Last Friday saw the latest character heel release from Irregular Choice, a panda this time. In two styles (four colourways), I'll be honest and say though I loved the heel, I wasn't overly enamoured with the sneaky look we got at the shoes themselves. When they launched at 12pm, I was still no further forward with deciding which pair to get. So I kept my options open and bought two colours, with the intention of returning one, so here they are!
The style I decided against buying was Yang Guang. A suede mary-jane with a lovely shape, but I just didn't take to the stitched-on pieces on the uppers. Instead I opted for Pin Yin, a rounded shoe-boot. I was really excited when I saw a glimpse of the 'beaded' back with the panda heel. Not quite as keen when I saw the rest of the shoe, but I decided to try them anyway. They come in black or yellow, so because I was unsure of sizing, bought the black in my usual size and the yellow a size larger. My initial thoughts were that the yellow were more eye-catching than the black, though yellow isn't really "my" colour. I loved the beaded section and quite liked the bird fabric, I just wasn't sure I wanted both on my feet at once. I also worried that the panda heel got lost in amongst all that colour and print. Perhaps it stood out more on the black?
When they arrived on Monday and I took them out the box, my opinion didn't change much. They are very striking and do appeal more than the black, which seems 'boring' in comparison. I thought the yellow photographed really well and I just feel you can't help but look at them. The prints and colours and textures seem to work better than I first thought, but I still at times think it's a bit of a mish-mash.
As for fitting them in with my wardrobe, because the yellow is so rich, my styling ideas haven't reached beyond an all-black outfit. Yes, not exactly inspiring! Perhaps a print with a little yellow in it, but do you really want to introduce another print into the mix? I just get so excited when I see them from the back, because I think the colours (in the beaded section) and texture work well with the panda.
Then here are the black pair. In person they came across as much more interesting than I'd given them credit for online. The trim is more colourful and metallic than I realised and there's the odd glimmer in the black beaded section. With the bird print being a black base, you don't run into as many clashing issues with this pair. I do kinda wish the beaded bit wasn't one colour though. It would've been nice to see a flicker of colour throughout it (I know I complain about 'too much' on one style then want it on the next). I could pretty much wear these with anything though.
Do you look at them though? Certainly when they're around the yellow, you just can't help but ignore the black. Obviously they wouldn't be side by side, when I'm only keeping one pair, but it does play on my mind that they are a bit dull and therefore not worthy of their £125 price-tag and fancy heel.
Size wise, the yellow are a 6/39 and fit fine. The 5/38 (my usual size) are too small. I managed to squeeze one foot in, but not the other one! It would be no trouble to exchange for a bigger size though, if I decide I prefer the black. I really wanted to get these photos up as soon as possible, last night unfortunately, I ran out of time after being distracted by a police raid, complete with helicopter, blocked off roads, plain clothed police with guns and 6 arrests, going on for a couple of hours in our supposedly 'quiet' town and the Winchester brothers and The 100 (sadly not in my town but on TV), but I do have further photos for you, more of a comparison between the two pairs, which I'll get to later. I'd love to hear your thoughts on which pair I should keep though, because I'm still feeling torn and keep changing my mind. I haven't spoken much about the actual design and details, but you can see all that from the photos. The heel height is 3 1/2" if you were wondering, but like my lamb heels doesn't feel unnaturally low, despite the fact I'm accustomed to higher heels.
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