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It seems like ages since I wrote my last shoe review! Well it doesn't take long for my shoe collection to start entering into my other half's wardrobe! Now the summer season shoes I have had plenty of choice to choose from. Kurt Geiger is always a store I visit when in Cambridge and I always seem to come back with a pair (or two) and a few weeks ago it was no different. Having gone out for the day shopping (Miss Peach needing bigger clothes and Mr Peach needing jeans) I ended up spending a lot of time in the fabulous Kurt Geiger store looking for a pair of shoes suitable for a wedding and two big birthdays coming up.
As always there is so much choice and I could have got completely carried away but knowing I was short of time I browsed what they had new in. I wanted something fun, not black and something I could wear out as well as at formal events such as a wedding. In the end I chose a pair called Kiki. Kiki comes in either beige with multicoloured polka dots with a bright pink heel and bow or a chic purple with contrasting grey platform. I opted for the beige as they were a bit more unusual and I liked the polka dots.
What KG say:
"KG by Kurt Geiger Kiki is a super cute satin court featuring high heel, platform and pretty bow detailing."
As I said above I bought the beige with multicoloured polka dots although the purple is a gorgeous colour the polka dots were the deciding factor for me. The main part of the shoe is fabric which is rigid enough to keep the shape of the shoe. The polka dots are a variety of colours which are quite subdued colours compared to bright, primary colours. The dots are small in size (just like the photo) and are even throughout the shoe. There is a large fuschia pink satin bow at the front of the shoe and this contrasts nicely with the heel and the beige coloured fabric.
The fabric is soft to the touch and has a satin type finish. Sometimes I find fabric shoes can be a little uncomfortable as they don't give as much as leather shoes but although the fabric on Kiki is rigid is does soften with wear which is great but it does stay rigid enough to keep the shape of the shoe without gaping at the sides. Because they are made of fabric you will have to be careful when wearing them as satin can and will stain and it would be a real shame.
The shoes feature a round toe which gives these shoes quite a prim feel and inside the toe there is actually quite a bit of room for the front of your foot and your toes. The inside lining of the shoe is a gold/ light tan colour which does contrast nicely against the beige and the bright pink bow and heel. In the footbed of the shoe there is a little padding which is nice especially in such a high shoe it provides a little comfort for your feet especially if you are wearing them for some considerable length of time.
The heel of the shoe is incredibly striking which is bright pink or fuschia - the same colour of the bow. It certainly makes the shoe stand out and at 13mm it certainly is quite high. It is a slim, slender stiletto heel which is teamed nicely with a suitable platform which does make the heel feel a little lower than it actually is. The platform is in the same beige polka dot material as the shoe which is a nice touch to detail and it's nice that it isn't the same as the heel making them even more unusual in design.
I've now worn these shoes several times and the fabric has given a little but not enough to gape. Even though the fabric does soften they still feel a little rigid around the foot especially around the front. If you have wide feet then these may not be the best shoes for you as they do come quite narrow in their fit. Overall, they have been comfortable for wear but in a restricted kind of way as your feet do feel very secure in the shoes but because they remain so rigid it's almost as if your feet can't relax in them. They haven't rubbed or caused any red marks on my feet which is obviously good especially when I have been wearing them for quite some length of time.
My only gripe about these shoes is that because they are beige and fabric they do look a little dirty or grubby at the front of the shoes which although can be wiped off with a damp cloth whilst out they get grubby you can't always wipe your shoes clean. Other than that I really like the contrasting heel and bow against the polka dot material and they really do jazz up an outfit. KG class them as evening shoes which I think is quite fitting but they are perfect for weddings, christenings etc.
I give the shoes 4 stars basically due to the grubbiness that can happen and how tough the shoes stay.
Availability: KG retailers
Colours: Beige or purple
Sizes: 3 to 8