WHERE TO SPEND ON DESIGNER SHOES

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I had just landed my first job out of University, I look back now and I thought it was my dream job. I was so naive.

To congratulate myself I decided I was going to buy myself a pair of designer shoes as a “well done  for not totally failing at life, Lydia” present. I had saved and saved and saved for these shoes, even contemplating buying second hand just to own a pair. But having always had a penchant for designer fashion, long before I could afford it and was limited to spend hours lusting after my Grandma’s wardrobe instead, I was sure I wanted the full experience.

I wanted to try on endless pairs in ever colour imaginable. I wanted to sink my toes into the plush red carpet of the boutique floor whilst I waited and I wanted all the trimmings, dust bags, boxes, carrier bags and not forgetting that super posh sleeve that they slide the receipt (that will later make you feel slightly queazy) into.

I thought they were my dream shoes, with their lacquer red sole and 120mm heel and I couldn’t have been more wrong. I had heard of shoes that hurt after you had been out dancing or on your feet for hours, but i had never heard of shoes that burned, pinched and squeezed so painfully whether you were walking, standing or sitting down all day long. I wore them once or twice, spent more time walking bare foot or complaining about them and they now sit in my wardrobe unloved and unwanted. I would sell them, but I can’t bare the thought of putting another woman through that.

I had resided to the fact that I was destined to go to work (in the blogger sense of the word) in flats, and that was that.

I’m lucky in the sense that I get to lounge at home in my comfies a lot of the time but sometimes I have to venture from the countryside down to the big smoke for meetings about projects and collaborations. I can often find myself there from 9am until gone 9pm and that is a long time to be on your feet even when in flats, let alone in heels.

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But a few months ago I discovered the one brand where I feel you should be investing in designer footwear, if it is your thing of course. The brand that may not always be the first thought when it comes to buy that first pair of designer pumps, but they most definitely should be!

I tripped and fell into a Manolo Blahnik store on the hunt for a pair of the oh-so-classic Hangisi style pumps which we all know and love thanks to Carrie Bradshaw. But what I walked out with was a boarder line obsession and two pairs of brightly coloured heels that I would go on to wear and wear and wear. So much so that I would buy more, three more pairs to be precise and even that wasn’t enough.

Then I stumbled across the Manolo Blahnik x Farfetch Collaboration which launched earlier this year and kicked myself that I had missed out on this unique shoe collaboration and owning one of the collaborative designs myself but what I did get to do was celebrate the event with both brands with a Private Dinner at the Lanesborough hotel. Celebrating your favourite shoes?  That sounds like something I would do alright.

So this blog post is an ode to these shoes, their comfort and the one place on the internet that you can shop most of the collection. Enjoy brightly coloured and happy feet this Spring/Summer and thank me later.

Photography by Reece Chapman

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38 Comments

  1. Nicole Nilakshi 19th April 2017 / 8:47 am

    Love everything about you Lydia :*
    You are such an inspiration. Love your energy and happy nature.

    I wrote an email to you on 1st Jan/17 saying all about how you changed my life in terms of fashion, lifestyle and self motivation. Still didn’t get the guts to send it :p
    I relate so much with you and can see myself doing the same mistakes like you did before. I am still learning though. Your evolution and transformation process is inspirational to lots. I am one of them.
    Not gonna bore you with my stupid talks. I just wanna say keep up the great work you are doing and always be the lady people can look up to.

  2. Dixi Wonderland 19th April 2017 / 9:54 am

    So mad that I never got my hands on this dress before it sold out 🙁 You look amazing Lydia!

  3. Marianne 19th April 2017 / 10:04 am

    I always enjoy reading your posts – the way you tell stories combined with these gorgeous pictures is so beautiful 🙂
    You look absolutely stunning, Lydia 🙂
    xx
    http://mariannelle.com

  4. Saumya Snehal 19th April 2017 / 10:09 am

    Hey Lydia!!
    A lot of people must have moved to your youtube channel from this blog, but I came the other way. Honestly, I love Fashion and Luxury and I am all of 21 now. Thank you Lydia, for igniting a spirit in me to conquer and get myself my dream life. I find you extremely inspirational, I have your three videos, how to afford luxury, how you became a youtuber/blogger and how you changed your life on offline so that disrupted internet does not disturb me.
    Lydia , I found the blog too, extremely well designed and well written and have been following since.
    Thank you Lydia, your efforts have found their mark on your audience and we really appreciate the hard work you put in Girl!
    Also, the sort of better half you are to Ali, the amazing mum you are to lumi, and the way you keep your house, thank you for sharing all this with us, it is always nice to pick ” bits and bobs” we can incorporate in our lives as well.
    Love you!!!!
    Xoxo

  5. Angie Silver 19th April 2017 / 10:21 am

    Manolo Blahniks will definitely be my next big shoe purchase! I’m totally in love with yours!

  6. The Purley Girly 19th April 2017 / 10:49 am

    I recently bought the nude Valentino Rockstuds, and I was a bit hesitant about how comfy they would be (I too am a victim of the Louboutin mistake) but actually they were really good, i lasted at a wedding for the whole day in them – including dancing! Most impressive.

