Item of the Week 07/11/2016

Item of the week x4. I like them all but those orange ones…….


£125, Modern English



LADIES. Did you know that Irregular Choice carries shoes up to a size UK10??? SIZE TEN?!!

I have always loved Irregular choice shoes and have owned a couple of pairs in my life that I’ve worn into the ground. However, I’ve never been able to buy many because my feet are a size 8-9 and ultra wide to boot. I usually am restricted to gazing lovingly at them whenever I go to Schuh as their size 8 rarely fits. Thats pretty standard in most stores. Well I was in London a few days ago and popped into the I.C store in Camden for a general browse to tease myself to a higher degree and I noticed a pair of womens shoes on display that looked really big. I picked them up and they were indeed a size 43. I asked at the desk if only select styles went to a 43 and was told no- THEY ALL DO.

Wait- WHAT?!

Yes. Irregular Choice womens shoes go up to a size UK10/ 43. I nearly fell over and it was hard to contain myself. I would hear myself rambling at speed to the sales assistants who were probably wondering if I should even be allowed out on my own. You might all know this already as its not a new development but it was news to me. Mentally I spent about £1000 in a matter of seconds.

Another shoe brand I love is Office but Office don’t love me back. I’ve written to them before to complain about their very limited size 9 offering (standard styles in basic colours) and while I can’t remember the details of the response I got, several years later nothing has changed.

Now look at these…


All available in a size 10 on the IC website. Would I wear them all? No- but thats not the point. The point is that THEY ARE AVAILABLE. If IC can do this why can’t Office or Dune any other shoe shop? Plus size fashion has come a long way but larger size footwear is several steps behind. Irregular Choice is again going against the tide and showing their competitors how it’s done.

Damn You, Gravel Walkway!

My nephew got married last summer and the day was almost perfect. The weather was glorious and the entire wedding party looked radiant in their cream and gold themed outfits. The venues for both the ceremony and the reception were grand with beautiful and tasteful decorations and the whole day was just gorgeous.  The sun shone brightly all day and it was all going fabulously well then…..

Look at my shoes!!!

 Not just any shoes I hasten to add but my favouritest most comfortable dancing shoes. I love these shoes to death. I spotted them in Evans two years ago and was immediately drawn to the vintage/ Come Dancing look of them, I put these on and I feel like Ginger Rogers.

Damn and blast. Its that gravel walkway at the reception that did it. It looked lovely but it was a death sentence to gorgeous heels and I’m sure that mine weren’t the only ones to suffer such a fate.  This happened last summer and I have been reluctant to throw them out because I love them so. In the true spirit of credit crunch chic, and because I was so happy with the black ballet flats I dressed up I have tried to revamp them. First thing I did was have them re-heeled. This replaced the rubber base but the rest of the heel was still scuffed and looking shabby so I once again looked through my trusty trimmings box and pulled out a couple of things…

  • Superglue
  • Matching mesh type ribbon
  • Scalpel
  • Diamante Stones





A word of warning- I used superglue for this project and I wish I hadn’t. Superglue is great for mending broken china and doing other minor jobs where you only need a teeny tiny amount, but once you need more than the tiniest dab its horrid. I used it in a ventilated room as advised on the packaging but because I was using a lot of it, the fumes made my eyes water, my nose run and my throat hurt. I was so sure the fumes would fuse my airways together and cause me to suffocate in my sleep, that I didn’t go to bed straight away until I felt better and confident I would make it through the night. I’m serious. I’m a hypochondriac with an overactive imagination- not a great combination as it means I always feel that I’m about to kick the bucket in the most spectacular fashion. Oh, I also  I stuck my fingers to my shoes several times so all in all you may want to use something less lethal. Just saying, like.

Anyhoo. Back to the fun stuff….

First thing I did was cover one side of the heel in glue and quickly attach the ribbon to it, making sure the edge of the ribbon sat along the vertical centre of the heel. I then used the end of my scalpel (to reduce finger stickage) to smooth the ribbon along the heel and into position.





Once this was done I used the scalpel to trim off the excess ribbon around the heel and applied more glue as necessary. (Now you know why my eyes teared up)








I then did the same thing with the other side of the heel, lining up the edge of the ribbon with the centre of the heel and trimming off the excess.























Once both halves of the ribbon were attached and the edges were trimmed up, I added extra sparkle with the placement of diamante stones along the centre back of the heels and hey presto- new dancing shoes with added glitz.


 The glue hadn’t completely dried when I took this photo which is why it looks so patchy. Once it had dried and I cut off any extra threads it looked a lot neater. I also did a tiny bit more neatening by cutting the thicker edge from another piece of ribbon and running it along the upper and lower edges of the heel, just to tidy things up a bit.

Overall I’m fairly happy with the way they’ve turned out. They’re not perfect and I don’t expect them to last forever, I just want to get a few more boogies out of them before I retire them for good. I wouldn’t wear them during the day but under the cover of darkness I doubt anyone will be able to notice the untidiness, and on a crowded dancefloor is anyone really going to be looking at my heels with such scrutiny? Certainly not from this up close angle anyhow and if they are they can expect a DIY heel to the nose.

Having them reheeled- £7.95

Diamante Stones- Lying around in my trimmings box

Ribbon- around 50p

The joy of salvaging victory from the jaws of defeat- Priceless.