Monday, 11 August 2014
Haul: Irregular Choice Fawn Heels
I had a rather disruptive sleep last night due to the remains of hurricane Bertha hitting Scotland! We've had winds and torrential rain from Sunday afternoon and it's only just stopped in the last hour or so (the rain, not the wind or cold). Anyway, I was so excited when I eventually got up, to find my parcel had arrived from Irregular Choice! Before I start, I'll apologise for the slightly intrusive tags on each photo, but despite my best efforts, it seems eBayers would rather spend their time trawling google images and stealing my photos then cropping my name out (yep, really!) than take a few snaps of their own. Sad.
Ok, so I couldn't choose between the two styles on offer last Friday (and still can't), so ended up buying both. Hey I left one colour behind, that's 'willpower' enough for me! I'll start with Angel Cakes. A grey court with paw prints in black all over and some different textured black trims around the shoe and at the heel. The front features this large gold metallic paw with soft black claws and is pretty eye-catching all on it's own.
Then you turn and see the wonderful fawn heel! I've got some comparison photos later in the post to see it with previous character heels, but I think the thing to note is, it's a little chunkier than the others. Maybe more like the bunny, although even it was slimmer. It's therefore quite heavy, but not in a 'can't lift my feet another step' way! Just more weight than say the gnome. Size wise, I'd decided beforehand I'd size up. I was a little worried as it was a slip-on shoe and the previous styles I had to base my decision on were the 'Eternal Friend' unicorns, which I tried in a 38 (my usual size) and a 39 and kept the 38 (albeit they are snug, but the 39 gaped). Plus the 'Dreamy' Santa courts which I bought in a 39 and found a little bit roomy. At first they were ok, but with wear they've loosened up a bit. I swear my feet are growing, so thought it best to size up and deal with insoles, heel grips or whatever than cry because I couldn't get my feet in them!
It turns out the size up was the perfect decision. I honestly don't think my feet would even look at a 38. My foot just slipped into these and felt secure. Brilliant. I also want to rave about the linings. I've moaned a-plenty recently about scratchy, rough or just downright annoying fabrics (complete hypocrite after slagging off the crushed velvet inners that popped up season after season I know), but they've got it just right with these ones. There is the wow, spangly metallic print, but there's quilted velvet in the sides, over the foot and under the ball of the foot. Comfort exactly where you need it and pretty stuff too. I love it, more like this please IC!
I was like geek-excited when I first saw Cherry Deer. Why? Well because the beautiful fabric they'd used in some items of clothing and accessories, including my Bertha scarf (wow, two Bertha mentions in one post), a couple of seasons back, provided the uppers of these shoes. That meant matchy heaven with shoes and scarf! So as much as I love the turquoise blue colour, there was no doubt that I'd be getting the black pair. I'm slightly kicking myself I didn't buy the skirt too when I had the chance, but I worried it wouldn't fit. Could you imagine the matchy bonus points on that combo?
There's something slightly Christmas feeling about these with the red and green, but subtly so. They feature a t-bar on a strap that fastens with Velcro and a huge cherry on the front dangling from a sparkly bow and leaves (yes it can swing freely). Kitsch at it's best and again, a glorious shoe in itself never mind the heel!
I'm not sure if it's intentional or that I just got a 'good pair' but I love that there's a full deer on the toe and back heel of each shoe. Often you find one with a print you like then the other shoe looks almost entirely different, purely because of the print placement. I appreciate the effort here regardless. The heel is identical to Angel Cakes and both soles and inners are also the same. The boxes, I forgot to say are a pastel version of the sole-you can just see glimpses in the background as I forgot to photograph them separately.
Again I opted for a size larger and these feel a bit roomier than AC. I think a 38 would've been tight, but they might have fitted. I'm not too concerned though because this style come with the strap. It means the Velcro fastens all the way across and feels very secure. I really couldn't be happier with both styles, I've just fallen in love with them immediately! I love the shape of the toes and of both shoes and the fabrics used and the heels are just a bonus. I haven't spoken much about the actual heel, but it reminds me of one of those painted, vintage deer ornaments. I adore them, so obviously I like them in shoe form too! Now here is what over £1000 of shoes look like (well with their other halves obviously). I didn't realise I'd collected 9 pairs already.
Here they are in order of launch date, starting with Flopsy on the left, Chuckles, Dreamy, One Who Charms (cream), Eternal Friend, Mouse Trap, One Who Charms (black), Angel Cakes and Cherry Deer. I'm a bit sad that four pairs (plus my two new ones) have sat unworn for so long with me being ill. I think it's all the fun I had in the Santa ones that caused it!
Then I've got a pic of each character; bunny, gnome, Santa, unicorn, cat and deer. I have to ask, which is your favourite? Just the heel, not the shoe.
In this one you can see what I mean regarding the size of Bambi. A little more rounded and definitely a bigger head than Flopsy. Wee kitty needs some meat on 'dem bones, no?
If you've missed out on these, then keep an eye out because I believe we'll be seeing other variations. The best way is through the IC Facebook and Twitter pages, my lips are sealed! Tomorrow you'll get to see an 'on the foot' shot for Shoesday Tuesday, because believe me they look even more gorgeous than they do here (and they're majorly cute already) and I'll have more details on heel height etc. A couple of weeks ago I posted the Mouse Trap kitties, if you haven't already seen them. What do you think of these, your favourite yet? Did your delivery come today if you ordered them?