Product Type: Carvela Hunter Original
Newest Review: ... looking shoe and the quality, style and fit are always second to none. The Arena shoe is feminine, glamorous, stunning, dramatic and... more
My most expensive pair of shoes so far
Member Name: rotunda
Advantages: They look stunning - just look at them
Disadvantages: They were so expensive
I have a fantastically high, fantastically gorgeous pair of shoes called Arena by Carvela in my shoe wardrobe - yes, I really do have a wardrobe (well, part of a wardrobe) dedicated to my massive and very impressive, shoe collection. I adore heels, the bigger the better, and I rarely wear flats, unless they are for a specific purpose. I feel dull and a little bit depressed in flats and I even like to wear heels to do my grocery shopping.
I bought these fantastic deep plum coloured shoes for full price (£129) approximately one year ago in town and they were reduced about six months afterwards to £49, but I tried to put that out of my mind. I had been lusting after these shoes for weeks as they were on display in the shop window, and every time I walked by I just used to stand there and ogle at them through the glass. I knew that just as soon as I'd tried one on, I'd have to buy them, so I tried to put off for as long as I could. Well, at least until the end of the month when I got paid.
Carvela is one of my favourite brands in shoes. I always think they make such a sophisticated and glamorous looking shoe and the quality, style and fit are always second to none. The Arena shoe is feminine, glamorous, stunning, dramatic and really eye catching and I simply love the gorgeous little bow detail they have put at the front, which really catches the eye. These shoes look fantastic with either a smart skirt or a pair of good, well-fitted, tailored trousers.
Arena comes in either metallic, purple or black. I toyed with the idea of black for a while as I thought it was a colour which would go well with most of the clothes in my wardrobe, but I finally settled on the purple as I thought they were just a little bit different. Besides, it was the purple pair I had been lusting after in the shop window for so long. The colour of these shoes is rich and deep and more a deep dark plum really, than a purple. To say they are simply 'purple' doesn't really do them justice or really describe truly the depth of the colour.
They have a gorgeous (and comfortable) rounded toe with the same coloured bow (in fabric with a tiny gold chain), which to me, really is the finishing touch. Obviously, at this price, the shoes are made of real leather and although the heel height is fairly high at almost five inches, they also have a contrasting and equally high platform, which makes the shoe a lot easier to walk in than you might imagine.
The leather is soft and supple and despite walking and standing up in these quite a lot, I have never found that they have rubbed at my feet or toes or caused me any discomfort at all. My feet are a size five and my shoe is also the same size. I have worn these with stockings, tights and also with bare legs and every time I have worn them I have received compliments and positive comments about how nice they look.
I actually feel more confident in a high heel and I think they enhance the shape of my legs, in particular my calves. These shoes are my pride and joy, I simply love them. I am a real high heel shoe fiend anyway, but these particular shoes are so gorgeous I wear them whenever I need to feel or look more confident or just want to look stylish. They brighten up my outfits and add a splash of colour and style.
I love them and really recommend them as an investment.
Summary: I'd still buy them again