Dune ‘Benefit’ pumps, £80
I’ve mentioned Dune’s ‘Benefit’ stripe heels so many times now that I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise at all when I reveal them to be my Sarenza Brand Ambassador Pick for this month.
It was always just going to be a matter of time before these shoes found their way to my shelves. I’ve always been a big fan of stripes, and I have to admit I’d been overdosing on them a little lately, seeing as they’re such a big trend for Spring. I couldn’t care less about being “on trend”, but when something I like becomes fashionable, I take full advantage of the opportunity to stock up!
With these shoes, I’d actually tried them on in the Dune store in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, so I knew what to expect, and I also knew that I was going to have to size down. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m finding Dune’s current collection to be run very large: with every pair I’ve bought from the brand recently I’ve had to go down a full size, and these were no different. The size 3 is a good fit: maybe slightly smaller than a size 4 would be from another brand (are you following this?), but still very wearable, and much better than the 4, which was falling off me when I tried these on in-store.
As for the rest of the shoe, well, I don’t really need to tell you that I love the stripes. I’m very much enjoying the monochrome look this season, and while these are black and nude, rather than the black and white we’ve been seeing more often, I think the bold print will really stand out with a block colour outfit. They’ll work with lots of bright colours, but I’m mostly planning on wearing them with… well, black and nudes, basically, to allow the shoes to be the focal point.
My one quibble with the appearance of these is that the vamp is fairly high, and I prefer a low-cut shoe to a higher one. It obviously wasn’t a big enough deal to put me off them, but I think a lower vamp would send these into real Kryptonite territory, for me at least. On the other hand, those of you who don’t like toe cleavage can at least be reassured that your toes will remain suitably covered in them.
These are £80 at Sarenza, and you can buy yours here.