Monday, 3 November 2014

Irregular Choice: Gold Bunny & Unicorn Heels

Erm, ok, so I was kinda a lot naughty on Friday and ordered three pairs of the new gold heels from Irregular Choice. You know you've spent a lot when your order is put on hold until you confirm your details, muahaha! I've actually been saving money for once though; this never leaving the house malarkey has a gold silver lining. As usual they were released at 12pm and it doesn't happen every time, but I got myself into a right old panic. I just felt there was a lot of hype surrounding these, IC had only released images of two of the seven styles and I just had a feeling I was going to miss out on the ones I wanted.  I barely slept the night before and felt sick most of the morning.   Irregular Choice Gold Heel Boxes

With the aid of my sister on her laptop and the notoriously slow to load pages at IC, I did eventually manage to secure the three pairs I wanted. I stared at them in my basket, not quite sure if I should go for all three or if I wanted other styles entirely. It took me until 10 past to put my order through, the slowest I've ever been of all these limited edition releases (usually I'm finished in 2 minutes). I spent a long time deliberating if I bought the right pairs and if they'd even fit, but by the end of the day I'd discounted the rest and was happy with my rather expensive decision. They arrived late this morning (Monday) and I have to admit to being somewhat happy that one pair were not as I expected. I rarely dislike a shoe when I see it in person, but this one just isn't what I thought, so I will be returning. However more about that later. Let's begin with the bunny heels I opted for, Fluffy Tail in pink. They also came in black, but the gold spots on them were too rich for my taste. The gold bunny heel is also available in a sequin shoe-boot, aptly named Disco Bunny, in either black or green/blue. I was really tempted with those mermaid ones, especially as the sequins can be flipped over to reveal another colour (bronze on those and silver on the black pair). Though I'm reminded of shooting a magazine cover, where we used this top with really large sequins on it. As the stylist, I spent the whole day running in and out of shot, flipping the sequins the correct way every time the model moved!  Not cool!  Anyway as much as I love me some sparkle, I love a bit of fluff more and Fluffy Tail come with a freaking fluffy tail!! Who doesn't want that on their shoes? I sure do, so that was the deciding factor for me. Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Pink Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Pink Front
The uppers are made from different coloured sequins (small, flat sequins as opposed to the more fish-scale like appearance of Disco Bunny) and the different colours create a large polka dot effect all across the shoe. They have a pink pleated frill trim, fasten with a buckle and remind me a little of old-fashioned school shoes. If you went to a really cool and crazy school obviously. The rounded toe and general shape are reminiscent of previous character heels, most recently Cherry Deer. Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Pink Toe Detail Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Pink Buckle Frill Detail
The white fluffy tail, dangles at the back top of the heel. There's a little movement, but it appears to be quite well stitched in (think I'll maybe panic the first few times I wear them that it'll fall off, though I suspect it's more secure than I realise). The black pair had a black tail which again was something I wasn't so keen on. Bunnies have light tails after all. Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Detail Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Gold Bunny Heel
Then the heels are mirror gold, exactly the same shape as the original Flopsy. They have an almost wedge like shape, measuring around 4 1/2" (the shoe has a 3/4" concealed platform). The bunnies have gold metallic ribbons around their necks (my originals have spotty bows). Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Bunny Heel Back Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Bunny Heel Side Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Bunny Heel Close Up Irregular Choice Fluffy Tail Bunny Heel Detail
Size wise, I opted for the bigger size because almost all of my other character heels are a size larger (and I went into panic mode on the day worrying my usual size wouldn't fit). I'm glad I did in this case. They are naturally a little stiff when you first put them on, but I felt they were a good fit for me (not too big or too small). I know a 5/38 is usually 24.5cm and I think it increases by 5 or 6mm for a 6/39, so that would be around 25cm. I found these come in at just under 25cm, so are a good fit for someone like me who can be between sizes. So I think your usual size will be snug but possibly stretch enough to accommodate, if you are a half-size. If you have quite small feet, you'll probably be fine in your regular size. Next up, we have the unicorn heels. All three styles named Trixy were similar, just different colours. I'd initially set out to get the peach, then I fell for the black and afterwards that turned to envy for the turquoise! The turquoise are very much my type of colour, but I talked myself out of it afterwards as I felt the darker colour of the bow didn't fit in so well with the rest of the shoe and heel. The black shocked me on the day because I hadn't been expecting so much cream in the floral pattern. They seemed really cream in the promo shot. Irregular Choice Trixy Black Shoes Irregular Choice Trixy Black Shoes Front
