While I was browsing the latest offerings in shoes the other day, I was struck by all the lacing detail that seems to be all the go. I've seen various Australian High Street interpretation of this look in flats all over town, and of course when you see them so attractively arrayed in colour saturated suede, glitter and leopard by luxury shoe maker Aquazzura it did start to have me thinking about the absolute need for a pair.



But then, I started to think about the most likely influence for these shoes.


Could it be that a referendum for Independence has inadvertently influenced a Columbian shoe designer?





Or perhaps Aquazzura the designer has also, like me, been busy binge watching Outlander on Netflix

Jamie brooding about the fact that in most of the photos of him on the Net he has his kilt off

After sitting though 7 hours of theatre earlier this year with the James Trilogy plays, I'm definitely having a Scottish moment, and it seems that others may be too.


But I think I'll have to reluctantly pass on these, because they just remind me too much of this



And a girl I was at school with who tortured us all by performing endless Highland dances in full getup to the wheezey back up tape of the bagpipes during school Assembly.



Scarred for life.

Any takers?!


shoe photos via Netaporter and Matchesfashion

35 comments:

  1. More straps = More opportunity to rub.
    That's a no from me.

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  2. I think your Highland flings older sister went to my school. I was so jealous of those shoes plus the frilly shirt and my Highland girl used to prance around swords, I suppose that wouldn't be allowed any more?
    As for the laced up shoes, they are a no-win situation. To function properly they have to be laced up tightly and my feet would end up looking like stringed up roast beef or too loosely tied and it'd be some sad Cats Cradle failure.
    Cybill

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    1. Hilarious Cybill! The tied up beef look did cross my mind as well... you definitely don't want to wear these with chubby feet.
      Swords?! We never got that at our show- you were lucky! And these days I suspect that girl would be stopped at the school gates when carrying them in (can you imagine?). That probably would have perked things up somewhat though. At my school they always had the back up tape on too softly, so really the atmosphere and overall spectacle was slightly underwhelming...

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  3. I can barely do an ankle strap in leather never mind the string things. Now I have the image of a tied roast beef too, it's true though one would want a skinny ankle for sure to wrap these things around, and they would slide down unless it was very tightly bound, ugh no thanks.
    These types of shoes are everywhere though, I was shopping in Toronto yesterday with my daughter and they were all over the stores.
    So funny about scarred for life! XOX

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    1. I think the wrap around string thing can also shorten the leg, so there's definitely a buyer beware thing with this shoe for me.
      They have become SO popular. I was in the city the other day, and all the girls from the University were walking around in them so they've definitely been the big trend in shoes the past few months. xx

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  4. That's hilarious. I'd not noticed the similarity before, but you are right! I like a costumy look so I'm drawn to them but I'm not sure they'd look great on me in the flesh. And I suspect they will look a bit dated soon. I think I'd go for a high street pair rather than splashing out on this trend.

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    1. It's one of those things Jen that once you see it, you can't unsee it! I do like them in the bright suede, but possibly because they're not such a literal interpretation, and there's less lacing... all that pfaffing about with the laces in the morning would do my head in I think! x

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  5. Well I always love tartans and argyle so yes. I don't see the appeal of the laced up bondage shoes but I don't often see the appeal of shoes or black/blue/purple/green nail polish or rompers so I think they might me one of those things that women like and men are perplexed by. Goodness I hope I'm not turning straight. I did buy shorts in three shades of pink yesterday so I think I'm safe. Maybe I would like them if they had big Hs all over them. I have officially exhausted that joke but I can't help it.

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    1. Hi Stephen, I don't think you are safe because you purchased 3 pairs of pink shorts according to the fashion index of boys ranging from 9 to 90 year olds in Sydney. For the last 4 years in Sydney, pink shorts have been available for sale for boys through to men in discount stores, sports stores and high end department stores! I was shocked because males of all ages were embracing the pink. So bring your pink to Sydney! Den xx

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    2. Stephen Andrew You do know that Mr AV wears pink more often than me??! It's a running joke in our house.
      So agree with you about coloured nailpolish. I just don't understand colours other than pink or red or coral. Some of the grey shades make you look like you should be in the mortuary.
      As for the H thing... do you know it's one of the most searched for terms that people end up on my blog with now "replica Avalon Blanket". They must be so disappointed when they read that rant instead! x

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    3. Looks as though we're going to get lots of highland dancing-esque shoes in the Op Shop in the next couple of months then. You can see a failed shoe trend by the donations, some of them almost pristine. Worn once and never again. We had lots of sky high platforms with vertiginous heels. There was also the time when there was a of clear or see through plastics. Rarely looks good - most women don't have beautiful feet, which is essential for these.
      G will be wearing bright red pants today, chosen par lui-meme. We're splashing out for lunch near the water at Eden Roc. He decided against faded denim which probably most men will wear. Hope it's all it's hyped up to be - the stars will have all gone as Festival over last weekend. On the plane here from Heathrow there were stars of the racing car type - Monte Carlo rally people, eg the Mercedes formula one team. Also some Italian football coach whose team had just one some championship or other - people kept coming up to him (across the aisle from me) and thumping him on the back and congratulating him. Could have been great celeb spotting maybe - only I don't know who these sporting dudes are anyway.
      Hotel here incredibly generous and kind (we're repeat visitors) and concierge (who has the gold crossed keys - but he has never seen the movie Grand Hotel Budapest)) and I are pals. We keep getting complimentary drinks and bottles sent up to us - or even if we just sit down at a table to wait for French friends, glasses of prosecco and bowls of olives arrive. Then French friends brought more - rose from our friend's Mum's vineyard on the slopes of Mt St Victoire. We'll need to go to a drying out fat farm after this. And the perfect flaky croissants with dreamy French butter.
      Pammie in Antibes

