Originally from Finland, Sandra Hagelstam has become a London fashionista. For Sandra fashion isn’t just about what’s trendy – it’s a way of life. On her high-fashion blog 5 Inch and Up, Sandra talks about her love of stilettos, designer handbags, and jewellery.
It’s in shock and disbelieve that I am endorsing sneakers here on 5 inch and up! But what can you do, the unknown excites me and like a 5 year old, I’ll continue wanting what I ‘can’t’ have.
The ‘dad sneaker’ has been forcing it’s way into almost every designers collection, sneaking in to our otherwise tailored wardrobe. Over the years, I said no to the Stan Smiths, the New balance the Nike’s and the chunky Balenciaga’s, but I wasn't able to say no to the Louis Vuitton one. ‘There is a little bit of a heel’ were words enough to have me hand over my credit card.
This is a shoe that grows on you, so bare with me. A shoe that is retro yet futuristic and that does not look like a dirty gym shoe that someone found deformed in the back of a closet (I’m looking at you Balenciaga). You may love it or hate it, but you must admit the Archlight’s shape is interesting and nothing like you’ve seen before. The updated 80’s accidental favourite will perfectly throw off your neatly styled spring suit and casually remove all the ‘over’ from your ‘overdressed’ ensembles. Wear them with white shirts, dresses, blazers and trench coats, just stay away from the hoodies and baggy jeans. These shoes are here to replace your heels, not your sneakers… if that makes sense.
Of course, these shoes are as comfortable as they look, I believe it would actually take extra work to make them uncomfortable. They might feel a bit ‘bulky’ and have you walk like a duck for the first few days but at least you are able to walk (unlike with many of the perviously reviewed shoes).
While these are the most expensive sneakers I’ve ever bought they do live up to the hype. The shape is unique and you’ll know that these are no average kicks. The chunky rubber sole is likely to starch easily so fight the burning urge to overtake people (although you’ll discover the wonderful world of speed walking)
Runs true to size, so don’t go experimenting size-wise. These are meant for walking so don’t make the coziest shoe in fashion history uncomfortable but taking a size too small. Going big, you’ll be tripping over your own steps so I don’t know what worse.
$1,090 in NYC, February 2018. The ‘Archlight’ comes in eight from colour combinations, from silver to LV monogrammed, and a all black version was released exclusively for NYC.
Haters, do yourself a favour and jump teams, because this is a shoe that you will be seeing everywhere this summer. From Balenciaga to Stella McCartney, there is more or less a chunky sneaker in every designer collection. Let’s celebrate the ones that do this trend well and the trend that is challenging the tradition on women in uncomfortable shoes. Surely, not a shoe for everyone and definitely not a pair that will ‘elongate your legs and accentuate your female figure’ but for the fashion girl that prefers a dad sneaker over a sugar daddy, get yourself a pair before they sell out.
‘Which are a few of your favourite things?’ is what Christian Louboutin could have asked me before coming out with the seductive scent; ‘Trouble in heaven’. I imagine him standing in front of a big pot, throwing in sex appeal, stiletto heels, red nails, oriental amber, sarcasm and all things mysterious - and giving it a good stir. ‘Trouble in heaven’ is accompanied by ‘Tornade Blonde’ and ‘Bikini Questa Sera’ but these are stories for an another time or for other troublemaking vixens.
To pull on the heartstrings of another added sense, behold the pumps that I can proudly call my highest to date. Simply elegant but oh so delicious, purple satin stilettos, but don’t let that darling rounded toe fool you, these aren't causing trouble in your heaven for nothing.
Christian Louboutin custom made shoes | Christian Louboutin 'Trouble in Heaven' perfume in 30ml | My Beachy Side dress | Saint Laurent bangle
"I wanted to celebrate woman and her desires. I wanted these fragrances to enhance an aspect of her personality, or perhaps reveal something about her that no one knew before, maybe not even her, tell a secret, a story. In a way creating these fragrances is like being a film director, some directors want to control the acting process. Others want to reveal the power of character and personality. This is what I try to evoke with shoes and now with the alchemy of fragrance. I want to give women the means to express themselves and to delight in their femininity."