In real life mine are quite cream too. I like it though. The black bow on the toe is made from glitter (that big ass, hard scratchy kind) and I love that little split with peaks at the front, it's really cute. Irregular Choice Trixy Black Toe Detail Irregular Choice Trixy Black Glitter Bow
Again the heel is exactly like my original unicorns, but in gold. They measure around 4 3/4" and there's a small concealed platform of around 3/4". Irregular Choice Trixy Unicorn Heel Side Irregular Choice Trixy Gold Unicorn Heels
Despite me thinking the bunnies looked quite large when I deboxed them and the unicorns quite small, they are the opposite on the feet. I find these a tad too large (again I sized up) and I'm wondering if with wear, they will stretch further and really be too big. They measure just over 25cm, so are true to size for a 6/39. I suppose they look most like the unicorn heeled Eternal Friend and I had a 5/38 in them as the 6/39 gaped (though the 5 are very snug). So I probably could've gotten away with my usual size. I'll have to try them on properly and see if it might become a problem and therefore exchange them if it is (I only quickly put one foot with the bunny on the other). Here's a heel comparison with the bunny. Irregular Choice Gold Heel Comparison
My other Trixy pair are the peachy ones. From the promotional images I was expecting a soft peach and considering I don't have anything like this in my collection already, I was quite taken with them. They were the last pair I opened this morning and as soon as I saw a flash of them, I knew they weren't for me. I was shocked actually, the issue being the colour. They are neon. I'm not kidding, it's really bright. Not the soft colour I was expecting. When I began taking photos, I was getting rather peeved that on the screen and through the viewer, the colour wasn't coming across bright at all.  However once I uploaded them, I was pleased to see it did come across. They call them 'coral' and I find them to be a true coral. I think my images lean more orangey (missing that pink element) but if anything they are brighter in real life than in these photos. Irregular Choice Trixy Coral Shoes Front Irregular Choice Trixy Coral Shoes
They have the same floral pattern in cream and gold and exactly the same shape. The glitter bow is adorable. I really love it on this one, as it's multi-coloured up close but from afar comes across as a taupey-gold. Irregular Choice Trixy Fabric Close Up Irregular Choice Trixy Gold Glitter Bow Irregular Choice Trixy Gold Glitter Bow Front
The heel is exactly the same and although I didn't try these on, I'd expect them to fit the same as the black pair. All of the shoes have the same griffin sole (which I forgot to photograph) and I've said before, I really love the inside (holographic snakeskin with 'quilted' velvet). Irregular Choice Trixy Gold Unicorn Heels Irregular Choice Trixy Inside
It's not that I completely dislike the colour, it's just nothing like I was expecting and I know I'd find it difficult to style with my wardrobe. I also thought the bow was a big sparkly brooch thing initially (the promo shot was a side view), which was funny when I realised it wasn't. The colour of this and the pink bunnies initially looked similar-ish (they were both pale, though one was definitely pink and one peach), so I've compared them here to hopefully illustrate again how bright the coral really is and how completely unlike they are. Irregular Choice Colour Comparison Fluffy Tail Pink & Trixy Coral Irregular Choice Colour Comparison Fluffy Tail Pink & Trixy Coral Side
If I'm truthful I'm relieved that I'm returning one pair because I probably don't need both and this helped me make my mind up. Plus it's a lot of money when you buy three pairs (all styles are £125 each) and I've already got my eye on a pair of boots instead!  I found it really hard to make decisions with this collection. Usually I know the colour/style I like most, but I was genuinely torn with all seven because the collection was that good.  That's coming from someone who didn't think a gold heel would appeal!  What do you think, do you like them did you get any?  Irregular Choice Gold Heel Shoe Collection

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  1. LOVELY shoes! I really like the gold bunnies (though I would have liked if the whole shoe was gold, but I guess then the bunny would be hard to see) but I think Mr.Unicorn really steals the show. I actually like the brightness of the second unicorn pair but I think the first one is a little bit nicer. Anyways, I am in awe. I cannot wait to see you rocking these!

