Shoeper Shoe Challenge 2011 #3: Loopy Lorna’s

What: Miss Selfridge ‘Polly’ platform bow pumps
When: Sunday, February 20, 2011
Where: Afternoon tea at Loopy Lorna’s, Edinburgh
With: Black sweater (thrifted), stripe skirt (River Island via eBay), cameo brooch (Topshop), bag (Next, ancient), 50s style sunglasses (eBay)

On Sunday, Shoeperman and I had afternoon tea (complete with a bottle of bubbly, naturalement…) at Loopy Lorna’s in Edinburgh with a couple of our friends, so of course I grabbed the opportunity to save another pair of shoes: my black Miss Selfridge platforms, which are one of the most frequently worn shoes in my collection at the moment: I fear the day when I wear them out entirely!

These are the notorious ‘Polly’ platforms, which I also have in grey, and which have been the subject of many an eBay search, as I try in vain to find the red version in my size.

As with my first challenge this year, it was only when I looked back at the photos that I realised I’d inadvertently repeated myself again: last time I showed you these shoes, I was also wearing black and white stripes, although it was a completely different outfit. I promise I do wear them with other things too… just not when I’m doing Shoe Challenges, apparently!

Mmm, cake….

And a quick video:



  • Super wonderful! Great outfit (I’m a striped-clothes lover)
    You look gorgeous!!
    I must find a pair of Polly on ebay…absolutely.


    • Thanks, Momo – they do still come up on eBay occassionally (normally with my legs attached to them – eBay sellers love to steal my photos!), so it’s worth watching πŸ™‚ Sadly the red pair have yet to come up in my size πŸ™

  • I wasn’t too keen on these shoes when I first saw them, but the more I look at them, the more I like them… wonder if there are any on eBay my size, I’m off to check πŸ˜›

  • Amazing pictures! The effect color/black and white was fantastic! The video as well! Not to mention the delicious things during tea time…! And I agree, when I first saw these shoes I let them pass, now… πŸ™ I would like to have a pair!

  • Pretty! They’re not my style of shoes, but I love how I can come here and see people wearing shoe styles I personally hate (like pointy toes) and look absolutely fantastic in them, as you do here.

    The tea seems awesome, I want to try that (living in Norway drinking tea or wanting to have a tea-party makes people look at you strangely, and suggest fruit tea to you (I hate fruit tea!))

    I’m also SO jealous that you could be outside in a 3/4 length top (which I love, oh and the skirt, awesome!) and fabric(?) pumps.
    We have around 20 cm snow, slippery roads and -10 degrees, and apparently this weather will continue over the next few weeks.

    I struggle with winter depression and being terrified of slipping, so this weather means I keep staying in, and don’t want to leave the house unless I absolutely must. Even going to the store is hell because the bridge is made of metal and is really slippery, and I feel I lose (grr, I still haven’t learned the difference between loose and lose, not sure which one to use here) my balance when carrying heavy bags.

    Right now I wish I was living in Scotland..

    • Hmm, I made it sound like I hate your shoes/that shoe type, which was not what I meant, or my intention at all. I do not hate these shoes at all, I think they are really pretty, and I love the chunky heel, I just find the platform a bit weird and wouldn’t wear them myself.

      Just didn’t want you to think I was saying I hate your style or choice of shoes or something like that, because I absolutely don’t, and as I said I love the shoes on you and think both you and the shoes look great!

      (I also love your taste and your style)

      So, sorry if I came across like a hater. :o(

    • Thanks – I rediscovered them a couple of weeks ago when I was having a big clear out, and I was so pleased because I’d been just about to buy a new pair in a similar shape: the perils of having no storage space!

  • Hi,

    there are two things you need to know: 1) your shoes are insanely pretty (though how you can walk on these killer heels is beyond me πŸ˜‰ and 2) your style is classy and flawless–it’s perfect. You’re absolutely gorgeous.

    • Thanks so much, Steffi πŸ™‚ Weirdly enough, these shoes are actually easy to walk in – I think it’s the thickness of heel. They don’t much like the Edinburgh cobbles, though – I guess they weren’t thinking of women in heels when they laid those!

  • Aww those shoes are spectacular!! totally envious:) I’m going on a mini break next week to london so hoping to score some rad heels (stops in Prague are so boring!). btw, it looks like you had some nice weather? lord knows you deserve it:) (we’re currently back to the minus celsius://)

    • It’s actually really, really cold, and has been snowing near here, although thankfully we managed to miss it this time – I just took my coat off for a couple of minutes to photograph the outfit, then it went right back on again! I’m SO ready for the winter to be over (although, mind you, I’ve been saying that since it started…)

      Have a great time in London πŸ™‚

  • You look so beautiful! I was having an outfit in mind to wear tomorrow that looked almost like this: a black-white skirt with a black top and high heels πŸ™‚ I would say ‘great minds think alike’ but that’s not very modest, is it? πŸ™‚ Anyway, love your outfit!

  • Gorgeous! Black and white is always a winner. Once you’ve got the red Pollys just imagine the combinations!

    Amber, on a completely different note, how do you and Terry deal with the whole photography in public thing? I was just out doing some with the help of my boyfriend, and even though it was 10pm and no-one was around we both felt ridiculously self conscious! Any tips would be THOROUGHLY appreciated πŸ™‚

    • Well, I try to find places that are fairly quiet if I can, because people DO stare as if they’ve never seen a camera before (and that’s even the case in tourist places, where you would expect people to be taking photos of each other) but to be honest, it just doesn’t bother me that much: I just tell myself that the people walking by are complete stangers who will never see me again after the couple of seconds it takes for them to pass – as long as they’re not actively rude about it, I don’t really care if they think I’m weird!

      • Haha I wish I could be that confident, but in little old Wellington your chances of seeing somebody you know while out doing something is pretty high!

        I think I just need to get some confidence and OWN the fact that I have a blog on which I post outfit photos. I love doing it and should be proud, not embarrassed!

        Cheers Amber πŸ™‚

  • I remember these shoes from the picture where you wore them with purple thights if I remember the colour correctly! it was such a beautiful pic!
    I love them from the distance, not my style, but I learned to love them from you) And I adore the videos you (Terry?) make!

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