- Christian Louboutin.
It’s January, the optimist in me is thriving and filled with hope and excitement. After a very emotionally tough few months (… make that a year) I am finally seeing light in the end of the tunnel and looking forward to the new year that is finally here.
My enlightenment might be fuelled by a long holiday break which has given me the energy and strength to return to London more optimistic than ever. Never have the ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra hit harder than right at this very moment! Equipped with a long list of new plans and ideas, many of them regarding this blog and what I would like to do more of in 2018. Don’t worry, there will definitely still be a strong shoe focus, but I will be going a bit deeper into the beauty and skincare sector, revealing a bit more about the routine that comes before achieving perfect skin and a flawless make-up look.
The truth is my skin is currently in the best state it’s ever been, which is an achievement to say the least, after a cold and dry winter (that still is not over btw…). So what do I have to thank for my skin’s current state? Last year my resolution was to be kinder to myself, which I can proudly say that I, well at least partially, followed through. There was significantly less nights that I fell a sleep with my make-up on and a big increase in the times where I would find satisfaction in applying masks and play around with serums & skin boosters. Keeping up a healthy, carefree skincare routine is likely what I have to thank for having my best skin to date. Discovering that my oily skin needed more moisture or that facial oil is what keeps the blemishes at bay, let’s just say 2017 has been a learning curve on the skin front. Seeing visible results has been so rewarding, that I’ve gone from an advocate to the biggest fan when it comes Lumene’s products.
Working with Lumene over the last few years, has meant I’ve been among the firsts to test and trial the new product ranges. From the game changer, Invisible Illumination, to the Vitamin C enriched ‘Valo’ range, my skin routine now consists of a carefully selected (tried and tested) variety of Lumene’s products that is all built on Nordic ingredients. I am excited to announce that the products are finally available to my UK based readers! Feel Unique now stocks a wide selection the skincare ranges, so here is a post of my most loved products that I use daily.
INVISIBLE ILLUMINATION - THIS WAS A RANGE THAT RESET MY CONTOURING HABITS AND GREW TO BECOME A SIGNATURE RANGE OF LUMENE.
The liquid formulas of the water based serums are both lightweight and really blendable. You’ll end up with that natural, dewy ‘no-make-up look’ that both works on its own or as a base.
The Instant Glow Serum acts like a very sheer foundation, that I often use on my make-up free days, but the must haves from the collection is the bronzer, blush (that comes in two shades) and the illuminizer (available in three shades). The ‘Shimmering Dusk’ illuminizer also works wonderfully as a primer.
BUILT ON ARCTIC SPRING WATER, THE ‘LAHDE’ RANGE IS EFFECTIVELY MOISTURISING AND THE RANGE THAT HAS BEEN BEST FOR MY SKIN.
Lumene ‘Lahde’ Pure Arctic Miracle 3-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water
My previous use of cleansing waters has been mostly to treat problem areas, like the blemish-prone t-zone, but discovering the effect of this micellar water has been impressive. Designed to neutralise the skin, this is a product that is guaranteed to work on all skin types. I use it after my face wash, to wipe away any left traces of makeup and to soften the skin.
Lumene ‘Lahde’ Hydration Recovery Aerating Gel Mask
Hands down my favourite mask to date. Super hydrating and leaves the skin dewy and even in texture. Use a generous amount and leave it on for as long as possible, on the days that I am away from my boyfriend, I sleep in this mask! My pro tip is to store this in the fridge and use it chilled on hangover days. I don’t know how, but works wonders even on breakouts.
Lumene ‘Lahde’ Hydration rescue balm
From the three moisturisers in this range, it came as a big surprise that the balm, which is naturally heavier than the other moisturisers, has been the best for my oily skin. Don’t be put off by the heavy texture, it works wonderfully even under make up. I use it religiously both morning and evening.
