It was love at first sight when I first lay my eyes on these babies in Schuh many years ago. At £55 I just couldn't afford them though and worshipped them from a distance whenever I had the chance. I never tried them on for some reason but I really wish I had.
When I finished university I knew I would be wearing my pin striped corset at Graduation and was desperate for these shoes to match it. With no job at the time I couldn't justify the expense, but my mother surprised me one morning with a second hand pair she had found on eBay. I was thrilled! They were ever so slightly worn down on the sole, but though the previous owner claimed to have "worn them to death" I could see very little damage on them - they are obviously made extremely well.
Perhaps I got a slightly outdated version of the shoes, but even sat down with them on, my feet cramped up in agony. I'm not a stranger to walking in heels but the pain I was experiencing when shaking the Dean's hand almost caused me to tear them off my feet right on stage!
Luckily I brought a pair of flat shoes with me too and just used the shoes for pictures - they were far too beautiful to completely waste.
I reiterate that I might just have an older pair and the design of the shoe itself may have altered since then but for now they shall sit on my shoe shelf to be admired from a-far.
I bought these shoes a while ago. They are called Tapetastic and are by Irregular Choice.
~ Price ~
I had admired them for a while before eventually buying them online from www.houseoffraser.com, where they are currently priced at £59.99.
~ Appearance ~
These shoes are made from black prinstriped fabric and they have a bow on the side of them, which is made from tape measure.
The tape measure trim also goes down the back of the shoe. The tape measure is made from a tough rubbery material. There is also a small black fabric bow on top of the tape measure bow with a black gem in the middle.
I also noticed there was a bit of dried glue on the tape measure bow, which I eventually managed to scratch off without damaging the bow.
The heels are black and look quite low. The back of the heel measures 9cm or about 3.5 inches, but the inside of the heel only measures 5.5cm and a lot of the height is in the curve of the heel at the back. I think this makes them look lower than they actually are, which isn't a good thing.
The shoes have round toes.
My pair of these Tapetastic shoes have a black padded sole with metallic blue polka dots, which I think look gorgeous.
I think these shoes look pretty and the pinstripe gives them a smart look. I like the design of these shoes.
~ In use ~
The first thing I noticed when I received these shoes was that the tape measure bow on the side of the shoes has two pieces of tape measure coming off making it look like a real bow and the tape measure on one of my shoes comes down and actually reaches the ground so I was worried that it would get damaged when I wore these shoes.
I have seen reviews by other people where their tape measure has reached the ground as well. I could have exchanged them, but I thought there would be as much chance as the next pair being the same and I couldn't be bothered with the hassle.
I put off wearing them for a while, but eventually decided that I'd paid too much for them to rot in their box.
The shoes are comfortable. The heels aren't too high so they are comfortable to walk in and they don't rub my feet. They don't hurt even if I have been walking in them for a while.
They look really good on and they go with almost anything. I have worn them with black tights and a skirt and on another occasion I wore them with jeans.
I have received a few compliments about them from friends.
The piece of tape measure from the bow, which reaches the ground has not been damaged at all, but I had tried to curl it up and put it underneath another piece of the bow to prevent it from trailing on the ground to start with.
Even if it does get damaged it will be so far down the shoe that no-one will be likely to notice, but I do like to keep my belongings nice.
~ Conclusion ~
I really like these shoes. They are smart and comfortable.
The heel is low enough for them to be comfortable to walk in. They look smart and go with almost anything.
I think these heels look lower than they are, but they don't feel very high either.
I think they are reasonable priced at £59.99, although I wasn't too pleased with the tape measure being too long on one of my shoes.
These shoes have a nice fun design. I did buy a matching clutch bag a few months ago in the sale, but I'm unsure about wearing the shoes and using the clutch bag together as I think it might be a bit too much, but I will use them separately.
Irregular choice are one of my favourite shoe brands. The designs are unique and sometimes a little "out there" but the quality is great and on the whole, the shoes are comfy.
The tape measure shoes, as I like to call them are one of the more plain irregular choice shoes. They are a pink and black pin-stripe design with a rosette made out of a plastic tape measure. There is also an unravelled tape measure that runs up the part of the shoe that your heel sits in.
The shoe is a court shoe and the toe is slightly pointed. This is not good for me as it means that the shoe is a tighter fit, and as my feet are a little wide, it means painful feet after a day wearing them - we women do suffer to be beautiful!
The heel is 9cm high which means the shoes are not too high, however because the shoes are fairly tight, I find the sides and ball of my feet ache quite badly.