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    4. Sounds so lovely P! I hope you do have a wonderful lunch... so often the hyped up place that you're so looking forward to has such high expectations they can never meet it! But with a beautiful view by the water, I'm sure it will be divine.
      I am hopeless with celebs, even well known ones, so I'd be absolutely no use IDing sporting types!
      Agree with you about the shoes - I think a lot of women bought those high platform shoes and realised they could never walk in them! Enjoy the beautiful warmth in the South of France... 13 and pouring with rain here, Canberra would be similar I imagine! xx

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    5. Reporting back on lunch. High points - Great ambience on a covered deck with wonderful water views; much more relaxed than we'd expected; not the best meal ever, but good; the dessert soufflé and verbena icecream, outstanding!, our choice of a Sancerre (wish I'd taken note of name) was so lucky, wonderful; enjoyed seeing preparations for outdoor wedding - flowered arch and lots more. Downsides: menus were sadly lacking in proper pricing - think we both must have been given guest menus. Le Monsieur ordered sole from the fish/seafood cart and almost needed a defibrillator when he got the bill. They rushed the wines, brought out the Sancerre when we weren't even halfway through the champagne. One waiter was confused about our order and tried to bring us things we'd said we didn't want. But really it was a lovely day. Weather gorgeous too. Tomorrow the Antibes brocante - I love it, good quality and intersting variety of things on the whole, often quite fair prices and not crowded. Great ambience in lovely Place National. Today bought a gorgeous vintage silk shawl, hand embroidered in India with huge flowers. Great long dangly fringes G says I'll trip over. V hippy from the 70s. Made in India but was picked up from a vintage market in LA and brought to France. Now going home to Oz with me. A well-travelled shawl. Was half price because there are a few little marks and two tiny holes. Pammie xx

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    6. Pack Drill Pammie in Antibes?!?!
      More please!!!

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    7. Sounds like a divine day P - I can't wait to hear all about your day in Antibes at the brocante. Glad the weather is so lovely and that the meal was delightful despite the mix ups. xx

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    8. I can just see PDP & Concierge buddy sharing speculative word over sketchy couple who ordered Merlot with Sea Bass...

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    9. Such a pity you're not on FB any more. Have been plastering pics all over it. Brocante was fab as usual. Lovely location in old square with huge shady trees and lots of outdoor bars and cafes to park husbands where they can do water colour sketches to their hearts' content.
      My fave dealers were there as usual - they all remember me and can say what I bought last year and one before. Found a lovely neutralish John Galliano silk scarf and an amazing Christan Lacroix necklace with pendant cross of the type I've been coveting for years. They're outrageously expensive in the windows of Didier Ludot. My lovely negociante only deals in high quality genuine designer pieces - and her prices are amazingly good compared with Paris vintage places. Sadly though after buying these plus one or two other things, had to pass on a pretty Napoleon III painted tray which I loved.
      Then to restorative lunch at highly recommended Italian restaurant across from beach. A terrace with fabulous views, great Italian wines and Limoncello and best pizzas. No dinner tonight. Except for chocolate Formula One cars delivered by housekeeping as a special Monte Carlo rally surprise treat!
      Last lingering visit to beach. Lovely weather for it. Tomorrow after lunch and more prosecco (another complimentary bottle) we move on to Nice where we'll meet up with old friends from home. It's hard work but someone's got to do it. Pammie xxx

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    10. Sounds so lovely P! That necklace sounds fab too - it'll be Goossens I bet. They did all the Lacroix cross necklaces back in the 90's. What a fun day you've had!! Am probably better off not being on Facebook to see all your pics as they'd definitely put me in a gloomy mood as I do the ironing and contemplate the rain!! Enjoy xx

