One of the most frustrating things about buying shoes or sandals for footwear obsessed (where did they possibly get that from??!) twin girls, is getting matching pairs that fit both girls properly. There's a full shoe size and width size between them so invariably, when we go into the shoe shop, one comes out disappointed because she can't get the same footwear as her sister. I'm sure they will be happy with different things as they get older but right now, if one 5 year old gets sparkly sandals, the other one wants them too!
So this year, when Clarks offered a pair of sandals to both the girls and myself for a 'mini-me' feature, I was sure it would be the same story again. I took them to my local Clarks to get measured and to see if we could find two pairs the same and lo and behold, they had one (only one!) sandal that they both loved AND that fitted each girl properly...
the Orra Noon in white leather!
The best thing about these sandals is the soft, cushioned leather across the heel area. The girls have worn them quite a bit since we got them, thanks to the recent lovely spell of weather, and they've not pinched or rubbed any part of their little feet. Meanwhile, for myself, I also went for a t-bar shape and some sparkle with the Sail Cruise Sandal in Nude:
These are also very comfortable - the reviews online seem to concur with this too. I just loved the simple lines and the neutral colour. They will go with everything this summer! They're actually really similar to a pair of neutral flat sandals I got many years ago in a little boutique in Surrey that had to be binned at the end of last summer as they completely fell apart from endless wear so these guys are going to work hard. A note on sizing - I am normally a 6/6.5 but these come up small as I need every bit of the 7.
Here are me and my mini-me's wearing our sandals...is this called a felfie?? A foot-fie?? Just wondering...
I had a poorly little girl the day we did the photos and she didn't want to be in them so I was going to wait until another day so all three of us could show off our sandals but Miss K, who normally won't smile for me in photos, was very keen to go ahead with them. She loves her sister but she does also love doing stuff on her own with me!
Dress - F&F @ Tesco (SS13)
Cropped cardigan - H&M
Necklace - Cos
Sandals - c/o Clarks
K's Sandals - c/o Clarks (also available in light pink)
When I was in the Clarks shop having the girls fitted, I had a bit of a look round at the SS14 range. I'm so impressed with the fit-out the shops have all had recently. The white box shelving and bright lighting really shows off the shoes so beautifully. Here are some of my picks currently available in-store and online.
First up - Romantic Moon in lilac and metallic. Available in a few other colour ways online and I'd struggle to choose between them. This is a sandal that looks better on-foot than online. So comfortable - I tried on the 6 (but would need a 7) - the footbed is a soft suede material - like walking on air!
Gorgeous Alicia Ava pumps in three colour-ways.
More brogue love...
Adore the shape of these wedge Sateen Curtain sandals. Not for the school gate but stunning for a night out or a day at the races. And 20% off at the moment.
And some fugly Perri Coast sandals that come in black or white patent
Finally, a Jackie O moment as I realised that my fabulous Sail Cruise sandals also came in black, neon yellow and lilac/metallic!! One of each please :)
Once again, an impressive selection from Clarks, just in time for a great summer and my mini-me's and I are looking forward to getting lots of wear from ours in the coming months.