Run, Becca, Run [in Lulu Hun]

Shoes, glorious shoes! One of the things I most love about the transition from winter to spring is being able to get out all my summer shoes again. Whether it’s wedges, peeptoes or my prettiest flats, it’s nice to be able to add more variety to my footwear in a way I feel winter just doesn’t allow. In spring and summer, I can mix it up between brights and pastels, raffia and cork, ankle ribbon ties and slim straps, metallics and leather.

Admittedly, for all my excitement to bust out the lofty wedges, I do spend 90% of my social time still opting for flat shoes. As much as I love the extra height and sass offered by a stacked wedge or precarious stiletto, the reality is I live a car’s drive from absolutely everywhere I need or want to go, and remembering to take my heels with me to the car as I slip into my safe-to-drive-in flats some days is just too much to ask. Plus, while I feel comfortable and capable in heels, I don’t hate my feet enough to want to walk in a pair of them for an extensive period of time (read as: more than 200 feet) so flats tend to just win out for comfort and practicality’s sakes.

That brings me to this season’s Lulu Hun offerings, which include several pairs of adorable flats. I tend to just buy plain ballet flats in every colour from New Look because they’re easy to find and are cheap, but they are just that, plain. Lulu Hun, on the other hand, is offering bows and cut outs, stripes and gingham, as well as sandals adorned with pineapples, bananas, and cherries. For ladies who want to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground but clad in a cute shoe as they do so, there’s a lot to choose from.

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Top: Striped Dolly top by Hell Bunny
Skirt: Talis Swing Skirt by Collectif
Bag: Atomic Tote by Sunjellies from Deadly Is The Female
Bangles: Charcoal Bangles by Splendette
Sunglasses: Red Judy sunglasses from Collectif

I love a well placed bow, stripes and comfortable flats so these Becca shoes are a winner for me. I’m not normally drawn to any shoes that have a pointed toe but I think the bow on the vamp distracts me from the proportions that normally put me off such a shape. Lined in red PU, if you happen to do some delightful but intensive grass frolicking in summer before slipping back into these shoes, you won’t be leaving a grassy or muddy footprint on the inner lining of your shoe that will make you feel like a dirt monster who shouldn’t be allowed to adult. Not that I would know that feeling, of course. Ahem.

I’ve often been told by Lulu Hun staff and customers alike that their shoes size small, but I have all of my LH pairs in my usual size 7 and they’re all a perfect fit, so perhaps I’m a bit of an anomaly in this matter. In terms of these Becca flats, because of the pointed toe they’re a snugger fit than most of the other flats I wear, but not uncomfortably or unusually so, as I have other tighter size 7 flats from other brands. I do think, though, that anyone with wide feet will find the fit less comfortable, so it’s likely you’ll have to size up if you’re wide of foot.

I’m a big fan of colour coordination, but sometimes to my detriment, as I have colours that are my favourites and go with a majority of my wardrobe, meaning that my shoe choices tend to be repetitive and, potentially, unimaginative. I love that the stripe of these Becca flats, while practically neutral in it’s classic black and white, will give me a chance to step outside of my comfort zone, pun very much intended.

The Becca Striped flats are available in UK sizes 3-8 for £30.75 from Collectif.co.uk and in select Collectif stores in the UK.

Good Golly, Dolly! [Lulu Hun]

I’ve been meaning to find a perfect pair of navy heels for well over a year now, wearing as much red, white and blue as I do. When I saw this pair of Lulu Hun Dolly High Heels at London Edge in September I knew my search was over! There were plenty of other pretty pairs there that jumped onto my wishlist as well, I can assure you, but these blue beauties were going to have to join the ranks of my shoe racks sooner or later. A cute little Mary Jane style with a killer heel and wipe-clean surface? It was a no brainer.

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Shoes: Navy Dolly High Heels C/O Lulu Hun
Skirt: Jasmine Abstract Floral Print by Collectif
Top: Teal Pleasant Peasant from Doll Me Up
Cardigan: Burgundy Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up
Petticoat: Jennifer by Malco Modes

The Dolly High Heel features a low Mary-Jane bar, complete with topstitching and a decorative covered button detailing placed atop the Velcro closure. That Velcro fastening of the strap pleases me greatly, because few things get me more annoyed and flustered than trying to fasten the straps on my heel before I leave the house when a puffy petticoat means I can barely find my feet, or a tight pencil dress means I can hardly reach them.

That on-and-off easiness is also echoed in the ease of care for these shoes, as the main upper of the Dolly high heel is made from PU. That means you get the look of a leather shoe with the benefit of a very easy-to-clean surface, in need of little more than a damp cloth to wipe away most marks and dirt. As someone who lives in the countryside, in England, and has a penchant for suede look shoes, it’s good to know that when I leave the house on a rainy day these shoes aren’t going to be ruined by puddles or a patch of mud even on the short walk to my car.

Typically I’m not hugely drawn to Mary Jane style shoes–unless they have a great heel to balance out the school girl feel, which these Dolly shoes definitely do. At 4 inches tall they’re the perfect height for me–high enough to feel sexy and ladylike, not so tall that I might give an embarrassing wobble when faced with mounting a curb or approaching stairs. Even though 4 inches is fairly tall, these are still really comfortable, largely because they fit so well. They’re secure on my feet when I walk and don’t pinch of rub. I got them in my usual size 7 and they’re amongst some of the best fitting heels I own–and I own, oh, maybe 40 pairs.

The Dolly High Heel is available in 3 colours, navy blue, red and black, in UK sizes 3 to 8 for £44.50. They’re available to order worldwide from Collectif.co.uk or in store at select Collectif stores in the UK.