“Shola” is a style Topshop have released in a few different colourways this year. So far, none of them have really grabbed my attention, but this red and gold/glitter version is just so ridiculously festive I felt I couldn’t ignore it any longer!
These have a satin upper, with a gold glitter stiletto heel and matching demi platform. The heel is 5.5″, and although the Topshop website doesn’t give the height of the platform, I’d say it looks to be around about 1″, maybe a little more, so these are definitely going to feel very high to walk in. If the height doesn’t put you off, however, it’s hard to imagine a more “Christmassy” shoe than this one, which means your main problem will be working out how to wear them without feeling like YOU’RE the Christmas gift – or being mistaken for Mrs Claus.
How to save such Christmassy shoes?
To avoid the aforementioned “Mrs Claus” effect, I think it’s a good idea to steer clear of wearing anything red – or, indeed, too much gold. Topshop have shown these styled with a plain black dress, which is a failsafe way to allow the shoes to shine, without feeling like you’re wearing fancy dress. To make the look just a little more festive, I tracked down a dress with just a touch of shimmer (not too much: the shoes have more than enough glitter on their own!) to pick up the gold on the shoes: