Dior did it. Acne did it. Simone Rocha and Roberto Cavalli did it. And now the statement heel has trickled – or more like stomped – its way through onto the great British high street to make a stamp on the new season shoe scene. Step into Zara, walk into Topshop, and you’re sure to see a shoe, boot, or shoe-boot variation perched on top of an artsy block heel.
Topshop's tortoiseshell heeled boots have been causing such a stir over Instagram and let's face it, they are rather nice, aren't they? I picked up the knee-high Carmen boot, and the Mistic ankle boot (now unavailable online). But let me tell you ladies and high-heel wearing gentlemen, avoid the Carmen boots at all costs if you have more than 'shapely' calves. My feet come in at a pretty minuscule size 3, but I wasn't expecting to find that these boots had been made for actual 3 year olds: the fit on the calf is so tight it was like a corset for my calf fat. Sexy, no? Cue, a lot of wearing to stretch them out properly, leading to pins and needles legs and at one point, a weird rash from the elastic. But like they say, beauty is pain (or so I keep telling myself...)
Zara Coat | Topshop Top | Topshop Skinny Scarf | First & I skirt | Topshop Carmen Boots
photos by Carl Thompson