“ Brand: Red Herring / Type: Platform Shoes „
I literally spent months looking for a pair of nude shoes I liked as I had bought a few dresses which didn't really seem to look right with black heels. I eventually bought a cheap strappy pair which were nice, but I still wanted a pair of closed toe heels so that I could wear them with sheer tights. I spotted these Red Herring shoes on a shopping trip with my husband and he talked me into buying them, most likely so he didn't have to spend any more of his evening traipsing around shoe shops.! To be fair, I did really like these heels, which is why I tried them on. I like bows on things which made them further appeal to me, although I was a little unsure about the raised platform part as I felt it perhaps wasn't really 'me'. The shoes are noted as beige on the Debenhams website (Red Herring is a Debenhams brand), although in some lights I feel they are more a pink tone and I personally call the colour Nude. The heel is fairly high at 4.25 inches, although this does include the half inch platform. The finish on the shoes is a patent leather look, however they are all man made materials. They have a large bow on the toe area, which is the same patent finish as the rest of the shoe. Despite the heel height I find the shoes comfortable to wear and walk in. I guess that having the platform there adds comfort. The only slight problem I had was that the edge of the shoe (which is quite stiff) rubbed on the top of my foot slightly. This issue was solved with a discretely placed plaster to act as a barrier. Bizzarely this problem only occurred the third time I wore the shoes and I can't see any reason it only started then. Other than that they are surprisingly comfortable for such a high shoe and feel stable as I walk. Although I have worn these several times, the heel is not yet showing any significant signs of wear. An issue I often have with high heels is that the heel will have worn down after just a few uses, but these seem to be holding up nicely so I'm impressed. They are also not showing any scuff marks or dirt despite the light colour, but I put that more down to me being careful with them than anything else. Hopefully being patent, if they did get any marks they would wipe off. Being such a neutral design and colour I have found these shoes to be versatile, although in my opinion they are very much a 'dressy' shoe and not something I would wear for work or as a general day to day heel. I have worn them with skinny jeans and a dressy top, as well as with dresses and skirts and the neutral colour means that they go well with most things items and colours. The shoes cost £35 from Debenhams and are available in sizes 3-9. I am size 5 and find the shoes to be true to size, not something which can always be said for Red Herring shoes. Debenhams often have offers so you may be able to pick these up a little cheaper if you time it right. Overall, I'm very pleased with these shoes. I think they were a fairly reasonable price and they seem to be good quality. They're very comfortable to wear on the whole and the neutral colouring makes them versatile, so I'd definitely be happy to recommend them.