Valentino and No. 21 shoes

True to size? – The designer shoe fit conundrum

Apr 7th, 2020 Shoes Unwrapped 20 min read

It has been a little while since my last post but the gloomy world news of the past few weeks centered on Coronavirus have been quite distracting and unconducive to fashion blogging, at least in my case. However, while withdrawal and procrastination are the natural compulsions in times like these, I have finally decided to shake off the feeling of inertia and, instead, focus my…

Gucci Ace sneakers

Gucci Ace Sneakers Review – The luxe comfortwear dilemmas

Mar 9th, 2020 Shoes Unwrapped 12 min read

The trend of designer trainers and sneakers has been around forever but it has really caught the momentum in the last few years with all major fashion houses like Chanel, Gucci, and Valentino throwing their weight behind comfort shoes reimagined as luxury footwear. Mad as it sounds, the idea of selling casual footwear as a high-ticket item has turned out to be a true stroke…

Chanel two-tone pumps 2019/2020 Cruise

Chanel Two Tone Pumps Review – Is Mary Jane here to stay?

Feb 12th, 2020 Shoes Unwrapped 20 min read

I was quite late jumping on the Chanel two-tone pumps bandwagon but when I first saw the shoes a few months ago I could not help but think Chanel, what hast thou done?! While intrigued by the edgy silhouette and bold colour range, I felt somewhat uncomfortable with the fact that the design was a complete departure from everything I have always loved and valued…

Gucci Jordaan Ankle Boots

Gucci Jordaan Ankle Boots Review – The Shy Classic

Jan 12th, 2020 Shoes Unwrapped 14 min read

I have had a pair of Gucci Jordaan ankle boots on my mind for a while but, equally, for a long time I could not decide whether to choose them over the ever-popular Gucci fringed, double G boots. For one thing, the fringed boots have been receiving far more love and attention among the online fashion community whereas there have been virtually no reviews of…

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Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats Review – The Purrfect Ballerinas

Dec 3rd, 2019 Shoes Unwrapped 18 min read

When I first came across Charlotte Olympia kitty flats some years ago, I instantly fell in love with them. And let’s face it, as a person completely obsessed with both shoes and cats I stood no chance of being impartial to these feline-faced beauties. They looked stylish, fun and effortlessly glamorous so I knew there and then that, eventually, they would find their way into…

Jimmy Choo Romy Heels

Jimmy Choo Romy Heels Review

Oct 14th, 2019 Shoes Unwrapped 13 min read

What has inspired me to write this review of Jimmy Choo Romy heels is a conversation not long ago with a work colleague who mentioned she dreamt about a pair of Choos. Why? Because she heard that they were the most comfortable high heel shoes of all. And that got me thinking… Are they really worth all the fuss and are they as comfortable as…

Valentino Rockstud Pump

Valentino Rockstud Heels Review

Oct 5th, 2019 Shoes Unwrapped 18 min read

Who makes the most famous studded heels? The answer is simple, of course it is Valentino! Since its debut in 2010, this brainchild of the creative powerhouse duo of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli has become an instant sensation and continues to capture imagination to this day.  As one of the most recognisable shoe designs, Rockstud heels have been elevated to a near cult…

Louboutin Pumps

Louboutin Pumps Review

Aug 30th, 2019 Shoes Unwrapped 18 min read

I have been a big fan of Louboutin pumps for a long time. No other brand rivals the shamelessly attention-demanding, sexy and envy inducing nature of these instantly recognisable, red-soled little pieces of art. They are truly electrifying and their appeal reaches across all genders, as demonstrated in the few occasions when total strangers (men!) stopped me on the street to compliment my Loubs. This…

Ferragamo Varina Ballet Flats

Ferragamo Varina Ballet Flats Review

Aug 5th, 2019 Shoes Unwrapped 14 min read

Even though I have always liked the concept of Ferragamo shoes  with their iconic bow and the classic almond-shaped toe, it took a while before I committed myself to purchasing the first pair. I was simply dubious that they would be compatible with my personal style. With Varas, the reservations revolved around the small block heel projecting a slightly matronly feel whereas in Varina ballet…

Chanel Espadrilles

Chanel Espadrilles Review

Jul 26th, 2019 Shoes Unwrapped 10 min read

Chanel espadrilles are another example of shoes which I was did not quite get at first. As a Chanel shoe lover, I have always associated their footwear with a very classic look and hence I was unconvinced about the thick, double sole and the heavy stitching pattern. Additionally, I had no idea on how or where to wear them to, and overall they seemed incompatible…