Style Guile Smile – I just love these shoes!



I have been coveting these shoes from Russell & Bromley since I first saw pictures of them a few months ago now. The trouble is that Russell & Bromely are having a new website built and it’s not ready yet – so the images aren’t that clear.

So, why do I like them? Because the heel on them is high, but not too high, and nor is it too thin.  A heeled loafer is more versatile than a court when it comes to wearing them with trousers and skinnies – and you can’t go wrong with a bit of leopard print. 

The only deal breaker for me is the price. At £295 they are too expensive – so they can be added to the list of items for which I need to find less expensive alternative. I love that bit – the challenge. It’s always so satisfying when you find them!

I was going to bring you a post today about my visit to the Boden pop up store in the Bullring.  I don’t know about you, but for me a “pop up” store conjures up images of pop up Barbie tents.  However I can assure you that it isn’t in the least bit pink and nor is constructed out of plastic rods and nylon. No, it looks very much like a “proper” shop to me.

So, the post would have been longer but for the fact that I have been so busy on amazingly exciting opportunities that have come my way, which have left me short of time.

Or would it be more accurate to say that I am short of time because I have spectacularly failed, even at this late hour, to label all of the children’s uniform, or fill in forms for various activities and school trips (even the forms that should have been completed before term ended.) But, I am proud of my pump cupboard.  I reckon that we have a pair in every size from a small 8 to a large 4 – including half sizes. Now that’s a shoe collection of which to be proud!



  1. Applebypie
    September 4, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    so glad to hear that someone else is labelling last minute too – have spent most of today labelling anything and anyone that doesn't stay out of my way! Now almost ready for the big first day at secondary school tomorrow! X

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:29 pm

      Hope the first day at secondary school went well – and also that you don't do you labelling with an iron – poor children, getting in your way!

  2. caroline
    September 5, 2012 / 5:19 am

    I have been lusting after those shoes since seeing them instore in early August- ditto re the price. Am looking forward to ou finding.the cheaper alternative! Happy hunting. Caroline!

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:30 pm

      Hi Caroline – no doubt by now you will have seen the Next and Dune pairs – but I am holding out for better!

  3. clairehad
    September 5, 2012 / 6:00 am

    I agree they are fab….I adore animal print accessories, they go with everything…have just ordered an animal print belt to go with my ballet pumps but these shoes are beautiful!

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:31 pm

      Hi Claire – you are so right, you can't go wrong with a bit of animal print by way of accessories (and sometimes something more too.) I think that the Bet Lynch connotations have virtually gone now.

  4. Michelle
    September 5, 2012 / 8:54 am

    Those are beauties but see what you mean about the price tag. Anyone wanting to get some leopard print in at a fraction of the cost should check out New Look's leopard print slippers – they are very similar to more expensive brands at a snip of the price. Oh, and I also have some leopard print mini heels from Office which are also a bit easier on the pocket. Michelle

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:31 pm

      Thanks for your top tips Michelle. Let me know if you buy any!

  5. Ballet Pumps And Roses
    September 5, 2012 / 10:08 am

    I've seen these too and thought they were gorgeous. I hope you get your hands on something similar Beth.Joannehttp://www.balletpumpsandroses.comx

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:32 pm

      Hi Joanne – how are you? Hope that you are keeping well. I certainly will know if I find anything similar worth investing in. I'm sure that some will crop up somewhere at some point.

  6. Maggie Heslin
    September 5, 2012 / 11:05 am

    Love these!check out my blog xx

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:33 pm

      Hi Maggie – thanks for that, I certainly will do so.

  7. Lottie Schmidt
    September 5, 2012 / 3:41 pm

    They are beauties. Hurry up…work your magic and find a budget pair! x

    • StyleGuile
      September 7, 2012 / 7:34 pm

      I'm trying but I have bunting to iron!!! Mind you the front step has had three coats of paint so I am doing well so far. (Famous last words)

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