Women use many an excuse to justify spending big on new shoes. Said excuses can runÂ up to and including,Â â€˜Cinderella showed us that a new pair can change my lifeâ€™ to â€˜shoes are a womanâ€™s best friendâ€™Â but not exclusive of,Â â€˜if the shoe fits, buy it in every colour.â€™ But if there was ever a sign from the universe to buy a pair of shoes, itâ€™s those with your name on them. Literally. (Thank God more arenâ€™t named after me, else Iâ€™d be bankrupt).
Behold the Hannahs, one part of LK Bennettâ€™s capsule collection for Spring/SummerÂ 2015. I say capsule, although not officially, because by way of this brandâ€™s classic simplicity, they stock some styles forever – hence the Sledge courts – alongside seasonal specials, like this pair.
L.K. Bennettâ€™s website tells you that theyâ€™re the ideal â€˜statement occasion shoeâ€™ fit to inspire a simple LBD ensemble, but theyâ€™re simply too good to be wasted on one look, so pair with black skinnies or a mini skirt and a long-sleeve sweater for a smart/casual car to bar outfit. Itâ€™s fashion gospel that styling a look requires a physical and aesthetical balance, so bare legs with these beauties can be ‘subdued’, for want of a better word, with a long-sleevedÂ topÂ or jacket for a demure statement. Whilst the Hannahs may seemÂ conservative with theÂ elegant ankle strap, those beautifully positioned pearls which draw the eye up the leg and down the heel, addÂ a touch (or rather a wink) of flirtation, erring on the side of refined as opposed to boring or smutty.
Another feature of note is their shape. This may seem an obvious facet to point out, but how many court shoes have you tried on only to be put off by the toe shape?
Just me? Oh.
Anyway, itâ€™s no surprise given the Â£250 price tag that the shape of these is a really nice almond toe, and standing at 10 cm tall (or 4”Â in heel spiel) tick the Cinderella box for comfort and manageability (henceÂ theÂ built-in platform). One step in theÂ HannahsÂ and youâ€™ve scaled the best of continental style. Hand crafted in Spain, they are made with only the finest Italian leathersÂ toÂ upholster that creamy interior.
ClearlyÂ I needÂ my own pair but they’ve recentlyÂ been added to the summer sale and I have a popular size (Drat!). Of all the times to need one’s own fairy godmother…