The shoes are aesthetically pleasing, and are an ideal style for the work place, however they are not the most comfortable shoes that I have ever come accross!
These shoes are made by Irregular Choice, a footwear company that was founded in 1999 in Brighton by designer Dan Sullivan. They specialise in wacky and unusual styles, using uncommon materials that might appear more often in a craft box than on a pair of shoes.
I have spent several years looking at and touching the small selection of Irregular Choice shoes in Schuh and have been promising myself a pair as soon as I could justify the cost. Many of their models have very high heels, some come in unusual shapes and colour combinations, whilst others are adorned with plastic animals, woollen bows or other whimsical toppers. I decided that in order to get value for money I would have to buy one of their more conventional styles.
The Tapetastic shoe is one of the least outlandish models that they sell. It is essentially a court shoe with a rounded rather than pointed toe front. The stiletto heel is three and a half inches high and covered in a black leather (or maybe plastic, I cant tell, but there is a leather smell to the shoe). The main body of the shoe is covered in a black pinstripe fabric with a white tape measure rosette placed at a jaunty angle to the outer front edge of each shoe. There is another piece of tape measure covering the heel seam on the outside of the shoe.
The lining of the shoe appears to change, depending upon where and when they were purchased. The shoe pictured above has a pink lining, the one on their website has a teal blue velvet lining and mine is made from an iridescent royal blue/navy/purple/gold brocade. I have spotted several other lining designs on Ebay. The heel lining is in a navy suede. As in all Irregular choice footwear, the tapetastic shoe has the trademark patterned soles. Mine have a cuckoo clock theme with blue, green and red birds on a white background. Again, as with the lining, the sole design seems to vary from shoe to shoe.
I originally spotted these shoes in a small gift shop in Northampton, but they had sold them by the time I decided I could justify buying them. I eventually bought them from the Irregular Choice shop in Carnaby Street, whilst on a trip to London. This place is a shoe heaven and if you are a fan of their shoes it is well worth a visit if you are in the Capital. They also have shops in Leicester, Manchester and Brighton. You can buy the Tapetastc shoe from the Irregular Choice website (they currently have free postage) for £59.99 or Schuh for £65. Ebay have them too - both new and used starting from £1.70, but that can change. TReds stock the low heel version on line and in store - they have a chunky perspex heel instead of the stiletto, for £69.99.
Whilst this price is quite high, the shoes are very well made and comfortable. However, if you are between sizes I would suggest buying the larger size as I am an average size 7 and these have a very snug fit - I wouldn't be able to wear thick tights with them without them being a little tight. A further nice touch, in my opinion, is that their sturdy box has the same design as the sole of the shoe. I haven't been able to throw mine out and store my shoes in there.
The Tapetastic shoes are very versatile. They can be worn to work with a suit or office clothes. They look equally good with a pair of jeans for a smart casual look or paired with a smart black dress. There is also a small clutch bag to match that costs £30. This can be bought on line or in the Irregular Choice shop. I saw this in my local gift shop too but they had sold it by the time I decided I wanted it. Ebay also has a few for sale at various prices.
These shoes have proven to be one of my favourite pieces and whilst not practical in wet weather are too lovely not to give five stars for.
Irregular Choice is one of my favourite shoe brands, they create some really interesting designs which stand out and visiting their shops are like walking through wonderland! The only stand alone store I have ever visited is the one in Brighton, however I have also purchased shoes from Amazon and that is where I bought this particular pair, which cost arou.nd £65
I really like the look of this pair, because they could be worn as a smart shoe with say a black dress for a formal occasion whilst still adding a little something special to the outfit which would make it stand out. I originally bought these shoes three years ago, however they are still available as they seem to be re-released each season, which must say something for their popularity!
They are quite a high pair of shoes, initially they took a little getting used to when walking, however they are incredibly comfortable for a pair of high heels and walking wasn't a problem after a little practice around the house! I have worn these shoes on several occasions and have found that they have made an outfit I might have deemed a little 'boring' into something a bit more fun!
I would definitely recommend these shoes and this brand overall, as they make some really amazing shoes! I would suggest however that you get your first pair from an Irregular Choice shop, as sizing can be a little bit strange, I am a size smaller in this shop to the size I normally wear. After that you can shop online until you're heart is content!
I think that these are possibly my favourite shoes in the whole wide world ever - which is quite something coming from someone with such a huge shoe addiction as I do. I love them in all their guises but, like I said, these are my favourite.
