RANT OF THE WEEK: Extreme Heels!

1 Aug

Uber high heelsNow ShoesieQ ie fully aware that she’s in danger of sounding like your dear old mum here. But listen up! For when the mega cool and sexy Cara Delevingne tells Vogue magazine that, “The worst part of being a model? I hate high heels, more than anything” surely that’s worth paying attention to, no?

 

Especially as that interview was over 2 years ago, and the extreme heel has been banished to fashion Siberia for a good couple of seasons now. Yet the uber-heel refuses to die.

 

Proof if proof is needed came for ShoesieQ earlier this year at the otherwise wonderful Cambridge Style Week. This marvellous event featured ShoesieQ’s shoe shop, Modish, amongst the likes of LK Bennett, Hobbs and many more illustrious local and national stores.

CSW HappyAnyway, an acquaintance of ShoesieQ came up to her afterwards and commented that hers was the only catwalk where the models smiled. Now ShoesieQ had been far too busy being nervous to notice, but said mate was bang on! All the rest of the brands put their models in the highest heels possible – and it showed in their faces. How is being miserable a good look?!

And that’s before ShoesieQ gets on to the physical damage they wreak on us. Yes, she knows, she really DOES sound like your mum now. And that may be so, but ShoesieQ has just 3 words for you, if you’re a devotee of skyscraper heels. And they are:

Victoria Beckham’s feet.

Now ShoesieQ did consider adding a pic here to illustrate the point, but decided against it on the grounds that it may disturb readers of a nervous or delicate disposition ;)  But if you really want to see something truly scary – Google them now! High heel devotees – that is your future! And probably sans the delights of being married to the divine David, which even ShoesieQ suspects would easy the pain somewhat (unless those rumours are to be believed………..)

Anyway, the really mad part of this, is that these days you can buy great looking shoes that don’t crucify you. Lose an inch or two off the heel for starters, and look out for shops with brands that aren’t just about high fashion.  Cos even if you still want that classic sexy high heel, there are still some great options out there that won’t crucify you.

 

129002_hogl_black_suedeTake these beauties by Hogl that have just turned up at Modish. They’ve got mega soft uppers, a light and flexible sole, plus the special “softline“ tread that is Hogl’s trademark.

So if, despite everything, you just can’t give up your high heel habit, pop a pair of these babies on. Your feet will thank you. You have ShoesieQ’s word on that!

Festival Footwear!

21 Jun

If you were of the female persuasion and going to a music festival, it used to just mean one thing. At least when it came to what to put on your feet. And that,as any fule kno, is Wellies. Which is fair enough, who doesn’t want dry feet as the heavens open? Plus there’s the added bonus of channelling one’s inner Kate Moss. Only problem is they’re so so heavy, they chafe your legs, and when (?!) the sun finally decides to make an appearance, there’s nothing more hot and sweaty than encasing your feet in rubber. Plus we don’t know about you, but whenever ShoesieQ’s seen pics of herself in a pair she’s looks more like a wannabe Alan Titchmarsh groupie than anything :(

So, what’s the alternative? Well, you can go two ways. The first, and most obvious route, is to grab your trusty Converse. Now, to be honest, we’re not entirely sure how they made the humble sneaker look cool on everyone, but they do, and that’s just a fact.

brookeThe other suggestion will work a treat if you’re going to one of the more “hippy” fests, e.g. Latitude, Glasto and Bestival and the like, are these babies by Adesso. Colourful, fun, comfy, fully machine washable and only £30, they’re made for festival feet. Plus, and this is where they beat most Converse, they have a platform of about an inch. Which might, just might,be enough for you to peer over the shoulder of that annoyingly tall man who has just decided to stand in front of you, so you still have a fighting chance of actually see the band!

And yes, ShoesieQ is fully aware that her last post was also on Adesso shoes. Plus no, she is not, we repeat, not obsessed by them. But she is a bit worried that they’re about to sell out, and she wants the last few pairs to go to good homes…………. aka those belonging to people such as you, dear reader :)

Our most colourful shoes yet!

7 May

Question:  What do you get if you cross this:

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With some of these?

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Adesso shoes – that’s what!!

