Speaking of the Sarenza Brand Ambassador programme (have you entered the competition to join it yet?), here’s my latest pick from it: and yes, I went for ANOTHER pair of Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragons! Well, I did say in my post about the latest collection that I probably wouldn’t be able to resist the pink version, and as they arrived on the Sarenza site at roughly the same time I was given a gift code, that prediction turned out to be a true one!
As those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook may know, I had a bit of trouble with the sizing of these. As something of a Lady Dragon addict, I was pretty sure I knew my size: I’ve had to size down with all of my other Lady Dragons, which, in my case, means going from my usual UK 4 to a size Melissa mark as a 2.5 – 3.5 UK (US 5, Eur 35/35). Those all fit me fine, so I didn’t even think about it when I ordered these, and went for the same size I always wear…
Unfortunately, as soon as the shoes arrived, I could tell they weren’t going to work out: my heel was overhanging the edge of the shoe slightly (the edge has a “lip”, which would make this more uncomfortable than it would be in regular slingbacks!), and after just five minutes of wearing them on the softa, while watching a movie, my toes were feeling the pinch. Because these shoes are plastic, I knew they wouldn’t stretch, and I also knew they’d be too tight to wear for any length of time, so I sent them back, and ordered the size up: my usual UK 4/European 37.
The replacements arrived yesterday, and are very slightly larger than I would like, although not so much so that it’ll be an issue. My conclusion is that Melissa have altered the sizing with this latest release: since getting these, I’ve re-tried all of my other pairs, and they all still fit perfectly, so it’s definitely not my feet! I have always thought there was a sizing issue with the line (there’s no way I’d ever get into a 2.5 in any other brand!), and perhaps they’ve now corrected it, although, that said, I know people who’ve always worn their regular size in these shoes without having to size down, so maybe it’s just me!
(This is why I always hesitate to give sizing advice: everyone’s experience is so different!)
(I’m also hoping they will “correct” it back to how it was with the next release: the old size 35/36 was perfect for me, but with this new release I seem to be caught between two sizes which aren’t quite right.)
Anyway, happily for me, I was able to exchange them for another size, and I absolutely love them! These have a gold trim around the heart, which the previous releases didn’t, and I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of them when Spring finally comes along! On that note, I’m afraid I’m going to cheat on the Shoe Challenge and not include these in my total: these arrived in the middle of a snowstorm yesterday, and while the snow is now gone, I think I’m close enough to the end now to let myself off the hook with this one. After all, it’s not that I won’t wear them – it’s that I literally can’t wear them within the next few weeks!
These are currently available at Sarenza here, as are these, which I’m doing my best to ignore, even although I have another code which has to be used by the end of January:
(You can click here to buy them.)