shoes, and they will take you far. They will never go out of style, and be a constant fall back throughout your adult life. They will be the pair that sees you through everything; from the best friends wedding, to the office boardroom and beyond. You should never scrimp on the perfect pair, and you should also never be swayed by the latest trends and fads. Experiment with colour, but never with style, and make sure you get the right fit. To make things clear, I am now going to go through the five pairs of shoes that you must make part of your wardrobe, and the best place to purchase them.
So, without further ado, lets discuss this business that we call shoes.
The Classic Pump
Simple, sleek, and oh so elegant. There is something so delicious and mesmerizing about this shoe. They will, without any doubt, go with any winter ensemble that you throw together. Coupled with a LBD and a dash of red lipstick, you won’t go far wrong. Equally as effective paired with boyfriend fit jeans and a slogan tee. A personal favoured style of mine, is that of Parisian fashion, and no woman in Paris would ever turn her nose up at these shoes. I prefer my black shoe in a suede or patent effect, as I feel black leather can be a little…masculine. You have to treat Louboutins well, store them in tissue paper, keep the toe stuffed where possible, and get them re-heeled whenever you can.
Faith ‘Cadbury’ Heels
The purse friendly option, at only £50. Still does the same job, still a wardrobe staple, and an absolute classic. Who needs a red sole, when you have a pair of shoes named after a chocolate bar? Faith is an amazing brand for shoes. They are always of the highest quality, and will see you through a lot of occasions.
The Ballet Flat
These amazing little beauties are the creation of shoe veterans, French Sole. Starting as a home-based company in 1989, French Sole are now renowned for their beautiful flat shoe creations, in dainty styles and colour combinations. Celebrity fans include Millie Mackintosh and Rosie Fortescue, Kate Moss, and even some well known Royals have been known to don a French Sole or two. A ballet slipper is a fabulous base to bear in mind at all times. Throw them in your suitcase when on vacation, and you’ll pair them with so many outfits. They look fantastic with casual, worn jeans and a preppy striped tee. Pop them on with an over the top party dress and let the rest just follow. A great pair of ballet flats are a definite investment, but you don’t need to break the bank in the search for the perfect pair.
‘Les Ballet’ Pink Suede ballerina pumps, from Office.
Absolutely adorable, and more than acceptable for any stylish girl looking for a little comfort. A steal at £54, and they really don’t come any more chic than this. These have gone straight to the top of my wish list!
The Nude Stiletto
J’aime Jimmy Choo. N’avez-vous pas?
Of course you do, we all do. These shoes are what style dreams are made of. Both angular in its dimensions and fluid in its lines, you’ll find it hard to resist such a pair as these. Less ladylike than the average pump, the stiletto heels seems more efficient and capable. If it’s the pump you wear to the wedding, then its the Jimmy Choo ‘Tilly’ sling backs that you wear into the boardroom.
ALDO Single Sole Two Piece High Heeled Shoes.
Oooh, aren’t they marvellous?! I know what you’re thinking. No need for the reservations though, you won’t have to sell your granny to afford these. Aldo, as a shoe brand, have been around for a very long time, and really know what they’re doing when it comes to well made, affordable shoes, and £70 isn’t a bad price to pay for such a beautiful pair.
The Show Stopper.
You’ll notice, this pair is introduced as ‘My Dream’. This is, well, because these are the shoes of my dreams. I adore these Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Stilettos in blue satin, and have done since the second I laid eyes on them. I’ve even touched a pair, you know. I was in Harrods, and only allowed myself a few seconds alone with them before I faced facts and walked away. Close friends of mine have been told time and time again, that one day I will own these shoes. I’m sure you can guess which day this will be, and why I will be so proud to be seen in them. They are the definition of perfection, and no other shoe will do. For the means of investigation though…
Ted Baker ‘Torela’ Court Shoes.
Ahem…so, at only £130, I may need to rethink my high shoe standards. These are just as beautiful, and a little less of an investment for that ‘special’ day.
The ‘Fun’ One.
These shoes very nearly just pushed me into some sort of anxiety attack. ‘Sophia Webster’ is typed into my search bar more than my email is, and I am constantly amazed by the sheer amount of variety this fantastic shoe designer offers. I have just undergone my daily browse of sophiawebster.com, and I am far from disappointed. No one ever really grows up, and if it condones wearing a pair of ice blue peep toe stiletto’s with a butterfly on, I’ll be the first one on that flight to Neverland.
‘Lovelace’ Platform, JustFab.
Just as fun, just a little price. £50, to be exact! Worn with a pair of polka dot anklets and a flirty party dress, and you’ve achieved an extremely chic and girly look at a fraction of the price. Now, thats maths I like doing!
So, ladies, I sincerely hope that, after reading this article, you have no shopping to do whatsoever. I hope you are reading this, and thinking “Yep- got all of those! No need to buy any more shoes!”
If this is you, my sincere commiserations. You have no more shoe shopping to do, and that is a travesty.
Now, to those of you who may have a few gaps in your footwear market to fill. Go forth and shop! After all, there’s no business like shoe business.
Written by : Kelly Houston-Waller, follow her on twitter : https://twitter.com/pheobefo