I mentioned in previous posts that some of my goals for the year included challenging myself to collaborate with more brands outside of travel and to up my photography game. XYLondon gave me the perfect opportunity to work on both, which is why this collaboration has been in the works for some time while I really worked on getting the images I envisioned for this post. I may not be a fashion blogger, but it doesn’t mean I can’t be a travel blogger who appreciates fabulous shoes and clothes, and actually, if anything, I require my clothes and shoes to be a lot longer-lasting and more hard wearing as well as stylish, so that they can survive all of my adventures. I’m always loved fashion, it’s such a great way to be creative, and as someone who has struggled all her life to find good shoes that fit, gorgeous footwear has always been something I ended up sacrificing.After those first months of travel spent living in flip-flops and tie-dye on the beach, I’ll be honest and say I’m really enjoying being able to dress up a bit more now I’ve left backpacking behind and make more effort for life in Europe. With all this gorgeous weather, I was over the moon when the team at XYLondon sent me these gorgeous shoes to try out and style up. They picked well to match my style and the shoes go great with everything from summer casual wear to a party dress for nights out, that I’ve barely taken them off since they arrived in the mail. Most importantly of all, for someone who struggles to find shoes that are the right shape and size for her awkward feet, when these arrived in the post, they both fit like a dream the very first time I put them on. Well fitting shoes are so important, I can’t deal with the sight of feet crammed into too-tight heels or straps that make your skin bulge uncomfortably. Our feet carry us every day of our lives ladies, they deserve comfort as well as style.As someone who walks a hell of a lot in every new place I visit, it’s important for shoes to not only be comfortable but hard-wearing, so when these gorgeous Polly Black Strappy Slingback Flatform Shoes arrived I made sure to put them through their paces. Wearing them on a day out in Cambridge – anyone who has visited knows this is a lot of walking – we marched the streets all day long and not once did I slow, did the shoes rub or feel even slightly uncomfortable. They felt like I’d been wearing them years with the soft, synthetic leather and the comfortable flatform – which, if, like me, you can’t be bothered with big heels, is a great way to dress up an outfit for the evening while staying comfortable. These gorgeous shoes were such a hit that I raved about them to my bestie, who promptly went online and bought a pair for herself once she realised we weren’t the same shoe size so she couldn’t borrow mine! These are also available in white and rose gold which are both fab for a night out or daytime wanderings. For £22.99, they’re a total steal and even after I’ve worn them to death, they still look brand new and are as comfy as the day they arrived. You guys know I pride honesty in every review, and I can honestly say these have become my favourite and the most versatile shoes in my wardrobe. Available online here.I’ve definitely noticed that since travelling, I’m much more of a trainers and flats kind of gal than heels – I used to love going out in heels but that was back when I had the stamina and the inability to feel pain. These days, I much prefer to dance all night or walk all day and still be smiling at the end, so flatforms are a great choice because you get the benefit of the extra height (a bonus if you’re a shortie like me) and feeling a bit more dressed up at night, but they can also be worn during the day with more casual outfits. Anything that works for both day and night is a winner for me, especially if you’re travelling a lot and don’t have much space in your bag for lots of shoes.These Paige Navy Faux Suede Strappy Flatform Sandals are a great example of a really well-made and stylish shoe that easily works for both day and night. They can be nice and casual for a visit to the pub or a day out somewhere, or you could even dress them up and wear them to a wedding if you styled them well. I love the slight espadrille style of the bottom of the shoes, it make them feel really summery and perfect for holidays while the darker colour means they’ll go with your whole wardrobe. The thick straps are really supportive and make the shoes really comfortable to wear, plus the wrap-around strap style is very slimming on the ankles. Again, I tested these ones out with a good and long walk through the countryside over here in Germany and despite running around the fields taking all these pics, they were still just as comfortable as the day they arrived. The rich colour is perfect for teaming up with blue denim or even the super cute striped trousers that are everywhere at the moment. They are also available in nude or black and cost just £22.99. Available online here.
- In the interests of transparency, these shoes were gifted to me, but as usual all opinions are honest and my own, I will not share products with you unless I truly love them, and wear them, myself.
What do you prefer – heels or flats? Where do you stand on flatforms? What shoes are your favourite this summer? Have you got a pair you bring out every season?