I don’t know if you’ve ever had to stare down a pair of cute shoes while just dying to wear them, but I have, and I can tell you that it’s pure torture. See, I got the cutest pair of slingback high heeled sandals right after I had major hip surgery, where I couldn’t wear anything other than flats or, preferably, go barefoot for months.
I guess there’s a plus to it. I had weeks and weeks dreaming of outfits that would go really well with them. I even started dreaming about which celebrities would totally rock them (cough, cough, Taylor Swift and Audrey Hepburn, among others), and how I would style them for other people if given the chance. Yup, that’s how much they consumed me. Now, they’re not really my personal style, though they’re the kind of style that I really want to learn to pull off. See, with the tiny little bow in the front, they come off very lady-like to me. To me, they scream of pairing with a midi skirt (which is HUGE this season!), or a high-low skirt, or maybe even ankle or cropped pants. In other words, to me, these shoes ask for sophistication with a touch of girly, two things that I’m not. But again, looking at these shoes, I want to be that. It’s not that often that there’s an article of clothing that inspires me to totally change my style.
I got the Crazy by Mina Martini shoes in patent blue from the website Clutch Those Heels. It’s a really pretty color. Not quite a normal blue, but with a tiny hint of teal (I had to play with the color saturation of my photos to catch a more accurate representation of the color). It also comes in a mint green patent and red soft leather. To add a bit of fun, the heel is wood, while the sole is rubber, so it helps give you traction (for someone like me who isn’t the best heel walker, that’s important!) I know it’s no longer summer in the States, but they’d be great to take on that winter vacation to the tropics, or to wear on a day where you just long for summer. I chose to wear mine with a nautical theme. Blue and white striped boat shirt over red skinnies, blue blazer on top. I sort of wanted to find a scarf to throw over an updo and get huge sunglasses and steal a convertible (when I say steal, I mean borrow with permission). In other words, for the first time in my life, I felt like a lady.
Each pair costs about $150.00 plus shipping, but seriously, they’re worth it. So many shoes like this, the straps aren’t exactly huge with integrity. Nothing is more frustrating to me than wearing shoes where the straps pull out of. I’m used to making sure I have some kind of seriously awesome glue in my house to get straps back where they’re supposed to be, but even then, they never stay. But these are really tight and in there, so there’s no worry about that for me when I wear them.
The fit is a little on the large side, or so it was for my feet. But I tend to wear different sizes in sandals than I do in normal shoes or boots since I have the most juxtaposed feet on the planet. When I first looked at them, I thought they looked so thin and I have wide feet, so I thought there was no way. Surprisingly, they fit well that way! Then I have narrow heels that never stay in shoes without a gel non-slip insert, so the adjustable strap there was a godsend because you can’t exactly put gel on a tiny strap. As for the leather, it feels really fine to the touch. You know you’re getting your money’s worth. And seriously, they’ll last for years, as well as they’re so classic, you’ll wear them for years to come. So, if you think about it that way, they’re definitely worth the investment. I hope you love them as much as I do! Here are some links to them! Even if they’re not your style, you should check out the site. I have these and some boots from them and both are really high quality and definitely worth the investment!
Links: Patent Blue http://us.clutchthoseheels.com/shoes/heels/crazy-blue-patent.html
To see on original posting site, Fierce and Free Fashion, click here: http://convozine.com/fierceandfreefashion/38581
*Disclaimer: I was sent this pair of shoes free of charge in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
©2014 A.D. Seeley
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