“ Brand: Kurt Geiger „
When it comes to my shoes for work I have a very varied collection but they are generally black even though I am trying to add a bit of colour into my work wear! Thing is black tends to go with everything and as I wear suits a lot they are always black and having black shoes just tends to go better I think. However, my shoes are certainly not plain and boring and tend to have a little detail to them and my obsession with shoes certainly gets the better of me!
I am a huge fan of Kurt Geiger and although I probably can't really afford (no make that my bank manager!) Kurt Geiger shoes I do tend to buy from his KG collection which is a lot cheaper but still great quality shoes which I don't mind buying because I know that they will last me for a long period of time. One pair that I love and adore is out of the KG range called Eliza as soon as I saw them I loved them as I really like the block heel, it makes a great change from the ultra slim stiletto which can be seen everywhere.
Eliza comes in either black or grey but I opted for the black patent as I didn't really like the shade of grey that Eliza came in as it is almost a pinky/ mushroom colour. As you can see from the picture the shoe has a simple bow detail on the toe of the shoe. The black shoes have a cream and black bow and the grey shade has a pink and grey bow but regardless of colour the bow has a round metal ball in the centre keeping it in place (well more of a decorative feature!). The bow certainly isn't extravagant but it is simple enough to added some much needed detail to the shoe.
What I really like about these shoes is the chunky block heel which makes these court shoes a bit more sturdy. It is 10cm in height which even though is quite high because the heel is actually quite large it doesn't actually seem that high when wearing them! The shoe is made out of leather and a synthetic material giving the shoes that much needed softness. The lining is synthetic and in the black colour it is a dark tan which contrasts nicely with the black and cream.
I find these shoes incredibly comfortable as the lining is soft and the shoes are made of good quality leather which softens up easily after they are worn the first time which is great as this reduces any rubbing that may happen. To date they haven't rubbed my feet and now that I have properly worn them in I doubt that they will rub unless I get caught in the rain! The shoes do not soften up enough for the leather to crease which is great as the shoes do have the synthetic patent over the top which keeps them in shape. The block heel is incredibly easy to walk on despite the height and due to its size a block heel will last far longer than a thin stiletto heel meaning less trips to the re-heeler! One thing I have noticed is that because they are patent that they scuff easily and I have purchased a protective gloss/ cream to keep the patent shiny but protected and I would definitely recommend that anyone with patent shoes invests in a product like that!
The only downside to Eliza is the support. The sole and footbed is incredibly flat and it isn't really padded so if you do need a shoe with support then you could always buy insoles to give that added extra. The heel does have slight padding which is subtle but very much needed especially wearing them for a long period of time.
Eliza is available from all KG retailers (John Lewis, House of Fraser) and they are also available on the Kurt Geiger website. They come in as I said above black or grey and sizes start from 3 and go up to an 8. They cost £110.00 which I think is really good value for these shoes as they are made from very good quality materials.
For me, these are a great pair of shoes for work and ideal for something smart on the evening. I think the price tag is perfectly justified as they are not the most expensive pair by KG but they are not the cheapest either but they are still very well made and mine are still in great condition. I am quite happy to pay for quality and these shoes are definitely worth every penny.