90s Grunge

26 September 2014

Sleeveless Trench - Miss Guided
Top - H&M
Bag - Mulberry
Shoes - Clarks
Nails - Essie Angora Cardi

I featured this trench in my last post - my monochrome wish list - and I believe I said something about it taking a basic outfit to the next level, exactly as it's doing here. Some basic high waisted jeans and an embellished boxy top would have been a fairly run of the mill outfit but add this trench and some brogues and there's something just a little bit more blogger about it.

Speaking of those brogues though, after walking for approximately fifteen minutes in these ones I had holes gouged out of the back of my heels and it was as much as I could do to hobble to Boots and buy some Compeed. It's the constant conundrum of someone who walks a fair bit every day during her commute to uni, flat shoes are a pretty essential part of life. I wear heels most of the time but for a walk that involves at least three hills a day (and more if I decide I need to visit the library!) and often battling the excruciating Scottish conditions such as rain and wind and snow and storms and hail and.... you get the jist; flat ballet shoes aren't really a great option - they let in rain, don't support the foot and I always seem to wear holes in them a bit too quickly for my liking.

Since these brogues in this colour and NON PATENT LEATHER (I have a feeling the fact that those ones are non patent may be the crucial point here) happen to be the absolute comfiest, dreamiest shoes I own, I thought picking them up in black would be a fairly good idea. Well, it wasn't. It definitely wasn't. There's a cruel irony to the fact that I was trying to buy good quality, supportive shoes and found them to make more of a mess of my feet than the non supportive Topshop ballet flats I usually go for. Whilst they might let in water, fall apart and will ultimately ruin my feet in the long run by providing absolutely no support to my ankles, if I can still walk after fifteen minutes in them then I'm prepared to keep shelling out £25 once a month for a new pair. Ankles be damned.*

*I'll come back and edit this post when I'm 60 just to let you all know that actually you should all be wearing good supportive shoes and don't go along the thought lines of 'ankles be damned'. But for now - ankles be damned!**

**This experience has not put me off these brogues enough to never want to buy them every again altogether - in fact, I'm pretty determined to add these ones to my collection sometime soon - I just will not be buying patent versions again. Ever.***

***Just so you're aware, the ones linked in the above statement are 'high shine leather', not patent. In case any of you click on to them then think I'm going crazy because they look patent. They're not actually patent, they're just shiny.

****I'll stop with the asterisks now.

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