Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Internet, find me some shoes!

Shoes. I wants shoes. Half the reason I haven’t been blogging much recently is because I’ve had lots of freelance to do outside office hours. I joke that it’ll keep me in shoes, but as yet I haven’t bought any.

Neosens Rococo 769. Tempting, so tempting!
I was holding off until I’d seen Miss L Fire’s new collection, as my Claras are so pretty I was hoping for something similar, but there’s nothing there that I’m really keen on in the new range. (The new range is all lovely, just not ‘me’.) Hotter have brought back the Valetta style for this season, but I have a pair of those and was really hoping for something different.

 I’ve been toying with getting some by Neosens, a Spanish brand (Sarenza stock them in the UK.). The ‘Rococo’ styles have a heel that would work very well with a deco look. The leather is tooled and rather more 18th century than my usual style, but I’m thinking they could also work with my more steampunky outfits. The down side is they’re not cheap, and I’d have to get them via mail order, which I’m reluctant to do as it could result in an expensive mistake. If I don’t go for Neosens, Aris Allen looks like my best bet.

I like the styles of the early 20th century because they have a little heel (I do have a very inelegant, ducklike way of walking with my feet out when I wear flats, a bit like the English geese in The Aristocats, only without the wiggle!). However, they’re usually not so high as to be painful by the end of the day, and the Louis heel helps balance the weight so it’s not all on the ball of the foot.

Have you seen any fab deco-inspired shoes lately? I’d love to hear of some available in the UK. Just about every blogger I read is better at finding shoes than I am!

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  1. I always like to browse Clarks for gems. I am wary of internet shoes from unknown new brands and you just never know the sizing.

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  2. What about Hush Puppies? They quite often have lowish heeled styles that could go really well with an early 20c or steampunk look, without looking too costumey for everyday. I quite like these: http://www.schuh.co.uk/hush-puppies/womens-tan-hush-puppies-hp-philippa/1100696220/

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    1. Oh, those are *excellent*! I knew someone would find better shoes than I could!

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  3. http://www.revival-retro.com/retro-clothing/womens-remix-vintage-shoes is a good place to start. A good way to find retro shoes generally is to go googling lindy hop and swing dance shoes.

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    1. I love the look of the ReMix shoes, but they're right out of my price range. The Balboas are so pretty...

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  4. Try looking up wide fitting or Damart/Hotter brands like that, they have some great 40s style shoes, unintentionally

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    1. I always get my work shoes from Hotter! Unfortunately, this year's retro-style shoes are the same as last year's, and I have a pair, so I'm looking for something different.

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