If you’re a Miss L Fire fan you’re bound to be a lover of their Loretta heels. If you aren’t familiar with Miss L Fire, allow me to make the introduction. Miss L Fire is a vintage-inspired brand passionate about producing beautiful and comfortable shoes, often with a modern twist. Some of their designs are on the more quirky side of the style spectrum, sporting giant embroidered novelty cherries or 70s-esque large leather flowers, while many are more classic and reminiscent of the most glamorous eras in fashion history. The Loretta heels are part of that latter section of the line that harkens back to a time of elegance, and I am more than a little bit in love with them.
The Loretta heels aren’t a brand new style for Miss L Fire but I haven’t been following them closely enough to know how many seasons they’ve been producing them. All I know is that I’ve fallen in love with multiple colourways of this shoe previously before I finally broke down and treated myself to this lush green iteration as a birthday present. Before that, the black, yellow, and blue Lorettas all tempted me massively, and even now with the green pair in my shoe closet, it breaks my heart a little not to be able to own all the colours.
The Loretta heels are a suede peep-toe sandal with a modest 3.25 sturdy heel and a bow tie ankle strap. It’s that bow ankle strap that I think elevates this style most, not just because the chunky bow tie gives the shoe a more unique finish than the standard thin buckle ankle strap, but also because it brings such a level of ease to wearing this shoe.
I always find it difficult to fasten the ankle straps of heels when I attempt to put them on alone after I’ve already gotten fully dressed in my swing dress and puffy petticoat, especially if there’s shapewear or a corset layered under both. Putting my heels on before I get dressed, however, is just asking for a ripped petticoat or a falling over. Plus, I almost always need to use the loosest hole on an ankle strap, making it very fiddly to poke that tiny stub of strap through the buckle for a neat finish, even on my right foot–on my left, when I have to twist my body to access my outer left ankle with my dominant right hand, sometimes it is very nearly impossible. These suede ties do-away with all of that struggling, tying easily in the centre of the foot and staying firmly tied, as suede grips to suede fiercely.
Even putting aside that genius ankle tie, the rest of the shoe is doing plenty of its own heavy lifting in the style stakes. The peep-toe vamp sports a stunningly beautiful ruched effect finished with a central circular motif, like a brooch fastening a waterfall of fabric. The entire upper is suede while the sole is synthetic, the insole a gorgeous tropical design that makes these heels look just as pretty sitting on your shoe rack as they do when on your feet. They come with a dust bag for each shoe for safe storage, whether that’s for travel or as an extra precaution at home.
Miss L Fire shoes are sold in EU sizes (though they’re a UK brand,) so I ordered my Loretta’s in an EU 40 (I’m a UK 7.) They’re a perfect fit, with no inching or rubbing. While I was tempted to buy these in the yellow or blue that were freshly released this SS18 season, I’m so glad I opted for this rich green pair, as they will work beautifully with my wardrobe all year round, pairing just as well with summer dresses as shown in the pictures above as they will do with festive frocks in the heart of winter.
The Loretta heels are available in EU sizes 36 to 42 in 8 colours from Miss L Fire, who ship internationally. Miss L Fire also have select stockists across the globe who each offer their own favourite picks of Miss L Fire styles, including my UK favourite, the gorgeous Deadly is the Female.