|I think I love you....|
These are from Mary Portas's shoe collection, entitled 'Mary at Clarks', where she has worked with the eponymous footwear company to create a range of very spiffing shoes!
I mean, honestly, CLARKS!!! Of the sensible T-bar and mid heel. CLARKS!!!! Who knew they could make such divine shoes when one's hazy recollections of their shoes were either a sensible black patent T-bar for a Sunday School Christmas party or a smart flat leather Mary Jane for school?
This style is called Magdalene - after Jesus's favourite hooker, rather than the Oxford College, I'm hoping - and comes in teal suede (these ones!), black satin (perfect for Christmas parties!) and the most glorious lipstick pink and purple which are a colour-blocker's wet dream.
I was first entranced by the shoes on Mrs TNMA's blog where she readily admits to having a Bit Of A Thing for the flame-haired business guru. Mrs TNMA confirmed that these were Clarks and I hurried myself over to their website where then I visited DAILY to see when the shoes would be in stock. As soon as they were available, I pounced. And lo! Here they are!
|ignore the sock marks! And my ankles aren't quite so|
cankley in real life. It's just the camera angle. Honest.
I've never bought shoes over the internet before and I would recommend that you really do your homework on what the various shoe sizes and widths really equate to in inches (or cm if you're one of these new-fangled decimalised people).
These beauties are in the standard D width fitting and with hindsight, I might have been better with an E.
The other thing is that if you have a high instep, you are going to struggle just as much to squash your tiny toes into these shoes as you would a pair of boots - a high instep just doesn't want to go around the inside of that narrow 'neck' on the shoe.
Nonetheless, I struggled onwards - like one of Cinderella's less attractive siblings and am pleased to say that once my foot had managed the 'neck' the shoe fitted beautifully!
Portas's collection at House of Fraser already has many frocks and separates on-line and I'm hoping that she will bring in more things with a v or scooped neckline for those of us with ampler frontage.
As Faux Fuchisa would say, run - don't walk people!