Reviewed – The Charlaine Leopard Print Sandals from K Jacques

I have a pair of sandals that I have been wearing to death lately. With a wooden heel and a glorious animal print leather design, they are both glamorous, elegant, and not only can I work in them, I can dance the night away. The shoes in question are the Charlaine Leopard Print sandals from the Saint Tropez company K Jacques, who have been producing hand made, bespoke shoes and sandals since 1933.

K Jacques often have an association with the most stylish of sandals, with their designs beiing worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Diane Kruger and Cheryl Cole. Their leather and suede designs, and the fact that they can be totally customised to your own taste, makes them a popular choice for stylish trendsetters. But K Jacques are not just about beach ready designs, their heeled sandals are also perfect for weddings, cocktail hour and formal evenings, as I think my designs prove.

I totally love animal prints, so a brushed leather print was always a must for me. I think they can be worn with so many different colours and even worn with print for a stylish clash. The Charlaine, which retails at 390euros is a classic design, with a slight retro 1970s feel. I did size up to a 6 and these are really comfortable and a great fit.

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I have been wearing my sandals a lot, I think they look great for parties and formal occasions, and yet they work well with casual dress too. I also think they rock with a red toenail (Gitane from Chanel for information) and because they are comfortable, they allow for more than just a walk in and out of a restaurant. I’ve ran for a train in these sandals, and danced the night away at a party – which is pretty impressive considering they have a heel.

Wearing the Charlaine for a party

Wearing the Charlaine for a party

Wearing the Charlaine for a Theatre Press Night

Wearing the Charlaine for a Theatre Press Night

They work just as well for a more casual occasion too

They work just as well for a more casual occasion too

K Jacques sandals have style and quality in abundance, along with that certain something that is unmistakably French.

Upper Street – Creating the Perfect Shoe

Finding the perfect shoe is not always as easy as it sounds. Find the right colour, but then find the heel is too high, or too low or to narrow. Find the right style, but want a rounded toe, not a pointed one. Find the right shoe, but need it in a wider fit. Love this style of shoe, but would love it better if it was in a zebra print. Perfection can be really hard to achieve in the shoe world.

But let me introduce you to Upper Street, a company who can offer you shoe perfection, whilst allowing you to put your  Manolo Blahnik designer head on, albeit only for a short while. Upper Street allow you to design your perfect shoe. You choose everything, from the upper, colour and pattern, the toe, the heel, straps, embellishment…every shoe is totally made to order. There are literally thousands of combinations, you can find a pair of shoes for the most fussy of shoe-nista’s. You can design your own unique, totally original, bespoke shoe,  and then be wearing it within 6 weeks!

Upperstreet.com was launched 20 months ago, and has recently launched a service where you can now design your own flat shoes, as well as those sumptuous heels. This is proving popular, as co-founder Julia Grinham says ‘…The fact is sometimes we all need fabulous flats!…’ You can now have fun creating a range of perfect flatties, from animal prints to glamorous glitter pumps, flats with ankle straps or cute Mary Jane’s. Everything is possible!

Upper Street also has a studio in Highbury, North London, where you can have your foot measured for a truly perfect fit, and offer a gift voucher option where you could give a friend the option to design their favourite shoe – can you think of a more fabulous birthday present?

So, what are you waiting for? You could be designing that perfect shoe…and you’re wasting precious time!