Nicholas Kirkwood sculpted heel sandals

Nicholas Kirkwood sculpted heel sandals Nicholas Kirkwood sculpted heel sandals

Nicholas Kirkwood sculpted heel sandals, £495

Well, aren’t these just a breath of fresh air?

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not trying to claim they’re the best shoes I’ve ever seen, and they’re very far from being what I’d call Shoe Kryptonite. In fact, they’re not even particularly my taste, if you want to know the truth. But I can’t even tell you how bored I am with endless pairs of boots and party shoes: not that I don’t like shoes from those categories, of course, but there’s still a lot of winter to get through, and I’m already starting to crave something a bit different – and ideally a bit more colourful – and these fit the bill.

My first impression of these sandals was that they were very 60s-inspired, even although the shape isn’t particularly evocative of that time. The floral detail on the buckle IS, however, and the bright, sculpted heel also brings the swinging 60s to mind, so throw these on with a mini dress, and see how you get on. Or, alternatively, you could always go for something completely different, like these sandals by Tabitha Simmons:

Tabitha Simmons sandals

Tabitha Simmons black and gold high heeled evening sandals

OK, so I know I said I was bored with party shoes, and these could definitely be described that way. There’s just no escaping them at this time of year, however, and these ones are nice enough to re-ignite my interest. Black and gold is always a winning combination for me, especially for evening shoes: it’s always such an elegant, easy-to-wear combination, and these sandals make very good use of it. The caged detail at the heel and curved sides are subtle details, but ones which really help make these a little more interesting than the average pair of party shoes, don’t you think?

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