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Shoe Challenge No.16

Prada ShoesShoes: Prada

Worn with: Dress by H&M, long cardigan by Repeat, bag by Miu Miu.

I was busy painting walls at home and, as usual, with University stuff, so I didn’t get to post this challenge from Friday last week until now. These are one of my beloved pairs of Prada shoes…..if I had to choose a single brand of shoes to wear for the rest of my life (totally disregarding prices…), I’d have a hard time choosing between Prada, Miu Miu and Nicholas Kirwood. So yes, I love Prada shoes (unfortunately I can’t say that about some of this season’s shoes). This particular pair I got years ago. I was still in high school, and they were probably my first pair of Prada shoes. Near the end of sales I went to a designer shoe boutique with a friend just to look at all the beautiful shoes, and then there they were, reduced to a fraction of the original price, in my size – of course I couldn’t resist! And I still love them now as much as when I first got them so I took the warm weather last week as chance to finally wear sandals again. Here are some more pictures:

Prada Shoes

Prada Shoes



Sophia Grace Webster Butterfly Shoe DIY

Sophia Grace Webster Butterfly Shoe

A while back I saw these stunning peeptoes by Sophia Grace Webster on Shoeperwoman and it was love at first sight….unfortunately, as so many designer shoes, they were far too expensive for me (they are available at Browns for £505). But then I thought that these could easily be recreated using a black peeptoe and DIYing a butterfly shoe clip. So, when I had some free time I just gave it a try, and I think they turned out quite well. I clipped them to two different pairs (I didn’t have a plain black one with a high enough heel so they aren’t my optimal choice) for taking pictures. What do you think?

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

If you’d like to make a pair for yourself, here’s how to:

First, draw the butterfly shape on a piece of paper, then cut it out.

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Then, using the paper shape, draw four outlines onto a thicker material, like foam rubber, and cut it out using scissors and a cutter.

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Then paint the wings using acrylic paint in black. After that, fix them to a shoe clip or paper clip (I used a paper clip, because i can bend it to adjust it to different shoes and it won’t rub the back of my foot as much) by sewing or glueing them on. Use a small piece of rubber foam to glue between the two wings to hide the clip underneath. Then use acrylic paste to create a smooth connection between the two wings if you like to and after drying, paint the “bridge” black as well. Finally use some sort of laquer (clear nail polish is fine) to give them shine.

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Sophia Grace Webster DIY

Shoe Challenge No.15

Buffalo Peeptoe PumpsShoes: Buffalo

Worn with: Skirt, belt and top by St.Emile, bag by Miu Miu.

The Shoe Challenge is really proving to be a challenge (although in a good way!)!! Actually, wearing the shoes is not really a problem (yet), rather I find it difficult to find a cute different outfit to wear with each pair. But this is a great opportunity to also wear some clothes that are mostly just hanging in my closet and think about new outfit combinations instead of just pulling out my favourite pieces over and over again.

For today’s outfit I chose these peeptoe pumps by Buffalo, which were a birthday present from my mom – so obviously they had to be saved! These certainly aren’t the most comfortable shoes I own, but still are OK to walk in. They actually don’t hurt my feet at all, the only problem is walking over uneven ground (like the “wonderful” cobblestones in Munich), which is kind of challenging with the stiff platform. But I adore the spiky studs around the platform! So here are some close-ups of the shoes:

Buffalo Peeptoe Pumps

Buffalo Peeptoe Pumps

Buffalo is another brand I rediscovered a while ago. When I thought of Buffalo before, the only thing that used to come to my mind are those hideous platform sneakers that were popular a long time ago – do you remember them as well? But luckily, those days are over, and now they have gorgeous and extravagant designs for a reasonable price. If you’d like to have a look, you can do so at their webshop.

Today I went to lunch with my mom and others to the restaurant La Baracca in Munich. I was there the first time and loved it a lot! The Italian food was really delicious and the service and atmosphere were good as well. My only problem was deciding on a dessert – they all sounded super delicious so I ended up taking two! Here’s a picture of the tasty Panna Cotta with raspberry sauce and the wonderful White Chocolate Profiterole…

La Baracca Panna Cotta

La Baracca Profiterole

Shoe Challenge No.14

Today was the official start of spring! The weather can only get better from now on :)! I’m already thinking about relaxing in the garden….. Today, we actually had beautiful sunshine but it was still kind of cold, but I just had to wear something else than boots, so I decided on the following outfit (with a jacket and scarf for outside):

Love Like Lip PumpsShoes: Love Like Lip

Worn with: Top by H&M, skirt by Zara, cardigan by Max Mara, bag by Prada.

Today I went with my mom to see a vernissage by a friend of hers near Munich. As I love painting myself, I also always enjoy looking at art exhibitions.

These shoes are from the Japanese brand Love Like Lip and I got them a while ago in Tokyo. They have a rather low heel and are comfortable to wear for a long time. The shape is nothing extraordinary, but I like their champagne colour, the cute pearl/ribbon/rhinestone/fur decoration and the light pink glittery sole. The colour is easy to combine with other colours and I’m always happy about some non-black versatile shoes!

If you’re interested in shoes by Love Like Lip, they are available for example in the Marui web store. If you love this pair, they currently have a very similar style here for 9,345 Yen (approx. 80€) – check out the cute heart on the sole!

