I adore shoes, and am often struck down by what can only be described as ‘Shoe Lust’. This happened to me again a couple of weeks ago when I was asked if I would like to review a pair of shoes for iconic British brand Clarks. I obviously jumped at the chance because I had been experiencing severe shoe lust for almost all of Clarks Spring/Summer collection, but especially for the pair I chose. Ladies and Gentlemen, bow down in awe of the shoes that are the Dollar Craze in gorgeous Ochre.
These are just such gorgeous shoes. The colour is a real sunshine yellow shade that just adds a touch of brightness to the most sombre of outfits (or days for that matter…). The style is very reminiscent of 1940s block platforms, the forerunner of the more outlandish 70s platform, with a concealed mini platform which helps to make these comfortable as well as beautiful.
These shoes have a real Mary Jane style, and are in the softest suede, which gives them a further vintage feel. The heel is not too high, making these perfectly wearable for everyday use, and the peeptoe is wide enough that your tie is in no danger of having the circulation cut off.
In terms of sizing, I usually wear size 5, wide fitting shoes. As these were not wide fitting I took advantage of the fact that Clarks are one of the few companies who stock half sizes and I went up to a 5.5. This was a perfectly comfortable fit, so going up by a half-size may be a good compromise if you usually buy wider fitting shoes.
And how would you style them. I basically think that Mary Janes look pretty fabulous with anything, from a cotton sundress, to kick flare 70s denims of the sort being worn by Victoria Beckham at the moment. My favourite match for Mary Janes are 40s style tea dresses. I attended the Louboutin press conference on Monday and proudly sported my Clarks Dollar Craze shoes with a pretty Clements Ribeiro for Evans teadress.
I really love this shoe, but if Ochre is not your colour, fear not. The shoe also comes in classic black, royal navy and mink suede, which is a perfect nude shade.
What else have I got my eye on at Clarks this Spring?