Charlotte Olympia ‘Vereeland’ sandals

Charkotte Olympia platform shoes

Charlotte Olympia ‘Vereeland’ sandals, £595

These shoes aren’t a style I’d ever try to wear myself: I’m afraid the 70s influence is just too strong with these ones, and the silhouette is so chunky I think I’d feel a bit like a cartoon character in them, with over-sized feet.

That’s not to say I don’t like them, mind you: I actually do. I just like them on other people, rather than myself, and on the computer screen rather than on my feet. Actually, the silhouette of these is so striking they’d make a fabulous print, or sculpture, don’t you think?

Now I come to think of it, this is the reaction I have to a lot of Charlotte Olympia shoes. Oh, there are plenty of pairs that I’d happily wear but for the most part I have a “look, but don’t touch” with this brand. Take these shoes, for instance:

Charlotte Olympia 'Century' heels

Charlotte Olympia ‘Century’ heels, £592

The heel is so totally different from anything else I’ve featured lately that it would be remiss of me as a shoe blogger not to show you it, but wearing it would be another matter altogether, and I think it’s just a little bit too fancy to work well with the rest of my closet – not that I wouldn’t be up for the challenge, if it were to present itself!

These, meanwhile, are true ‘Cinderella’ shoes: in fact, they’re even called ‘If the Shoe Fits’, in reference to the famous glass slippers from the fairytale:

Charlotte Olympia if the shoe fits

Charlotte Olympia ‘If the Shoe Fits’ platforms, £622

Of course, these aren’t so much ‘glass slippers’ as they are perspex platforms, and I’d be interested to see what they look like on. I have a feeling these are shoes that will look better off than on, as when you’re wearing them your whole foot will be exposed, which won’t be to everyone’s taste. If you want to pretend to be Cinderella, though, I think the shoe will definitely fit!

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