Mel ‘Raspberry’ bow pumps, £52.99
These shoes come with a personal endorsement. Well, not these EXACT shoes: I don’t own these exact shoes
yet. I do, however, own two of the heart-front pairs from the ‘Raspberry’ line, and if you’ve ever hesitated over the thought of jelly shoes, I’m here to tell you that I did too, and I’ve never regretted it.
The beauty of these shoes, you see – other than the obvious beauty of a curvy high heel with a bow on the front – is in their sheer durability. Because we get so much rain here in the UK, I often worry about ruining my precious leather, suede or silk shoes, by wearing them on a day they’re likely to get rained on. Which is most days, let’s be honest. I don’t have to worry about these shoes, though: they’re pretty much indestructible, and, as well as being totally waterproof, they also don’t wear out nearly as quickly as some other uppers will, so you can wear them as often as you want, without having to worry about keeping them for “best”. (Not that you’d necessarily keep jelly shoes for “best”, but you know what I mean.). Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they look cute, too: I use mine as my “rainy day” shoes, and they’re much more stylish than a pair of wellies, that’s for sure.
This latest version of the style has that same, curvy upper, thick heel (which is really easy to walk on(, and a little studded bow instead of the heart. They come in black and beige, and although this beige version is probably a little paler than I’d like it to be (It’s dancing dangerously close to “white”, which I personally find a difficult colour to wear in shoes), it should still be wonderfully versatile.
I’ve chosen to style these with a retro-inspired dress from my new favourite website – 20th Century Foxy: