Unbelievably – to me at least – I managed to identify a hole in my winter shoe wardrobe. I don’t know if you do this, but it happens to me every time. I really need something ‘just to make my wardrobe complete’ and I am totally convinced (i.e. deluded) that I won’t need anything else for the whole season, but as soon as I have bought it, as if my magic something else just pops into my consciousness that I ‘need’ equally as badly. So annoying!
So after spending two weeks trying on twenty bejillion pairs of jeans and vowing never to go shopping again, I woke up the next morning and I needed Chelsea boots – how could I have reached my age never having owned a pair? That is a severe dent to my fashion credentials which must be remedied immediately. I am fussy about boots, irritatingly so. I like a round toe and a straight heel, no angles. That’s why I’ve never had Pistols, too many angles – weird, I know.
After much goggling it became apparent that Churches Monmouth are the Holy Grail of Chelsea boots
As usual the challenge was to find that look on a tighter budget
These Marks and Spencer Best of British look great quality, but the shape is not ‘me’
I thought the Dune Paddy D looked promising, but in real life the sole was a smidgen too thick which made it look chunky rather than sleek. Dune have some others as well, but with pointy toes and brogue detailing which were not what I was after.
In the end I struck lucky at Office, this is the Cockney and even though I was heavily swayed by the fact that it comes in my beloved navy, it didn’t look right on me.
This is the One.. Bramble, it is exactly what I was after
Sorry for the lack of photos, the camera has gone on my iPhone – I fell like my right arm has been cut off, I use it so much. I am wearing the boots with turned up jeans like this and I love them. I bought them a size up and popped in an Ugg insole, I can’t tell you now cosy they are I predict they will become an early morning staple. I find the morning school run too fraught for heels, I reserve them for afternoons! (Yes, the photo is of Mrs Beckham but don’t tell anyone or I might be thrown off the blog)
The Ugg insole reminds me that I recently got a pair of these Ugg slippers which barely leave my feet when I’m at home. I found mine on US ebay, they are called Alloway – mine are navy studded suede. They look rather un-Ugg like which pleases me greatly, and they are toasty which pleases my feet. Hmm, I bet Mrs Beckham doesn’t wear slippers!
While I was on the Chelsea boot search I nabbed a pair of these navy skater’s from Next. I have great Gap pony skin versions that I’ve been wearing since last winter, but it’s rare to see navy shoes so I grab them when I can. What I particularly like about these is the flannel upper and the rubber sole is ivory rather than white which looks lovely. I have been wearing them with navy opaques, a short A line skirt and this navy Gap cashmere jumper. There is still 30% off at Gap, ends tonight I think (it’s 40% off in store, I have stocked up on the lovely stripes for my daughter). I am a cashmere fanatic and I really rate Gap’s cashmere, it is thick and fuzzy which is exactly what I want from my cashmere knits.
So, anyway I got the boots (and the skaters which I didn’t even know I needed, and the slippers, but they are a necessity of life), and sure enough the next morning I woke up thinking about these…
Navy blue suede 5050s, they are divine but so, so impractical – I live in Ireland and would have a heart attack every time it rained which is more or less every day. But I can’t stop thinking about them and it’s all Eve’s fault!