What: New Look navy platform pumps
When: Friday, July 30th, 2010
Where: Thrifting and lunch with Shoeperman in Edinburgh
With: Jeans (Dorothy Perkins); t-shirt (H&M), jacket (Forever 21); shoulder bag o’doom (Accessorize)
When I lived in Edinburgh, I used to go thrift shopping a lot. The city has a great selection of both charity shops and vintage stores, and it’s basically a bargain-lovers dream, but it had been a while since I had a good trawl through the racks, so today I decided to give myself the day off work and head into the city.
And because I’m me, I decided to do it in 5″ heels.
Terry: “People keep staring at your shoes.”
Me: “That’s because they’re wondering what kind of an idiot would wear them to walk miles in…”
Answer: this kind of idiot:
Shoeperman, meanwhile, passed the time in the Camera Obscura:
Next time, I’m going with him…
So, I walked around the city all day in these: over cobbles (if you’ve never walked in stilettos over cobbles, my advice is: don’t), up and down about a dozen flights of steps, up hills, down… er, hills, and readers, I did not falter. Not a single wobble, or lurch or turned ankle did I suffer in my ridiculously high platform shoes. Finally, though, on the way back to the car after lunch, I realised that the toes were starting to pinch, so I decided to replace them with the handy pair of flats I keep in my handbag at all times for such emergencies. (I’m like the Boy Scouts, only in really high heels). I walked about ten steps in those flats – TEN STEPS… and then I tripped on the edge of a paving slab, and almost fell flat on my face in front of cafe-full of tourists, all of whom totally failed to conceal their glee at seeing me going flying.
This is why I stick to heels. And also why I always laugh when people ask me how on earth I can walk in them…
Oh, and as for what I bought:
I bought polka dot canvas wedges, of course. Well, what did you expect?! In my defence, they were only £3, and they still had their tags on them, so I don’t think I’ll have a problem getting my money’s worth. The two dresses are also both thrift store finds: the floral one is a vintage Jean Varon dress (from the 70s, I’d guess), which is in perfect condition, and which cost me all of £6: I love thrift shopping!