Jimmy Choo Lilyth Tulle Bow Evening Sandal, £644
I have a bit of a thing for tulle. It’s totally impractical (Unless, of course, you happen to be a ballerina, which, now I come to think of it, is quite possibly where my love of tulle comes from: I was one of those little girls who dreamt of being a ballerina… but only for the pretty dresses and the satin shoes: as soon as I realised just how much hard work it was, I lost interest pretty quickly!): I mean, I can’t think of a single occasion in my life when I’m likely to have a good reason to wear the stuff, but I love it anyway, and I’m not above making up excuses if I have to. Well, you’re a long time dead, aren’t you?
These shoes, however, are definitely more practical than the pretty tulle skirts I’m thinking of – insofar as a high, stiletto sandal can ever really be described as “practical”, that is. Fancy shoes are much easier to “get away with” than fancy dresses, however, and while these will never be “causal”, they could definitely form part of a party outfit, with the cloud of tulle at the ankle dressing up the simple sandal underneath to excellent effect.
With that said, I’m not sure just how flattering all that volume around the ankle would be. I don’t know many people who are actively looking to emphasise their ankles, and these shoes will draw the eye right to them. I’d have to see them on to know for sure, but it’s possible that they’d end up being one of those “nice to look at” shoes, that wouldn’t be quite as nice when you were actually wearing them. If you want to put that theory to the test, however, please report back!