I love a fugly shoe. I’m talking obnoxious colours. A shit-tonne of tassels. Fringing, everywhere. And embellishments that are so heavy, it’s an effort to lift your foot. The good news is there are a whole heap that tick those boxes for summer and I’ve done you the favour of rounding them all up in one easy shopping list. You can thank me later.
My favourite kind of weekend involves little more than moving from my bed to my sofa, with the help of Elle magazine, chips and guac and my laptop. This weekend however I had a bigger job ahead of me as Al and I decided it was time to attack the house and unpack those pesky boxes we haven’t looked at since moving in together a year ago.
It also meant delving into our wardrobes and ruthlessly throwing out any item we haven’t worn recently. Which reminded me of my trusty Topshop mum jeans which look all the better when paired with an oversize ASOS tee, floral kimono and Kurt Geiger leopard and glitter trainers. And a bright pink lip obviously.
I am a lover of a flat-soled shoe. This is for many reasons. One being that I have fairly unstable, Bambi-like ankles and am at constant risk of falling over. Add this to the fact that I am naturally clumsy and constantly trip over my own feet, and you could see why heels on an everyday basis could be an issue.
To keep my feet firmly on the ground I have three pairs of trusty black shoes that I like to use in rotation depending on the outfit, situation and weather.
My Clarks brogues are my fail safe. They go with anything, I can run for the train in them and they look smart but at the same time aren’t too plain. They also have the added bonus of a cushioned sole meaning they can be stomped around in for hours on end without being uncomfortable. Always a win.
Second up we have my delightful Bertie brogues. These are so beautiful to me but so fugly to others. They’re patent, buckled, and have a slight heel to them for when you want a bit of height but no pain. These are slightly dressier so are my go-tos when I need to up the ante.
Finally, we have my trusty Nine West slipper shoes. These are only allowed out the house when the weather is dry, as I’m scared they’ll soak up any moisture which will ruin their fine suede. The crest on the toe also makes them look quite regal. All I need is a smoking jacket and for you to call me Hugh.
I’m slightly afraid that my other flats – mainly my glittery ones, my KG glitter/leopard hybrid and my Converse – will feel neglected. My shoes are like my children, I love them all equally, it’s just they all have different skill sets. And that’s where I’ll leave it.
Do you have a trusty pair of flats?
I’ve been waiting for Al to get a check shirt that I could then borrow, for a long time now and it just hasn’t happened. So I got one for myself and I made sure it was as oversized as possible. What’s even better is that this one comes with pockets. I’ll never turn them down.
It’s a shirt that I’m having fun dressing up and down and generally seeing just what I can pair it with other than jeans. But we should always start with jeans.
With Jeans and My Boyfriend’s Jumper
For me this outfit felt like the obvious choice. An oversized maroon and navy shirt is super easy to pair with skinny blue jeans. It’s like peanut butter and toast, it just works. Then I decided why not throw one of Al’s cosy jumpers into the mix. I layered it up and then made sure that my collar was peaking out the top, my cuffs were rolled into the jumper and up to my wrists and that the ends were scruffily hanging out the bottom. I don’t like looking too neat.
I then finished with my sparkly, leopard-print trainers. Because, well, why wouldn’t I. I love them.
Shirt, Topshop. Jumper, Al’s. Jeans, Topshop. Trainers, Kurt Geiger. Watch, Michael Kors.
With a Leather Midi Skirt
There’s just something about wearing a big shirt buttoned up to the top and then tucked into a contrasting skirt. The mix of textures, the colours, even the fact that there is no skin on show, everything about this outfit rocks my world. It’s even better when the wind blows and catches both your hair and skirt, sweeping them upwards and outwards.
Shirt, Topshop. Skirt, Zara. Boots, River Island. Watch, Michael Kors.
With Checked Shorts
I like to clash my clothes, so I figured why stop at just one checked item when you can do two. Right. This look feels more relaxed with the buttons undone, one side tucked into the shorts and my trusty flat black brogues. It’s casual and could be worn at any time.
If you don’t have your own shirt, I recommend stealing from your boyfriend. That’s if he owns one, unlike mine. Or, you could get my Oversized Check Shirt from Topshop for £32.
Either way, I want to know how do you wear yours?
I broke my shopping ban and bought a skirt.
It’s not just any skirt, this is a Zara faux-leather midi skirt with soft pleats in a gorgeous oxblood colour. And it was all K.O Rasoi’s fault. Yes it was. She dangled this carrot in front of my face and I trotted straight towards it. Happily.
It’s a beaut of a skirt, and one that I know I can get a lot of wear out of. I have a soft spot for faux leather. To prove to myself that I needed this, I styled it in three different ways. A girl’s gotta know her CPW. That’s cost per wear by the way.