Love Like Lip PumpsAnother close-up:

Love Like Lip Pumps

Shoe Challenge No.13

Bally BootsShoes: Bally

Worn with: Cardigan by Chille AnaP, skirt by Zara, top by Laurèl, bag by Miu Miu.

This is what I wore to watch Black Swan with my mom on Saturday – such an amazing movie! I loved every second of it. If you haven’t seen it yet I recommend you watch it! So, these are another pair of black boots (I promise, I do have other kinds of shoes!) which I love nevertheless. I bought these after my Zara boots were lost after dropping them off for a heel change. They are by Bally, which I “rediscovered” after buying this pair of boots. I had always thought of the brand as rather boring BUT as I found out, that is absolutely not the case and they actually make lots of lovely shoes! Anyway, after losing my Zara boots right in the middle of winter I desperately needed a pair of black boots and so I searched in all the shoe shops I could think of, but the only pair I instantly liked were these. They are neither practical (super high heels/platform + snow/ice?!), nor were they cheap (but, at least they were on sale) but I bought them anyway and actually ended up wearing them a lot. As I found out, the platform and high heel also have some benefits: When the ground is really cold, my feet stay warm since they are separated from the ground by the thick platform – much better than lower shoes! And for such high heels, they are actually pretty comfy to walk in. If you’d like to see more from Bally, you can have a look at their online store.

Bally BootsI love the beautiful shape and the texture of the leather! Here’s a close-up of the buckles too:

Bally BootsOnly one more pair of boots to go! Is it obvious I’m desperate for winter to end?

My mom’s shoe challenge No.1

After reading this post on Shoeperwoman, I could convince my mom to join me in the Shoe Challenge! I will be posting her pictures on my blog as well, so here comes her first challenge:

Black pumpsShoes:  Classico

Worn with: Bag by Max Mara, jeans by Orwell, vest by Orwell, sweater by Ludwig Beck, necklace by engel.

Black pumpsHere’s an outside picture:

Black pumpsWorn with: Scarf by H&M, jacket by Waterville.

H&M Inclusive Collection: The shoes

A lot has been written already about the H&M Inclusive Collection and personally, I like as well the idea as also a lot of the clothes. But, what I got for myself (bringing my shoe count one up again……) are these shoes:

H&M Inclusive Collection ShoesI haven’t seen them on other blogs before, but I saw them in the H&M Magazine and knew I had to have them! I guess these are a case of either “love them or hate them” and for me, it’s the former. They’re totally crazy, which is exactly what I love about them. Also, they are very light ( I was afraid they’d use some heavy material for the sole) and very comfortable to walk in, so I’m looking forward to the summer a bit more again! If you love them too and want to get a pair for yourself, they are available in the H&M webstore for 34,95€.

Shoe Challenge No.12

Zara Ribbon BootieShoes: Zara

Worn with: Dress by H&M, long cardigan by Repeat, bag by Samantha Thavasa.

Another pair of shoes from Zara. I loved these booties from the day I saw them in the store, but they were too expensive in my opinion. So, when I found them on sale for a fraction of the original price in my size, of course I couldn’t resist! They are quite high, but fairly comfortable thanks to the hidden platform. In grey, they’re less boring than black but still can be combined with a lot of other colours. My favourite part is the big ribbon on the side:

Zara Ribbon Bootie

Here’s another outside shot:

Zara Ribbon Bootie

And, last but not least another close-up picture:

Zara Ribbon Bootie

Shoe Challenge No.11

Again I haven’t posted anything for some days – I’m sorry! The things happening in Japan worried me so much I wasn’t really in the mood to write about shoes or post outfits (or even think about coordinating an outfit). I’ve just been watching the news all day hoping nothing worse would happen. Now, the situation there is still not better but I decided I have to take my mind of these horrible things and so I’m back to posting (and doing Uni stuff). So, this picture is already from a week ago when I went to Munich.

Zara leather boots

Shoes:  Zara

Worn with: Skirt by Zara, cardigan by Zara, top by Nicole Farhi, bag by Samantha Thavasa.

These boots are my favourite boots and have a long story attached! I bought them at Zara a few years back and absolutely loved them…..but just about two months after that I brought them to Mister Minit to have the heels fixed and when I came back the next day to pick them up, they had given the shoes to somebody else!! That was the worst cobbler experience I ever had. They were of course reluctant to pay me the money for the boots and said I had to wait if that someone they gave them to would return them – so I waited and waited and waited for weeks but the shoes never came back. And in Zara, of course, my size was by then sold out. In the end, I did get the money for the shoes from Mister Minit but I had to argue a lot for it and it was a great disappointment as it was clearly their mistake! Also, how could that have happened when they have the numbers attached to the shoes? I haven’t left shoes there for fixing since.

So….how is it I am wearing the shoes now? Well, as I loved them so much, I spent the next months looking for them on Ebay and after a while I finally found them nearly unused in my size and have worn them about a million times since then. Now they’re already quite old and I am dreading the day I have to look for a replacement. Should have bought two pairs!

Here’s a close-up:

Zara leather boots

Japan Earthquake

I know this is a shoe/fashion blog, but I want to wish all the best to everyone in Japan. This morning I woke up from a call by my neighbour telling me about the earthquake in Japan. I was so shocked and worried and tried to contact my BF (who lives in Tokyo) and friends there. Luckily, they are safe. I can’t believe that I was there just a few days ago…. I did experience some minor earthquakes in Japan, but I can’t even imagine how this one must have been like. I hope many lives can be saved and the people there will be OK.

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