These shoes have been doing the rounds on Instagram ever since they first appeared at the Boden spring/summer preview last year, and I have a suspicion they’re set to be one of the big shoe hits of the summer.
They’re called ‘Alice’, and there’s a low-heeled version and a high-heeled one, although, to be perfectly honest, neither are what you’d call ‘skyscrapers’, with the higher of the two coming in at just over 3″. I think this is the main reason my reaction to these is a little more muted than might otherwise have been the case: they’re fabulous shoes, and I adore the polka dot upper, but, me being me, I’d have liked a slightly higher heel, which I think would also make them feel slightly more “grown up”.
That, however, is purely a personal thing, and these shoes are truly a breath of fresh air, from the dotted insole, to the little coral tassel on the front of the t-bar. In addition to the two polka dot colourways shown above, these also come in a range of other, two-tone suede uppers, which are also very cute.
As sweet though these shoes are, I have a feeling they could be a little tricky to style without looking very twee. One way to avoid that would be to wear them with a simple pair of jeans, and I think they’d look fantastic as the focal point of an otherwise dressed-down look, but for this outfit I’ve actually chosen to go in the opposite direction, and created a 60s-inspired look, with a blue mini dress and funnel-neck coat. Just add a big ol’ beehive hairdo and some thick eyeliner to finish off the look!
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