Sunday, January 24, 2010
With the sales reaching an end, now's the time to embrace the new-season stock in the shops. (Isn't it hard to pay attention to the last of the sale items when spring/summer's new wardrobe looks so fresh and enticing?)
My first footwear buy of the season are these T-bar platform sandals from Topshop. Yes, despite the rain and the snow, I'm already open to, well, open-toed shoes. Foolhardy? No. You see, a trick to getting ahead with your new-season wardrobe is to get things early. Come spring, when the daffodils are out and you're beginning to shed your winter woollies and tights, you can bet your bottom dollar that these beauties won't be in the shops any longer - or that the most popular sizes will be sold out.
When these arrived in the post, I was surprised at the sheer height of the chunky platform heel. OK, I know I'd seen pictures on the Topshop website and there were measurements, too (heel approx 5 inches, platform approx 1.5 inches), but there's something about online shopping that just doesn't give you a realistic 'I've seen them in person, touched them and tried them on' impression.
That said, I do love these shoes. In them, I just about eye-to-eye with the 6ft+ Stickman and boy, do they make my legs go on forever! The wooden heel is deceptively light and the tan leather is so soft. I'll be teaming them with tights until the weather warms up and then it's hello legs and pastel shades of nail polish.
They also come in black leather and for the reasonable price of £75. Plus, until midnight tonight you can get free standard P&P when you spend over £50 on the Topshop website. Just enter JANFREESHIP at checkout.