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    1. Yes, my initial reaction was that the pink wasn't quite right with the gold, perhaps silver would've been better. However, it does work when you see them. I was so surprised by the neon as I think many will be...the black are striking!

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  2. I got the mermaid disco bunnies! I have absolutely no idea where I'll be wearing them but they were just too sparkly to pass up. My next choice was the peach Unicorns and after reading your post, I am so glad I didn't get them. I was have been devastated with the true neon color, and being in Australia means returns are impossible. Fingers crossed my mermaids are fine!

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    1. Haha, yeah I put my 'sensible' hat on and thought 'how often will I wear those mermaid ones and where/how would I wear them'! They look amazing though, can't wait to see yours. Yes, I was expecting soft peach, vintage, boudoir looking shoe and I got 80's rave instead! I'm sure the coral would look striking against an all black outfit, but the black pair are just beautiful in real life. Keen to see 'real' images of the turquoise to see how their colour is.

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  3. I ended up getting the black unicorn ones (now I'm worried they might be too big, I tend to bounce between a 40 and a 41 in IC sizes and went with the 41-- most of the perspex heels like Hello Ha and Ozzy would rather be a 41 on me, but Mo Money Mo was a full size too big at 41, argh!), because I couldn't afford both the pink bunny AND the unicorns. But the two you're keeping were my favorite two as well.

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    1. Well I sound similar to you Sylv, my Mo were a 38 and big, those perspex heeled ones in a 38 are usually really snug on me as are the new and old shaped cortesans. I tried the unicorns again today and there is some room, but I'm thinking the 38 would be really snug and uncomfortable at first, so I'm keeping the 39. I just hope they don't stretch too much with wear. I think an insole will help lots (though it's always a pity to cover up the pretty insoles).

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    2. Yeah. I won't worry too much then, since we seem to have the same issues. I'm in a wheelchair, so I probably won't break them in nearly as much, either.

      (The Mo sizing still breaks my heart, though. I can't return them and selling them on ebay would make me sad.)

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    3. Same here! I'm not getting out or walking anywhere right now, so my shoes are pristine! Haven't even had the chance to wear my original unicorns nevermind this new lot. I sold my Mo....I really needed space and money, but I do still think about them. The heel is so heavy anyway, that they would slip off your foot regardless I would think, but yeah I found them big. Similar situation with the Long Lashes boots, I still have mine, but they are big in the heel so slip off when walking. Let me know how you get on with your unicorns when they arrive.

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    5. I just got them today (which was pretty fast for an overseas purchase-- I live in a major city but I still think unicorns delivered it). Similar verdict: half size big, but a 40 would've been too small, fixable with an insole on days that my feet aren't swollen.

      There is the slightest small spot of tarnish on one of the unicorns' neck, but when they're on that would not be noticeable at all.

      Not the star soles alas, but since I can only go out at night no one'll notice that the soles aren't black. My mother-in-law's verdict was, 'I never was really into shoes before but now I love shoes!' and my sweetie's verdict was, 'OMG, those are so COOL!' so IC knocked it out this time. :3

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    6. Haha brilliant! That was a speedy delivery. Glad they've turned out ok-ish. I sent back the coral pair, but kept the black (think an insole should do the trick). My family love both the bunny and unicorn, they seem to be a hit!

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    7. Yeah, I was surprised how strongly folks reacted to the unicorns, they've liked some of my shoes before but this was nuts. :3 Mother-in-law wants me to get a long shadowbox to start displaying them.

