Category Archives: Shoes

New Years Resolutions

Since yesterday bypassed as a blur of sitting in bed with friends all day, watching films, eating rubbish, nursing hangovers and having a sing along to Adele on the BBC (how amazing was that?), I have decided that today is actually New Years day, and therefore it’s time for some resolutions.

Every year I have the same New Years resolution, usually revolving around eating better and exercising more, but 2011 provided a few pretty big changes in my life, so I thought 2012 should have new ones.

 1. Blogging

I’ll be the first to admit that blogging fell by the side in 2011, so much has been going on that I thought I couldn’t find the time, when I was probably just being a bit lazy. So, whilst I’m not exactly a lady of leisure I will put more effort into getting posts up more often. Also, when I look back, I feel that 90579786 uni projects definitely had some negative impact on my writing, soz, promise that I’ll never sound like I’m writing a report EVER AGAIN!

2. Cycling

Right now I have a helmet, tools and guides, just not an actual bike yet. I was given bike money for Christmas (thought people stopped getting bikes for Christmas at about the age of 8, didn’t you?), however I’m taking my time to find a really good one at a fair price, oh yes, how sensible of me! By the summer I’m hoping I’ll be Elle Macpherson that day I saw her cycling around Notting Hill, probably not.

3. Higher heels

Over the years my heel wearing ability has become something to be ashamed of, going from working a 9 hour shift at Harrods in 6 inches when I was feeling it, to working at Poste Mistress barely lasting the day in anything other than flats. During the summer a few pairs of platform sandals found their way into my wardrobe, and by winter both pairs of my everyday boots featured high chunky heels. Since I now have a “proper” job, and I spend a lot of the day sitting, I’m hoping 2012 will be the year that I can aim higher with my heels.

4. Hair

My hair is finally getting to a good length and thickness since the last time I thought it would be a brilliant idea to get a sophisticated bob, but I’ve slipped back into the old style of polka straight hair with a blunt cut fringe which I’ve had since my indie kid college days. Whilst visiting my mum over Christmas I mentioned how much I love Pasty’s hair in Ab Fab (not just her hair, the woman is my idol), and she managed to whip mine into a perfect beehive within a few minutes, making my final resolution to take full advantage of my growing hair, if anybody can recommend some gorgeous but not too difficult styles, please do!

Hopefully these are resolutions I can actually stick to, and I’ll go into 2013 as a ridiculously high heel wearing, dutch bike riding, blogger with ever changing hairstyles, or something along those lines. I can dream right?

What resolutions has everybody else made? Broken them yet?


Ladylike Courts

Oh wowz, I appear to have come over all ladylike. Ok, maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but I’ve recently found my footwear interests turning to sensible height court shoes, as opposed to either flat loafers or skyscraper heels. I think it goes back to last weekend, when a mix of A LOT of cheap alcohol, an inviting looking stage and standard 6 inch platforms saw me nearly break my ankle several times in one night. This made me forgo mahoooosive heels for my graduation two days later in favour of 3 inch black courts, for fear of falling on my face on stage.

I have since dug out the courts I have purchased over the past year, and to be honest haven’t worn, to try and mix in with my AW wardrobe. Yes, they do look pretty cute paired with a fur coat and wool tights. Yes, they do make high waisted skinny jeans dressier when I’m going out from work. And yes, the chances of breaking my neck/ankle/dignity are significantly lowered. BUT, they’re really not that comfortable, the lack of cushioning and pointy toes manage to kill my feet off by the end of the day, which is  the main reason I avoided them in the past, and they don’t do any particlar wonders for the derriere either.

Will I still wear them despite the pain? Whilst I’m going through this little ladylike shoe phase, yes. Here are a few high street pairs I’ve been eyeing up…

Dotty Bow Court Topshop £60

Green Triangle Heel Court New Look £25

Dries Van Noten Look-a-likes-at-less-than-half-the-price Kurt Geiger £120

Plain Purple Suede Court Office £58

Black Glittery Court Dorothy Perkins £32


Ooopppss. I’ve not been very good with keeping up with blogging since my exams finished, things have been a little crazy, lots of catching up with friends, celebrating results (finished with a 2:1) and I got a new (degree related) job! All this time it seems to be getting wetter and wetter, and I’ve been dreaming more and more about bright high heels, because what’s life without amazing shoes?

