Ok, so we’ve established I might have a scarf habit…. now it’s time to fess up about my shoe habit.
I like shoes. I have a reputation in my office for wearing slightly mad, out-there, colourful shoes. I wear normal shoes too, but it’s my penchant for Irregular Choice, Ruby Shoo, and New Look’s colourful offerings that seems to have stuck.
Living in Cornwall, big stores like Schuh et al are few and far between, and not that big when they do appear. However, we do have a brilliant independent chain called J Shoes and they stock a huge range of everything from wellies to Irregular Choice (yay!). They also almost always have discounted prices, and their sales are epic.
As luck would have it, I had some shopping vouchers from Christmas to spend, so I went down to see what new offerings they had. Oh… the choices! Last week I went on a pre-shopping scout and snapped up these Lunar dark navy and beige canvas pumps for £9.99. I go through a couple of pairs of pumps every summer, and I was looking for some just like these last year. I’ve started wearing them in now, because while lovely and hardwearing, canvas is not feet-friendly!
So today I went down with my vouchers, on a bit of a mission. I got a pair of Irregular Choice ‘Patty’ court shoes in purple. I initially leant towards the pale blue and pink, Cath-Kidston-style colourway, but they only had those in a 7. On reflection I think the purple will go with more and also the Union-Jack design inspiration is more muted, so it won’t date so much. The textured detail is amazing and of course there’s the signature IC patterened soles, it’s just a shame this wears off so quickly!
The second find was a pair of Tamaris leather flats with buckle detail. They’re nice and neutral in navy and tan, and hopefully should fill my “flat, practical but not ballet pump” shoe void. I don’t like flat full shoes, they just never look nice on me. So for casual situations it’s always a toss up between pumps or heeled ankle boots, which can be problematic if the weather, walking and environment are all against me! These shoes are amazingly soft, like buttery leather, and just seem to hug your feet. They look sturdy but need no wearing in at all, I think they might be the comfiest shoes I’ve ever bought.
Finally, I’ll just point out my storage solution for my shoe habit… which I think is absolutely brilliant.
Stacking shoe boxes from Tszuji – they are standard shoe box size but do take my ankle boots, they stack together with tabs, have one-hand opening ends and also carry handles, so if you need to take a change of shoes somewhere you can just detach the box from the stack and away you go! The best bit is that I can see exactly what my choices are for any outfit.