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!
I don’t think this has ever happened before, but today I found myself dressed head to toe in one brand. Yes, I suddenly realised that my jumper, skirt, tights AND shoes were all bought at different times from (wait for it) Primark. Ooh the glamour!
I’m not sure whether to be proud that my entire outfit – including footwear – probably cost less than £50, or ashamed that I’ve been to Primark that many times. Either way, I quite like the look. As does my bank balance…
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!
Since I’ve never been very good at wearing black, and in the name of eclectic fashion, here I’ve teamed my French Maid Dress by J.W. Anderson for Topshop with bright pink floral tights from Primark. They make my legs look like economy sausages, but hey, they go with my pink hair (which I’ve styled into a fake mohican to counter the austere tailored dress and the smart cut of the coat).
Speaking of which, my snakeskin print trenchcoat is by Helene Berman by way of House Of Fraser, and my heels are Block Pumps by United Nude because my addiction for this shoe brand knows no bounds – other than never buying a pair at full price as they have great sales (don’t worry, you can thank me later).
So go on, clash that fash: out with the old and in with the bold!
Following on from my post last week on the launch of Lady Gaga’s Fame perfume at Macy’s NYC, I’m sure you’ve all been wondering what the inimitable Gaga wore to go with her climbing men United Nude platform shoes.
Well, wonder no longer, as here we have the lady herself dressed as the opera-singing offspring of Predator and a cockroach, conceived in a Stealth Bomber en route to planet Fifth Element. And if you think that’s confusing, check out these pics…
It will come as no surprise that this exceptional footwear was designed for one Lady Gaga, who is due to wear them today at her Fame Perfume launch at Macy’s in New York City. Let’s hope she delivers – she certainly did when she wore United Nude’s exceptionally crazy ‘Synesthesia’ heels, below, in Sydney last year.
We can’t help but think that the climbing man tattoo (also below), might be the perfect accessory… *gets Gaga on speed dial*
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…