We’ve all got our weaknesses in life; Superman’s was Kryptonite, yours might be chocolate, cake, a cool glass of wine, kittens or puppies – mine are all of the above plus many more, including baby cows and Bradley Cooper (hands off, Suki!) However, one weakness of mine that I think a lot of you will easily identify with is shoes.
S – H – O – E – S
Oh yeah, we love ’em don’t we? Of all the things I’ve moved into K’s, finding a home for my shoes is the one thing that still eludes me – they’re currently in plastic storage boxes under the bed (my poor babies!) but I’m trying to dream up some sort of storage system that means I can see them and gaze at their beauty without them taking over the room and standing out too much. With shoes as pretty as they often are, it seems a shame to hide them away; they can be little works of art we parade on our feet. If I come up with said design, I’ll blog about it, but only once I’ve got a patent on it and sold the scheme for millions, obvs.
Of all the shoes in my collection, the one thing that has always eluded me is brogues. I’ve always had half an eye on them but wasn’t really sure if I was cool enough to pull it off, plus I have ridiculously skinny little legs and huge feet in comparison – I’m basically a female Sideshow Bob.
However, when Clarks contacted me and asked me to visit one of their stores to choose an item to review, I thought, “Right missy, it’s about time you and your oversized toots gave this a bash”.
So, off I toddled to Clarks in Lakeside to see what they had to offer.
First of all, before we do anything else, can we just take a moment to savour the design of their shop? I’m always wandering in and out of various High Street shops, but I never actually really look at what is around me – I’m too focussed on what they’re offering for sale. It’s only when I stopped to take some photos for this post that I realised how much I like their styling! The grid displays, the Chesterfield style chairs and finishing touches like the lamp and orange flowers – I would probably have overlooked all of these things usually, so I’m definitely going to be walking around with my eyes wide open in future.
Ok, now on to the shoes.
As planned, I got myself a pair of brogues, but opted for heeled ones as I thought I would get more wear out of them. I couldn’t decide between the black or brown, but decided that as they were a new style for me altogether, it was safer to go for black. They have a matt finish which I love (as it means they’re much easier to blend in with an outfit) and the stitched detailing you would expect from brogues.
Once home, I began trying them with a variation of outfits. If I’m honest (and I always am), I don’t yet feel comfortable enough to wear them with dresses or skirts, so have only worn them with black trousers for work, but I’m going to persevere and keep going until I put together an outfit that looks good with these and still feels like ‘me’. (It’s funny how what looks incredible on one person just doesn’t look right on another isn’t it?)
Bearing in mind these are new shoes, they caused no discomfort whatsoever and, I’ll be honest, as they’re fairly rigid in structure, I was expecting it!
I love my brogues and am glad I stepped (excuse the pun!) outside of my comfort zone. Now I just need to find the guts to wear them with a dress or skirt!
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