Rainbow Bright

Some people welcome a dry day as the perfect opportunity to go for a long country walk or hang the washing outside on the line.

Personally, I love it when it’s not raining because it means I can dip into my suede shoe collection – much neglected over the past few months for obvious meteorological reasons – and pull out little gems like these Irregular Choice beauties.

These shoes may be (loved and worn) orange with an accompanying array of multi-coloured stripes, but for me it’s the purple edging and reflective gold heel that, as the fashionistas like to say, really makes this pair pop. And I do like poppage, I like poppage very much indeed.

So bring on the Spring, because I have a huge suede shoe selection just waiting to be revived. It’s like a whole fresh wardrobe of fashion expression. In fact, I advise you to dig your sunglasses out now in preparation, as the brightness of my Spring-Summer footwear may well sting your hitherto wintery eyes. You have been warned!

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New Blue

If I’ve been quiet on the school-run shoes front recently it’s not because I’ve fractured a toe again and had to resort to flats, rather it’s because the persistent rain (it’s been wet weather, like, pretty much a year now) has limited me to my wellies, waterproof DC trainers (sneakers) or gold Kurt Geiger boots – with only a few sunny heels days thrown in for good measure.

But finally today was one of those rare sunny days here in the UK – at least ’til sunset (yes, it’s raining again now) – so here I am wearing my United Nude colour block wedge Delta shoe-boots (or something) with a pair of black skinny jeans from Next.

This reminds me: if you haven’t yet invested in a pair of Next’s Lift, Slim and Shape jeans I suggest you do – if you can get hold of them, that is, as only the black skinnies ever seem to be in stock as they’re seemingly less popular (I’ve been after a blue pair for months). The jeans also come in Bootcut and Slim styles in both blue and black.

Anyway, being a colour block fiend, when I first saw these crazy Delta shoes online I just had to had them. And so I waited until the sales – no, not the United Nude 30% off sales, but the End Of Season ‘you will never see them this cheap again, up to 70% off’ kinda sales. Not that they were cheap, per se, since they’re United Nudes, but they certainly weren’t the original £310 (I know – can you imagine?!), so really I saved money. Well that’s how I justified my £93 anyway…

These Deltas are heavier than I’d anticipated, and since I’m good at high heels, believe it or not they’re trickier to walk in than I’d expected (mainly because the inner sole is so hard under your feet), but thankfully the chunky platforms balance out any potential ball-of-the-foot high heel related discomfort. And they look fab. Right?!

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United Nude Block Pumps

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I bought these patent charcoal Block Pump United Nudes thinking they’d be versatile: good for rainy school-run days when you need to look smart (when wellies just won’t do), and also when even elegant boots don’t go with what you’re wearing.

I tried the Block Pump out with this outfit, and I liked how they slightly jarred because of the awkward heel. It made me think that they’d make any plain outfit unusual. A good subversive shoe for the office, perhaps?

The charcoal colour of the shoe also softens the severity of a black dress, and the patent shine which emphasises the charcoal makes this footwear really quite beautiful – albeit in an attractive off-kilter way. Quirky!


United Neon

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These are far brighter than my iPhone allows, despite the fact they’ve got a little grubby over the years (if anyone knows how to clean fabric shoes, please let me know). However, they are one of the pairs of shoes I own which get the most comments.
I don’t know if it’s because they’re multi-coloured, because they manage to be multi-coloured and smart, or if it’s just because they’re frankly awesome. I favour the latter two…


Starman

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I love these Irregular Choice boots because they’re a great style (crazy cowboy vs rocket riding boots, anyone?!), an unusual combination of colours, and are nice and wide – meaning they’re also very comfortable. But mainly I love them because they’re totally bonkers (that means ‘insane’, for all you Americans out there)!
Let’s just deconstruct these crazy blue boots together for a moment: they have a gorgeous gold band around the top, the toe is ‘m’ shaped (apparently the devil wears Irregular Choice rather than Prada), there are gold stars indented here and there, and the soles are also gold.
But best of all, the boots show a yellow sketch of a boy wearing a striped T-shirt, and a space helmet with a helicopter propeller stuck to it. And yes, he is indeed flying off through the stars with a big exuberant whoooooosh, and a very happy smile on his face.

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I think perhaps it’s because he’s listening to David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust album – Starman, perhaps – as there are expressively drawn airwaves coming out of his lovely little ears. In fact, he could even be a young Ziggy, jetting off for a play-date with his pals – the equally small Spiders From Mars. I like that idea…
It’s not often that footwear inspires a musical story about space – or any other story for that matter! Therefore I now pronounce these Irregular Choice brand boots very special boots indeed. I hope you all agree!


Leopardprint Love

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Friday’s school-run shoes are simply outstanding – to my mind at least!
Dizzily high platform heels with leopard-print, furry ponyskin (or some such), they’re made by Deena & Ozzy and were bought in the Urban Outfitters pre-Christmas sale. For me it was love at first sight.
Surprisingly, despite their height, they are both comfortable and easy to walk in, presumably because of the chunky rather than stiletto heel, and of course the luxurious cushiness of the platforms. Which makes them the most perfect, fantastically funky footwear for the school-run. Who’d’a thunk it, eh?!


Khaki Nikes

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Today’s school-run shoes are these khaki Nike trainers (UK speak for sneakers). Trimmed in various shades of green, they’re higher than high-tops (does this make them top- tops?!) and lined with lovely warm faux sheepskin.
They are utterly unflattering and make my legs look like stumpy tree-trunks (and I’m 5’9″!), but they’re also cosy and comfortable and I always get very positive comments about them. Plus I think they have their own muted kind of beauty…
These Nikes might be lace-up, but they come with a super-handy zip at the side, which is infinitely preferable to endless threading and lacing first thing in the morning and last thing at night!
The trainers came with additional matching removable military-type straps (you can see the loop-hole for these at the heel), which I took off one day and now can’t find: Grrr… Just as well they’re still perfectly functional without them!