Reviewed – Retro Shoes from Naturalizer

When I was a little girl, there was always something a little bit risque about red shoes. They had an edge of danger, and of glamour and beauty. From Norma Shearer dancing her heart out in The Red Shoes, to David Bowie telling us to put on our red shoes and dance the blues, red shoes were grown up, graceful and sexy. I thought that then, and still believe it to be true now.

When I was asked if I wanted to review a pair of Naturalizer shoes c/o Lotus, I was instantly drawn to the 1940s style L’Ulrich design. This pair of Mary Janes have a patent toe and heel, and a suede foot, and come in a range of colours including black and Ocean blue. But they also come in a wonderfully deep red, and that was always the colour I was going to be drawn too.

 Naturalizer Shoes L-Ulrich Red Suede & Patent Toe Mary-Jane Court Shoes   code:C0703RED £60.00 click to visit Lotus shoes


Naturalizer Shoes L-Ulrich Red Suede & Patent Toe Mary-Jane Court Shoes
code:C0703RED
£60.00 click to visit Lotus shoes

Naturalizer shoes are designed with an eye always on the level of comfort. They are the shoe that promises perfect fit, and have many features that will ensure that your shoes not only look good,  but feel good too. The L’Ulrich design is part of the Naturalizer N5 comfort range that have five essential features. These are;-

    • Extra Cushioning
    • Breathable Linings
    • Balance With Every Step
    • Flexible Soles
    • Lightweight Material

Some comfortable shoes can be a little on the frumpy side, but the L’Ulrich’s are just gorgeous. They have a real look of a vintage shoe, with an elasticated faux front strap that gives them almost a retro dancing shoe feel. The heel is 7cm high, which is fine for every day wear. I gave these a real test drive by wearing them for a shopping trip, and they remained comfortable and easy to wear for the whole afternoon, no aching feet or blisters.

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I think you could easily wear this design for both daytime or evening wear. I styled with a vintage tea dress that I had picked up in a charity shop for £4.50, and I thought the shoes just added the right vintage touch to the look. I think the shoes would also look great with navy or black peg trousers, or with a little black dress for more formal occasions.

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Vintage dress
Evans Belt
Naturalizer shoes

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I think these shoes are brilliant. They look great and are comfortable enough to wear all day long, and all evening too! These shoes bring out the Dorothy Gale in us all.

*I was gifted these shoes in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Reviewed – Clarks Nessa Clare Boots

Like a lot of ladies who enjoyed some sport when they were younger, I have rather large calf muscles, which makes buying calf length and knee High boots a challenge. So when I was asked to review a pair of boots from Clarks, I immediately opted for a pair from the K range, which have wider E fittings and a wider leg fitting.

The boots I chose were the gorgeous Nessa Clare in black patent. These are a classic riding style boot with a practical flat heel that makes them perfect for everyday use. The black patent finish also gives them a slightly dressier feel, as does the striking ankle strap detail.

Nessa Clare £99.99 click to visit Clarks

These boots come with high recommendation from moi. They are extremely comfortable, and, as ever with Clarks, come with the half size option. (I opted for a 5.5). The soles are sturdy enough and have been brilliant on the rather slippy pavements I have encountered on the school run this week.  The elasticated panel allows the boots to stretch on the calf, making these comfortable to wear. And I think they look great too, patent meaning they are perfectly acceptable for the office as well as for everyday use.

Wearing the Nessa Clare

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Paloma Faith brings her retro glamour to the Torch relay

Who else would roll up those trousers of the special torch relay tracksuit, put a 1940s style roll to the hair, and then add a rather gorgeous, totally glamorous but dangerously high pair of red platforms to carry the Olympic torch? It could only be that beautifully eccentric goddess Paloma Faith of course.

Paloma never does anything less than full on glamour, and the torch relay proved to be no exception. Yes, this event did involve some walking, and yes, everyone else had worn trainers, but Paloma is an old star movie star transported from the 1940s to the present day, so anything flat and sensible on the feet was never really an option. And, you have to admit, those shoes were pretty gorgeous and a perfect match to her flaming red lippie!