Metallic toes

The metallic trend is taking many forms, but particularly in the shoe industry. I love Miista shoes, mainly because they’re London based and slightly out there and probably far more ‘fashion’ than I’d realistically dare go, aside from the fact that I generally love their style, including the website. They do a fabulous metallic/hologram brogue, as seen on Taylor Swift recently at the Billboard awards.

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I’m also quite a fan of AtterleyRoad.com, a company which pull together all the best from the high street and designers and creates looks and styles which you can then buy from their website.

They have pinpointed these little beauties whilst stating that ‘nude shoes never go out of fashion’.

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Forgive me for sounding like a stuck record, but these are pretty much exact replicas of Charlotte, which are available in nude and coral (which should probably be called red, but I don’t want to be in breach of any trade descriptions act or anything) and look like this.

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It’s at this point that I should probably say that Atterleyroad.com is selling the Lola Cruz for £150 and I’m selling Charlotte for £60. Also, I think it hopefully goes without saying that Atterleyroad.com doesn’t do big sizes. And I do.

But, what I’m proud of is that I’m managing to keep my stock in the fashion game, which was my intention from the beginning.

I still can’t find shoes which meet my expectations on other sites in my size – and there has been an influx of places doing larger sizes in the last few months. It’s almost like the tide is slowly turning, but retailers still seem to think that because we have larger feet, we don’t worry about style or trends.

So, with fashion forward companies like Atterleyroad.com and Miista.com all getting on with the metallic trend and with Shoes for Ruby keeping up with the big boys, I’m going to carry on doing what I’m doing and hope that those ladies with large feet will soon get to hear about my on-going mission and realise, they don’t have to make do anymore!

Thanks, as ever, for reading. x

 

 

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The thin and the fat of it

Did anyone see the picture of Julienne Moore’s feet at Cannes last week, on the red carpet? Her shoes were not too small (although they did look tiny) but they were way too narrow, which made her little toes stick out and look frankly, pretty gross. She had, like every other cleb on that red carpet, borrowed the shoes, which were in a sample size, which is of course, no size at all. Is a sample size a size 0? If so, what is the equivalent shoe size?

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Julienne Moore is a real woman with real dimensions which is why these shoes do not fit. How many of the women we see smiling serenely on the red carpet in these magnificent gowns are actually in utter agony and not breathing for the entire duration of the evening?

I know there is a bit of a half hearted movement at the moment from various UK designers to stop using sample size models in the hope it discourages the sort of not eating- dieting that is so common in that industry, which is a positive move forward in the right direction. But what will it take for sample sizes to stop being totally unrealistic, resulting in young girls being under pressure to be stick thin.

Funnily enough, I used to be stick thin, like, alarmingly so – and I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but thin is not necessarily good (although I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I spend quite a lot of my waking hours now wondering about how I can get thinner, but even that makes me cross because I’m not fat, I’m a healthy size 14/16, having, in my twenties,  discovered food, babies, staying in and eating, that sort of thing).

I could give you endless examples of people commenting on my thinness when I was a teenager, in public, thinking that because they’re talking about being thin, not fat, it’s totally ok to comment on a random stranger’s physical appearance. (It’s not, for the record).

Oh god, sorry, I’m totally digressing. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is people’s conception of what is normal, average, correct, whatever, has got to change – that goes for sample sizes, shoe sizes stocked in high street shops, clothes, everything.

Then it will be unnecessary for women like Ms Moore to cram her feet in to shoes which are too small in every way, for thin people to be ridiculed for being thin, for fat people either having to make a conscious decision not to care and embrace it or to give in to public opinion and constantly try to slim down. It’s madness! I think I’ve just imagined Utopia. It would have to contain chocolate and wine though. Just in case you were wondering.

Summer collection – due in next week

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I’m delighted to show you the summer collection, which I’m stocking in limited quantities. I’ve chosen these shoes for their versatility and glamour, but also because these are the sorts of shoes missing from the choice already available in the UK. As ever, these shoes will be available to buy on my eBay pages (soon to be an eBay shop, which is exciting). I’m sticking to my promise to make them affordable and accessible, prices are tbc but I promise to keep them as low as possible.

Any feedback, comments welcome – hope you like them. Thanks for looking.

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Ruby Shoesday!

It’s that time of the week again – Ruby Shoesday! 10% off the fabulous flats for one day only. Stocks are running low, so hurry while the smoking slipper in Orange (Rust) and Leopard are still available. There is only one pair of size 9’s in Rust left, so snap it up while it’s still available.

Click on the ‘shop’ page for the links straight through to my eBay pages or click on the links to the left of this post.

Thanks for reading!

Queen B girl crush

I watched the Beyonce Imagine film a while ago and it’s fair to say I was left with a fair amount of admiration for Mrs Jay Z (although she’d probably hate me for calling her that and our burgeoning, albeit imaginary friendship is now ruined). But when I read that she was having all her shoes for the Mrs Carter tour designed and made for her by Stuart Weitzman, the admiration turned in to a full on girl crush.

She is having her shoes designed for her and her alone by one of the top shoe designers in the world, to fit her perfectly, to complement every outfit, to enable her to strut her frankly, incredible, stuff on stage.

Weitzman’s trademark is to make shoes out of unique materials like lucite, vinyl, wallpaper and 24 carat gold. He designs one off styles to be worn on the red carpet at the Oscars. He’s like the Prince of the shoe designing world (elusive, enigmatic and probably totally mental)

The Mrs Carter tour will consist of 35 shows in Europe, 29 in North America and 1 in South America. Weitzman has made about 50 pairs for Queen B, ranging from stilettos adorned with Swarovski crystals and knee & thigh length military style boots. Bearing in mind the things the shoes are going to be expected to do, they’ve all been made with rubberized soles so they can withstand all that dancing, foot stamping and hair tossing that she does so well on stage.

Weitzman claims that the project was one of the most inspiring projects he’s ever worked on, saying ‘Beyonce and her team know exactly what they need, always focusing on the fashion and the function of the styles that will be worn’

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I think that’s probably the pinnacle of fame for me, to have a whole range of shoes designed for one person by someone like Weitzman. Where does she go from there?! What else will this woman do!? Will she just run for president and be done for it? I genuinely think she could probably make quite a good go of it.

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She’s on stage at the O2 as we speak and I’m a tiny bit gutted I’m not there to see it. I’d only want to see the shoes though, obviously. I would definitely not be shouting her name at the top of my voice and filming her every move on my phone to show everyone and tunelessly singing the wrong words to most of the songs. Nope. I would just be staring at the shoes (on the big screen) and making notes. Taking lessons from the master if you like. Ah. Beyonce. Love you. And your shoes.

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As an antidote to towering wedges and for something slightly more practical, these brogues tick so many boxes. The colour combination of grey and pink is one of my all time favourites and I just think the brogue is a style which is here to stay for so many reasons.

These bring it back from the androgynous look which seemed to linger a little bit and stamp a mark of femininity on the style which has been lacking in the past.

Dolce Vita do it again

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Totally rocking shoes

I’m a little bit in love with these shoes. They are rocking the monochrome, wedge, sandal and the metallic trend all in one easy to wear go.

They come in different colours, although this black pair I think probably work the best for me and are from Dolce Vita, a fashion forward brand in the States who MAKE THEM IN BIGGER SIZES. Yes, that’s right, these shoes are available not only to size 6 ladies but also to size 11 ladies. Get that!

It’s designers like these guys who are pushing preconceptions and normalising larger feet. These are the brands we should be supporting. I would love to stock these and other styles – I just need to sell some more of my other shoes first!

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