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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

 

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!

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……….. 🙂

The 10 reasons that shoes are like men

25 Apr

 

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This may surprise those of you who know her, but ShoesieQ’s been having a bit of a philosophical time of late. Though to be honest she’s not been spending every waking hour pondering what some may consider the great questions of our time. No, ShoesieQ plans to leave issues such as  “What is Dark Matter”, the existence of the Higgs Boson particle and who on earth writes Jimmy Carr’s (so-called) jokes to the likes of Professors Hawking, Cox and those eminent sages off of Heat magazine.

No, the matter that ShoesieQ’s had on her mind over the last month or so started off as one of those funny little discussions that she has in her shoe shop and just seemed to take a life of its own.

 Namely the myriad things that shoes have in common with men.

 Yes, she knows, it sounds mad. Especially bearing in mind that most blokes are famed for not having a clue about footwear whatsoever. Though to be fair, the poor souls are to be pitied. As quite apart from anything it is a well know fact that the ability to accessorise is what sets us apart from animals. And seemingly those humans ‘blessed’ with a Y chromosome.

 Anyway, having given it perhaps more thought than was strictly warranted ShoesieQ has come up with her very own Top 10 reasons why shoes are like men:

  1. The ones we fall madly in love with almost invaraibly cause us the most pain. Though perhaps more than any other item on this list there are plenty of exceptions. If you’ve got one there’s a good chance it’s a keeper.

  2. If you go hunting for them you can’t find any you fancy

  3. Size matters. Probably best to leave it at that really. Other than to add that this goes as much for width as it does length 😉

  4. We never settle for the first one we try, even if it’s the best of the bunch

  5. We never fully trust the pretty ones

  6. The ones your mum likes are never the ones you love

  7. You never really know they’ll work out until you take them home

  8. We may have good reliable ones at home, but it’s hard to not have your head turned when you see something you fancy. There’s never any harm in window shopping. As long as you don’t get your purse out!

  9. They need to love you as much as you love them. We all know that unrequited love never ends well.

    and last but very much NOT least

  10. Thinking that they’ll be perfect once you’ve broken them in is almost always a recipe for disaster!

 

Now ShoesieQ isn’t expecting everyone to agree with every one of these factlets. For starters, her main squeeze, the delightful Dr Swain, isn’t all that impressed with No. 1 tbh. And, in the unlikely event that he is reading this, No. 8 absolutely does not happen. Ever. Not these days at least. But she reckons there can’t be too many women out there who can’t relate to at least one…… 😉

Why shoes are like men No. 10 – Thinking that they’ll be perfect once you’ve broken them in is almost always a recipe for disaster

8 Nov

 

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Sure it’s not unreasonable to expect a little give. And perhaps a little take too 😉

But one thing that ShoesieQ has learnt, from painful experience, is that it is far far better to walk away from something that is patently not going to work for you than to hope that given enough time and, ‘encouragement’ , that you’ll achieve a perfect fit.

Why shoes are like men No. 9 – They need to love you as much as you love them.

5 Nov

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Unrequited love never ends well……. 😦