Shoe Maths Part II

9 Oct

And following on from last week’s post, isn’t this THE best birthday card to send to a Shoe person?!!

Btw if you happen to know Emma, please send her to ShoesieQ’s shoe shop asap…… 😉

Shoe maths

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Shoe Maths!

3 Oct

OK, OK, ShoesieQ admits that whilst this is not perhaps an Oxymoron, the words “Shoes” and “Maths” are not often found in the same sentence. Especially a 2 word one!

Mind you, now she thinks about it ShoesieQ isn’t even sure that Shoe Maths is even a true sentence. Isn’t there supposed to be a verb lurking around somewhere?  Hmmmmm, ShoesieQ is now starting to wonder if she dare show her face in her Cambridge shop ever again at this rate, as she has some seriously bright customers and is starting to feel seriously dense!

Anyway, we digress. Getting back on topic, ShoesieQ has a question of a vaguely equatiastical bent (and yes, she’s fully aware that to make matters even more random she’s starting to make words up).

So, my dearest and most patient reader, the question ShoesieQ is finally about to ask, is what do you get if you complete the following sum?

Boxes

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Well, dear shoeslover, in this particular case the answer is the most wonderful new range of boots by a new brand to Modish by Bueno that ShoesieQ stumbled across during her last but one trip to Milan. Tbh this rather rubbishy photo doesn’t really do these gorgeous boots justice. The colours are brighter for starters – plus you probably can’t tell just how soft the leather is, or indeed how comfy they are on! And you’ll definitely not have worked out is that the range starts at just £99.99 for the Chelsea boots, and tops out at a very reasonable £155 for the mid calf ones 🙂

What will probably come as less of a surprise is that these boots are proving rather popular, so if you fancy a fair we suggest you hot foot it down to Cambridge or Saffron Walden pronto!

Bueno

Qu: What does a Shoe Siren wear to her wedding?

4 Mar

Answer:Hogl 10 7504

 

These babies by Hogl!

Though for the avoidance of doubt, ShoesieQ reckons she’ll also stretch to a frock. Although with just a week to go until the BIG DAY, sadly it’s looking like the frock will need to stretch to her 😦

Btw, and in case anyone else has fallen in love with these utterly gorgeous courts, they’re by Hogl, cost £135 and can be found in ShoesieQ’s Cambridge shop right now 🙂

Have you discovered the Joy of Tidying Part II (Part Shoes?!)

2 Mar
Shoe stash pre cull

Is there such a thing as too many shoes…….?

Well, dear reader, if you’ve spotted ShoesieQ’s last post you’ll see that she’s had a go at getting her life in order. Well, her wardrobe at least. But with one major omission. Namely her (frankly) vast shoe collection.

Now shoes have pretty much been ShoesieQ’s thing since she was a small child, many many moons ago. And as such you may not be too shocked to hear that her collection at one point reached about 140 pairs. Though in her defence she was living in Italy at the time, and whilst this is undoubtedly a very wonderful country in many many respects, Italy has to be the last place in the world that is safe for a shoe-obsessive such as herself.

Anyway since that, ermmmm “peak” 13 years ago ShoesieQ has been quietly whittling down her collection. So much so that she’s managed to get it down to a (relatively) impressive 65 pairs by the end of 2016. But she’d been putting off applying the K’O (Kondo). Not entirely sure why – cos although 65 is a relatively small number for her – it’s still over 3 times the average for British women. Plus and perhaps more importantly, 65 pairs is still far to many to fit into ShoesieQ’s 2 wardrobes – making it impossible to really appreciate what she has. Meaning that, like so many other women, ShoesieQ just ended up wearing the same 3 pairs pretty much all the time. And for someone who owns a couple of shoe shops that HAD to change!

So one morning ShoesieQ made herself a large, strong cup of coffee, pulled on her big girls pants (yes, one pair did survive the previous Kondo cull!) and got to work, piling all 65 pairs onto the landing. She then thought she’d take a photo for posterity, but really struggled to get them all in shot – which perhaps sums up the problem! Anyway ShoesieQ then womanfully picked up each pair in turn, looked lovingly upon its countenance and repeated the Kondo mantra – namely “Do you spark joy?”

Post shoe cull - Marie Kondo

Now down to 37 pairs – even the cat looks impressed!

And you know – for one reason or another – 28 pairs did not. Which means that for the first time since she was a student ShoesieQ owns less than 40 pairs of shoes. Which for her is almost the same as going barefoot 😉

 

Have you discovered the Joy of……..Tidying?!

10 Feb
2015 WebSummit Day 2 - Society Stage

4 November 2015; Marie Kondo, on the Society Stage during Day 2 of the 2015 Web Summit in the RDS, Dublin, Ireland. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE / Web Summit

Up until very recently, ShoesieQ reckoned there were just 3 types of people in the world. Those who are good at maths, and those who aren’t………….

