I love shoes as much as the next girl, but I am rather fussy when it comes to ‘where’ I buy them. I’ve purchased shoes in the past from high street retailers that practically fall apart after a few wears, and similarly, I’ve ordered shoes online that are so badly made that they hold your feet in awkward positions and leave you with aches and pains you’d really rather weren’t there. In other words, shoe shopping is serious business in my eyes. And there’s only a few select sites and shops I trust. One of which is Simmi Shoes (yeah, you guessed it from the headline), an online retailer with all the latest styles and shades, affordable price tags (most pairs are under £45) and most importantly – a great fit.
With an array of cut-out Chelsea boots (my current favourite) to sandals, wedges and heels, you certainly are spoiled for choice on the site, which regularly features in all of our favourite magazines, but sometimes slips under the radar despite being a fantastic go-to brand.
I was lucky enough to have been sent a pair of Robyn Cut Out Tassel Chelsea Boots, which I originally was going to wear to London Fashion Week – but had a last minute change of heart. Since then however, I have worn them on several occasions (the low heel makes them the perfect easy-wear shoe) and considering the low price tag (£35) they really are a steal! Perfect teamed with a shift dress, baggy coat and tights, the faux leather is very deceiving – and you couldn’t be blamed for thinking they were ten times the price.
But since Simmi offers a whole range of gorgeous shoes, it would be rude of me to focus on just the one pair. With a bit of time on my hands (and my shoe-browsing head on), I decided to put together a little ‘wishlist’ of all the shoes that are simply must haves (pretty much all of them)!
Boots have been my ultimate go-to this season, with the cold (and windy weather) making wobbly heels and open toes practically redundant. Luckily, they seem to be Simmi’s specialty, with a vast selection to rival any A-lister’s collection (and some of them are almost dupes to designer styles). Burgundy and tan are ideal for pulling together a wintery outfit, while black does what black does best – easy, chic and simple.
I tend to find that purchasing a ‘good’ pair of heels is a mammoth task. Of course, we can all decipher whether their appearance is satisfactory, but unfortunately the ‘good’ label can only be given once they have been road tested. Which often results in blisters, sprained ankles, swollen feet and a day in bed. I have previously purchased two pairs of heels from Simmi shoes (the first a pair of wedges, similar to the above and the second a smaller, thinner pair of heels) and both of which were extremely comfortable – especially the wedges, which have a hidden cushioned under-layer built in. Despite their extreme height and lethal appearance, I was able to keep them on all night, without complaint and still walk the next day. I even went dancing in them.
Flats are often brandished as ‘boring’, which is slightly unfair but when you see the ranges that some high street stores offer, you can see why. It’s a shame because they’re so easy to throw on, and they can look so lovely. You just need to find a range that offers you what you want. Introducing Simmi’s range (link here) which really do offer something for everyone.