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    11. FB is kind of my diary. When I begin to go gaga and can't remember what I've been doing - can look up my life, specially the OS hols. Also the grandgirls can look up their Nonna's story.
      You're such an amazing expert on these things. Remember how you wrote an earlier post about Goossens - had never heard of him before but googled - and so interesting. The necklace is beautifully made so it probably was le vieux G. Going a bit mad with the vintage jewellery at brocantes. Today at Nice brocante bought a gorgeous American vintage starfish brooch by Kenneth Lane (or was it Jay?). Apparently he designed the original starfish specially for Jackie O and then went on to make variations of this for the masses. Anyway I love it. Also bought another amazing vintage embroidered shawl (quite cheap) - this one made in France but not silk. Black background, brilliant red and yellow roses and more fringes. So now I can chose, hippy or gypsy? G v dubious. Not sure he'll want to be seen with me.
      Sky a brilliant cloudless blue and sea full of amazing colours. Lots of sunshine but also quite a bit of wind that kept blowing my hat away (market - 5 euros). French men so polite - so many times guys gave chase and brought it back - and yet it's clearly just a cheap market thing.
      Have come back to hotel with bags of luscious cherries, strawberries and peaches. We just couldn't resist.
      Have many years of gloomy grey rainy weather (lived in UK for 5 years and Windy Wellington for three) and thousands of baskets of ironing behind me. So do understand. When I first moved to England remember a guy at work saying "Beautiful day!" "Yes, isn't it" I remarked sarcastically. But he was serious I soon came to realise - after all it wasn't cold or raining or foggy. Just cloudy and rather grey. But at our age now we have to celebrate life and make absolute most of our days. You have so many good things to enjoy and years to look forward to as well. Pammie xxx

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  6. Haha Hilarious! I like the look of a few laces, but they hurt my ankles as do espadrilles with laces.

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    1. Nothing worse than a red line around your ankle (or multiple red lines in this case!) x

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  7. Like tattoos great for others but not me. Did you hear there's an increase in sales in shoehorns? Sneaker people can't be bothered with tying laces even! I find hardcore warriors are the only ones who could stand it. The ancient Greeks and Picts can keep them ;p X

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    1. Now you've touched on the gladiator sandal with your Greek comment, and that was a trend I just couldn't understand (the ones that went up to your knee last year). All the buckles to fiddle with!!! I guess this is almost minimalist by comparison.
      Did not know that about shoehorns, but it doesn't surprise me - we are becoming a lazy society about dress. When you look at what people wore only 100 years ago with all the corsets, petticoats, layers and embellishment etc and what we wear today (leisurewear) it's such a contrast.

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  8. Not a fan of these shoes. Look like Gladiator sandals with heels. Read an article a few years about women's shoe designs becoming very restrictive and more difficult to walk in, in harder economic times.
    And yes, CSW my teen & tween can't be bothered tying laces and every night I untie their school laces so they have to do their laces up every morning. There's a fine art they've developed flinging off their lace up leather school shoes at the front door without injuring themselves and with their school back pack still on their backs. Our kids would happily go off to school with no laces if possible. On weekends they wear sneakers and wiggle into their shoes and can't be bothered undoing and doing up shoe laces. Den xx

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    1. That's so interesting about the correlation between the economy and shoes. I've read the lipstick index (and also nailpolish), but considering how high the shoes went during that period with their enormous platforms that's interesting indeed.
      We have the battle with the whole velcro thing. Our children do not like the bother of the laces either and cling on despite the school decree that they're out of velcro shoes by year 3. xx

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    2. If I find article, I'll let you know as my husband showed It to me, so it must have been in some financial paper.
      Good luck with the transition to lace up school shoes. It was a little bit painful from memory. Our kids hung on as long as they could, until we refused to buy them. Easier for us with our son as he was and still is a shoe destroyer. New school shoes nearly every term and we had same result whether school shoes cost $10 or $120.00 a pair. To date he still makes no effort, not even doing up laces properly when he's playing sport. We always joke that he'll be an adult and playing his beloved sport & either his dad and I are going to have to run onto the field to do up his laces. Den xx

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    3. I've recently switched to the Target school shoes, as the Clarkes wore so badly I figured that $30 shoes would likely wear as well as the $120 ones. And so far they are...
      So funny re your son and the laces - It's a running joke that my husband and I will say to each other "when do you think the baby will learn to... (tie shoelaces/ make own breakfast/ stop waking everyone up at 5.30 etc etc).

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  9. I had my full highland dress get-up for years with ghillie brogues which never even made it to the Toast to Lassies/Laddies before those straps starting knotting up around my ankles. I like those leopards!

    I must find my way to this 'Australian High Street'...does it lead to the Fuchsiadome?

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    1. I can only imagine the splendid sight you made in your kilt, sporran and highland dancing get up G!
      As for the Australian high street, it certainly doesn't lead to Faux Fuchsia... more to Country Road (local mid market chain store), which has a love of neutrals and which I'm pretty sure Faux Fuchsia would never darken the door of!

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  10. I'll pass, thanks, but I did enjoy learning of your school mate's highland fling antics. I can never look at another lace-up shoe again without thinking about a darn highland fling! Thank you for that, Heidi.

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    1. My pleasure :) I'm afraid it's one of those things that once you see, you can't unseen. I saw a girl out today in a pair and immediately thought "but where is your kilt?"! x

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  11. Darling I have been binge watching Outlander too - so much so that I am planning to emigrate to Scotland - in search of Jamie !! ... Seriously, I adore Scotland anyway - have only been there once but would love to return... I love highland dancing!... and the bagpipes!... xx

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  12. My ankles and legs would look like a strung piece of roast pork in these shoes! They look great, but only on those with slender ankles and legs. And a tan, one would have to have a tan too. O x

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