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.

Charlotte nude profile one

 

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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All starring Converse

I’m on holiday this week in Dorset and when packing I made a slight error – I threw in only one pair of shoes. I’m renowned for bad packing choices and so it was not a massive surprise to my husband when the rest of the family donned their wellies and I realised I only had my trusty converse to wear.

It could have been worse. Converse are the kind of footwear which take you through practically any situation you find ourself in. My leather Chuck Taylor high tops are the ultimate in versatile – walking on beaches, taking a cliff top path, strolling into pubs, stumbling back out of pubs. They can deal with literally any eventuality and they soak up baby puke without showing the stain.
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I suppose they were showing their true colours as keepers by the fact that they went into production in 1908 and by 1910 were producing over 4000 shoes daily. Chuck Taylor added his signature to the classic high tops in 1932 while he was an ambassador for the company but their place as a favourite brand was secured in 2003 when Nike bought the company for a cool $305 million.
Back in the day I remember thinking that I would never wear Converse (when I shared a house with a friend who always wore red Chuck T’s & it just wasn’t cool, sorry J, forgive me) and I assumed I would always want to wear Air Max or shell toes. Trainers have always had that ability to divide and conquer, to describe a persons style without any other preamble, pretty much more than any other footwear.
Converse deserve their place as a favourite shoe brand because they have evolved according to the needs of their customers. They started out as rubber footwear manufacturers, developed into the ultimate sportswear shoe and are now considered the standard leisure wear – they are even seen occasionally on the red carpet.
I cannot see a time in my life when I will not need Converse in my wardrobe because although I love shoes of all types, I think I love my Converse most of all.
Who needs wellies anyway….

To Lita or not to Lita

I saw an interesting piece in the papers yesterday about Jeffrey Campbells’ ‘Lita’ boots. JC supplies Barefoot Tess with a few selected shoes (including Lita)  in larger sizes especially for their site. The Lita boot is not my cup of tea, but they are clearly popular as they have now been produced in 164 colours, selling over 160,000 pairs. Most people like them because they have a built in platform, which boosts height without sacrificing comfort, but as a tall women, I don’t find platforms particularly appealing.

 

The ‘Lita’ have divided opinion throughout the fashion world, with some fashion insiders citing them as being as ugly as UGGs (ugly indeed) whilst fashion bloggers worth their salt are constantly being photographed in them and indeed blogging about them.

 

Jeffery Campbell can do no wrong in my eyes, providing, as he does, some style choice for ladies with larger feet, but I do wonder about the Lita boots. The interesting thing about them is that because they are available in larger sizes, they must be one of the few shoes which are non-divisive, in other words, enable women’s style to be determined by their choice, not their size. Unfortunately, other shoes which hold this badge are UGGS, Crocs and Birkenstocks. Not exactly style icons, in my eyes.

 

The question of whether tall women should wear platforms is of course a personal one. Luckily for me, I married a guy who is 6”7 so adding to my 5”11 height is not a problem, should I choose too. Truthfully, I wonder at tall women who wear big heels but I look at them with envy – are they prouder of their height than me? Should I want to flaunt it more? Either way, I don’t like the look of the ‘Lita’ boots which is in no small part  due to their platform.Image

Whilst on the subject of designers producing shoes for larger feet, Steve Madden is another Stateside designer who makes some of his more popular designs in larger sizes, specially for Barefoot Tess. Both Steve Madden and Jeffrey Campbell are big names in the States, in a way that individual British high street designers have yet to become. I’m hoping that is going to change, especially with retailers such as Upper Street Shoe, where you can design your own heels and who run a 9&10 club, celebrating us ladies with larger feet. To be able to design my own pair of heels, in my size, does feel like a total dream. And it will be, until I can afford the rather hefty price tag which goes hand in hand with custom made shoes.

Until that day, I’m sticking to my trusty Camdens, which I wore out dancing on Saturday night with my new trousers from Baujken – the zip on the jeans and studs on the shoes felt suitably rock and roll.ImageImage

For those of you who haven’t gathered, I’m selling Camden via eBay, here http://bit.ly/WByPw2 – in size 9 & 10 as well as some rather lovely smoking slippers, in orange and leopard print, http://bit.ly/WBHSgh

Camden has a 3” cone heel, which for me, is heel a plenty.

Power to any tall women wearing more than that!

 

The original article about the ‘Lita’ here http://bit.ly/XdAqqP

Link to Upper street shoes here http://www.upperstreet.com/

Photo of Ponte Jeans taken from Baukjen site – http://www.isabellaoliver.com/baukjen/uk

Fashion bloggers

Today I find myself wondering where I stand in the blogging world. Am I primarily a retailer who blogs or am I a blogger who sells? There are so many creative people out there who choose to express themselves through their blogs (some of them succeed,  some of them don’t, but then who am i to judge) they then become a vehicle for adverts and are able to turn their blog in to a money making venture. Its like there’s ever increasing ways to make money, so even when I read a blog which has heart and soul I now find myself wondering if they are in it for the cash only. For this reason I think I want to classify myself as a retailer who blogs. I started this blog to tell people what I wanted to achieve and that is to sell shoes. Although if no-one buys them, maybe I can pretend I’m just a blogger who keeps lots of shoes in her front room…