Welcome to this week’s shopping obsession: nude court shoes. I need some to finish off my “key spring outfit”, which is my faux-leather Karen Millen skirt with wrap blouse/Hush cashmere/soft marl t-shirt. Nude – or beige – shoes also look incredibly chic with everything from stonewashed jeans to cocktail dresses – they are as much a wardrobe staple as the LBD.
Key criteria for my nude shoes? Not too high (my ankles seem to have completely lost the ability to hold me upright in high shoes since having the baby), slender heel, non-patent finish and preferably a pointed toe rather than round. Though you’ll see that I did go a bit off-piste, mainly because my friend Rach kept sending me tantalising links to other styles…
Let’s start with the favourites – Floret from L.K. Bennett in soft nappa leather, pictured above. These are just perfect, really; a great heel height that gives shape to the legs but is easy to walk in and leather in a sophisticated beige tone. Not “elastoplast nude” but a posh, smart neutral. I love these. They are £175 here. (There’s 25% off site-wide with the Grazia code GRX25 at the moment – not on this shoe style, unfortunately, but on most others.)
Jimmy Choo’s Agnes suede pumps only just miss out on the top spot because I fear I would wreck them within the first day. I’ve had suede before and on the second wear I walked straight into a London Puddle. (As we all know, a London Puddle is no ordinary puddle – the surface has a thick layer of oil and essence of dead bird and the main body of liquid comprises of 50% alcohol-wee and 30% spilt mocha-choca-latte. The remaining 20% is probably a mixture of acid rain and commuters’ tears.) But – my God – these shoes are elegant, aren’t they? View them from all angles (you really want to) at Jimmy Choo here. The Agnes in nude suede, £395.
ALDO, handily, have a more affordable suede pump for those who need to negotiate London Puddles – not quite so heart-achingly slender but pointy and stiletto-heeled and in a beautiful bone shade. You can find them online here – they’re £65.
OK, let’s go off-target for a moment, because these woven open-toe beauties from Dune are – as my friend Rach says – very Chloe. The heel on the Claudette is slightly higher than my ankles can easily handle, but I’d sacrifice a bit of bodily wear-and-tear for these. Ha. Find them here – they also do them in a deeper shade.
Still off on a bit of a tangent; these Coach pumps take a classic pointy-toe court and add something of a hard edge. On a sidenote, I have to say that I am incredibly impressed with Coach’s customer service; they made a bit of an error with a Christmas present I bought and they could not have handled it better. (I shop online under my married name, so I didn’t get any special treatment!) You can find the beadchain pump in “beechwood” here – it’s £225.
And finally, the Melanie almond-toe court heels in suede. I realise that half of the shoes here have been suede and so are quite incompatible with the whole walking-around-London scenario, but they do look so soft and enticing, don’t they? I’d invest in a big can of suede protector if you’re going down this route… The Melanie heels are £50 online here.
Next week could be a round-up of the best Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers. I must have spent around thirty hours obsessing over the different thread counts and comparing prices but I’m worried that people are clicking away from my Weekly Window Shop in their droves! Ha.