I had planned to make the next Shoe Challenge a little easier on myself. “I’ll get rid of a few pairs of shoes before it starts,” I told myself. “Then I’ll just make sure I don’t buy any new pairs until it’s over.”
Then the very next day, I walked into River Island and was confronted by these babies:
There was never really any chance of me not buying them, was there? I mean, can you believe I didn’t already own a pair of shoes in this colour? Me neither. And although I had actually noticed these shoes on the River Island website, the colour on my monitor didn’t look anything like the colour in real life, so I’d probably have passed them by if I hadn’t decided to just pop into the store on the off chance. It was fate, in other words. Fate.
In terms of the fit and comfort, I got these in my usual size, which fits perfectly, so I’d say they’re fairly true to size. I always shy away from declaring shoes to be “comfortable” or otherwise, because comfort is such a subjective thing (and has more to do with the shape of your feet and what you’re used to than the shoes themselves), but another woman was trying a pair on as I was buying these, and as she walked around in them, she looked at me and said “Wow, these shoes are so comfortable, aren’t they?”, which I had to concur with. For myself, I wore them on Saturday, on a night out to celebrate a friend’s birthday: the bar we were in was absolutely packed, so I ended up standing up all night, and these only started to pinch a little towards the end of the night, which I thought was fairly good going for several hours of standing up in heels.
Oh, and while I’m on the subject of new shoes:
Of COURSE I bought those polka dot bow shoes I wrote about earlier this month. Did you really expect anything else of me?
I had some reservations about these shoes when I ordered them, purely because of the canvas uppers, but they all melted away as soon I opened the box, because they’re just plain adorable.
I took advantage of the fact that Next does some shoes in half sizes, and ordered these in a 4.5, which is a half-size larger than I usually wear. The fit is fine, but I could probably have gotten away with the 4 too, as they’re just very slightly looser around the heel than I’d like. I decided against exchanging them because a) I’m lazy and b) I’ll be mostly wearing them in the summer, when it’ll (hopefully) be a little warmer, so at least these will give me a little room if my feet decide to swell in the heat. That was a lovely mental image to leave you with, wasn’t it?
These are the latest two additions to my Shoe Challenge, then, although, in my defence, I have had a bit of a purge, so my total will be slightly less than it was for the last challenge – more on that tomorrow, though!
P.S. Speaking of the Shoe Challenge, a quick reminder: I’ve noticed a few of you posting shoe collection photos/counts etc on Facebook and Twitter. That’s obviously absolutely fine if you’re just doing it to share it with your friends lists, but if you want the images to be included in the roundups, can you also make sure you email them to shoepershoechallenge @gmail.com, or post them on your blog if you’re blogging the challenge? As we have over 50 participants now (yay!) I think it’ll get very confusing very quickly if I have to check Facebook and Twitter, as well as the email account and blog comments for entries, so I’m trying to keep everything in one place as much as possible. Thanks!