What: Miss Selfridge platform bow court shoes
When: Friday, October 1st, 2010
Where: Abandoned mental asylum
With: Stripe trench coat (Primark); black knitted dress (New Look kids department); umbrella (found in the back of my car)
I know you can’t really see it, but I promise it was actually raining when this photo was taken: that umbrella isn’t just a prop! It was one of those strange Scottish days where it veers wildly between torrential rain and blazing sunshine, which I think the picture captures perfectly. It was dry when we set out, had just started to rain when we arrived (which forced me to unearth the umbrella from the depths of the car), dried up again while we were walking (in fact, it got so sunny I wished I hadn’t left my sunglasses in the car), and then started to pour down as we were on the way back to the car. I got soaked, even with my trusty umbrella!
Anyway, we’ve now reached the fiftieth pair of shoes in the challenge, which feels like something of a landmark moment. To mark the occasion, I chose the black Miss Selfridge platforms I bought last month:
These shoes are now known in my house as “the eBay shoes” after someone stole my original photos of them (complete with my feet and legs inside them, I might add) to sell her used pair of these on eBay. Thanks to Momo for letting me know about my most recent eBay appearance!
The title of this post refers, not to my stripey trench coat, as you might think, but to the location of these photos: this is an abandoned mental asylum near us, which was used as the location for the film The Jacket in 2005 (great movie, by the way, check it out some time). It’s one of my favourite places to visit because it has such a brooding, haunted kind of atmosphere: I always expect to see faces at the windows of the old abandoned mansion houses you can see in the background here…
If you’ve ever seen The Jacket, you’ll probably recognise this church: it appears quite a few times in the movie. I’m standing right in front of the area they created a fake “graveyard” on.
As you can see, I’m still obsessed with the big hair. I’m not sure the line “But it was on ALL the catwalks this season!” is making it any more acceptable in my town…
I still search eBay every day for the red versions of these. They would make my life complete.
Just before it started to pour down…
One of the largest villas on the site.
Not exactly the most practical shoes in the rain, it has to be said, but I do love them.
(Thanks to Terry for the photos!)
(P.S. If you’re particularly bored, there are one or two extras from this challenge over at my personal blog)