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My Fashion New Year’s Resolution (That Involves Shoes, Obviously)


by Marie Kelly
02nd Jan 2018
My Fashion New Year’s Resolution (That Involves Shoes, Obviously)

Currently I own two pairs of heels. That’s right, just two. I have many pairs of boots, a substantial selection of wedges, several pairs of trainers and a line-up of sturdy loafers, but only two lonely looking pairs of heels that sit forlornly on top of my wardrobe. I’m a walker, so heels have never felt compatible with my lifestyle, but I’ve decided that perhaps I don’t have to power-walk everywhere all of the time in 2018. So this year, my New Year’s resolution is to embrace, what I call, the “lady shoe”; a proper grown-up “court” (there’s something about that word that makes me feel very middle-aged though…) like my mother used to wear when she was my age. I’m thinking something along the lines of Victoria Beckham’s Dorothy Pump, with its mid-height heel and square-cut top edge – feminine, but contemporary. Here are five other pairs of heels (at a more affordable price point) that I’m also longing to try.

A very wearable heel height and a rich shade of regal purple makes these shoes perfect for smart daywear. The depth of this colour works perfectly with black opaque tights, making them a practical option even on chilly mornings.

Purple ruffled high heel court shoe, €69.95 (reduced from €110) at uterque.com

Although these shoes look impossibly high (to me, anyway), the heel is roughly two inches wide, so it provides the kind of stability you don’t get with a spindle heel. I love the contemporary, abstract aesthetic that is Cos’s signature.

Sculpted square-toe leather shoes, €150 at Cos

With their cone heel and V-shaped finish, these shoe are right on trend. Easy to walk in, the only trouble I foresee is keeping them clean. But at just €26, I’ll deal with it!

Mid-heel shoes, €26 (reduced from €68) at Topshop

Mixing prints within an outfit is a great way of bringing a point of difference to your look. These shoes would work beautifully with a print shirt or dress. They’re elegant but not boring. The vibrant pattern brings a freshness to the traditional court-shaped shoe.

Printed fabric court shoes, €29.99 (reduced from €39.99) at Zara

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