Lumene ‘Lahde’ Arctic spring Water Enriched Facial Mist
After my moisturiser sets in, I spray a few pumps of the mist. This is also a product that I use over my make-up and throughout the day as a refresher. The organic birch sap gives the skins moisture level an instantly boost so it’s a saviour in both the dry winter as well as hot summer. I also occasionally use the mist from the ‘Valo’ range.
RANGES ‘VALO’ AND ‘SISU’ ARE THE BEST SCENTED RANGES OF LUMENE, SET TO BRIGHTEN AND PROTECT.
Lumene ‘Valo’ Glow boost Vitamin C Essence As I tested the ‘Valo’ range throughout the last summer, the product that stood out as the hero, was the Vitamin C serum. This little miracle in a bottle brightens up the skin with two types of hyaluronic acids, Vitamin C and cloudberry extract, I use it twice daily under my moisturiser. Smells wonderful and I have yet to meet someone who’s not impressed. Read the reviews if you don’t believe me.
Lumene ‘Valo’ Bright Eyes All-In-One treatment
Not forgetting the eyes (although I admit I often do...), the Vitamin C also works wonders on tired eyes, dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles. Packed with all the effective goodness, and is especially great for being fragrance-free and kind to sensitive eyes.
Lumene ‘Sisu’ Recover & Protect Facial Oil
Out of all Lumene products, the best smelling ones are from the ‘Sisu’ range. Like a foggy forrest on a summer morning. I use the oil when my skin feels dry, especially on colder days in London. The blend of Nordic berry seed oils is set to protect your skin against harmful external elements like weather and pollution, so the ideal product for city life.
You know it, I know it. There is a glittery elephant in the room when it comes to my holy ‘Shoe of the month’ category, that shamefully has not gotten the attention it deserves! I am of course talking about the Saint (correctly titled) Laurent sparkling, Diamond (well actually Swarovski crystal-embellished) boots that stopped traffic (read: jammed Insta, the 2017 version of causing a physical traffic jam) when they made their way down the runway in Paris last February. “A cult shoe was born!” is what I remember the press raving.
The boots that more or less inspired the KiraKira+ app has been featured and adorned, but only by the very selected and industry insiders alike. See the crystal-embellished boots landed online with a hefty price tag of £6,855, so with a heavy heart, I had to start looking for some realistic, wearable alternatives. Although it sounds like I was shopping for the baby of average-Joe and plain-Jane, I knew Saint Laurent was not going to leave us dry. The boots started dropping in more version that I could hope for, actually more version I wanted to hope for, as they now come in leather, suede, in everything from otk-boots long enough to have me skip pants, to pumps that cut so low, you’ll have all your toes practically pouring out.
The cone heel has been well received. It is comfortable, practical and somewhat timeless, however, it is nevertheless controversial. Think the heel looks familiar? You are right. The pointy toe, cone heeled boot is a signature style to Isabel Marant, and all versions of the ‘Niki’ are annoyingly similar. I think I am only scraping the surface when I say that we can spot the ‘inspiration’ here, but then again the cone heel dates back to the 1980’s and can’t really be owned by anyone, right? I will let you be the judge…
I would state these as pretty kind on the feet. The foot part is comfortable to walk in, you’ll feel it first on the ball of your feet because of the high heel and lack of platform. The boots can be worn either pulled up or scrunched down, in the latter you might find that they are a bit bulky to walk in… That is if you, like me, are lacking a modest 50cm of hight compared to the runway models.
The glossed leather is so delicious. Shiny, but not patent. Structured, but not hard and very forgiving when it comes to scratches. The boots have been travelling with me back and forth since the fall, both worn and stuffed in a suitcase - still looks like I just unwrapped them.
Runs a little on the small on size, so I would say go up half a size. I bought mine in a full size up, simply because they were selling out quicker than my shopping habits could keep up with. These being boots, go rather too big than too small. It is December after all.
