Sunday, 6 March 2016
Irregular Choice Alice: Flowers Can't Talk
Hello lovelies, today I have the first of my Irregular Choice 'Alice In Wonderland' shoes to show you. As stressful as the shopping experience may have been, it was quite exciting to have them come in separate packages from different places over the course of a few days. My shoedoo sense of guessing sizes was pretty spot-on, with the exception of the All Mad Here boots, which I had to re-order in the size down (but more on that when I come to those). I photographed all 5 pairs earlier in the week and I'll be showing each style individually, as I took over 400 photos, which need to be cut down and edited! First up are the beautiful Flowers Can't Talk.
Possibly the most elegant design in the Alice collection, Flowers Can't Talk are a single soled court shoe with Alice heel. It's unusual for a character heel, as many of them are chunkier and 'rounder' looking with concealed platforms. The shoe itself is black, though that can barely be seen for the stunning floral embroidery covering the entire upper. It really is just beautiful. The bright colour combinations and intricate detailing are eye-catching and striking. The vamp is cut low with a scalloped edge, trimmed in black, crackled metallic material. Their shape led me to believe the size up would be too big and so I stuck with my usual size. They fit true to size, but are generous in the heel (I found this with the likes of Longer Lashes boots too). The size down likely would've been too short in length, but some people may find they need heel grips to keep the shoe on, even in their regular size as your heel doesn't feel very 'contained'. Whatever you do, don't size up.
The toe is rounded with a contrasting, large flower trim on each shoe. Initially (pre-release) I hadn't been overly keen on them being different to one another, I'd have preferred the symmetry of two the same. However it's grown on me and I'm rather fond of it now. I suppose it's a quirk that makes them 'irregular'! On one shoe is an orange tiger lily and a yellow dandelion on the other. They haven't scrimped on details and layering of trims in this part, I especially love the red pom pom 'nose' on the dandelion.
As there's no platform, the heel is a little lower at 4". Similar to the recent flamingo heel. Both Alice heels are the same (no right and left) with a glossy finish. They don't feel overly heavy, just as I'd expect. The heel is separate, not taking on the wedge like appearance so many other character heels have and the heel tip is again quite small compared to previous styles (gold on this shoe).
Alice squats slightly with her hands crossed and resting on her lap. As you'd expect she wears her short-sleeved blue dress, white apron and black shoes. The dress sticks out like it does in the film (as she's wearing a petticoat underneath) and isn't symmetrical, as it would sit in real life. I love the detail of the bow of her apron at the back, something that isn't seen when you're wearing them (as it's underneath the shoe), but IC rarely miss these details. She's a little more tanned than I expected with blue eyes and yellow hair with her trademark black ribbon. The bow part obscured by the shoe sitting on top of her head. Like I say, she's a proper 'heel', detached from the shoe, other than the top of her head.
All the styles feature the same inners in pale blue fabric with characters from the film all over. "Disney, Alice In Wonderland" is embroidered on a pink insert with "Irregular Choice" stitched on the insole. The fabric is very soft against the skin, I think it would have some stretch to it if it were on a roll (hard to test when it's fixed)! It feels very cushioned and comfortable anyway. The soles are mostly different, with these featuring stills from the movie of the talking flowers scene. The right and left shoe showing different images. This is on the base, the heel end of the shoe is a replica print of the material used inside. I rarely feel apprehensive about wearing my patterned soles outdoors with no protection, but these are a pair I'm glad to have decent photos of, before walking on them. I still won't use sole protectors though!
I'm absolutely thrilled to have added this pair to my collection. The talking flowers part of the film was one of the bits I liked most, so I was happy to see it translated into a shoe. They are more sleek and less edgy than we usually see IC tackle, but my taste in shoes covers several styles and sometimes I fancy something a little 'polished'. I won't say "grown up", because the startling colours and flower trims are far from serious or dull and keep things true to the brand ethos. I wore One Lump Or Two? from the same collection over on The Shoe Girl Diaries earlier in the week and will be wearing these for Shoesday Tuesday soon. What do you think, do you like them, did you manage to find a pair of these (check here if you you're still searching)? Keep an eye out for my other Alice pairs over the next couple of days.