Due to my partner's line of work it means that over the festive periods there are a lot of events to attend basically to network and get your face and name known. Now not one to turn down free food and drink I tend to go with him and of course it gives me an excuse to buy a new dress and of course a pair of shoes.
We went to a lot of black tie events at the end of last year and beginning of this year so it makes it pretty simple as to what you wear - black dress and shoes! For my shoes I wanted something elegant, simple yet with a touch of glam and yes I probably have a pair in my wardrobe but as sales were on I knew I could get a new pair at a reduced price!
The pair which has accompanied me to most of the black tie events are a pair called Gin by Carvela. I had seen them before in store but always found something else to buy but when they were in the sale I knew they would be perfect. They come in a variety of colours; black, taupe, pink and blue so there is a shade for everyone. I obviously opted for black which I needed but it also means I can wear them again quite easily with an outfit.
What Carvela say:
"Gin by Carvela is a silky satin evening shoe. The sleek high heel is balanced out by the platform adding comfort. This lust-have piece also features a stylish peep-toe and gorgeous beading detail on the front. These will make you look and feel amazing!"
Gin are branded as an evening shoe and I have to agree with that they certainly wouldn't be suitable walking around your local supermarket at say 2pm in the afternoon! Definitely suitable for those black tie events and even wearing out on an evening to a nice bar or nice restaurant.
Gin are made from fabric which has a lovely satin sheen to it which gives them that glamorous touch which I was wanting. I have found however that fabric or synthetic shoes can take a while to give and wear in unlike leather shoes but the fabric is soft and supple enough to be comfortable but firm enough to hold the shape of the shoe. It is important that the satin fabric is cared for with a suitable protector as they can stain.
The main detail of these shoes is not hard to notice! The large black bow which is on the front of the shoe is adorned in black beads which add a really glamorous touch. The black beads are quite small in size but because there are a lot of them on the bow it creates a nice effect. The bow is exactly the same fabric as the shoe but is quite stiff in order to keep its shape. The beads are tightly sewn onto the shoe so hopefully they won't come off!
The shoes have quite a wide peep toe which is quite comfortable but your toes are squished together a little which although not completely comfortable your feet and toes are not put in any pain or rubbing which I guess is the best thing! The lining of the shoe is black and is pretty plain so no contrasting colours, there is of course the Carvela logo on the heel area of the lining. In the footbed of the shoe there is some slight padding which is very much welcomed especially if you are wearing them for quite a while.
The sides of the shoe are not overly short when you are wearing the shoes and they do offer a little security for your feet. The front of the shoe is quite wide and enables your feet to fit snugly into the shoes without feeling restricted but once the fabric gives a little they do become a little looser which although they don't gape your foot can feel a little loose especially if you have very narrow feet.
The heel of the shoe is your typical slim stiletto which measures around 12cm which I don't think is bad at all considering the other heights of heel in Carvela's collection. Even though it is still high for some I find the heel height quite comfortable and as it is teamed with a platform of around 1cm it takes a little height off the heel. Both the platform and the heel are matt black in colour which does contrast a little against the satin fabric which is a nice touch to the design of the shoe. As with all stiletto heels you have to be careful when wearing them as they can scuff easily.
I've now worn my pair probably over 10 times in a variety of locations and I am incredibly impressed with how comfortable they are. Yes, they need to wear in a little so the fabric can supple up a little but it doesn't take long and I didn't have any rubbing or discomfort whatsoever. The platform makes them quite comfortable and easy to walk in especially with a 12cm heel! The shoes provide just a little detail which adds a nice touch of glamour to an outfit without being over the top in 'bling' but as just enough for people to notice your shoes (make sure your toenails are nicely painted!).
Definitely a recommendation from me in any of the available colours! A very comfortable shoe with just the right amount of detail and very suitable for those evenings out. 5 stars!
Availability: Carvela stockists - Kurt Geiger, John Lewis etc
Colour(s): Black, blue, taupe and pink
Sizes: 3 to 8 (may be limited if in the sale)
Price: Was £120.00 Now £59.00 - Kurt Geiger prices