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This is our first season with Adesso, and my goodness, what an eye-opener it’s been! ShoesieQ has, in all her days as a shoe siren, never come across a line like it. They’re a bit mad-looking sure, but if you’re after something lightweight, colourful and crazily comfortable, then you really can’t beat ’em.

The shoes themselves combine a memory-foam insole with a moulded footbed topped by an upper of woven elastic. And though the styles come up a bit differently to each other, ShoesieQ hasn’t yet come across a foot that won’t work with at least one of the ones she stocks at her shop Modish, which is a bit of a first!

PLUS if they get a bit grubby they can be chucked into the washing machine 5 times at a 40C wash before the elastic starts to go.

And did we mention that they cost just £30? :)

As you may image this is just a small selection of our range. Plus these shoes are, not surprisingly, selling like hotcakes!  So if you fancy a pair may we suggest that you, ahem, hot foot it down to Modish Cambridge or Saffron Walden a bit sharpish………..!

The politics of shoes!

1 May

PartiesDon’t worry, this isn’t going to be some long tedious post on the relative merits of Messers Cameron, Miliband and Clegg: aka the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (although not necessarily in that order………….).

Nor is this a post on sexual politics of shoes either, despite the fact that ShoesieQ has occasionally pondered on the slightly bewildering fact that high heels can somehow simultaneously make a woman look more and less powerful.

Nope – today’s missive has been inspired by ShoesieQ looking at her  (shop’s) current Spring collection of shoes and spotting something rather odd. Namely that, without realising it at the time, she managed to order the same shoe in the 3 colours of our main political parties!!

See what I mean?!

Pinto di Blu 2Now as luck would have it this is one of Modish’s best sellers this year. Possibly partly down to the fact that  they’re gorgeous, super comfy and only £65 :)

Plus they’re by  little known Portuguese shoe designers Pinto di Blu, so Modish is the only stockist of this particular pump………

Anyway ShoesieQ isn’t sure if this has any bearings at all on the outcome of the events taking place on May 7th. But she can share that, at the time of writing, sitting in her stockroom are:

3 Pairs of Blue

2 Pairs of Red

and

1 pair of Yellow.

So, if the customers of Modish Cambridge are voting with their feet, it’s good news for our current MP, Dr Julian Huppert!

 

Breaking news……….. that is creating quite the Buzz! ‏

27 Mar

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Shoe fans – ShoesieQ brings glad tidings! For her shoe shop Modish has now taken delivery of her entire new Fly collection :)   And what’s more it’s probably the most gorgeous range of theirs she’s ever seen, with a fantastic array of colours and style for pretty much every occasion.

In fact, ShoesieQ loves them so much she thinks they almost count as a work of art. Which is why she framed a few of her favourites this morning when she was having the first coffee of the day………

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PLUS it would be remiss not to add that a couple of ShoesieQ’s customers have mentioned that a number of these Fly sandals are £5 to £10 cheaper at Modish than some of her competitors!  Naming no names, though one of  shops begins with a ‘J’ and ends ‘ones the Bootmaker’ whilst the other sounds like the heir to the throne combined with someone who’s had a few too many shandies saying cheers loudly and clashing glasses with everyone he/she stumble across. And btw if anyone can guess what the blimmin heck ShoesieQ’s rabbiting on about, please let her know, as she not sure if she’s being overly cryptic or just overly odd with that second clue-ette……….. :)

Discover Green Street launches tomorrow!

6 Jan

Cambridge Food Sandwich Sandwich136ShoesieQ was wandering round Cambridge one Sunday last month when she was struck by the fact that although the city was mobbed with shoppers, relatively few seemed to make it to Green Street, where (one of) her ladies shoe shop can be found.

 Now to be honest this wasn’t the first time she’d spotted this. Nor indeed was it the first time that she asked herself why on earth more people didn’t pop down and have a mooch at Green Street. Cos it’s certainly not cos it’s lacking in great place to eat and shop.  In fact, and if she says so herself, Green Street is blessed with some of the best stores in town. For example, in the last 6 months, we’ve gained not one but two brilliant Interiors shops in Susie Watson Designs and Catesby’s. Open Air Outdoor shop is a Cambridge institution, not to mention the multi award winning Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery. We have 4 shoe shops in the Street, 2 Hairdressers and great clothes shops in the form of Oska, White Stuff and Jigsaw.