£1200 at Net-a-Porter, September 2017. The ‘Niki’ comes in variations from otk-boots to pumps, in leather and suede. Shop the collection below.
There is a reason why I crowned these not only ‘Shoe of the Month’, but ‘Shoe of the Year’! Certainly living up to their reputation, I remember feeling a bit like Batman when I first stood up in these. The versatility of wear (there is nothing in my wardrobe that would not go with these) is guaranteed to suit and spice up even the most basic denim wearer and you’ll see people’s heads turning in slow motion. YOU NEED THESE BOOTS. Although there is a delicious tan version (and even a Rambo take of that), you’ll make the biggest impact in black. Make it the otk-version, or at least the knee-length one because the wrinkled leather is 90% of the fun. Think of it as the sexy, fashion version of a rolled down wool sock (if you must) and thank me later!
Me and my boots are wishing you a Happy New Year! May 2018 bring us happiness and more shoes!
It mysteriously read ‘Reserved’ on posters, busses and taxis throughout the summer in London. Reserved for what I thought, until I came across a majestic, attention demanding store window, equipped with flashing lights and sirens (ok maybe not sirens but it truly felt so) that practically took over Oxford Street.
Something big was happening in the former BHS space and that something involved Kate Moss. While she invitingly stared at me in a pair of vinyl trousers from a B&W photograph, I needed to know more. I though I knew Oxford street like the back of my hand.
Fast forward a few weeks, I boarded a private jet (there is nothing humble about this brag) that took me somewhere I’ve never been before, Poland to be exact. We embarked on a trip with Reserved, which I by now knew was Eastern Europe’s answer to Zara/Topshop/H&M. On the taxi ride from the airport we spotted four Reserved stores, so I was starting to grasp ‘the size of the deal’ here. Upon introduction, I learned that the company is family business since 1989. Not built on strategic marketing analysis, but a family that turned an opportunity into a business back when the country was living on food stamps, impressive right?
The retailer who has now made it to London, already counts Kate Moss, Jordan Dunn and Adwoa Aboah (aka. model of he year!) as their campaign faces, so jumping into explore further was a no brainer for me. What stood out for me was the Re.Design collection. Something young, fresh and definitely nothing like you’ll see on the average high-street. Streetwear meets catwalk meets 80’s influences, so brace yourself for some hard-hitting hiphop throwbacks and electric padded puffer jackets. The collection also evidently works for the one who enjoys oversized denim and high-wasted leather trousers, as long as they can be paired down with a wide sleeved, white shirt and a mannish coat… Aaand it was at this moment when I realised I styled this youth injected collection like a real 30 year old. Looks like I took the concept of a 80’s influence(r) a bit too literally.
“With online shopping, you miss out on the store experience so firms should work on making the whole experience - browsing to opening the box -worthwhile.”
This is me quoting myself being quoted in a recent Evening Standard article about the online luxury retail experience. The piece made me realise that almost all of my shopping is done through the web nowadays, weather that is a semi unconscious drifting off while I should be working or a one-click-buy order on my phone in the back of an Uber. I find it a chore to drag myself to a store, where I have to fight the crowds just to realise that the item I was looking for is not stocked, sold out or my worst one so far: Available, but not able to be sold due to a weekly limit that the store decided on. Nightmare of a real 3rd world country citizen.
The competition is fierce, for the attention of online shoppers and our requirements even higher. Competitive prices and quick delivery just isn't enough anymore. I have a full cart in most online stores, unable to pull the trigger because I’m overwhelmed with choice, mixed with the feel of uncertainty and guilt.
I took a day off when the big seasonal sales started, which was enough of an alarm to go off in my head. It should not be this hard. So, when a new concept is bold enough to take a stab at the saturated online luxury market, I am listening. CarréCouture was launched to wheel things in for you, to remove the need of opening another new tab on your browser and to make sure no regret buys are being made, may that be sale season or not. I’ve teamed up with the French multibrand retailer in hopes of introducing you to a new way of shopping. A curated, less is more approach.
