New shoes! New shoes! I’m not much of a shopper. But I do take great pleasure from finding exactly the thing I wanted, at the price I wanted to pay. Especially when it’s the thing I wanted to find most especially. As was the case with my new Ash ankle boots, a very pleasing £93 in the sale.
and, even though I possess far more shoes than most of my readers combined, (remember this post?) they are the pair to which I have returned again and again and again.
To be honest, I did try on the Isabel Marant Dickers but they didn’t fit. (I’m dead on a 38.5, with very narrow heels & high insteps. Shoe buying is tricky.) The same for the Acne Pistols (be still my beating heart), £350, for which I marched into the flagship Stockholm store in August, desire, my credit card & press discount all burning a hole through my pocket, but Acne don’t make half size lasts and that very stiff leather has to be the right size or else: blisters. Gah. (And I even tried on the Topshop, erm, homages, £75, but they didn’t fit either.)
So: Italian shoe label Ash. And their Jalouse. In a much softer leather, I hoped they would be more forgiving. (and it doesn’t hurt that they were half the price). I ordered the 39, sent them back, and brilliantly the 38 fitted me. They went with dresses and shorts in the summer, with trousers in the spring & autumn and were perfect in Marrakech for sightseeing. I love a neat ankle boot with a mid-heel — I feel stumpy in a flat, but for walking around all day I can’t possibly wear a high heeled boot or shoe. They also have the key leg-lengthening dip at the front of the ankle, so they look fab with bare legs.
It wasn’t until I got back from Morocco that I realised the state of my Jalouses. Knackered, fit only for weekends. Basically. And then bugger: they were sold out everywhere when I thought I’d pick up a replacement. I fixed on the Jessbis, and that was sold out too. So I hopped it into town first thing Saturday morning and hurrah! The very last pair of 38s in the country. Perfect for everyday errands.
There were still some Jess available in a few sizes in store on the Marylebone High Street on Saturday, but I can’t find any on-line. The Jalouse are sold out everywhere apart from on ASOS (£145 here.). But the lovely people in the Ash store assure me that they are re-issuing the Jalouse for SS12. I also quite fancy the suede wedge trainer.