With All Black Lace…
First up, I wanted to check that I could pair this skirt with flats as well as heels. It felt only right to top the look off with a lot of lace, both with my jumper and tights. It’s slightly gothic, especially with a slick of deep plum lipstick.
Obviously I had to twirl. It just tends to happen when I wear a skirt like this.
Watch, Michael Kors
Watch, Michael Kors
With a Casual Rock Tee…
I know what you’re thinking, that I wear this tee far too often as it has featured in nearly all my blog pics recently but I just can’t help myself. It’s oversized (mainly because it used to be Al’s brothers and then his, and now mine), it’s made of the softest cotton and it sparkles. Case made your honour.
I feel like this outfit is definitely the most ‘me’ and one I’ll wear a lot. Probably because I’ve paired this outfit with my BRAND NEW GLITTER BOOTS. And glitter socks. Hell yeah, I went all out.
Watch, Michael Kors
Ahhhhhh, I’m in love. Although I am very aware that I need to make sure I don’t tuck too much extra material into the top of the skirt as I don’t want to look too hippy. Or 6 months pregnant. Which isn’t the case but due to my IBS does happen. What a way to end a post.
Picked up a new skirt? I want to know about it. How do you wear yours?
I’d follow the yellow brick road if these gold glittery babies were at the end of it.
Kurt Geiger, why do you always do this to me?
These Lavish Gold Glitter Slippers have my name written all over them in garish gold glitter.
Come to mamma.
OMG. These shoes are INSANE. I want them. No need them. Right now. On my feet. Now.
I actually can’t handle how incredible they look. Or get over the fact that not only are they covered in glitter they also have animal-printed toes. It’s a combination of my two absolute favourite things.
All my dreams have come true.
Thank you Kurt Geiger for gracing your website with these truly fugly but totally fabulous Lucca sneakers.
I owe you. Big time.
This definitely looks like a criminal lineup in my overgrown garden.
And to some extent, it is. You see, these boots are all guilty of the following crimes:
1. Being massively clunky, chunky boots
2. Wearing animal print well
3. Having a wedged heel
4. Being super obnoxious
5. Not caring who they stomp over
I’ve been organising my shoe collection now we’ve moved house and while stacking box upon box, I realised just how many pairs of wedged boots I actually own. It’s no secret that I am a wedge fan across all seasons, as I’m ridiculously clumsy and have Bambi-like ankles, but you can definitely say and see that I have a type.
I like my mine animal-printed, made in suede or pony skin and covered in heavy buckles, or even better, fringing.
One thing’s for sure they have to be bold, brash and completely garish, otherwise I’m just not interested.
The following shoes have been sentenced to a life sentence of being worn throughout winter.
From left to right:
Faith Sabrina boots in tan
Emma Cook for Topshop maroon fringed boots
Kurt Geiger Viper pony boots
These four are my go-to sandals. The shoes that will adorn my feet on any date night, girls night, family night and evening venture outside the comfort of my own home.
They all have a time and a place to be worn.
Let me walk you through the line up.
Black Strappy Wedges – River Island
These are the sexiest of the bunch by far. There’s no platform, just thin straps of leather that crisscross up the foot to the ankle. They are just perfection. Plus, they’re super comfy which is always a win. These wedges are whipped out when I want to sex up a look and dance the night away.
Grey Suede Wooden Heeled Wedges – Dune
Meet my every day wedges. These suede beauties are perfect for work when I want to make a bit more of an effort and wear heels. Again, they’re comfortable so can be worn when running for the train without making me fall arse over tit. I love how the grey suede covers my whole foot, apart from the peep toe, with a simple strap around the ankle before joining the contrasting wooden wedge heel.
Dark Brown Cut Out Wedges – Kurt Geiger
These bad-boys have been in my collection for years. I am a massive lover of Kurt Geiger shoes and would not like to confess to how many pairs I actually own. They are my complete weakness in life. The platform, dark brown leather and cut outs give these stompy and heavy wedges a tough edge when paired with a girly summer dress, that I can’t get enough of.
Tan Buckle Wedges –
I guess these look the most summer appropriate. The light tan, the big buckles, the thick straps, you can see why I was drawn to these. These are maybe the most versatile because they can be chucked on with absolutely anything. Jeans and a tee, done. Cute summer dress, sorted. Maxi dress, why not.
So that’s my wedge obsession out in the open. What shoes do you collect en masse?
I’m on a mission to find the perfect pair of flat, black ankle boots. I’ve been on this mission for bloody ages. Last year I was sure I would find a pair I like but nope, I ended up with heeled boots. This year, it’s going to be different.
My favourite shoe brand, Kurt Geiger, have created these Bambi boots.
And I think they’d be perfect.