“ Brand: Oasis / Type: Peep Toe „
This year I have had quite a few weddings and christenings to go to and due to being pregnant I have been limited to what I can wear without looking like a walking tent despite only ever having a small bump it seems that maternity wear is destined to make you feel fatter than you actually are. However, having found an ideal dress which would suit all occasions I wanted to find a pair of shoes which I could wear to the events which would match the dress and give it more of a dressy feel.
I looked in my usual stores for the perfect pair of shoes and despite find a few pairs which would have been really suitable nothing actually caught my eye. My dress was quite plain and I wanted something suitable yet with a bit of detail. After having a search on ASOS I came across a pair of shoes by Oasis which ticked all the boxes as apart from being the exact colour I wanted they also had that much wanted detail which wasn't too over the top.
Oasis Paperdoll Peep toe court shoe were the shoes that I ordered from ASOS which caught my eye. Paperdoll come in either cream or black but ASOS only sell the cream which is fine by me. Nude coloured shoes are incredibly popular and have been for some time and these are perfect for lengthening your pins!
What makes these shoes different from the others I have seen is the delicate origami leather appliqué which is at the side of the shoe just by the peep toe. The origami appliqué is in the same colour as the actual shoe and even though it isn't covered in rhinestones or bows it really is an effective detail which is different to all other shoes I have seen as I haven't come across another pair of shoes which has this origami feature.
The shoes are made of leather which is quite soft but does need time to soften more as it seems quite rigid to start off with. The shoes have a concealed platform and then a smaller wooden platform (in natural wood colour) underneath the concealed platform (as you can see in the picture). The heel is also a natural wood colour which is a nice contrast to the cream colour. The heel is a stiletto heel of around 11.5cm which is rather high but balances out with the platform.
As I didn't have a change to wear these shoes before I bought them due to ordering online I did think about the height of the heel as it is a bit too high for me (although I do have shoes with the same heel height!) but when I first put them on I really didn't notice the height of the heel because of the platform. The footbed of the shoe is slightly padded which is nice for the ball of your foot especially if you are wearing them for quite a few hours. The inside of the shoe is synthetic lined which is a darker shade of the actual shoe more of a light biscuit which contrasts nicely with the wooden style heel and the cream leather.
After wearing these shoes for the first time I did notice they rubbed my heel as the leather does feel a bit rigid. However, I did persevere albeit walking a bit slower than normal but when I got home I couldn't wait to get them off when I got home. The next time I wore them I put a gel heel thingy on my heel and there was no more rubbing! However, I've had to do this every time I wear these shoes which gets a tad expensive having to buy the gel heel strips which is a shame as the leather does eventually soften. My one concern when buying these shoes was the origami appliqué and that after being worn quite a few times that the leather might start to bend and ruffle, meaning the ultra straight lines may start to curl up but fortunately they haven't but I do keep them away from other shoes as once the leather starts to curl then these shoes wont look as good and as they aren't the cheapest to buy I want to keep them looking as good as possible.
Oasis Paperdoll Peep toe shoes are available from Oasis direct (but only in the black) and as I said above I bought mine from ASOS (they only do the cream colour). They come in sizes 3 to 8 and have a retail price of £75.00 but I wouldn't be surprised if they will be reduced soon as they have been on sale at full price since early spring.
For me, these shoes definitely did the job and managed to add some much need subtle detail to my overall outfit it is just a shame that they rub so badly.