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More and more I am having to resort to wearing flat shoes as being 37 weeks pregnant it is not particularly comfortable wearing heels (I do however make the odd exception when I'm going out) and even though I like flat shoes and have quite a nice selection for me I don't think they are particularly flattering but they are incredibly comfortable.
One pair I wore mostly to work before going on maternity leave are a pair from the KG for Kurt Geiger collection called Lareina. Now, if you have read my review on a pair of KG shoes called Eliza then you will see they are quite similar except for the large block heel! I wanted something smart enough for work but also something I could wear at home and out and about - Lareina ticked all the boxes.
Lareina come in either black or nude and I opted for the nude patent version as the colour was lovely and subtle and would brighten up any outfit and that I already have a few pairs of black flat shoes so it was nice to have something different.
Lareina are made from a synthetic material which for me is the only downside as I find that synthetic flat shoes can rub a lot more than leather shoes but as they were by KG then the quality of them should erase any issues I have with the material. The lining inside is also synthetic and is a camel colour which contrasts nicely with the nude colour of the shoe. The shoe is completely flat, there is no padding on the heel or footbed which is a shame as after a while wearing flat shoes without padding can become uncomfortable.
What I really like about these shoes is the same thing as the Eliza shoes, it is the delicate bow detail. The bow has a double ribbon which is in a pale metallic gold and the nude patent colour which match really well together. The bow is held in place in the middle with a little metallic ball. The bow is a good size compared to the shoe as it's not too big to be fussy but it is big enough to add some much needed delicate detail to the shoe. One other thing to note about this shoe is that it doesn't have a round toe as it is slightly squared off but this really makes no difference to the overall shoe and how it fits.
Despite my initial concerns about the shoes rubbing I got what I expected a few red marks on my heels after wearing them for the first time which went as easily as they came but I can only now wear these shoes with tights as they seem to make the shoe not rub. Despite using my usual Vaseline to soften up the heel and to prevent rubbing this didn't work. Despite this once I am wearing tights or knee highs (sexy!) the shoes are quite comfortable. Certainly not the most comfortable pair I own but they keep their shape well the sole and heel shows hardly any wear to it and they do fit well. It is just a shame that I can't seem to wear them without having something on my feet. Because the bow is quite small the ribbon hasn't started to curl up, the bow is exactly the same as it was when I bought the shoes which is good as I've had some shoes with bows which have started to curl at the ends.
One thing I would advise is that with patent shoes like Lareina that you buy a patent protection spray as they do mark quite easily as I have found out and despite getting the annoying marks off they can scratch which when you pay quite a bit for a pair of shoes you want them looking good for as long as possible.
Lareina are from the KG range for Kurt Geiger so can be bought online or in store at Kurt Geiger retailers such as John Lewis and House of Fraser. They come in sizes 3 to 8 and as I said they are available in black or nude patent. They currently cost £80.00 per pair.
For me, I love these little shoes as they are incredibly pretty and are comfortable but only when wearing tights which is the downside as I don't always want to wear tights with my shoes and for the life of me however many times I wear them I can't get them not to rub me! For this reason alone I don't think they are worth the £80.00 I paid even though I do wear them on a regular basis I still don't think a shoe made of a synthetic material should cost so much especially when they rub which is a shame as KG shoes are normally very comfortable.
KG Kurt Geiger Lareina bow embellished ballerina / Upper material: Synthetic / Lining Material: Synthetic / Sole Material: Synthetic.