But it seems that there is now a new way of dividing the sheep from the lambs. Just ask your friends if they’ve come across Marie Kondo? You’ll either get:

  •  A very quizzical look, possibly accompanied by a question along the lines of “Isn’t she the latest big Shoe Designer/Supermodel/Member of the Sugababes?”

Or

  • He or she (though it’s usually the latter) will instantly develop a rather maniacal look in eyes, and start to babble on  the Magic of Tidying, Sparks of Joy and the absolute bliss of having a neatly folded drawer of knickers!

Those of you who know ShoesieQ at least a little bit would have put her very firmly in the quizzical-looking brigade (!). Well, they would have done until recently. For, dear reader, since then she has been well and truly K’O(ndo)’d!

Up until that point ShoesieQ was pretty much the opposite of a tidy person. And she’d been reading reports of this book that promised to transform people’s lives with the (so-called) “Art” of tidying with eyebrows raised so high that they could have disrupted the flightpath to Stansted airport. But then a friend with a similarly  lax attitude to all things domestic told  ShoesieQ that she really should give this little book a go. So she did. And my word, that really was one of her better decisions, it really was.

It boils down to a few simple principles. Go through everything you own, item by item, and just keep things that make you happy sums up a lot of it. Then find a place for the stuff you’re going to keep, somewhere easy to see, easy to access, and easy to put away again. She’s really keen on folding things and storing them vertically, so they rest against rather than on top each other: making drawers work like a filing cabinet! And it might sound odd,but that works ridiculously well. Here’s ShoesieQ’s trouser drawer just so you can see what she means!

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And it has to be said that Ms Kondo is as mad as a box of frogs. For instance every day Marie thanks her handbag for the hard work of carrying her purse and lipstick about and her home for keeping her dry and warm. She also believes that her possessions have feelings of their own. Bonkers, yes. But even such madness isn’t completely without merit. Just re-frame it slightly as a desire to value your possessions and being grateful for them, and that’s really not such a bad lesson eh? And what better time of year to start?

Anyway, as a result of said tidy ShoesieQ chucked out at least 6 bin bags of clothes that did anything but “Inspire Joy”, when she’d thought about it (possibly because at good 50% of them were at least a size too small for her these days). And it really did feel good! Mind you ShoesieQ has not tackled her shoe collection yet………. 😉

 

 

 

Quite Great? More like Blimmin’ Marvellous!

9 Feb

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Today ShoesieQ brings glad tidings: her shop Modish has been chosen to be featured as part of Quite Great’s Guide for tourists and shoppers coming to Cambridge – Cambridge Unwrapped!

The lovely people at Quite Great have taken it upon themselves to give visitors to our beautiful city a few inside tips on THE best places in Cambridge for a bit of shopping or a bite to eat. Pete Bassett, the boss of Quite Great, very kindly explained that all the shops and outlets chosen are examples of must go to Cambridge retailers who truly understand both the heartbeat of the city and the way to give shoppers a great experience.

The very slight downside is that this guide is via the medium of You Tube, and if you are indeed ShoesieQ that makes it a teensey weensey bit excruciating to watch.

But she has bitten the bullet (!) and added a link so you can see for yourself. In fact it’s such a great idea here’s the link to the whole thing!

Cambridge Unwrapped: Modish

Cambridge Unwrapped: All

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you The Sliced Loaf!

4 Oct

If you are, in the immortal words of Ray Davies,  a dedicated follower of fashion, you won’t fail to have noticed a slightly surprising new trend that the likes of Alexa et al have been sporting over the last few weeks, namely the “Sliced Loaf”.

Now in case you were wondering about the sanity of said fashionistas, ShoesieQ needs to point out that women are NOT rushing down to Lidl (or even Waitrose) en masse, grabbing a large Mothers Pride White Toaster Loaf and strapping two slices onto their tootsies.

What they are doing instead is popping down to their local shoe shop and walking out with a pair of backless loafers. Now obviously “backless loafers” doesn’t sound anywhere fashion-y enough for the style cognoscenti , so some wag decided to sex things up by coming up with an alternative moniker for said shoes. But sadly they coined the frankly ludicrous Sliced Loaf. And even more sadly a load of credulous fashion journalists have adopted this ridiculous name!

Which is a pity as the shoe itself can actually be rather great. Obviously not the furry version that makes it look as though, with every step, you’re massacring a small family of chipmunks. The less said about those, the better! But hey, at least the women wearing them aren’t torturing themselves with every step, which makes a pleasant change from most fashion footwear eh? And worn with trousers of just about any length they look pretty cool.

What’s more, said shoes make ShoesieQ feel remarkably smug, as her shop Modish is somewhat (unusually!) ahead of the game as it has sold backless loafers by Geox for the past few years now. And indeed has them in stock as she types in case you wanted to give them a go 🙂