In my last post I mentioned I ordered the latest concept heel from Irregular Choice and I've been eagerly awaiting their arrival today (the posty kept me waiting). The more I've seen of them (all) this week, the more they've appealed to me. I thought they were "nice" at first, but they've grown on me so quickly, to be "gorgeous" by today! They are so, so beautiful and have loads of lovely details which make them so typically "Irregular Choice". Some of you know that I was a bit perplexed as to how to style them though, as my last few character heel releases have involved rather monumental settings for photos (which have grown more flamboyant each time). I feel like it's my signature now and you've come to expect it, so I didn't want to let you down! Flowers or hearts were obvious to me, but I couldn't think of much else. However inspiration struck yesterday and I planned this amazing shoot, which as usual, was heaps of fun to set up (not so fun to tidy up). Thanks to my sister for lending me several 'props'. She perfectly understood and shared my vision for a kitschy, teen, vintage, heart-throb set-up. I've been teasing you with photos on Facebook and Instagram all day (follow/add me if you haven't seen them yet) so here are the shoes in all their glory. I imagine Donny Osmond* "Puppy Love" is playing whilst you read this (*before my time too)!
I ordered the pink True Love and couldn't be happier with that choice. I thought initially they were quite similar to the black pair, but there's no black in these at all. The front dark bit is shimmering burgundy. The sheen can transform the colour from light to dark depending on the light. The lace overlay is a very dark brown (and gold) and those are the only 'darker' colours. The glitter (platform and heel) are pale pink and underneath that lace is an amazing tone of pink, really rich and yummy. The contrast of the lace over the top of such a colour is just gorgeous. That pink was deeper than I imagined, but otherwise they were as I expected.
On the front, you have a puffy heart embroidered with hearts and "I Love You" (the backing is the same as the lining-more on that later) and underneath this is a large pale pink, velvet ribbon tied into a bow. Behind that are puffy, holographic wings. I've spoken of this fabric lots before (it's been the trim on many a shoe and bag) and it's truly stunning in real life, changing colour under the light. These wings are attached to the shoe at the sides with small but very stretchy pieces of elastic, sewn into the shoe. I didn't find this tight in the slightest, it doesn't really act like a strap (not tight enough and the shoe too heavy) and it's not difficult to get your foot past, like Fairies In A Jar.
The lining is the gorgeous purple floral (so soft, I'm gonna die) that was inside the Poker Joker boots, trimmed with the same holographic snakeskin of the wings. They look awesome sitting with no feet in them with their matching inner/outer! The sole (and box) feature the adorable forest animals for Autumn/Winter.
Then we have the heel. Like I said originally, it has an almost wedge like appearance in red perspex with carved details. The base is reasonably narrow though, so they don't feel like a wedge to walk on. I don't have any photos yet of the heel lighting up, but I will when I have more time. It flashes, quite subtly when you walk and works better on hard flooring or outside, rather than softer carpets. It's very similar to Low Level Danger, a flickering flash, not a constant light. Obviously the darker it is, the better you'll see the light and so when I was taking photos this afternoon, it wasn't really the best time.
Size wise, I opted for the size up (39/6). When I first tried them, I felt there wasn't much room to wiggle my toes and that I'd made the right choice. Then I walked in them and they slipped off my heel a bit (especially on one foot, which I actually thought was my larger foot), so now I'm doubting that. As seems to be the case lately, I'm in between sizes. I'm not convinced the 5/38 would fit and worry that the wings would be tighter across the foot, causing the elastic to stretch (whereas there's no pull on them in this size). The shoe is pretty heavy, which adds to it wanting to pull away from your foot. So I think I'd recommend taking your usual size.
So what do you think? Definitely check out my Instagram and Facebook for close-up photos of the 'teen bedroom' and I'll try and pop some up on my Tumblr this weekend too. Leave your comments below and I also want to hear who your teen/childhood celebrity crushes were. No matter how cringey (Jason Donovan, Jordan from NKOTB, Dieter Brummer). You can also check out how these shoes look on the foot, in Shoesday Tuesday and I uploaded a video to YouTube of them flashing!