I took a year out of fashion in 2009: if you were reading my blog back then you’d have followed me as I single handedly drove 5000 miles around California taking in all manner of experiences from Coachella & the Beverly Hills Hotel to gigs in LA and canyon hiking in Santa Barbara, before heading to New Jersey, where I hung with my darling boys GG & Y, with Finchley & Max the Basset hounds and did a LOT of cooking (& eating).
I didn’t buy anything, eschewing the shops completely, and tuned out the fashion world chatter to write like a fury.
When I surfaced again in February this year at London Fashion Week I felt like an alien, with my head stuck on a permanent 360 degree swivel as I constantly checked out everyone’s clothes & accessories in the manner of a fashion-starved lunatic.
The one trend that hit me full square was for high wedge daytime lace-ups. In particular, Miss Dixon of SMYW was rocking a Chloe pair if memory serves, and I want, want, wanted. But I also figured that it was a fleeting trend. Fashion people had been wearing wedges one way and another for a couple of seasons and I couldn’t see the trend lasting, especially with the new pared down elegance that was filtering though.
Okay, so I was wrong. This really, really annoys me, as I have pretty finely tuned fashion radar, even I don’t always wear the stuff myself. And now, of course, I really, really want a pair. Of course I saw the PERFECT boots by Castaner in 10 Corso Como in Milan on Friday morning, but since I don’t have EUR360 to spend on shoes, I’ve been trawling the interwebs.
So: above are the Castaner pair I cannot justify right now, as a starting point.
Mel over at Fashion Editor at large has the fabulous Surface to Air ones, but they are a little high on the leg for me (am shorter than she, & will look like Max Wall, all feet and toothpick legs). I really want the Gap Design Edition by Pierre Hardy wedges which are a more wallet friendly £89/$195 – but they aren’t due to drop, in the US at least, until October 19th.
So, since I don’t have EUR360 to spend on the Castaners & Gap’s aren’t available yet, I’ve been trawling the interwebs. Well, actually ASOS.com, which fortuitously has just launched in the US. First up: Clarks Originals Yarra Suede Desert Boot£99
Head Over Heels Elmo Sports Wedge £45.00:
Sam Edelman Wakefield Lace Front Peep Toe Wedge Shoe Boot £170, which are stocked in lovely Whistles in the UK & in the US here:
and these ASOS Anger black wedges, £75, below