“ Brand: Aldo / Type: Peep Toe „
This spring I was determined to add a few different shades of colour to my wardrobe as it seems that all I wear is black and shades of grey! Even though I have a few colourful pieces I always end up wearing the colours I feel safest in. So for the spring I wanted to add some neutral tones which would brighten up what I wear, this included a few new tops and obviously shoes as it would be nice wearing something other than black shoes.
My sister had recently bought a pair of shoes off ASOS and came round to mine wearing them and I was immediately wanting a pair. She mentioned the cost and other colours they came in. Before I knew it I was on ASOS looking for the shoes! They are actually made by Aldo and I decided to go to their website to have a closer look at the shoes and to see whether there was any difference in price.
What Aldo say:
"Launch the new season in style with these jaw-dropping pumps featuring peep toe, half-platform and towering heel. Crisscross strap detail."
The shoes in question are called Gagner and come in either taupe or black. My sister has the black pair and I decided to go with the taupe because it was more of a tan colour than anything which I preferred. They are definitely not suitable for wearing to work but are ideal for day and evening wear.
What first attracted me to these shoes was the criss cross detailing which goes over the front of your foot. The criss cross strapping is made of elastic and is the same colour as the main body of the shoe. There is plenty of give in the elastic which if you wear these in the summer and your feet swell a bit due to the heat the elastic will easily accommodate this. The straps are not too thin either and because there are so many they don't rub your skin and is actually quite comfortable.
The colour co-ordinated heel is around 13cm (5 inches) which is actually quite high for me and I did find them a bit of a balancing act when I first wore them! The platform is also quite a substantial size at around 2cm (or a little less) and it isn't all the same width which again made balancing a bit tricky but as soon as I managed to walk a few steps I found that they were actually quite comfortable. It helps that the platform is slanted slightly at the front of the shoe which makes them a little easier to walk in.
Gagner are made of leather which I found to be really supple. After wearing them for a few times the leather gives a little around the foot which is nice as I haven't experienced any rubbing to my heels (the usual place where my feet are rubbed). The peep toe is another place where I sometimes find rubs the top of my toes but as the shoes are leather this area of the shoe gives a little more so it doesn't rub my toes and the leather becomes a lot softer.
These shoes despite the heel height (and platform height) are actually incredibly comfortable to walk in and they are perfectly comfortable for quite a few hours but it certainly takes a bit of getting used to walking in shoes which are quite high. They are not particularly supportive in terms of supporting the arch of your foot but because of the criss cross design they make your feet feel quite secure.
Gagner are available in either black or taupe and come in sizes 3 to 8. They are available at ASOS for £75.00 but if like me you want a bargain you can buy these direct from the Aldo website for £37.50.