Painful Pointies

There are two things I absolutely love and that's bags and shoes! And when it comes to shoes I am absolutely obsessed with sneakers and pointies. If I could have every single colour  imaginable in a pointie, it would be a dream come true.

So why do I love pointies so much? For me they are classics that go with everything and anything and never go out of style. The downside... They can be rather painful and uncomfortable. Clearly I needed to find a solution. Not being able to buy and wear pointies would be like asking me to live without water! Ok, well maybe I've exaggerated a little but I think you get the point.

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So I set off on a Mission about 3 years ago to find the perfect pointie that would be comfortable and not too high (anything less than 10cm heels). Aside from 12cm heels being completely uncomfortable in my opinion, I actually cannot walk in them at all and waddle along like a duck! I can't think of anything worse than a woman walking in heels she can't walk in. Honestly waddling like a duck is far from elegant! I know it's easy for me to give up on the height factor given I'm 1,78m tall and tower over people with even the slightest of heels. But seriously, if one has to choose between height and walking elegantly. I would personally opt for walking elegantly. So after trying several various brand’s, I finally found my favourite two. 

1. Jimmy Choo

There are several pointie pump styles at Jimmy Choo such as the Anouk, Abel, Agnes, Aza to name a few. The Anouk is a 12cm heel, so I have never bothered to try it. I know I would literally just fall over the second I attempt to stand in such high heels! The Aza on the other hand is on the opposite end of the spectrum with a kitten heel with a 5cm heel. I have a pair and had high hopes for this style but sadly it wasn't very comfortable for me despite taking a size up which mind u is a must when buying pointies. As much as I can't walk in 12cm heels, I actually can't walk in 5cm heels either! The ones I have are patent leather and guys patent leather doesn't really stretch! So if you are buying an expensive pair of shoes and want a good run out of them for your money, don't get patent leather in my opinion. 

The Abel and the Agnes are usually a 10cm and a 8.5cm heel respectively. Honestly I love them both. They are Super comfy and are a great staple to have in your wardrobe. I first bought a black followed by a nude pair. Black and nude are closet essentials and go with everything! It's no surprise that I am now into more fun colours given I have my basics covered. The only problem for me is that I am miss big foot (a size 41 but need a size 41.5 or 42 for pointies), making buying shoes especially Choos a challenge. That being said if you are big foot, Choos are a lot easier to come by than my second favourite pair of pointies from Loubitoun. Moreover Choos do have a slightly cheaper price tag. 

2. Christian Loubitoun

Saying that Loubitoun heels are comfortable, might make most of you laugh out loud given that we both know these shoes are synonymous with the word uncomfortable. I must admit my very first pair of red bottoms were 12cm peep toe heels that looked gorgeous. The only reason I could walk in them was because they had a slight platform. However I could only walk in them for a mere 10 minutes, at which point my poor feet literally died! It was if the blood circulation to my toes were being cut off. These shoes would honestly make a good tool if you ever wished to torture someone. Unsurprisingly I no longer wear these shoes as I love myself too much to inflict that amount of pain onto myself. The shoes had cost a bomb! An absolute waste of money. Lesson learnt. After that day I vowed to never buy another pair again no matter how alluringly good they looked.

Of course being the silly fashion victim I am though, I am still in love with red bottoms. Nothing looks sexier than a pair of red bottoms and I envy the women that can parade around in them all day and survive the pain.

One fine day, walking around in Saxs 5th Avenue as you do when you're in the Big Apple, I saw the most incredible pair of spiked pointy pigalles with a 8.5cm heel. They were to die for! All logic and past memories flew out the window. I was mesmerised. I needed to try them out and luckily for me they had a size 42! It was my lucky day! And when I tried them out, they were actually comfortable! A lucky day indeed. So I bought them!

A bit sceptical that I wouldn't be able to survive wearing them for a whole night or day for that matter I braved them out to dinner one night. And what do you know....they were actually super comfy!!! I am now officially an addict. Too bad trying to find this heel height and style in a size 42 is mission impossible. The horrid curse of big feet.

I decided to try other styles of pointies to see if I could find another comfortable option , and I did. The other two styles I recommend are the Apostrophe Slingback in a 5.5cm heel and the the Décolleté 554 in a 8.5cm heel. For the Décolleté, my size is a 41.5 so if you're like me you may only need a half size up instead of a whole size up.

I know some of you might be wondering why I have not mentioned the Valentino Rock Stud pointies in this list given I do love them loads and am always actively trying to find another colour in my size. However they are slightly uncomfortable and I honestly can't survive in them for a whole day but merely a couple of hours.

What are your favourite pointies and why? I'm always on the look out for great pointies!

How to Shop the Online Sales

Its that time of year again and all our favourite shops and online retailers are on sale! The problem however is we're spoilt for choice especially when we're shopping online. I have over 12 fashion retail apps on my iPhone such as Net-a-Porter, Outnet, Farfetch, Lyst etc. to name a few!

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So how do you make the most of the sales online or keep an eye out for that piece you love to go on sale? Simple, use a curated online fashion retailer. My preferred app and online platform is ShopStyle. Here's why:

1. Easy to use. You don't need to be a "techy person" to navigate your way through the app or the website.

2. Search for items among the thousands of retailers that they curate from instead of individually checking each online retailer.

3. Filter according to designer, size etc. and customize your "own shop" based on the brands you love. You can also filter according to sales and deals.

3. If you sign up as a user, you can favourite things that you love so you can find them again with ease.

4. Found something you love but the price tag is steep and its not yet on sale? Put a sale alert on the item so that when it does go on sale, you'll automatically get an email and in-app notification. This has to be by far my most favourite function!

5. On the website, the curated list shows voucher codes for free delivery or further discounts (if available)  that can be added to your cart.  I heart this function as I'm a big fan of free delivery since I live in Singapore and benefit from not having to pay VAT for goods purchased under SGD400. Worst case scenario if your goods are over SGD400, you only pay 7% VAT. Score! Either way it actually works out cheaper to shop online then in the stores. Although this function is not on the app, one can easily filter results under discounts to "free delivery" on the app.

6. Easily identify items that are on sale in your curated list.

The downside?

1. Curated list of items can occasionally be out of stock or the size filter (for shoes in particular) can be inaccurate. My pet hate since I am an Italian size 41-42 big foot! The struggle is real!

2. Not being able to have a single checkout point. If you want to purchase more than one item from different retailers, you need to check out at each retailer separately. I can't think of anything more frustrating then trying to process an online payment for something! And to do it more than once... no thanks.

For those of you that want to try out the ShopStyle app you can download it by clicking on the relevant button below:

If you have a different curated fashion retailer app that you prefer, pop a comment below and let me know.