I was clicking through the large shoe guide the other day when I stumbled over some fantastic shoes on Shoesissima. I was stunned. This was the same level of stunned as when Clarks suddenly and massively upped their game last year.
Properly nice shoes that go up to a 12, you say? Wearable heels? Flats with colour? HELLO!
I've never wanted to buy anything from Shoesissima before, too expensively dull, but their Missima summer collection is a cracker. And they're also selling some of the collection on ASOS, which makes the whole thing less specialist and a bit more "Oh I'll just buy these fit heels with this dress, thanks very much indeed."
|Phoenix red suede court, £79.99|
|Asta black block heel, £74.99|
One thing that has always exasperated me about many large shoe brands is their 1990s determination that everything has to be sensible: I loathe sensible, which is not the same as practical. Sensible has no joy about it and a worrying tendency towards sturdiness. I am a woman, not a cow in need of transportation.
The new Missima collection is practical, but it has style, colour, gold touches and a sense of anticipation about it as though it's gearing up for a brilliant party. The mid-heels are exactly right: that slightly ugly-pretty shoe thing going on, but there are also great flats,and stilettoes if you are the sort of magical witch woman who can walk in them without instantly attaching yourself to the nearest cobble (me. Always, always me.)
|Black Polly mule, £64.99|
|White Polly mules, £64.99|
These Polly mules are just super. I love that gold, and the turquoise (my favourite) are cheaper for some reason at £59.99. The Shoesissima site has the winners though - the poppy red variant is STUNNING, and also £59.99 (sizes 9 to 12).
Anyone for electric blue? God these would look good with a tan. *makes appointment at nearest spray booth* The Farah heels are £74.99 and also come in black. The Dara crystal trim sandals are £64.99. Oh, let's have a look at some more black while we're at it. Shoe free-for-all!
|Caren black flats, £72.99|
|Dara crystal trim black sandals, £64.99|
|Phoenix black court, £79.99|
A reader emailed me last year to ask about shoes for her teenage niece who has size 11 feet. When I was a teenager, any large women's shoes beyond trainers were rubbish. I would happily wear anything in this collection if I were 17 (except, again, stilettoes, which I did try back then, and twisted my ankle).
|Andrea white, £79.99|
|Andrea poppy red, £79.99|
|Andrea red, £79.99|
Ah, joy. Wearable heels! The Andrea style is my favourite, so let's just take a moment to bask in these: giant high heels for those who want to wear them, but giant high heels that are elegant and well-crafted. Definitely didn't have these in 2000. The white and poppy red are from the Shoesissima site, and the red from ASOS.
I'm really thrilled with this lot - huge props to Shoesissima for getting some great designers on board, and for ASOS for broadening their tall range. I can't wait to get my feet into these this summer.