On the shoe of the month front, I am going to continue to try talk you into rubber soles. These chunky rockabilly Mary-Janes are a tad bit daintier than the previous Stella pair, but definitely a break from the seasonally trending ‘festive shoe’ (that is the girly, glittery one, that we get bombarded with now that we entered November). This (amongst a few) is what tipped me over into buying my first pair of Mulberry shoes.
Mulberry made a big runway comeback for this season with the new direction of Johnny Coca. The former accessories designer for Celine clearly knew what he was doing, bringing back stompy track soled shoes in everything from high heeled boots to flat brogues. It was the collection that had a pair of shoes for everyones AW wishlist, the underdog of it collections. The shoes of the show became surprisingly interesting to me from the moment I saw them go down the runway, maybe it was the fascination of the new, the cheer of the big comeback that made me type in my email in the ‘notify me when in stock’ box in that shoe section.
The tractor soles shoe is nothing new here, I’ve had some fantastic moments with some Burberry’s and Stella’s, but somehow this is a style that manages to make itself interesting year after year.
My obsession for Mulberry’s new shoe collection experienced it’s birth through a pair of orange laced boots that kept making a regular appearance only Insta stories, but the buckled pumps are what really tipped me over. Truth is, my wardrobe has seen a surprisingly large increase of Self-Portrait dresses and other lace trimmed pieces alike, pieces that are so girly they need a grungy pair of shoe to avoid the look of you attending a cake fuelled afternoon tea all the time. Insert the 3kg shoe and you’ll be back in balance.
The platform, sturdy heel, soft outer sole and thick straps makes these shoes a very comfortable pair. The missing half point comes from the fact that this shoe is quite heavy and makes your step a bit chunky.
While these shoes have a polished over all designer look, the straps does not really ‘sit’ on the foot, making the buckle part look a bit rubbery, almost faux. The leather is likely to give a bit and soften up with use, so I have hope.
Purchase price: £625 at Mulberry.com, October 2016.
This model comes in the black as seen above as well as a gorgeous white, multi coloured one! The runway collection had a wide verity of rubber soled shoes, both heels and flats, even lace up and boots. Shop the full collection below.
Sizing: Runs big to size. I ordered my usual size, 37, but wish these would come in half sizes. The straps however makes these a bit forgiving sizewise.