I feel like these shoes are stalking me. Or maybe it’s the other way round, now I come to think of it. Everywhere I go, lately – online, I mean – these shoes are there. They just keep popping up everywhere, as if they’re determined to get my attention. They were even in the window of Harvey Nicholas when I walked by last weekend, so I’m hereby giving in and featuring them.
Actually, I’ve no idea why it’s taken me this long to get round to doing this, because despite their attention-seeking ways, these are seriously beautiful shoes, aren’t they? Black patent leather gives a sophisticated, grown-up feel to the classic peep-toe pump, which is updated here with the angular cut-outs to the side. Even the presence of the two little bows on the front can’t make these shoes seem frivolous or “girlie” – they’re pretty, but they somehow have a rather serious look to them, too, which makes me think they’d look best with sharp tailoring, and perfectly-fitted pieces.
How to save these shoes?
The received wisdom with black shoes (or black anything, really) seems to be that it must be brightened up with a “pop” of colour. Not always, though. Sometimes I think it’s absolutely fine to stick to darker, more sombre colours, and that’s what I felt this shoe wanted. In order not to make the look TOO serious, however, I used a floaty dress (Which still fulfils the “tailoring” remit mentioned above, thanks to Roland Mouret’s characteristic styling of the bodice and collar), which picks up the bows on the shows with a bow at the waist, and at the wrist. As always, a slash of bright red lipstick finishes it off, and provides your pop of colour, if you need one.
What to wear with Gucci ‘Vernice’ pumps: