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4.12.2018

Tan Outfit Inspiration & Vionic Shoes

*These shoes were sent to me in exchange for a review. Lucky girl I know! This post contains affiliate links.

If you visited my home, it wouldn't take you long to work out that I love shoes. They are everywhere. In fact I discovered eight pairs tucked away in a spare room wardrobe the other day. Imagine my delight. That same feeling when you find a tenner down the back of a sofa.

Thing is, I'm not always practical when it comes to footwear. If I love a pair of shoes, by god, I'm going to squeeze my trotters in to them regardless of the size. Yup Cinderella's sister I am. I bought a pair of ankle boots about 18 months ago that were a size and a half too small and spent a fair few weeks bedding them in. A pair of thick socks and a daily blast of the hairdryer seemed to help. Those boots are now pretty comfortable but I wouldn't recommend it.

Over the last few weeks, there have been a few occasions where comfy shoes have been necessary. Take last Saturday. Hubby and I bobbed down to Kent for the football. We tend to do the train into London and then tube/train out depending on the venue. Invariably it means lots of walking between stations and sometimes to the ground. I mean it's a bit embarrassing getting in a cab and being driven a couple of hundred yards to the stadium isn't it? Yes Ebbsfleet, I'm looking at you. Cost us £7.50 that journey. Trainers are a no-go in most boardrooms and looking through my shoe collection, I realised that comfy shoes are very thin on the ground.

And then as if by magic, I received an email asking if I would like to review a pair of Vionic shoes, a brand I had never heard of before. They got me at 'style doesn't have to hurt'. I must be getting old because suddenly those leopard print shoes that look great and maketh the outfit, suddenly didn't seem so appealing anymore.

Vionic asked me to choose any style of shoe to review so as my body is still firmly planted in early spring, I went for a backless loafer in tan. I mean you can't get any more classic than that can you? Timeless I tell you, timeless. I know regular readers will agree that these are very much my style. Blazer, white jeans, loafers, done! Don't you just love white and tan together? And don't worry about matching shoes and bag, tan goes really well with navy, black, red and leopard print to name but a few colours. Pretty versatile then, so there's no need to buy a new bag.

They're called Adeline, come in tan, navy and black and are £85.

I've teamed them with white jeans and a grey loose turtle neck here. I mean I'd rather not be wearing a turtle neck in April but needs must I suppose. Add a tan belt (it's more of a brown-tan than tan-tan but that doesn't matter) and leopard print bag.

Jumper - Uniqlo (old)
Jeans - ASOS
Belt - Diesel
Shoes - Vionic
Bag - Boden (old)

In fact, no need to buy anything new as tan is such a great neutral. Everything that I've featured in this post other than the shoes is old.



And a little more inspiration...

Can't wait to wear this combination although I fear a cardi or jacket will be needed.

Top - Zara (old)
Bag (gifted) - Village England
Coated Leggings - Next
Shoes - Vionic

And to demonstrate that tan looks fab with blue. I'll probably add either the navy ponte leggings or navy coated leggings (not in stock at the moment but the black ones are here).

Blouse - Marks & Spencer (old)
Shoes - Vionic
Bag - Coach (old)

Ok, let's do the fit bit because I know that you like a proper assessment. These are a size 6. I tend to be a 5.5-6 with a scrawny foot. If you're in between sizes, I'd definitely recommend going up. I took a chance ordering this style as often they're too wide but these are great. If you have a particularly wide foot, this style may not be for you.



I have a pair of pumps that feel delicious when I put them on, they're so soft under foot but come lunchtime, my feet ache and I think it's because there's no support. The Vionics have built in support but are still soft. Why have I tortured my feet for so long? Someone please explain. I wore the loafers all day yesterday, and today, and probably tomorrow too. Big thumbs up.




Here are a few other styles that caught my eye:

You can see the shaping of the footbed on these Kirra sandals. A fantastic option for a stylish holiday shoe when you know you're going to be walking miles and miles.


I almost chose the pewter Maris espadrille to review but decided on the loafers as they are so 'now' (the less said about the weather, the better).



I have a couple of pairs of sandals similar in style to the Solana. Not as comfy - obvs! I find this style so useful as they work with dresses, skirts and trousers.


And finally, Syra, a really good, stylish pair of trainers. Do you remember in the last post when I talked about grown-up trainers. These are a perfect example.



I hadn't heard of Vionic shoes before so I'm keen to learn more about them. I'm hoping there will be a few reviews by bloggers so let me know if you see any and I'll add them to this post.

Susie So So's review here.
Michelle at Fifty & Fab's review here

I think my only criticism is that I would like to see more pictures on the website of them being worn because shoes look very different on and off. That said, I love the fact that Vionic have used real women to showcase their footwear over on Instagram. Vionic, you've got yourself a new follower and customer ❤️

So my football shoes are sorted for the rest of the season. Three matches to go, four points required to win the league. Excited much. Well excited tinged with a little bit of sick.







7 comments on "Tan Outfit Inspiration & Vionic Shoes"
  1. I bought some Vionic flip flops and espadrilles in the sale and I love them. I think I’ll buy from them whenever I can because their shoes are stylish and comfortable! I only found out about them recently as well.

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    1. Wish I'd found them before Frances. All those years of tramping around Disney in rubbish flip flops and not daring to complain because hubby said I should have worn trainers 😶 I'll definitely be buying more styles from them. x

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  2. Lovely outfits! I must have comfortable shoes now if I'm walking more than a few steps even though I used to find heels comfortable. Weird that. I still love the look of heels but not willing to suffer!

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    1. Yes me too Elaine. Up until a couple of years ago, I would wear heels everything! I still love them but gravitate to flats these days x

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  3. Do they come in a closed-in backs version? I wouldn't be able to wear any type of mules for work (traditional office environment). x

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    1. I'm so sorry for the late reply, your comment was hidden between spam - how to buy bitcoins and why I should invest in gold!!!! These particular ones don't come in closed-in backs but have a look at the Ashby (the snake print are on offer too and would make a great spring/summer shoe). x

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