      ...Hey, do you remember how the Botoxics fit? I scored a size 40 (I think) in the black and white chevron but I'll have to break out the hairdryer if they run small, and they won't be here for a few weeks.

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    8. Ooh brilliant. I never tried Botoxic, but if I remember correctly, I heard someone say they fit small.

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    9. Hopefully they'll stretch, then. Thank you. D:

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  4. I ordered the pink fluffy tail bunnies as i fell in love with the fluffy tail as you did! I love them but do think the bunny heel is a much brighter gold than it appears in the publicity shots. I nearly ordered the unicorn turquoise trixy instead but am glad that i ididn't after your experience with the peach ones. I recently also bought the black sparkle eternal friend which are now on the website and they are are gorgeous

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    1. Great choice, I love the tail! I hadn't noticed much of a difference in the gold in real life. I still love that turquoise colour but I think the bow is too dark for the heel and clashes a bit. Wow, those EF were a random release weren't they? I notice they are sold out now, but there was no mention of them on the IC FB page etc and it was odd it happened at the same time as the gold heels. Thanks for following and commenting btw x

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  5. Ha, as you will know from my other comment of the day, I HATE the gold bunny (and unicorn) but the rest of the shoe is GORGEOUS!! I totally love the Discobunny (ha, now I know the name, thanks!) You did well!

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    1. Pah-haha, poor gold Oscar bunnies and unicorns....they would cry if they weren't metallic and incapable of such a thing ; ) The mermaid D.I.S.C.O bunny look FABulous!

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  6. Wow, those bunny ones are AMAZING! So beautiful. xx

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  7. Hrm, the soles are not the black and white star pattern on the website (shopakira also shows them with the blue soles). I wonder what's up with that, I liked the monochrome effect with the black and gold heels.

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    1. No they aren't. Do you know I saw the star soles there too and it didn't register with me that mine weren't. Though they tend to be reserved for the Dan Sullivan 'Gold Star' stuff and these gold heels didn't go into that collection.

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  8. These shoes are so incredibly cool! You see them and your brain takes a moment to fully comprehend the magnitude of the adorable, stylish awesomeness before you. I've been coveting IC's offerings for years now. Perhaps this will finally be the year Old St. Nick leaves a pair under the tree for me (a girl can wish!!!).

    Big hugs & many thanks for your lovely comment on my latest outfit post,
    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Aw thank you Jessica, that's so nice of you to stop by and comment. Hope Santa brings you some fabulous IC's!

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  9. I kind of like them, although didn't expect to like the unicorn heels as I didn't like the originals. I prefer the turquoise in the Trixy heels although the black is nice as well!

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    1. Yeah I actually think I prefer the unicorn in gold rather than the original colours.

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  10. what a crazy but beautiful collection of newly bought shoes!

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    1. thank you, didn't think I'd be a fan of the gold heel, but I love it.

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  11. Hello!
    Glitter - check. Smashing colors - check. Effective look - check.
    These beauties have all of the above - I find them adorable!

    Marija

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  12. Must say that these are just fabulous! If I had a office job, I would right away order the black ones! Have you ever considered bying Minna Parikka Shoes?

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    1. Thank you. I don't own any MP shoes, but I've drooled over several. Love the ones with the little heart details or animal ears.

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  13. I want the black ones so bad but i have never bought IC before so I don't know what size to buy!!! I am 9 in American size and have bought UK size in 7. Which size would you recommend?

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    1. Hi Indiana, I find the black pair true to size (they'll maybe be a little snug/rigid at first but will feel better after wear), so I would go for your regular size. So yes, I think a UK7 will translate into a US9. Hope this helps x

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  14. Can you tell me if your griffin boxes are shiny and what the tissue paper inside is like.
    I'm worried the pairs I've bought aren't authentic...as normally the boxes are more papery and the tissue is IC Branded.

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    1. This box is definitely glossy...I can't recall the tissue paper, turquoise spotty perhaps? I'll check for you.

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