Think of it as your fashion art gallery. The store focuses on helping their clients manage their wardrobe, rather than just selling individual products. The help on hand is personalised with everything from curation that promises an easy to wear capsule wardrobe to not just only the unboxing at home, but with the ongoing styling advice, all included in the purchase price.
Talk about making the whole experience worthwhile.
My jewellery habit works in somewhat of a cycle. I go from a shy curiosity to slowly building up an interest, that then quickly works its way into an addictive knack. Soon I find myself reserving time in my morning routine to pile on the bling, and I vividly start planning new ear piercings as I get lost in the world of Pinterest. I’ve been a ‘all or nothing’ type on this front for as long as I can remember. Until recently.
I’m growing into understanding the finesse on dainty, delicate jewellery. It’s what I’m continuously in the search for and what I’ve put on top of the Christmas wish-list. I hope the wish of ‘tiny diamonds’ have not been permanently tattooed to my boyfriend’s brain, but for now, and for everyday, the layering of delicate diamonds is what I prefer. They might be the last thing you slip on before walking out the door, or even something that grows to become a part of you, but those tiny details make all the difference. I present to you a black suit. Take off the jewellery and I’m practically just a mannequin in your digital window. The details is what tells the story, what pulls the viewer in, I’m going to call it the magic magnet, because hey, you are still reading this, right?
Diamond specialist Messika is someone that not only master the art of layering diamonds, but knows how to present their best feature - movement. To get the most out of the precious stones, subtle motion is required, which is why Messika celebrates 10 successful years of their signature Move collection. The feature stones that sit inside the diamond pave follows your movements, adding an extra point of interest to these delicate pieces. The anniversary also brought a new face into Maison Messika, as supermodel Gigi Hadid was pointed as the new muse of the French jeweler.
As Gigi was the name on everyone’s lips, it became something to have at your fingertips. Gigi launched her own take on the Move collection, subtly updating the halo to a safety pin and so yet another iconic collection was born. The Move Addiction range that literally has Gigi written all over it, brings punk accents to the delicate collection and is available in versions to suit everyone from the graceful minimalist to the bold diamond collector.
As one still learns to fathom the evolving accessory game, nothing eases the Christmas celebrations like confidence and a set mind. This season is all about being everywhere and doing everything so keep your head in place, focus girl and aim to move as gracefully as those diamonds of your minimal armour.
Messika ‘Move’ jewellery | Isabel Marant jacket | Joseph trousers
To say this year has been a tough one is an understatement, which is why I started frantically planning a holiday when I realised that the heavy load that comes with Christmas was practically already knocking. I was going to need some serious, professional unwinding and hardcore relaxing to be able to finish this year. Deep breaths, we are almost there.
At the top of my bucket list sat Maldives and so we embarked on our first trip to the famous paradise islands. To the beautiful Falhumaafushi island on the Gaafu Alifu atoll to be exact, where the private island of The Residence can be found. The wow effect kicked in as soon as we took off with a small plane towards our final destination, after the direct London-Male stretch. To see the turquoise waters and sandy atolls from above is an experience in itself, so make sure to request yourself a window seat! Upon arrival to The Residence my first reaction was that those Instagram images you’ve seen, does not lie. The glittery, crystal clear waters is really that colour and the beaches untouched like we were the first to discover the land. The private island experience is what made this a trip like no other. The feel of being undisturbed but at the same time well looked after, really emphasised the luxury feel, as errands like restaurant and spa bookings were made by our own butler.
The water villa
Stretching out from the white sands, were the famous jetties with their amazing water villas. Built with straw rooftops, these are surely a Maldives signature but something I promise you’ll never grow tired off. The villas are located on two sides of the island, so you can request either a sunset or sunrise view. We stayed at a sunset villa which also meant we had direct access to the best part of the coral reef, in other words sea turtles at our doorstep.
