River Island AW12
I do love a good shoe. Since the weather is constantly turning, I'm caught between stalking Summer sale buys (such as these), whilst wondering what I can add to my shoe-shelves for later this year. Being of the fashion blogger ilk, I've become even more footwear obsessed in my fourth year of internet rambling, making sure my outfit is cohesive and that they complement everything perfectly. Although it's been tried and tested by many, I'll never get tired of adding something slightly masculine like a brogue or creeper to a sensible jumper & skirt combination or changing the perception of a look with a unique style. There definitely seems to be a theme to all of the snaps I've pulled out from various press days this season, footwear that is the perfect mix of tradition with a subversive twist. I've accepted that I like shoes that aren't typically pretty and most seem to remind me of my old school shoes (remember Bootleg) but with a chunkier heel for the comfort factor.
Kurt Geiger may have finally tempted me enough to buy a pair next season, with their prettier version of the rebellious punk aesthetic and a few street-style inspired trends. I know their prices can be off-putting for some, so I'm hoping that the oxblood heeled loafers don't break the bank too much as they look extremely comfortable. They also tick the 'non-black' box as I'm trying to limit the amount of shoes I buy in this colour and need something to cheer me up during the colder seasons. The branded sherbet dip was swiftly consumed later that evening and served as a great memento of the early start.
This might be a random selection of brands grouped together and a lot of sifting had to be done to narrow these down to seven pairs and not a page of endless scrolling. I can realistically see myself buying the Dr Martens with a slight chunky heel as they've just been reworked so simply but open up a host of smarter possibilities. Hopefully the colour choice will be vast, as I'm not sure any shoes I have will stay white for long! There are various brand names buried in the back of my mind, but I don't always what they're producing at the moment, so it was great to be re-acquainted with Benetton, Bally & Pierre Hardy.
You might be able to guess that I was also impressed with the Bertie offering this season (and not just because of the flipbook I created, almost wiping the floor with all of those photobooth pictures). Classic styles have been tweaked with a few contemporary details and finishes, with the smart creeper heels standing out in particular (surprise, surprise). I'm also pleased that the flatform isn't going away anytime soon. Through the magic of the archives, I remember starting to like them back in November 2010 but not being able to find them at a high-street price for a while, so I'm glad there's more variety out there.
I also loved these creepers by Unisa so you can get any babies you might have rebelling as early as possible, how adorable are they? Slightly scared I just mentioned babies in a post (I blame the schoolfriend's wedding I went to at the weekend). Has this post kickstarted any shoes you might want for AW12 (or are you still anxiously awaiting SS12 if you're in England)? It certainly helps being able to plan ahead by seeing all these previews, though I constantly feel that this will just result in having too much stuff!
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