Demonstrating this is two pairs of T-bar shoes that I was drawn to on the Spartoo website this week. The first pair, from Minna Parika, are not cheap at over £300 but they feature a wooden block platform and perspex heel, have a leather suede upper and metallic straps. You couldn't really do any more shoe trends in one pair and although they look cool they don't look very wearable. Wooden shoes always hurt my feet because they can be so hard, while the almost-flatform shape is never going to have you gracefully gliding along the pavement... it will be more like clod-hopping clumsily. At least, that's how it would be with me.
T-bar shoes by Belmondo. These also have the metallic straps and black suede upper, but this time it's a much daintier picture. I can actually imagine dancing in these, and by dancing I mean in a 1950s style frock being spun around by a handsome gent, they conjure up that old-school glamour. At just under £100 they're far cheaper than the first pair but they get my vote. These are much more likely to be the pair I'd buy and classic court shoes or variations of them always makes me stand taller and feel more confident too.
Which would you choose? On-trend or classic?
*Post written as part of an ongoing partnership with Spartoo shoes.