Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sparkly Shoes from Johnnie B

Johnnie B is the teenage range from Boden so the sizes go up to an age 14-16. As this roughly equates to a size 10, quite a few thirty-eenagers and forty-eenagers (see what I've done there??!) have been buying for themselves from this range. I myself bought a fur gilet last year and have worn it lots but for some reason, I've never looked at the footwear. It just never occurred to me until I read Nikki's blog, Midlife Chic, the other week. Nikki had bought a pair of navy Johnnie B pointed pumps and they were a total bargain. So I went off for a look at the Johnnie B clearance section and ended up buying 3 pairs...with no intention of keeping all 3...
Have you noticed the sparkly theme here? I've been looking for a sparkly pair of pumps for about a year as I saw a friend wearing some last summer and I loved how neutral they were but also how pretty - especially in the more masculine slipper shape...
So first up, the multi-sparkle slipper style...
I think these are my favourites. There are tons of colours going on in the sparkle and they're neither gold or silver - a fabulous glittery neutral. Size wise, these are a 40 and normally a 40 in Boden shoes would be too big for me so I'd say these come up smaller than big people's Boden (I checked with Nikki and she concurred with this view too). They are also wide fitting - happily accommodating my wide feet! I tried these on first and they were an immediate yes.
These are the first pointed flat that has fitted me well, thanks to the wide fit. They do gape a little at the sides as you can see in the photo but I'm just so excited that they are pointed and glittery and don't hurt the front of my foot like all the other pointed shoes I've tried...they're definitely not going back! I've worn them all afternoon and the fabric trim around the heel is chafing a little but will wear in after a few days. I'll share my outfit tomorrow so you can see them better!
Last up, the black slipper style...
The pink trim did it for me here - as well as the fact that I have a 'flat going out shoe' gap in my wardrobe...mainly for longer choir concerts but also as an alternative to heels on nights out.
So...it seems excessive and unnecessary but I'm keeping all three. Am I mad?? In total, they cost £51 and they are sparkly....every girl needs a few pairs of sparkly shoes, no?
BUT - I'm finding myself wanting a 4th pair - check out these amazing gold brogues:
LOVE them - the same as the slipper shoe - they're a masculine style but the gold makes them much more feminine. Sigh...is there room for a 4th pair of Johnnie B shoes in my wardrobe??
Just one thing on all of these shoes, they're not leather (apart from the navy version of the gold pointed pumps) though the brogues are lined in leather. So the quality is not the same as the women's shoes on the Boden site - hence the lower prices.
So is there a sparkly shoe gap in your wardrobe?? Have I tempted you. Is this confirmation of my (inherited) shoe obsession?? Maybe don't answer that last one...I already know it's a yes....
Ax
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  1. They're all gorgeous Avril. I'm sure you'll get enough wear out of them to justify all three pairs! Love Liz xxx

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    1. Thanks Liz - they are such bargains too so it won't take *too* many wears :) x

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  2. Ooh these are gorgeous Avril & I LOVE a bit of sparkle! Just stunning, beat you wear them loads.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Thanks Jane - I think I really will. Love me a bit of sparkle! Ax

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  3. Oh GREAT tip via Nikki - this is brilliant! I love them!! My favourite pair has to be the multi sparkle first ones you tried - gorgeous

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    1. Thanks Fiona - the multi is definitely my favourite and they're so comfy! Will be worn LOTS! x

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  4. Great tip on the teenage range - I'm a size 8-10 so often buy from kids ranges (H&M, Gap and Zara are all good). I didn't realise Boden had such a range! Exciting :)

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    1. I'd never thought about other brands's kids ranges! Thanks for the heads up - I must look next time I'm in Zara. Boden is great as it's a teenage rather than a kids range so the sizes do seem more proportionate...if you know what I mean :) x

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  5. They are lovely. I'm about a 5.5, would you say I'd be ok with the 6?

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    1. Hi Laura - as long as your foot isn't too narrow, I think so. I'm a 6 and the 40/6.5 is fitting me perfectly. Alternatively, you could use U007 for free delivery and returns if you wanted to order more than one size to be sure. Ax

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    1. They're FABULOUS! I just can't stop admiring them...I am so shallow :) x

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  7. I do like the black slipper ones - I am going over to Jonnie B x

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  8. Oh my lord I love them! What a fabulous idea. "Desperately tries to justify new shoes....trotting off to johnny b as we speak....."

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  9. Oh I'm tempted by the pointy ones just because like you, I have such a problem finding pointy shoes which fit and look nice on the foot. But jolly good score there Avril. In one fell swoop - 3 pairs of shoes! You're having more luck than me on the old shoe front!

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  10. Definitely the first pair Avril, they are just like my Jimmy Choo ones! x

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  11. I am off to Johnnie B.....just hope there are some of those gorgeous multi sparkle slippers left in my size!! xx

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  12. My johnnie b loafers are leather, they were half the price of the women's ones. I love them. The only thing I look at johnnie b for IS shoes :)

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  13. Wow I am like a magpie I love everything that sparkles :) great shoes, love them all....

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  14. I love the black ones! They are just too cute & will serve you well! Ax

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