  7. Mel | mediamarmalade 19th April 2017 / 11:28 am

    Beautiful pics Lydia, the dress (and the shoes – swoon) look fab on you. Reece did a stunning job on the shots.

    Mel x

    mediamarmalade.com

  8. Michelle Joseph 19th April 2017 / 11:36 am

    I love the fact that you have worn these shoes a gazillion times. You are so normal haha! You style them so well, even with a simple button down and jeans and they look fab! And this post is genius! I also cannot do shoes that kill your poor toes. I think Manalo Blahniks are the first pair of designer shoes that I had ever heard of apart from the most obvious, and I was so proud of myself for learning a designer term haha. Now that you praise them here and how fab I have seen them look on you, I will definitely be looking into a pair in the future. 🙂

    Mich x
    https://michjosephblog.wordpress.com

  9. Taylor Ivanna 19th April 2017 / 12:06 pm

    This Spring look is gorgeous and I’m excited for when I am able to have my first experience of buying designer shoes!

  10. Victoria 19th April 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Oh, Lydia, you write about shoes with such grace <3 Totally in love with this post and the photos are so so dreamy!!!

  11. Immy May 19th April 2017 / 12:07 pm

    Looking lovely lady! I am yet to buy myself a pair of designer shoes, I feel like it will be such a big step when I do… These babies would be perf! Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  12. Esther 19th April 2017 / 12:22 pm

    This look is oh so pretty.
    I am a designer shoe addict. Manolo Blaniks Hangisi is the most comfortable highHEEL ever.
    Love, Esther
    https://lifestyle-tale.com/

  13. Claudia Stenhouse 19th April 2017 / 12:55 pm

    Beautiful photos Lydia and stunning shoes! Love the pop of pink with that dress, so beautiful.

  14. Huong 19th April 2017 / 5:45 pm

    You’re so right, Lydia! Manolos really should be on every fashionable woman’s wishlist. I feel like it’s such a classic. SATC has been over for well over a decade now and it just goes to show just how iconic that style is! Because of you, I went to find that dress and tried it on in store. Too bad it didn’t look good on me as it does you! You’re my new favorite blogger to follow!

    She Sweats Diamonds

  15. Adele 19th April 2017 / 6:14 pm

    A pair of comfortable heels…Amen to that!! Love the bright pop they add to your neutral outfit. The more I see you with your Chloe bag the more I’ve fallen in love with it!! Beautiful photos as always.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  16. Tania 19th April 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Love everything you do Lydia.You inspire me.
    Love,Tania

  17. Fowzia Madar 19th April 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I love this post, that’s so sad about your first designer pair of shoes, but you’ve got so much experience now and pick very wisely as I see in your youtube videos,

    Fowzia|Crazy4ties

    xoxo

  18. Nas 19th April 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Never know which colour to get though! By the way should be ‘resigned’ not ‘resided’.

  19. Paulynagore 19th April 2017 / 11:53 pm

    They look so beautiful! I’m not a pump kind of woman usually but these, ah these…. I would love to invest in them! Oh and Jimmy Choo too ! And Gianvito Rossi, ok Aquazzura too 😉 These would be my to go conerning pumps (that’s a lot of brand, isn’t it,)

    Amazing outfit of course, i love your style!
    http://paulynagore.blogspot.fr/

  20. Sophie 20th April 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Looking incredible as always Lydia! The colour of those shoes is amazing and I think I’m in love with that dress.
    Sophie xxx
    http://www.sopharsogood.com

  21. Lorna 20th April 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I have a pair of CL Pigalle in the 100mm height and I took a half size up, so they aren’t too painful at all. I definitely can’t do the 120mm though, those are INSANE! Love the Manolo’s they look gorgeous!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  22. Lorna 20th April 2017 / 3:44 pm

    And I knew I recognised this location! Great Pultney Street in Bath. I live in Bath and I use this location frequently for my blog photos as well as other places around Bath! So happy you love it here!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  23. Cristina Rose 21st April 2017 / 1:03 am

    I love reading your post and these pictures came out amazing! <3

    What camera and lens was used for these pictures?

  24. Amanda 22nd April 2017 / 5:08 am

    LOVE all your new Manolos!! You may be selling me on them.. gotta save up a little haha. These photos are absolutely stunning! I think the most beautiful you’ve ever taken!! 🙂

  25. Radhika Recommends 22nd April 2017 / 9:38 am

    Gorgeous shoes Lydia and I love that spring H&M dress! I’ve recently started to invest more in good quality designer shoes and you can really feel the difference in the comfort for your feet.

    http://www.radhikarecommends.com

  26. Romy 23rd April 2017 / 10:44 am

    If I’m getting my first pair of designer shoes I’d probably go for some kind of fancy flats, ankle boots or maybe – now that I’ve seen them on you all the time and heard your thoughts – a pair of Manolo’s.

    xo Romy

    http://www.rustyrevolvers.com

  27. Lisa Autumn 23rd April 2017 / 11:04 am

    You totally inspired me to save up for my first pair of Manolos! Thanks Lydia!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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