Sunday, 9 June 2013

SHOES - T-Bar: On-Trend Vs Classic

The older I get the more I look for classics instead of the on-trend 'must-have'. That's not to say I don't pay attention to the latest trends, I do, but I am by no means a slave to them. I love clothes that are comfortable, that make me feel feminine and that flatter my body. While I don't always get it right (we all have fashion disasters and there's nothing wrong with having some fun with fashion) I am trying to build my wardrobe around classic pieces rather than fads that I will fall out of love with as quickly as they caught my eye in the first place.

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.
Modern t-bar shoes

Modern t-bar shoes
On the other side of the coin is this pair of 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?

Pretty dancing shoesPretty dancing shoes

*Post written as part of an ongoing partnership with Spartoo shoes.

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