I missed out on buying these Pierre Hardy brown leather & wood shoes from his spring 2009 Limited Edition collection for Gap, because I was on a shopping moratorium, and I’ve regretted it ever since. So, I’ve been stalking them on eBay for the past eighteen months – but they used to go for well over $150 and I just wasn’t prepared to pay that (they were $98 originally). And then I’d forget about it etc etc. And not that many come up for sale.
But finally last week I got lucky – I missed out on a pair that went for about £60, (I set an automatic shutoff limit on bids so I can’t go crazy in the heat of the moment), but then spotted another auction that ended a day or two later, posted an auction snipe, and won this pair for about £30.
I love these particularly because they aren’t too high, are not too clumpy or heavy (wooden wedges can be hard work to wear on the leg muscles). and have a narrowed heel at the back which is much more flattering. They are also slightly padded under the upper, and extremely robust. For me these are the perfect weekend shoe.
In fact I’ve liked a lot of the shoes Pierre Hardy has done for the Gap. I wore these black heels, from his first Gap collection in 2007, into the ground, after christening them with a night of vodka-fuelled dancing at the Beatrice Inn, and wore these brown flat sandals all summer in New York in 2008.
Now that Patrick Robinson has left the Gap it’ll be interesting to see if they continue down the designer collaboration route.
So this is how I christened them, by wearing them for brunch at The Breakfast Club this morning (photo taken on the way out the door so please forgive hasty blurring:
Goldsign supertight skinny jeans from Trilogy
Nanette Lepore navy silk frilled top
Uniqlo J+ (Jil Sander) grey cashmere cardigan (& they’re in the sale for £59.99 from £149.99 now)
My mother’s vintage navy Coach handbag from the 80s
Pierre Hardy Limited Edition for Gap shoes