“ Brand: New Look / Type: Platform Shoes „
New Look is my go to shop when it comes to buying shoes. I tend to buy loads of shoes and if I bought them from an expensive shop then there is just no way I would be able to finance my shoe fetish. New Look do all the latest styles of shoes for a fraction of the price that I would pay elsewhere so I can afford to buy loads of shoes and always have a choice of what to wear.
I picked up some leopard print shoes just before Christmas in the sale and only paid £10 for them down from their original £24.99. £10 for a pair of nice shoes is absolutely nothing and because they were so cheap it meant that I didn't need to um and ah about whether or not I would get a lot of wear out of them as even if I only wore them a couple of times it wouldn't really matter all that much.
Luckily I think I will wear them loads as I have already worn them a couple of times over the festive period and really liked how they looked.
Leopard print can be a bit tacky but I personally think it depends on what you wear it with. A little bit of animal print can really liven up an outfit and as long as you don't go overboard it can look classy and well put together.
I wore these with a black dress and also with black trousers and both times the shoes really helped me lift my outfit up and just helped me pop a little bit more than I would have with just plain black shoes.
The leopard print is also not too outrageous and is more understated than it looks in pictures. It has more of a silvery sheen to it than the orange of some leopard print.
The shoes are comfortable to wear and the raised platform at the front means that the heel isn't as high as it looks so it doesn't hurt as much as some of the higher heels can. I like to wear a heel to give me extra height and am used to wearing them but I think even people who have trouble with some heels could wear these thanks to the platform at the front and also because of the heel itself not being too thin and pointy.
The heel doesn't look too chunky and ungainly but it is thick enough that I wasn't tottering all over the place and I wasn't worried about going over on them and hurting my ankle.
They have a nice width to them so my feet didn't feel too squashed and the little peep toe at the front gave my big toe enough room so that it wasn't squashed and hurting.
The ankle is also a little bit higher than some other shoes I own so it didn't rub quite as much as some other shoes which was a relief as this is where I have the most trouble with shoes and usually end up having to wear a plaster to stop the rubbing. The ankle on these shoes sits just right so that it barely rubs against my skin at all.
I would recommend these shoes for people who are looking for some nice dressy shoes that will jazz up an outfit and not break the bank. Although they are cheap like most other New Look shoes that I have bought over the years they aren't poorly made and I am confident wearing them that the heel won't just snap or the stitching will come undone when I am out. They obviously won't last as long as expensive shoes but they last long enough that they more than justify their small price tag.
You can never have too much animal print in your wardrobe, well at least in my opinion but you have to be careful with it otherwise you will end up looking like Kat Moon/Slater from Eastenders, not a good look in my opinion. Done well though I think animal print can look quite classy and subtle and I recommend just a flash, not a whole, all over top, skirt, shoes animal print look. I have an animal print scarf that I love that I pair with quite muted colours and then I also have these amazing shoes which I wear with black, just black. They look amazing with a plain LBD (that's little black dress) as they sex it up a bit and make what could be quite a boring look quite fashionable and stylish.
I find you do need to be careful with animals print as some prints can look quite cheap and tacky but I think New Look have got it bang on trend here with these leopard heels. Leopard print looks much like leopard skin on an actual animal although this is not real leopard. Some of the leopard print in New Look can bit a bit garish but this is when they pair it with some colour but the print on these shoes is lovely and muted and has different shades of brown that all compliment each other well in my opinion and make the leopard look quite understated. The browns go from light to dark and there is no real yellow look to the colour of these shoes which I like as leopard can often look yellow which I don't like. The leopard print covers the whole of the shoe and then the sole is just black plastic as is the heel of the shoe but I find this actually wears well and after quite a few months of wear I have not had to replace this plastic bit on the stiletto heel which is nice.
I actually really like New Look for shoes. They are very well priced and most of the time quite good quality. You do have to have a bit of a search around as some of the shoes can be quite tacky and not well made but most of them are of quite good quality and look for the price you pay. Its funny but I find that platform shoes which are really quite high and look quite big are actually very comfortable to wear and don't make my feet ache as much as regular high heels do. I think because the front part features a platform your feet are held up better and I find that my toes are not as rammed forward as they are in a pair of regular shoes and so do not hurt so much. Also I think the arch and back of my foot are also supported a bit better in these shoes and so again are more comfortable.
The platform of this shoe is all on the front of the shoe under the toes so it gives you quite a bit of height without being a very tall shoe in the heel. You can see that the platform is bigger when you get to the ball of the foot and I really like this because it gives my foot some support and hold it up well from the underneath. What I like though is that you cannot tell that there is a platform as the platform is concealed by the pattern of the shoe which goes all the way to the sole. At the front of the shoe there is a small peephole which I find only my big toe peeks out of. The nice thing is that not the whole toe fits through the peep toe so it does not squeeze my toe and make it sore or anything like that. The first couple of wears I found I had to break this part in because it rubbed a little bit on my toes but after a few wears it was fine and didn't rub at all.
Like I've said these shoes are amazing with just a black dress but they also look great with a pair of dark skinny jeans too and look really stylish in my opinion. I think the peep toe gives them a nice bit of a design feature. The shoes have a stiletto heel which is thin but not too thin that it bends under the weight of your foot and leg. In fact I find these shoes quite sturdy and can walk for quite a while in them. The heel is quite high, 6 inches to be in fact but I like this as it gives me a bit of height but the platform portion of the shoes makes them feel like you are not that high.
The shoes cost just £24.99 which I think is a real bargain. They still look good and are wearing well and I think if you want to venture into animal print but don't want to go over the top then a nice way to start is with these shoes. Another great buy from New Look.