The modern rooms were airy and spacious, with a private terrace and direct access to the sea. A luxury in my opinion, however should you wish for even more privacy, the beach villas might be a bit more up your stream as well as the safe alternative for families with kids. Getting around was part of the fun, bikes were provided to move through the barefoot friendly and immaculately maintained, sandy jungle paths.
The untouched sea life
The promise of an untouched sea life was how I lured my boyfriend away from his busy work schedule, an expectation that did not disappoint. Sights of turtles on every swim and for those who want to go further, The Residence has their own diving centre where everyone from rookies (me) to experienced divers (my boyfriend) can get a chance to experience the Maldives from underneath. What came as the biggest surprise was that I was able to kick my fear of sharks, as we swam together, unbothered by each other (!) I still don’t know how this came about but I’ll tell you - there is a eerie calmness when you dive into these waters, that quite literally sucks you into a whole new world. Mesmerising, to say the least.
The hotel has three main restaurants, of which the Falhumaa is for those who want to experience the finer side of Maldivian cuisine. The staff greets you will a rose water hand wash and gifts you with a local spice mix after your meal, so make sure to visit the water front restaurant either for dinner or afternoon tea. As the Dining Room on the beach serves breakfast and buffer dinner every night, we ended up spending most of out time at the and a Beach Bar (this is also where you find the best drinks). However, I must admit that the top experience was dinging under the starts at the weekly beach barbecue. A must try is the ‘seafood hotpot’ experience that includes paper aprons and excludes all cutlery!
The Spa by Clarins
My personal highlight was the Spa by Clarins, where I had hands down one of the best massages ever (a 90 min honey oil, deep tissue treatment to be exact) so good, I had it twice. The risk in a place like this is to somewhat ‘lay down and do nothing’ for a full week, although that I fully allowed (even encouraged) what gave a little structure to my days were the sunrise and sunset yoga sessions. Dolphin joined our morning sessions (I’m not even kidding) and to salute the day to that pink sky, I’m talking zen on a whole nother level.
Overall, a week of full relaxation - achieved. I’ve never felt such calm or seen such natural beauty, something that is rare nowadays. To be far away from home but yet experience such safeness and invulnerability that even sharks come across as adorable, marks our trip priceless.
Are you in a December dress dilemma? If not, then I really want to hear from you. I don’t think there is anyone that has a closet full of designer evening dresses clearly marked for each occasion, organised by colour, style, season and let’s not forget - weather. Actually I did once see an unbelievable interview of Anna Della Russo and her colour-coordinated wardrobe, calling her collection a fashion library… Never felt so inspired.
While I wait for my dad’s punctual genes to kick in, I continue to live somewhat spontaneously, which in theory means I get dressed 10 minutes after the Uber has arrived. Not much thought goes into which party dress I pull out, it’s simply lead by a gut feeling and influenced by the latest Instagram picture I’ve screenshotted.
One can learn, 30 years on, that a little planning goes a long way. “Failing to plan is like planning to fail” were the words of my design teacher at Uni (shot out to Angela), which still echo in my head every Monday or so, but I do admit she had a point. I think we all could use a little bit of Angela and Anna Della Russo in out lives, especially at this time a year, when we expect full performance from out party-wear.
I’ve spent enough hours at Selfridges to know that they work very hard to keep us satisfied with the selection. Two weeks left of the year, the best parties are approaching, in other words, I have zero time, tolerance or patience for dresses that do not blow my mind (call me picky, but it’s actually more of a lifesaving refined eye that just barely keeps my doorways clear). High standards, a zero bullshit tolerance and a newly found strive for comfort (kicks in when turning 30), led me on to finding theperfectparty dress.
There is nothing quite like an Alexander McQueen dress, I’m technically wrapped in a knit with inbuilt nylons and I’ve never felt sexier. The dress squeezes where needed but gracefully sways when in motion. It’s the type of dress that has people do a double take - is it a knit or a cocktail dress? A jumper dress or a gown? It’s everything, and I am extremely fine with that.
