Sometimes a pair of shoes can transform an outfit, especially if they’re red. Here are my current faves.
Instagram is great for getting pretty honest, instant feedback sometimes. Whenever I’ve posted an outfit, which includes these red shoes, people immediately respond to them. And I too had forgotten how great a pop of colour in an outfit can be. Sometimes it’s intentional, like when I packed this dress and shoes to wear the other weekend, for the day after the wedding we attended recently. At other times, I will be leaving the house in a hurry and instead of my trainers or a pair of summery sandals, these shoes just kinda wave at me as if to say ‘go on, you know you want to’. Because there is a bit of dare devil in them. Plus red shoes are happy shoes. One of my earliest memories is my first pair of proper shoes and they were, you guessed it, red.
Red shoes turn a perfectly good outfit into something just a bit more exciting. That’s how I like to wear them anyway. Almost like an after thought that makes the whole thing a bit more interesting; they’re the perfect outfit pick-me-up. The unexpected guest at the party that makes the evening memorable. There’s a reason people have named songs, albums and even books after red shoes. They’re just special aren’t they? And yet they shouldn’t be kept just for special. That’s the mistake I made with mine for a while and then I decided they needed to be worn, with jeans when I’m popping to the shops and especially when I’m a little bleary-eyed the day after a big party. After all, you never know who you might bump into over the breakfast buffet at a hotel. At least my red shoes distracted from my red eyes!
My red shoes were last season from Jemima Vine, and much to the chagrin of a few people who admired them here and over on instagram, they are now sold out (permanently I think). So I always feel a bit guilty and lame when I post a picture of them. People get quite excited and then quickly disappointed when they can’t get hold of a pair. Bad blogger: soz about that. So to make amends, I thought I’d scan the online footwear pick ‘n’ mix to see if I could find some equally nice lollipop shoes for you. Just add any of the following to an outfit for instant red appeal.
As I said, don’t save them for salsa-ing in (or whatever your personal equivalent is), they actually work best when nonchalantly thrown on at the last minute to brighten up a low key, casual outfit. “I’m just doing the school run, but oh look I appear to be wearing ruby slippers,” if you know what I mean. I think flats work best for this approach, so even though I have included a pair of heels in the selection above (couldn’t resist), maybe don’t go too Judy Garland in case you start clicking your heels together..
Details: shoes: Jemima Vine / striped dress: (worn in first set of photos) Boden / handbag: Cath Kidston (previous season) / coat & handbag: Boden (previous season) / jeans: Tu Clothing / sweater: H&M