Before fellow lawyer Nomes Messenger and I met in real life (online courtesy of @kissability) we were tethered in leather by our mutual love of shoes. Since we met last December we have aided and abetted each other in various shoe purchases. She and I have both experienced the guilty pleasure of doubling our shoe collections in a lunatic Schuh sale shopping spree. My moment of lunacy was a 50% off 50% sale one January afternoon in Buchanan Street in Glasgow, 1994. Nomes’ crazy Schuh day happened about two weeks ago.
I made the leap from Smash Hits to The Face. Quite the leap, completely oblivious to Cosmo or Dolly, I went straight to the high end fashionista mag, cool beyond cool. I was thirteen.
Although I couldn’t afford or even afford to dream of affording the clothes and music therein, I fell in love with the bolshiness of Vivienne Westwood and this led me to Red or Dead shoes. Later I met and befriended Vicki Sheppard who was a stylist for UK style bible, The Face. I always buy something from her store in Perth either Elroy CLothing or YoYo Buffalo which she owns and runs with her husband ex-The Clash rocker Nick Sheppard.
But before Vick set up, there was this store in Perth near the Cinemacity complex that was the only store that had any Westwood or Red or Dead shoes. I fell in love with these electric blue zip up patent shin boots, kinda like these Fly of London ones I now own,
but I’d always dreamed of getting my hands on Red or Dead shoes. When I went to london, I couldn’t find them! But then I came upon Schuh and well, now I have four pairs.
With the Schuh connection made, a friendship with Caveat Calcei commenced in earnest. Now I must admit that I hate shopping and I hate shopping for shoes, but I can’t help myself with Schuh. First purchased was the pink pair, now, I pretty much only wear black, so wearing hot pink is a “wacky”. By the looks I get from others, hot pink is wacky regardless. When I wear these shoes, I get looks all the time.
Then there was a sale, and I recently purchased these
and I’m yet to break them in, but in the space of 20 mins, I doubled the number of shoes I own….