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I fell in love with these pumps the first time I saw them in John Lewis and when I got them home I had to hide the receipt from my other half as they cost me £85 which I know is a lot of money for a pump but they felt so comfortable on and they looked amazing I just had to have them, besides the other half splurges a load of dosh on useless gadgets so that is how I convinced myself that it was a worth while purchase.
They come in two colours and I have the black pair which are different to the ones in the Dooyoo picture which are the nude colour. The black ones also have a large bow that dominates the top of the shoe and it is encrusted with lots of small rhinestones which really catch the light and shine with different hughs and tints to them. These are a flat shoe and they are incredibly comfortable which makes them suitable for both day and night wear. Because of the bow they are a little showy so I must admit I tend to wear them more in the evening as I do not want them to get scruffy looking as if they do loose their shine then they will not look half as nice.
They are well made and feel like a top quality pump which you would expect given the price tag. I was tempted to buy both colours as they each looked stunning but I felt that the balck ones go better with a darker denim while the nude colour would work better with light summery dresses so given the nice weather maybe I should go back for another purchase.
I would certainly recommend these as they are stylish and also a little different, the only draw back is the price, but then again, what price great shoes?
When it comes to shoes I do have a very large collection which I do adore. Most of my shoes are heels as only until last year did I start to wear flats and that was only due to pregnancy. However, as much as I love my heels I do find flats have a very important place in my wardrobe. A lot of my flat shoes are casual and are not really suitable for evenings or work events. Even though I am actually on maternity leave from my job I do still attend seminars and events as it gives me a break and I also keep up to date with my work and clients.
On a mission to find a pair of flat shoes which I could wear on an evening I tried several stores and I either found shoes that were to casual or looked a bit cheap and were badly made. In the end I turned to Carvela which is a brand I like and I know their shoes are well made and last a long time therefore making the initial expense last a bit longer.
I purchased a pair of shoes called Lara in the end as they are perfect for both day and evening wear without looking too casual with is ideal as at least I can wear them not just on a night time. Lara comes in either black or nude and I opted for the nude colour as with spring/ summer coming up I do like to wear lighter coloured clothes and try and move away from the black/grey tones.
What Carvela say:
"Lara by Carvela is an opulent ballerina with oversized bow on the toe embellished with gem detailing. A great alternative to heels, these can be worn day or night!"
What instantly attracted me to the shoes is the large, oversized bow on the front of the shoe, it really is hard to miss. It is covered in gems which are two different colours. They are clear and a shade of almost a dark peach colour which is slightly darker than the nude colour of the shoes. The two colour gems really do compliment eachother and it is nice that Carvela use two different colours. The large bow is made of a satin fabric and the gems are stuck on well to the fabric but they should still be worn and kept with care as the gems are the focal point of the shoe and if they start to fall off it will ruin the overall design of the shoe.
The shoes are made from a soft, satin fabric which has a nice shine to it making them look a bit more luxurious. With most fabric shoes I do find they are a little more rigid than leather shoes as they have be able to support the foot and withstand wear. Lara are no different and they are quite rigid although when I tried them on they were a lot more supple than I was expecting. Unlike leather the fabric won't really stretch and therefore it is important that you get the correct size for your feet. The colour of the fabric is classed as nude but it does have a nice pink tone to it.
The shoes are completely flat and the sole is made of a synthetic material and seems to be quite hard wearing and sturdy. Lara has a lovely round toe which is actually quite wide and not narrow fitting on your feet. The shoes are not narrow fitting and I did find them a little loose and I could have done with them a little tighter around the sides of my feet but they didn't slip when I walked in them. The inside lining of the shoe is again synthetic and is cream in colour which contrasts nicely with the nude colour of the shoes together with the gem detailing.
I tried these on in store and as I said above they were a little loose around the sides of my feet but nothing major and I was happy with the overall fit of the shoe as my toes had plenty of wriggle room and my feet didn't feel squashed into the shoes. I've worn my pair a few times now and although the fabric doesn't really give much because they are quite rigid they do feel secure and they do support your feet quite well especially around the heel. I can sometimes have my heels rubbed especially with shoes made out of a rigid fabric and even though these didn't rub they did become uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them and I did have to put a plaster on.
I can't really moan about the shoes other than the slight rubbing which did cause a bit of discomfort but this can be easily rectified. I love the oversized gem bow on the front of the shoes as it really does had lovely detail without being over the top. I much prefer the nude shade instead of the black but as the colour is quite light and the fabric being satin it can stain so you do have to be careful when wearing them as one stain could ruin the shoes. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you use a suitable protector. I would definitely recommend these shoes but just make sure you have the plasters ready - 4 stars from me.
Availability: Carvela stockists - Kurt Geiger, John Lewis and Selfridges
Sizes: 3 to 8
Colours: Black and nude