Dolly Shoes are back and we are worried
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Later you can confess in full, make amends, ask everyone’s forgiveness and a higher power for help. But the first is the public confession, so here goes, deep breath. My name is Kirsty and I have a shoe addiction.
My addiction has its highs and lows - literally. I don't like to discriminate between my love of a high stiletto or a comfy trainer. My Superga collection is in the double digits but it's black high heeled ankle boots that are my particular weakness.
Despite my problem there is just one shoe trend I cannot get my head round. Ballet shoes are back. And the very thought of people shuffling along the pavements in rain-soaked pleather flats is enough to bring me out in a feverish rash.
My main issue with ballet shoes is that they remind me of my soggy New Look dolly shoes that I had to plod to school in. They also have a whiff of Alexa Chung circa 2009 and are the sartorial choice of exhausted school gate mums, red faced commuters and Suri Cruise.
Even Victoria Beckham, a woman who surely weights no more than a single grape, declared ballet pumps made her "end up looking like a golf club.” What hope is there for the rest of us?
Fashion magazines are promising us a chic ballet pump will turn us all into french mademoiselles, or even better, Kate Moss -all thigh gaps and Marlboro Lights and that super hot waifish Anita Pallenberg thing.
Do not be fooled. Us mere mortals need an extra helping hand. So if you must dolly this summer please add a block heel.
Try these soft leather pumps from Office and take them for a swing with frayed Levi 501s. The Juno Glove Shoe from Toppers may look a tad Grandma-y at first glance but will look smashing with some leopard print. Take a look at Bethany Bathgate's Insta for extra inspo, this girl is working the block heeled trend like no other. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to see if I can make space in my wardrobe for just one more pair...