This is how I discovered Casadei, the Italian brand that is over 50 years old, a sure sign of quality. They have created some amazing pieces this season, chunky heels, big platforms, sculpted wedges, and eye-catching pop colours.

Here are a few of my favourites:

Opening Ceremony Footwear SS11

I have been meaning to do this post since the Opening Ceremony Footwear SS11 collection dropped at work last week, but alas uni work has taken over again. The new collection features gorgeous feminine styles, including lace and T-bars, on stocky heels and big platforms, which I sincerley recommend wearing with a midi or a maxi to keep your outfit looking edgy. In addition to this they have updated their AW10 clog boot with summer friendly colours and brought out some stunning wedges, however I am struggling to find pictures of them. Part of the collection is available from Poste Mistress in Covent Garden now.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design (mini edition)

As a follow up to their 2007 book New Shoes: Contemporary Footwear Design, Sue Huey and Rebecca Proctor are set to release a mini edition in April 2011. The new book will feature a new generation of exciting and innovative contemporary footwear designers from across the globe, and if the names in the last book are anything to go by, these ladies know what they’re talking about.

Long Boots

Now although they have been back in fashion for some time, long boots have never really captured my heart. This is partly due to my muscular calves, which don’t leave me with many styles to choose from, and partly down to the Pretty Woman connotation that I can never seem to forget.

However, about a month ago, after seeing them looking gorgeous on customers at work, I tried on Acne’s Knee Length Pistol Boot. They fitted like a glove, looked absolutely gorgeous and I fell in love.

Since then have I started looking around at more styles that are on offer this season, and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. Now although I could only dream of wearing most of these, due to my calf dilemma, but I just had to share them!

Firstly, of course, the Acne Pistol Boot, which I still do not own:

These beauties from Billi Bi, I have the ankle version and I love them:

Next, the most practical, Folk’s Antoine boot:

The warm, on-trend pair, from ASOS:

Swedish Hasbeens Knee-high clog boot looks pretty tasty on too:

Topshop’s gorgeous Panther Boot:

And finally, for that true British weather, Hunter’s Regent:

Rae Jones

If somebody knows about stylish shoes, it’s Rachel Jones, who established a career as very successful shoe trend specialist for many years, before turning her talents to designing. Every piece in her footwear line, Rae Jones, is everything you need in a pair of shoes, distintive, durable, wearable and above all, absolutely beautiful. Made from high grade Italian leathers; mixing wine, navy and beige colours, and inspired by inconic 1940’s shoe designers Beth and Herbert Levine, they are possibly the most unique shoes on the market today.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Selfridges Shoe Stories

By now you would have probably heard of Selfridges Shoe Galleries, which will have over 55,000 pairs in stock at one time and 4,000 pairs on display from 150 different brands, including Exclusive to Selfridges shoes. If you haven’t then make sure you have circled the 16th September in your calendar, as this is the grand opening!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Selfridges want to hear your Shoe Stories, and in return you can win a years supply of shoes. One winner will be selected by the Judges, each Friday for 15 weeks, from the 6th August to the 12th November 2010, so you still have plenty of chances to win. And even if you don’t win, the stories are still lovely and funny to read, the pictures along side them to die for and there is something comforting about knowing that you’re not alone in your shoe addiction.

The Original Car Shoe

I never thought that something called a Car Shoe would ever appeal to me, especially since my foot hasn’t touched an accelerator since I moved to London, but when I came across Italian brand the Original Car Shoe my heart skipped a beat. I do love a good loafer with the right outfit and they have so many styles, colours and materials you won’t struggle to find one that suits you. On top of this they are allegedly super comfortable, perfect for pounding the pavement on long shopping trips or tackling busy tube escalators, in fact they are so lovely it would just be rude to hide them in your car.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Kate Kanzier

I recently discovered London based footwear and accessories brand Kate Kanzier, which began in 2001, and their shoes are to die for! I am a bit of a fan of boys shoes; loafers, brogues etc, and this is exactly what they specialise in, with each style of shoe coming in a variety of designs and colours. Whether it’s classic black you like, a more shocking patent red or pastel cut-out patchwork, there will be something to suit your style. Also, although the shoes are new, they give off the unmistakable feel of good quality vintage, and at around £30 a pair it’d be rude not to get some!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites: