Thursday, 17 September 2015

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world

Shoes, they hold a strange fascination. We use shoe analogies to make a point, you want empathy "walk a mile in my shoes" need someone to leave you the hell alone "you are like a stone in my shoe"  
They are functional, they can be fashionable but they can also signify so much more.

‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

 As a fat kid clothes were the enemy, they let me down at every turn, they were too small, the wrong fit, not wide enough, not enough stretch but shoes, oh shoes were my friend. Always waiting with open arms, beautiful, non judgmental. My chubby feet were always welcome and because of this shoes have always been extra important to me.
They give me height when I feel diminished, they allow me to run when I need a fast getaway. I put on my dancing shoes whenever I hear Northern Soul.

 These shoes are by Deichman, part of  a capsule collaboration with blogger,photographer and Vogue contributor  Hanneli Mustaparta

There are ten pairs in all-some casual, some high maintenance, a few flirty numbers and much to my delight some boots which look like they will take absolutely no nonsense from anyone. These aren't wispy little heels, spitefully rolling your ankles from underneath you as you totter precariously one foot in front of the other, these are shoes which look tough and beautiful, like all the best women.

I'm wearing the chunky zip up casual shoe although I feel they have been woefully misnamed as there is nothing casual about these jet black numbers. These are shoes for stomping in, kicking down doors in  or at the very least stalking away in a huff. Casual, I don't think so. Casually aggressive maybe (I'm sure that was on my school report)

 Encouraged by the take no prisoners styling of these Deichmanns I have embraced some androgyny. My cheerleaders this morning, offering style tips from my i-pod  were Patti Smith, Annie Lennox circa "whos that girl" with some Marc Bolan for good measure.This is what good shoes will do for you, offer you the building blocks for amazing outfits, like fantasy football but with heels and hems.

The light on my photographs is Northern, my trousers were stolen from Paddington bear, my attitude requires no fairy lights or scented candles.This is blogging Merseyside style. My shoes are taking me to the edge of the River so I can look across the water.

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