‘Life Changing Shoes’
Recently ASOS got in touch in touch to tell me about their ‘Savvy Sunday’ sales, with tomorrows sale focussing on shoes! Asking if I’d like to be part of their conversation about ‘life changing shoes’, I accepted, realising that my growing collection of shoes has come quite some way in a short time, and perhaps it was about time we had a chat about them! Thanks to ASOS, my newest pair are these coloufully laced ankle boots. The more I look at those pictures of them, the more I love them. Without a doubt, my favourite kind of shoe should always be described as chunky – a nice departure from the frilliness that’s usually going on above.
As for life changing, I’m not sure I’ve ever had any shoes that fit that rather weighty title. My early teens were spent entirely in converse that I’d doodle on, and I had some great times in those battered (and post-gig, alcohol soaked!) shoes. Whilst I still own them (I’m really bad at throwing things away!), they’re at home in Somerset, so I picked out a few from my collection here that had a bit of a story behind them.
I’m almost certain that aside from school shoes and those glittery jellies I had when I was little, these are my first pair of proper heels. Which doesn’t quite sound right when I tell you that I bought them around 4 years ago! Back then, lace-up heels like these weren’t around as much as they are now, or were shortly after, so when I saw these in my local New Look I snapped them up straight away. They got a reasonable amount of wear, but I’ve never been one for going anywhere that requires wearing heels, so, they just sat pretty until I had a birthday party to attend. I was, and still am, very much a flats over heels girl!
Sensing a pattern here?
Yet another pair of lace-ups! I remember buying these just after I started my blog. I’d seen a few Swedish bloggers post about them, and as they weren’t anywhere to be found in Topshop, I hunted them down on eBay for a whopping (I was 16!!) £30. Remember those Chloe Silverados circa AW06? Every blogger in the universe was lusting after them, and this vaguely similar (in the way they are lace up and brown!!) chunky Topshop pair had to do the job. I recollect wearing them to go and see a Derren Brown show many moons ago. And yes, I’m still lusting after those Chloe shoes!
A pair that you’ve undoubtedly seen me wear before, as last year they were hardly ever off my feet. My Pierre Hardy for Gap sandals were another eBay find, and have one of the longest stories of the lot. These babies have been nailed and glued back together on a number of occassions (if my Dad is reading, he’s probably cursing the things!) and are looking rather worse for wear these days. It all started when after a long day at Graduate Fashion Week a couple of years ago, I tripped off a kerb in front of a jolly Hilary Alexander who happened to be outside a nearby pub. The top of the shoe came clear off, meaning that I was left wandering around with one heel on – BAD IDEA! My next misfortune was to fall down a flight of stairs once I’d reached the tube station. Thankfully I’m rather good humoured and laughed about the whole thing, and had my best friend Lucy beside me who lent me her shoes for the rest of the evening whilst she tip-toed around in socks! They’re still one of my favourite summer shoes, and I’ll admit to having a quick eBay search for a new pair every now and again! RIP, shoesies<3