The mentality of ‘you get out what you put in’ works especially well when we require our clothing to do more than just look good for a two hour cocktail appearance. So on to you to discover which designer dresses will pleasantly surprise you. Satisfaction guaranteed.
It was in 1992, when young shoe entrepreneur Daniel Rubin opened a little accessory concession in an Oxford street store, unaware that he just embarked on a journey to shape the British high-street. Much like Mr. Ruben, I too (ambitious, I know, to compare myself to the founder of Dune London, but bare with me) can claim that the opportunities of Oxford street led me to a career. Upon somewhat spontaneously accepting a position to study in London 2009, my style revolutionised when I discovered the British high-street. ‘Revolutionised’ is putting it lightly, imagine this dream scenario: A 20-year old shopping addicted foreigner in a University located right in the middle of Oxford street. Add on a design degree which practically meant shopping was classed as research and often done during class hours. Safe to say a lot of time was spent on the holy shopping street in London, and I can still to date list all stores in right order, not to mention I keep myself up to date on who stocks what. An old chronic Uni habit that I don’t mid the slightest.
Ask me to talk about shoes and you can guarantee that this is a never ending post. I could have styled 25 pairs, but narrowed it down to four not to completely lose myself in my own styling advice.
Let’s start with a pair that I am expecting all of you to have in your closet by now. If not, you know where to find it. Comfortable and cute, this pair is practically a cosy stocking that stays up without suspenders. We’ve seen (read: I own) hundreds of versions of the sock boot lately, it is quite frankly how to wear tights in 2017. The secret is to opt for a fabric for once, you are going to want the snug fit and the soft feel. The leather over-knee is a whole different story and quite a aggressive look if you are going to pair it with a leather mini…
White shoes have been in the spotlight for a while, but it’s still IMO not the easiest shoe to style. Approach this more with a granny-chic feel (not what I did today, but I am in the ballpark with my mom-jeans) and keep in mind key words like blazers, browns, denim and mid-skirts. Not the most obvious winter shoe, but definitely a style that you’ll cherish long into 2018. An idiot-proof tip-off is to type ‘white boots’ into the Google image search, I swear you will not be disappointed.
Meet the unexpected wow-shoe, the one you were unsure if you needed, but ask yourself if you’ve ever had a classic, pointy black pump let you down. This is a shoe you will be able to wear through Christmas, until Valentine’s and beyond, because all compliments (may that be a ‘like’ or a comment in person) matters. These are the shoes that make their way into your closet when you live in a constant ‘treat yourself’ mentality. After all, this is the season of giving and we know exactly who you are going to give these to.
On to wrap this all up with some obvious puns and bad jokes. Christmas is fast approaching, may that be against your will or into your open arms, these are the shoes to take on the season with. Describes as ‘pearls’, but I would prefer baubles, something to steer the attention right off your chest at the ugly-Christmas-jumper office party. For me, this is the unexpected hero piece of the current collection: Classic, sexy and an all time favourite shape, with a seasonal touch that excites everyone from the Instagram girl that braids Christmas lights into her hair to the person that thinks that wearing black suit and a t-shirt is festive enough.
The high-arch-open-toe combo is not ideal, but at least the satin details are forgiving and somewhat kind to your feet. The shoe is also a bit tricky to get on (you might need assistance holding back those feathers) but the shoe stays on beautifully.
The wow-factor and overall coolness is why this shoe is a must-have and it’s well carried through in the quality. Stunning feathers and perfectly balanced proportions makes this pair a collectors item.
Purchase price: £770 at Net-a-Porter, November 2017. The sandals come in three colours, as well as a jazzy heel version, or a plain pumps, sans feathers. Shop my picks below.
Sizing: Runs a little on the big side, like Prada usually does. Go half a size down if possible. As open sandals, they require a perfect fit.
So let’s take on the New Year in fool proof shoes and shop the collection below. The black Friday sales was enough of a warning sign that the best shoes will not be around forever. Go on, you deserve it.