They are from the Irregular Choice collection, which is available from Schuh and the Schuh concessions in Republic stores. Irregular Choice have been around for some time and, as the name suggests, they are a collection of whimsical shoes that are often more than a little bit different.
These particular shoes have been in the collection for quite a while, the only way in which they have varied over the years is the size of the heal. This just shows how good they are - they have stood the test of time.
The shoes are are leather, but the upper is a soft almost canvas type material that has really thin black stripes on them rather like a pinstripe suit. The 'bow' on the front is made from measuring tape and this theme is continued at the heel, which is lined with the same thing. I absolutely love the style because it is different, but without being too wacky. I get so many compliments when I'm wearing them and, at the risk of sounding a little conceited - I love it!
The classic colours of the shoes mean that they go with everything too - you can wear them at the office with a suit or dress them up for a night out. They are very versatile.
The inside of the shoe is lined with a luxurious pink velvet material, which makes them very comfortable to wear. I can wear them all day without feeling any discomfort. The size of the heel (about an inch and half) helps with the comfort factor too.
The shoes are about £60, which is pretty expensive. Having said that, I have had mine for a couple of years and they look just as good as they did on the day I brought them home. I think this shows that you do get what you pay for and in this case, you pay for good quality. I would definitely recommend them.
Ever wished your feet looked as dainty as Cinderella's in her little heels? I did. My feet are a size 7 and each time I tried a pair of heels I felt like I was walking in two huge boats. They seemed to accentuate the fact my feet were, in comparison to my family's feet, of a saskewatchian proportion.
That was, of course, until I found these beautiful shoes in my local store. The outer of the shoe itself is like pinstripe trouser material and on the front is a tape measure rosette. The back of the shoe also features a tape measure which runs up to meet where your stocking line (in theory, if you wore them) would start.
Underneath the shoe is pink with a multi-coloured picture which as I'm a teacher entertains my class trying to see what's going on there!
When I put the shoe on, it transformed my foot so much that I knew even if it crippled me, I'd buy it. Luckily it didn't cripple me, but still. The height of the heel is quite intense for some people but it looks higher from the back than it feels. The shoe is comfortable to wear, particularly for wide footed people like myself.
Walking in these shoes is a delight. In other heels I have felt like I had to totter along ~ I can stride after children confidently in these! They hug my foot and somehow propel my body upright to walk easily. I can't explain it, they are just an amazing shoe to wear. They make my feet petite which is no mean feat and they are so adorable I just can't stop looking at them.
I bought mine for £59.99 and bought another pair of the same brand at the same time as I was so excited to have found comfortable, unusual and super cute shoes!
Back when I first started Dooyoo and a few other sites like this I made myself a very long amazon wishlist which I have to be honest was mostly made of of slightly expensive heels. Anyway since then Ive been adding stuff like mad so I forgot about a few of the things I added in those first few months and decided to treat myself to a few of them which included these gorgeous "Irregular Choice Court Tape Measure" shoes. Id never heard of Irregular Choice before finding them on amazon so I had no idea whether they were popular or a good brand or anything all I knew was I fell in love with these shoes straight away and even though they are far from my usual style I had to have them!
Stockists: Schuh & Amazon.
Other Info: Available in sizes 3-9 online, described as a formal court shoe with a 3-4 inch heel & are available in a smaller heel (for 5.00 less).
There is no way that the design of these shoes is going to be everyones cup of tea but I reckon thats the whole point of this brand - whether you love them or hate them you definitely will have a strong opinion. I personally love them and think the design however odd it may be is gorgeous - if all shoes were the same feet would be pretty boring! These shoes are made of a pinstripe black and white material, pink inside and of course a giant tape measure stuck to the front. You cant see it on the picture but the tape measure theme is also at the back above the heel - although that added feature is flat.
The tape measure at the front is styled like a rosette with a ribbon on the top and I personally think it is so cool. It saves the shoes from being plain and boring I think and EVERYONE always asks where I got mine from because "they are sooo cool!". The heel is only around 3-4 inches making it one of the smaller pairs of heels I own but that is perfect because it means I can actually wear them in the day! Ive lost count of the amount of times Ive worn these shopping or to job interviews because the heel is so small yet it makes you look proper dressed up. Without killing off your feet as these are super comfy.
Dont get me wrong these are fabulous for going out in but they are the only heels I have (I think) that I can wear in the day without fear of going on my bum and that - coupled with the gorgeous design- make them one of my favourite pairs of shoes. Dont let the price put you off Ive had these for about 4 months wearing them all the time and there isnt the slightest bit of wear and tear on them so I think these will last me for ages. That just proves they are high quality in my opinion.
