As my Facebook followers already know, I was in Glasgow on Monday, and while I was there, I figured I may as well do a bit of shoe (window) shopping. Well, someone has to sift through all those shoes and work out which are worth saving and which aren’t, and it may as well be me!
Take a look under the jump to see the shoes!
I started off in Primark, where I have to admit, I was a little bit underwhelmed by the selection. Don’t get me wrong, I love Primark, and have a couple of pairs of their shoes myself, but the current selection struck me as what Cher from Clueless would call “a Monet”. In other words, the shoes looked great from a distance, but up close… not so much. The only pair to really tempt me were these, which were also available in navy:
(Apologies for the photos, by the way: I was using my phone, and the lighting inside stores doesn’t really lend itself to decent photography…)
These were only £18, and are a true sign that my Shoe Challenge has actually started to do some good, because I didn’t buy them. A couple of years ago, I would have bought these without even thinking about it. All I’d have thought would’ve been that they were green, they were dotty, and they were £18. In fact, I’d probably have bought them in navy, too.
Now, however, the thought of the 13 or so pairs of summer shoes which will have to be “saved” within the next few weeks, plus the knowledge that it’s probably going to be raining for the rest of the “summer” anyway, made me think twice. Oh, I’m not saying I wasn’t tempted, and that I didn’t walk around with them in my hands for quite some time while I browsed the rest of the store, but ultimately I realised that I don’t actually need another pair of canvas summer shoes, and that the £18 would be better spent on something that wouldn’t just gather dust for the next year, so I put them back. The Challenge is working, people! Or, actually, maybe not, because…
It’s those green suede Zara peep toes. And you know, I really don’t need these either. But I want them. And while I didn’t actually buy them on this trip, I can’t help but feel that the time is coming when I will crack, and I will go to the Zara website intent on buying them. And, of course, me being me, that will happen on the same day the shoes sell out in my size. In fact, Zara will probably wait until they have sold out in my size, and then put them on sale. They know I’m currently playing “chicken” with these shoes: waiting for them to go on sale, and hoping they’ll still be available in my size when they do. They’ll wait. They’ll defeat me. And somehow the logic and restraint I managed to display in Primark will not apply to these shoes, because that’s the way it works, Shoepers.
I’ve also been admiring these for a while. I really like the tan patent straps, and the studded bow, which I think makes them look more expensive than they are. They’re actually only £39.99, but I know I wouldn’t wear them by the end of the summer, so I left them behind too.
I couldn’t get the colours of these shoes to show up properly on my phone at all, so you’re probably best looking here if you want to see what they really look like. This has actually confused me, because the Zara website describes them as “jelly shoes”, but I was totally unaware of their “jelly” status when I was trying them on, and just assumed they were leather. They’re the kind of shoes I’d probably have disregarded if I’d only seen them online. In real life, however, I was rather smitten with them: I think they’d look great with jeans.
Finally, I headed across the street to House of Fraser. And I really wished I hadn’t.
Christian Louboutin Daffodil platforms
First of all, I tried on the Louboutin Daffodils, out of pure curiosity. The display shoe was way too big for me, but it still gives you a rough idea of them. I actually liked them more in real life than I have any photos I’ve seen of them, and they didn’t seem like they’d be too hard to walk in, either, despite the massive heel . Oddly, these were Shoeperman’s favourites of all of the shoes I tried on: I had expected him to hate them!
Miu Miu toe-cap glitter pumps. I’d have bought these in a heartbeat if I’d had the money!
More Louboutins. I loved the way these were displayed, like the works of art they are.
Then, across the crowded shoe hall, I saw them:
It was the Christian Louboutin Feticha pumps, in red. My dream shoes. The shoes I have wanted more than any other shoe. The shoes that represent everything that is perfect about footwear. For me, the red Fetichas are the Platonic ideal: if I owned them, I would never need to buy another pair of shoes as long as I lived.
Well, I raced across the room, and I snatched them up.
They were on sale.
They were a UK size 8.
I left empty-handed. I guess it was a good thing, in a way, because if they’d had my size, I don’t think I would’ve been able to resist…