For me, the most frustrating part of being a little person is the acquisition of sophisticated, fashionable and sometimes a little eccentric shoes.
However, I’m but a size eleven in the children’s department. Thus, it’s not always possible.
As a female, I think it poses an even greater difficulty. My Dad, who is also an LP is perfectly satisfied with having three pairs of shoes in his possession; dress shoes, a pair of Aasics runners and some sort of canvas-style pumps. In his own words, ‘They go with everything, what more would you need?’
I’m someone who has more pairs of shoes than they should admit to so that’s a discussion that my Dad and I agree to disagree on.
Within the high street, my go-to places would be River Island, H&M and Zara. They’re quite influenced by the collections in Paris, New York and London and each season even their children’s section are trend-led. It’s also pretty rare that you find a shoe adorned with a flower or butterfly, which for me, is great!
Plus, you can never go wrong with a pair of flats from Penneys. They can be purchased in an array of colours too which I may or may not have availed of…
Anyway, whilst the high street is wonderful (and much more my budget), it would be a lie if I said that I didn’t deign for a pair of designer shoes.
Christian Louboutin will make custom pairs of shoes from a mould of your foot in Paris. It also has a hefty price tag of about €2,500 attached to it. So, it won’t be me just yet.
Other designers which I would look to would be Stella McCartney, Gucci and Burberry who typically present a rather handsome selection of small footwear each season. (They’re a little cheaper than Monsieur Christian too!
However, the point of this post is the extremeley talented British designer Charlotte Olympia.
Charlotte Dellal, the face behind the brand first created her line in 2008. (She’s also the sister of Alice Dellal, who was in THAT Chanel Boy campaign)
Almost five years later, Charlotte has amassed a following which includes Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker, Keira Knightley, Beyoncé and Anna Dello Russo for her quirky-yet clever collection of footwear which is often gilded with gold and leopard print or a loafer adorned with a silver thread web or a cat face (I bet you’ve seen them on Katy Perry).
On the 12th of this month, Charlotte announced that she would be creating a line of miniatures, titled ‘Incy‘; an assortment of her most popular shoes.
They are DIVINE!
The collection ranges from £195 to £245, which doesn’t make me feel too guilty splurging on them.
The four picks above are my favourite but I think I’ll be forking out for ‘Charlotte’s Web’ first.
Do you have a pair from Charlotte’s womenswear collection or would you be willing to buy a pair for a niece, cousin or daughter?
Oh by the way, it’s my birthday next month. Just incase you were wondering…