Polka dot wedges by Ballin, £310
Polka dots AND stripes, all in the same shoe? I feel a bit like all my Christmases have come at once. Well, OK, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little. When it come to summer shoes, though, it just doesn’t get much better than a fabulous pair of polka dot wedges, as far as I’m concerned, and this is definitely a fabulous pair of polka dot wedges!
We’ll start with the most obvious feature: that super-bold, super-fun pattern. It’s just… well, super, basically. Although “pattern-mixing” is one of those trends I’ve just never been able to bring myself to try (It can look great when done right, but I tend to think there’s a good reason why people usually describe the wearing of more than one bold pattern in a single outfit as “brave”…), if I WAS going to dip my toe into those patterned waters, spots and stripes are probably the two patterns I’d go for. They don’t SOUND like they should work together, but keep the colour-scheme the same, and you get something a little like these shoes, which I wouldn’t even hesitate to buy, if they cost less than £310. (And by “less” I mean “a LOT less..”)
Add in a 140mm wedge heel and make the shoe in red and navy, and you have yourself the perfect pair of polka dot wedges. These two shoes looked the same to me at first glance, but as I’m sure you’ve noticed, they’re actually subtly different, with the red version using a much larger dot (and hence looking just a little more cartoonish – not that that’s necessarily a BAD thing in this case…) than their navy counterparts. I prefer the smaller dots, but the red upper is my favourite of the two colours, so I’m torn: which do you like best?
I love them both. I’d probably go for red, but I’d find it hard to resist either pair.
I would go with the navy, and I would definitely buy these shoes, if cost wasn’t a concern.