Sun: Thifted silver sandals | Mon: Buffalo polka dot peep toes c/o Spartoo| Tues: Sequin ballet flats from a boutique in Miami | Wednesday: Vivienne Westwood Melissa Ultragirl flats c/o Sarenza
The first week back after a vacation is never exactly fun, but this week was particularly un-fun for me, thanks to that horrible head cold I came down with on Tuesday, and which left me feeling awful for the rest of the week. (I know, I know: it’s just a cold. I seriously feel like death warmed-up as I write this, though, so I’m wallowing in my misery!) This is explains why my shoe style started off strong, with silver high heels and one of my favourite pairs of peep toes, but quickly degenerated into jeans and flats: anything for comfort, basically!
Actually, though, I’ve been going through a bit of a “flats” phase lately. I wore them constantly on vacation (The pair at the bottom left of the image were another emergency purchase while I was there!), because they seemed like the most comfortable choice for all of the walking I was doing, but the experience did help convince me that I badly needed to add a few more practical pairs to my collection.
Most of the flats I own, you see, are of the “pretty, but not particularly practical” persuasion. They have thin soles, no padding on the heel, and uppers which won’t stand up to a rain storm, which we get a lot of, both here and while I was in Florida. That’s why I decided to spend last month’s Sarenza voucher on these Vivienne Westwood x Melissa ‘Ultragirl’ flats. I’ve been admiring these for a while now on the likes of Roisin, who I know has a few pairs in this style, and I figured they would be a little harder-wearing than my regular flats. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the jelly upper, but to my relief, I really liked them when I took them out of the box. The upper is actually super-soft, and really nice to wear, and there’s plenty of padding on the heels and insole, making these one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I own.
I probably won’t be wearing these instead of my heels, but I can see me wearing them often on days when I need something more practical/hard-wearing. I did end up buying a cheap pair of sneakers while I was in Miami, thinking that as everyone else seems to find them the most practical style ever, I’d surely be able to wear them too. Unfortunately, though, although I picked the most inoffensive pair I could find, I’ve yet to actually wear them, because I just really dislike the look of sneakers on me. I think these will be a good compromise: they look nicer, but should be just as comfortable and easy to wear, so I think they were a better choice for me.
The weather for the weekend is supposed to be nice and sunny, so I’m hoping I feel a bit better by then, and can get out and enjoy it – hopefully in some fabulous shoes, too!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Why don’t you try a pair of Keds? They are nice, practical and they match with informal vintage-ispired outfit (I suggest you to look at some lindy hop challenge videos just to get an idea).
I’ve owned Keds before, and the shoes I bought on vacation are a similar style, but I just don’t like them. They look fine on other people, but sneakers just aren’t my style!
wow, the new blog is nice !
Thanks, I’m glad you like it! It’s still a work in progress at the moment, but we like the way it’s going so far!
I’m glad to hear the Melissa flats are comfortable. I’ve considered buying a pair too, but wasn’t sure about them.
The new site layout looks great too! 🙂
They’re seriously fantastic: they have a really thick, padded sole, so your heels aren’t hitting the ground all the time, like normal flats, but they don’t look too chunky, unlike sneakers: I love them!
I love those VW Melissa flats. They look fantastic on you 🙂 I’m thinking of buying some as well but they are a tad expensive so I’ll need to save up first..
Oh btw, do they smell as nice as the Melissa heels? 🙂