The Shoe Diaries

In light of the world’s largest shoe gallery opening in Selfridges, 35,000 square feet to be exact, I take a trip to the new department and I examine my personal shoe diaries for the last week.
With nearly 5,000 pairs of shoes to choose from, Selfridges has stolen the title of being the biggest shoe haven from Saks in NY and Galeries Lafayette in Paris to host the biggest shoe department in the world. Amazing. After getting slightly lost in heels, my mind drifts in to the haven that has been created there. I am surrounded by beautiful shoes, from Balenciaga, Louboutin and Kirkwood to Topshop and Geiger. There is a shoe to meet everyone’s desire and budget. Some aspired purchases include Camilla Skovgaard’s Dark Green Spear Sandal Bootie Plateau, £350 and the Balenciaga Diminutive Courts (a UK exclusive, Pierre Hardy is a genius), £1,750. After some serious shopping time and a new pair of KG’s, sadly could not afford all of the above so late on in September, I wind down in Aubaine, in the heart of the shoe department. Heart French food.

Paying homage to the deserved I must devote some time to Manolo and Louboutin. Stocking every shoe for every occasion both designers are at the height of fashion and the height of their success. It is a fact that if you ask any girl in the street what shoe they would like to own, a guaranteed answer would include a pair of Manolo’s, just like the ones in the SATC movie that sat alone in Carrie’s new walk in, or a pair of Louboutin’s. The red soles are signature for any budding fashionista. So, to elaborate on my shoe diary, (I must outline my shoe collection consists mainly of Kurt Geiger, KG and Carvela with the odd designer pair to compliment them) there are approximately 26 pairs of shoes that I like to rotate out of a possible 60 pairs that are boxed in several wardrobes. Styles consist of shoe boots, peep toes, sandals, ballet flats, pointed courts, Mary-Janes, knee-high boots, calf-length boots and ankle boots. All standard for a woman’s shoe collection. FYI: This is actually a really fun exercise, I listen to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs album as I go through every shoe and feel like a rock star (‘Gold Lion’, ‘Heads Will Roll’ were the rock’n’roll songs to be precise). I should outline that as well as heading out to cover parties, pinching a few words with celebs and writing about beauty/fashion/music/film, I work in a media job during the day. My prudent approach is to don ballet pumps or kitten heels, as at night I moonlight in the highest of heels …

Monday evening, comedy show, mauve Carvela Mary-Janes. Subtle hint of sophistication that meshed well with my Levis Curve jeans and Mint Velvet silk and wool grey jumper.

Tuesday evening, party in Brick Lane. Feel I need to add some cool to my tea dress, so I wear Kurt Geiger suede ankle boots.

Wednesday eve is a beauty launch. Fellow fashion and beauty journos attend as well as the leggy models. Height and style is very important thus I wear Dior green round toed stilettos, with studded detailing on heel. Brownie points for the heel detailing, receive many compliments despite the fact that they are not in season. They also worked well with my peach silk vest and skinnies.

Thursday night is gig night. Need that Brick Lane cool back; choose some Kurt Geiger leather platform ankle boots to go with blue mini, cream silk blouse and polka dot tights. Although they were cool, they did not prove to be a good idea for a gig that lasted two and a half hours, STANDING.

Friday night, cocktail hour with J, we headed to the Sanderson for some light-hearted mojitos. Chose plain black Louboutin’s that cater for every occasion with Anthopologie midnight blue cocktail dress. Understated elegance.

Saturday night, date night. I choose Stella McCartney bright green courts. I wanted to add some summer to my black mini dress, and a girl who wears colour is a girl with confidence. Am called for date number two, it was clearly the shoes …

My Favourite Pair of Shoes ….
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