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My obsession with shoes means I'm very easy to buy for. By now those closest to me know not to entertain the idea of choosing shoes on my behalf, but there are so many shoe themed things available that if you take a mooch around the shops you're likely to find the perfect gift for me. My mum bought me this shoe shaped jewellery tree back from her holiday as a thank you for feeding her cats, she'd spotted it in Sainsburys (of all places!) and knew I'd love it. And I do!
I own a fair bit of jewellery, I'm not exactly dripping in gold but like to have my jewellery on display rather than shoved in a box somewhere. For this reason I love this type of jewellery holder, and this one has been a big hit even though it's doesn't have the most useful design I have ever seen.
As you can see, it's shaped like a high heeled shoe. The branches for hanging your jewellery on are screwed into the sole of the shoe and inside the toe section there are two cushioned slots, where you can store up to four rings. Mark had to tweak it a bit when I first received it as the shoe was a bit wobbly, but with a few minor adjustments the jewellery tree now stands nice and stable even when overloaded with bits and pieces.
In my opinion the shoe is a perfect size, it stands around 23cm tall (32cm if you add in the silvery branches) and looks very dainty in my bedroom. Personally I don't think the branches are long enough as it's quite difficult to drape my necklaces over them and not have them trailling against the furniture underneath the shoe. Not that this is a problem, it's just that I'd like them to hang tidily so that the light can catch them and the jewellery can be arranged as a display. I have gotten around this by using this jewellery tree for bracelets instead, which are obviously shorter so will not fall all the way to the bottom of the shoe. The branches are nicely designed so that chains will hang where they are put, I have some trees like this which are ridiculous as they just cause necklaces and bracelets to slide down the branch into an untidy pile at the bottom! Might as well use a jewellery box!
The section for rings is perfect, the cushioned and padded slots keep a good grip on them and the effect of pushing some sparkly gold into the slots make the shoe look fantastic. The slots are a perfect width so that you do have to give a little push to get the rings in, but you definitely don't need to use so much force that you risk damaging your jewellery.
Rather than use this tree to keep my jewellery to hand I have chosen pieces to compliment it so as to turn it into a bedroom decoration. I have other trees (as I've mentioned) which are a more convenient size and shape for my longer necklaces so I'll continue to use those, but this is the only one I have which ties in with my love of shoes so I love it regardless.
£8 from Sainsburys.