I highly recommend these shoes because although they might be a little bit like Marmite I think they are visually stunning and a bit of a novelty to add to your shoes collection. Wear them whenever, wherever!
Thanks For Reading.
x0 Salz 0x
I am, no doubt about it, totally, madly, crazily in love.......
With shoes!! (I heart shoes!!)
I think I must have caught my shoe-aholics from my nan, as nobody else in my family is quite as obsessed as we are!! I remember when I was young I'd go upstairs in my nans house and open boxes and boxes of shoes and try them on, walk up and down the room and think I was fab!!
She had shoes on top of shoes, all in pristine condition, all still in their original boxes, mine however... I have shoes, loads of them, but all put into big plastic boxes which are stored in a corner in my room!! Except for the newest ones which are lined up in front of the wardrobe.
In this line up is a pair of these rather quirky cute Irregular choice Tape Measure Courts. They were a little out of my price range at nearly £60 but I fell in love with them, in the shop window! I just simply needed them!! It was my birthday money I used so I didn't feel too bad about spending so much, but they are were/are worth every penny!
They are black shoes, with a faint pin stripe to them, the inside of the shoes are a bubble gum pink colour as is the sole. Unfortunatly with wear the sole does fade, and the black shows though.
The main feature of these fab shoes is of course the tape measure rosette on the front!! It makes these shoes! I like the fact that they are shoes that not many people would have. I like that people look at my feet and think 'hmmm, what is she wearing??' But I love them.
The front is slightly pointed but more rounded, and the heel is 10cm in height. There's also a tape measure running up the back of the shoe too!
I find them fairly comfortable, I have worn them out a few times and don't feel the need to rush home and change them. I am so glad I have them.
As a massive fan of shoes, there is nothing worse than feeling like every other woman is wearing the same pair of shoes as you! This is why I am a massive fan of Irregular Choice, although I must admit that some of their styles are way out, too way out for my relatively "normal" feet! But when I saw this pair of shoes I instantly fell in love with them, they're just different enough to fall into my very particular taste in shoes.
*~* Description *~*
The shoe is a classic court style with a slight point at the front, they come in a pinstripe material which compliments the tape measure detail perfectly. The tape measure runs up the back of the shoe coming above the shoe by about a centimetre, there is also a large tape measure rosette on the outer side of the shoe. The heels are 10cm in height, giving you height without being uncomfortably tall. The sole of the shoe is in a very light pink which will wear relatively quickly so don't get too attached!
*~* Occasions to Wear *~*
Personally, I have worn these with jeans to go shopping in, worn them to job interviews (particularly useful if you're worried about getting the job as the interviewer won't stop staring at them!) and most recently I presented some research I'd conducted at University and wore them as a perfect accompaniment to an otherwise plain black shift dress. They are perfect for casual wear with jeans or for wearing to work or a special occasion. Needless to say, they are a conversation starter and a compliment magnet!!
*~* Packaging *~*
As with all Irregular Choice shoes, the packaging is beautiful and a far cry from the typically boring black or brown boxes most shoes come in. The design on my box was a large vintage robot design, which rather baffled my boyfriend who got a tad excited when I was showing him what I'd bought in that particular shopping trip...bless him! There are many different box designs with some being more cute and girly, it's just the luck of the draw really! I have kept mine in the box primarily to keep them as good as new but also as the box is far too cute to throw away without a real reason!
*~* Verdict *~*
Overall these shoes are absolutely fantastic, comfy to wear although you won't be able to walk long distances in them so don't be fooled by the initial comfort! The pin which holds the rosette in place can stick into your toes if you buy the wrong size so I would definitely recommend trying them on before purchasing to avoid disappointment. They do feel slightly different to other heels I usually wear, I have chalked this up to the fact that they are slightly lower than my usual heels and there is a slight point and upwards curve at the front, but you definitely get used to the sensation after a few minutes wearing them.
In short, my shoe collection would not be complete without them and I can't imagine a job interview or conference without them on my tootsies!
*~* Price *~*
They are currently retailing at £59.99 from Schuh.
*~* Other Products *~*
If you are unsure about the heel height, there is a pair with a smaller heel which measures in at 4.5cm and boasts a very pretty sole. (£54.99 from Schuh)
Irregular Choice also sell a clutch bag in the same design, I am not currently an owner of this however it may be on the cards in a few months time! (£29.99 from Schuh)