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My first pair of school shoes were flat, patent black round toe shoes with a little strap with a silver buckle. I remember them perfectly as apart from being quite cute my mum has kept them as a keepsake and the other day we were both going through my things she had kept and these shoes amongst a few other pairs were still shiny, in great condition and wrapped up to protect from any scratches. I have always liked patent shoes and this has stayed with me right up to my adulthood. Everytime I see a patent pair of shoes that I really like I tend to buy, I don't know what it is about the whole patent thing but I really like patent shoes which has led me to acquire quite a few pairs in a few different colours! One patent pair in my wardrobe is Aurora by KG I've had them for quite a few months now and I find them ideal for work. They are a patent mary jane court style shoe with its round toe and an over sized buckle which is adjustable and unlike some shoe buckles it is actually quite sturdy rather than made of a cheap plastic. It has a lovely cone shaped heel which makes a nice change from the usual stiletto heel and it has cream stitching which gives the shoe a bit of a "quirky" look. Aurora is available in a range of colours; black, nude, pink, purple, red, taupe and yellow. Aurora is made by KG for work goers but obviously this shoe is ideal for anytime wear whether it is the office or for a night out. The upper part of the shoe is made from a PU patent and the lining is also made out of PU. The sole is synthetic and like most shoes in this style (without the platform) it is quite a thin sole so if you need a bit of support for your feet then the Aurora may not be the shoe for you. The heel is about 9cm which even though it is quite high I don't find these too high to wear. I'm on my feet quite a lot when I am at work, whether it is seeing clients, up and down the stairs or rummaging around for files and it is really important that my shoes are comfortable but fashion is not always pain free! It took a while for these shoes to actually "break in" and I think this is due to them being made from a PU type material but after the initial sore feet period (which involved a few plasters) I found that these shoes were very comfortable. Although by the time I came home I was pretty desperate to get them off but then again after a 10 hour day I'd be happy to get any pair of shoes off! The buckle strap has a bit of give in it and I've found that I've actually had to adjust it so it was tighter after wearing them for a few months. One thing that I have noticed is that the heel tip wears a bit more quickly than some of my other shoes as the weight isn't distributed over a large area so they have a tendency to wear more and I think I will be shortly taking them in to get re-heeled but I do wear them quite a lot! For me, these shoes are great for both work and play but they do need taking care of as patent can scratch and scuff very easily but there are products out there purposely for patent shoes and I do use it on these shoes to protect them. Aurora are available direct from the Kurt Geiger website and they are in the KG for Kurt Geiger range but they can no doubt be purchased at KG outlets in store. They cost £90.00 for a pair and if you purchase off the website it will cost £3.99 postage and packaging but in the event of them not being suitable it is free returns. I love these shoes and I find them incredibly comfortable for work, after the initial rubbing they are great despite having quite a high heel! I really like KG shoes as they last me far longer than anything I have bought at places such as New Look so I am more than happy to pay the price tag.