LK Bennett ‘Parrot’ canvas court shoes

shoes with pom poms

high heel shoe with pom pom attachement

LK Bennett ‘Parrot’ canvas pumps, £250

I had to show you these shoes, not because I particularly like them, but because I wanted to know what you think of that… unusual… heel detail.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve always associated LK Bennett with very classic, ladylike shoes. The Duchess of Cambridge, and her association with the brand, probably has a lot to do with that, but it’s definitely a vibe I get from the shoes themselves, even if I take their most famous fan out of the picture. These particular shoes live up to that in some respects: the pointed-toe stiletto is an all-time classic, and while the colourful pattern which decorates the uppers is certainly bright, it’s not outrageously OTT (far from it, in fact), so it’s not particularly out of place here.

Which brings me to the pom-poms. And, you know, even the WORD(S) “Pom-pom” is out of place on these shoes, isn’t it? I get that they were going for a fun, bright design, but I just can’t fathom why they thought that couldn’t work without a bunch of wooly pom-poms hanging from the ankle-strap? Of course, I’m a little biased here: I don’t like pom-poms at the best of times, and tend to find them a little clownish. In the case of these shoes, though, I’d have them snipped off (or untied, if that’s possible) the second these were out of the box.

What do you reckon? Do you think the embellishment works with this shoe? Perhaps you think it’s a fun way to make a “boring” classic a little more unusual? Or are your fingers reaching for the scissors as you read this?

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  • I get the idea, actually. These look very American Southwestern-y / Mexican-ish, which often uses pom-poms in designs. So, for me, they fit the design pretty well.

    However, I still don’t like them, and if the shoes didn’t cost more than my rent, I’d be all over these (or rather, they’d be all over my feet). Sans pom-poms of course.

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