Sometimes I think I love window shopping (both on- and off-line) more than actually spending the money of actual clothes and bits & bobs. Case in point is my love of shoes – I can quite happily browse for hours, drifting through pages of sites and around shoe shops, thinking only of colours, heel heights and whether I can actually stand up those really fabulous boots… I am digressing as usual! I know it’s a little trite, but I really do think it’s true that shoes are the most versatile piece of an outfit, and that whatever your weight you can rest assured that your shoes will still most likely fit you, no matter how many pies/bacon & mochi (my downfall!) sticks you happen to stuff in your gob.
Much is said about buying shoes in Japan, and I am afraid that the rumours are largely true – feet over 25.5 cm? You’ll have trouble finding ladies shoes to fit. However, I will say that if you keep your eyes open you can find some bigger sizes, and let’s face it – men’s shoes in Japan are pretty awesome too!
So, to Flag-J we go: shoes ahoy! In keeping with this autumn’s colour palette of um, brown, there’s a lot of – yes, you guessed it – brown shoes and boots about. Yet there’s also red, black, blue, burgundy and a few other juicy colours to tempt you in if brown is not ticking any boxes. I’m sort of weirdly obsessed with white shoes for no particular reason, but having seen some of the boots below, I feel a Dorothy-esque red shoes moment very fast approaching! In terms of styles, there’s everything from classic ankle boots, to chunky brogues, to wedges and even some slightly terrifying clog/loafer hybrids – clearly escaped from a secure military unit somewhere in the mountains?
Yes, I’ll take all of these please. Maybe I’ll leave the brown behind though! (Nothing personal, promise.)
Probably the chunkiest brogues? These are practically Spice Girl shoes!
Stunning, especially with the cheeky red sole!
Classic gyaru boots – grab now, wear every day.
Ah, the hybrids! Shall we let them breed, or do we put them out of their misery? I’m sure they’ll look great on Tokyo’s resident fashionistas, but perhaps not on this already clumpy English girl.
I have such a weakness for ankle boots. I don’t think I actually own any proper summer shoes anymore. My hot feet are protesting!
A few more colour choices…
So there’s my pick of Flag-J‘s latest, with a few more to come soon I expect. Virtually all of the above are suede (or synthetic suede), and will require rain protection – spray now or regret it later! I’ve got my eye on more than one pair…