Friday, February 14, 2014

Lace Sneaks For Less: £450 vs £25

I have been obsessing over the slip-on sneaker trend lately, which - I'll admit - is reminiscent of my junior high school years, when Vans were all the rage. Of course, they've received a sharp update since then from designers such as Céline and Givenchy, with added details of lace, leopard-print pony skin, and naturally, lots of leather.

I was particularly taken by this pair of Givenchy macrame lace slip-ons, especially for their two-tone lace and thick, luxurious leather piping:

At £450, however, my publishing salary couldn't really stretch to such a splurge (nor would I really want to splurge on a pair of at-the-moment slip-on sneakers, tbh). And though there have been significantly more affordable lookalikes at Kurt Geiger and Bertie, for example, even those (running between £65-95) made me a little reluctant to take out my Longchamp wallet and punch in my pin.

So I was thrilled when the SheerLuxe newsletter popped into my email, advertorializing (yeah, that's not a word - I just made it up) the £25 version I'm wearing above from Marks & Spencer's Limited Edition range. They also have the company's famous "Insolia Flex" technology, which simply means it doesn't feel like you're walking on cardboard all day. They're cushy and very comfortable to wear.

I literally read that email, clicked on the link, selected my size, had them shipped (free of charge) to my nearest M&S, and collected them the next day. Now, if that's not effective advertising, then I don't know what is. Or maybe it's simply evidence of my shopaholic tendencies. Dangerous. So dangerous.

My version of the shoe may not look as luxe, but for a here-today-gone-tomorrow trend that I've been desperately wanting to try, they'll do, I think.

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