 There’s even an amazing hat and cap shop in Lairds – a year ago they opened their first store outside London here.

 And once you’ve finished shopping we have some great places to eat and snack in Bill’s, Harriets Café and Tearooms, Bangkok City and  the delicious Chill Frozen Yogurt.

Cambridge Food Sandwich Sandwich131But this is where the story takes a twist. Cos rather than just shake her head in bewilderment, this time ShoesieQ decided that Something Must Be Done.

So the very next day she visited all 18 businesses in the street to see if they were up for working together to promote Green Street. And, dear reader, Every Single One of Them was indeed Up For It :)

To cut a long story short  we decided to kick things off  by holding a day long event on January 7th called “Discover Green Street”. There’ll be things to do from breakfast to bedtime as many of the shops and restaurants will be open late.

So in case you’re in or about Cambridge tomorrow here’s a list of what’s on offer:

Bills: 20% off retail food sales

Harriet Kelsall Jewellery: 10% off all SALE items,spend over £100 & get free silver earrings

Harriets Café: 25% off afternoon teas, all accompanied by pianist

Sundaes Bedtime Wonderland: Enjoy a cup of jasmine tea while trying on their wonderful felt and sheepskin slippers. And if you’re a size 7 you’ll get a special gift on the day

Buy a waffle special and get a free hot drink at Chill

25% off for all new clients at Directors

10% off plus free fizz after 5 at ShoesieQ’s shop Modish

Susie Watson Designs: 10% off non-sale items (excluding fabrics and throws) plus free consulations on creating your own mood board

Free glass of wine with a la carte meals at Bangkok City

Free refreshments at Jigsaw

Oska will be serving drinks and a free goodie bag with purchases (they have a half price sale at the mo)

 

But if you can’t make it we’ve also launched a twitter account @DiscoverGreenSt, so why not follow us to be first to know what we’re all getting up to?

REJOICE – The Average British woman now owns 21 pairs of shoes!

9 Oct
 Yesterday ShoesieQ spotted a story in the papers that truly warmed the cockles of her heart. For, to paraphrase the immortal words of D:Ream, Things are Indeed Getting Better.
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Now to be fair this was a fleeting moment, as right now said papers are full of doom and gloom about all sorts of terrible world events. But still ShoesieQ grabbed hold of this one particular item of Good News, clasping it to her bosom like a long lost child, (pretending not to notice when it squirmed awkwardly).
woman-shopping-for-shoes For it seems that the average woman now owns a mighty 21 pairs of shoes!
OK, so ShoesieQ accepts that to you this may not seem like much reason to rejoice. And she suspects that, to some, this number may actually seem on the low side. In fact many of the women that ShoesieQ meets in the line of duty (ie in her shoe shop) love shoes, and unsurprisingly many of them feel that 21 is a somewhat paultry total. Then there are probably others, particularly of the male persuasion, who seem to think that  all women have  hundreds of pairs of shoes.
Imelda-Marcoss-shoes-in-1-010But as long term readers of this blog may recall a few years ago ShoesieQ spotted a survey by GoCompare stating that us British gals had an average of 19 pairs. And the good ol Co-op reported a year later that this number was now 20. So ShoesieQ was chuffed to bits to see that this fantastic upwards trend had continued to 2014 :)
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And there’s more! The latest study of 2,000 women  aged 18 to 60, also found that average woman in this country:
  • Will have splashed out £6,500 on footwear by her mid 40s
  • Own an average £354 worth of unworn shoes (mainly comprising of stilettos)

 

Plus:

  • Over 40% of our shoes are worn either once, or never!
  • 61% of us  own ‘sitting down’ shoes to be worn at a restaurant or other ‘sitting’ occasion (!)
  • 35% buy shoes they didn’t need because they were on sale (only 35%?!)
  • 30% keeping shoes simply because they look beautiful in the wardrobe
  •  20% of us are either so absent-minded women (or own so many pairs) that  they forget they have them.

Although to be fair wrt to the last point this may not be the whole story. To ShoesieQ’s highly trained shoe – antenna  it sounds a bit like when we get caught out having snuck a new pair into the house by Him Indoors. When challenged about buying yet another pair of shoes, how many of us have uttered something like:

“What, these old things? I’ve had them so long I can’t even remember!” ;)

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