Reviewed – Esther Studded heels from Bank

Bank is a store that was off my fashion radar for a long time, I thought it was for sporty, casual (and much younger ladies) than myself, and so avoided it, walking past, not even peering in through the window.

But two things changed my opinion lately. The first was the opening of a new Bank store in New Square, West Bromwich. I was kindly sent a voucher and so visited the store to spend it. I was very pleasantly surprised, there were lots of items that I really liked, including glittery jumpers and a fab selection of scarves. The second thing that really led to a change of mind was attending the Bank the look press event at the Westbury Hotel. I was actually in lust for many of the items I saw. (You can read about that event here.)

Kitsch Couture Esther Studded Heels £35.00 click to visit Bank

Bank recently sent me some of their great shoes to review, the Kitsch Couture Esther studded heels. Now, these are something that are well outside my comfort zone, edgy, studded and with ankle strap fastenings – all the things I usually avoid. But they are also striking, eye-catching, and with a high but substantial heel, so I was really looking forward to stepping outside that comfort zone and giving these a spin.

The first thing I am going to say is that if you have slightly wider feet, or wear a half size, size up. I like 5.5’s if available, so went up to a size 6 and was really glad that I did, a 5 would’ve been too small. The size 6 was surprisingly comfortable and the ankle strap was big enough to go around my ankle twice and fasten comfortably.

The shoes look great. The studs give them a slight ‘rock chick’ feel, so would look great with distressed denim or a leather jacket and skater skirt, but I teamed them with a simple, graphic printed dress which I think also looked pretty good. These shoes are definitely a more dressy option, I’m not sure you could ever adapt these for day wear.But, I would love to see them with a white cotton dress and black leather jacket for a Mary Kate Olsen kind of look.

I think these are a great buy for £35, they look like they cost so much more. Currently you can get a further 20% off the price, making them even more of a bargain.

Your wardrobe definitely needs these shoes to add a little edge to your outfits.

Must Visit: New Square opens a new chapter in West Bromwich Shopping

When I was a little girl, West Bromwich was a shopping experience I used to love. Lots of top name stores, two shopping centres (ultra modern with a water featured that flowed from the ceiling), and with a general buzz you find in popular shopping destinations. But in recent years the towns shopping centre’s have begun to look their age, many big names have left the town, and, to be honest, the town has struggled to compete with Big Brother Birmingham and the bright and shining Bullring.

But I think all that is truly going to change with the opening, last weekend, of New Square, the Midlands hottest new shopping destination. In just a couple of days, 73,000 people visited New Square, enjoying a range of stores and restaurants including  Costa, Tesco Extra, Next, JD, Outfit, Bank Fashion, Deichmann, Poundworld, Phones 4 U, Prezzo and  Harvester.

The centre was officially opened by the fabulous Cyrille Regis, Baggies legend and all round footballing hero, and this set the stage for a weekend of fun family activities, from a teddy bears picnic to the Free Radio Fun Day. It is estimated that 2,500 free ice creams were given out over the weekend, as shoppers soaked up the tropical atmosphere whilst enjoying the sounds of jazz organised in conjunction with The Public, the neighbouring arts centre that is currently under threat of becoming a new college annex – a travesty that I hope will never happen.

With The Odeon cinema also opening it’s West Brom door last weekend , and with Nandos, Primark, Schuh and Greggs also arriving in the coming weeks, West Bromwich will once again become a great shopping destination, with a fabulous Arts Centre in The Public that it can also be proud of.

Steve Burr, centre manager at New Square comments: “It’s been a phenomenal opening weekend for us and the buzz from local people has been great.  We’re now looking forward to settling into our West Bromwich home, as we continue to welcome new tenants who will be joining us throughout the rest of the year.”


Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public said,

“We’re absolutely delighted that the New Square Shopping Centre has had such a dramatic impact on our visitor numbers attracting thousands of people from across the region. Over the last 4 years we have seen a steady increase in visitor numbers and the launch of New Square will make a step change.

“It’s fantastic to see that the original vision of The Public and New Square is now being realised and coming to fruition, leading to a more vibrant and exciting future for West Bromwich.”