A Tale of Two Shoes (in one week)

Sometime last year, I was obsessively perusing the Topshop website when I stumbled upon a pair of shoes known as ‘Sereno’. I loved them, but I knew they would never be mine because, meh, money.

“Resist them, I will!” I cackled. “Buy them I shall not!” Because, yes, when I talk to myself out loud, I totally do it in the style of Yoda. Doesn’t everyone?

So I didn’t buy the shoes, and almost instantly they sold out, thus confirming that I had been right to conjecture that they would never be mine.

Then we went to Loch Lomond. And as Terry and I rounded the corner of the visitor centre there, we saw a girl sitting outside wearing what I instantly recognised as THE SHOES. So ridiculously high of heel and huge of platform were these shoes that even Terry commented on them. It was then I knew I’d made a mistake with the whole “not buying” thing.  Until then, you see, I hadn’t actually seen the shoes in the flesh, so to speak. They were but images on my computer screen, and those images did not do them justice. In real life, the Sereno platforms were surely the most ridiculous things I’d ever seen, and let me tell you, I am ALL ABOUT the ridiculous shoes.

So I waited until the girl got up and then I ran over, wrenched them off her feet and made off with them, laughing a manic laugh as I went.

No, I’m just kidding. But this sighting of THE SHOES in their natural habitat did bring them to the forefront of my mind, so the next day I had a little look for them on eBay. Just in case. And lo! There they were!

And lo! Two days later, and thanks to a generous contribution of funds from my husband, here they are!

topshop-shoes

Which just goes to show, kids, if you just wish hard enough, nag your husband for long enough, and are willing to dedicate hours of your time to searching eBay for a pair of shoes that may or may not fit you, dreams can come true! (I didn’t even have to pay more than the original price for them, which is really unusual for me and eBay. AND they were brand new, still with the labels on and everything.)

Don’t you just love a happy ending? Ted certainly does:

ted-in-shoes

He is SO having a mid-life crisis, isn’t he?

Hi, I'm Amber. I'm a full-time fashion/shoe blogger from the UK, and this is the story of my life, my clothes, and the International Man of Mystery Next Door. You can read more from me at my other blogs, The Fashion Police and Shoeperwoman, and you can follow me on Bloglovin' here.

33 Comments

  • Reply April 23, 2009

    anuroopa

    oh ambla, will you ever learn … *sigh* … i like the other ones better. you know, the ones with hearts on them. i get the feeling these wouldnt look too good on me. because im 5'7" and am anything but vertically challenged. they look nice on you though …

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    • Reply April 23, 2009

      Amber

      Um, why the sigh? What am I supposed to be “learning”?

      • Reply April 23, 2009

        anuroopa

        um … i'm not sure really. pay me no mind. im just the idiot.
        http://www.foreveramber.co.uk/2006/08/you_and_eye…
        you look so different here.

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        • Reply April 23, 2009

          Terry

          She looks different because it’s an old picture :)

          And only Rubin calls her Ambla, it’s because of his speech impediment, don’t mock him or he will bite your bum!

          • Reply April 23, 2009

            anuroopa

            oh telly, im hurt.

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            • April 23, 2009

              Terry

              The pain will Pass. But seriously, it's Amber and Terry to everyone but Rubin :)

  • Reply April 23, 2009

    Amanda Nicole

    Ted is looking … pretty good, actually. But they look even better on you, obv. I wonder what Rubin is thinking when you pose him for shoes photo ops. His forehead fur looks a little surprised :)

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    • Reply April 23, 2009

      Amber

      When I took that one he was crying like a small baby – I think perhaps the memory of all of the shoes of mine he ate as a puppy have traumatised him for life where shoes are concerned :) Or, of course, it could just be that every time he sees me put a pair on he thinks, "OMG, WAAAAAAAAAALLLK!!!!"

  • Reply April 23, 2009

    Kathleen

    Those platforms are cute! Are they comfortable though? I always admire these kinds of shoes in the stores, but whenever I buy a pair, I wear them once, get blisters, and then swear off them for a good long while.

    • Reply April 23, 2009

      Amber

      Weirdly enough, they're actually really comfortable – the height of the platform makes the heel feel shorter, and they have a really wide footbed, so they're not crushing your toes or anything – pretty good for such an uncomfortable looking shoe!

  • Reply April 23, 2009

    Kristabella

    Those are super cute! I couldn’t pull it off because as someone who is already 5-11, I would be a GIANT!

    And really, it hurts when people point and laugh. It hurts in here *points to heart*

    Kristabella´s last blog post..And Now, For My Next Trick, I Shall Jinx Myself!

    • Reply April 23, 2009

      Amber

      Ah, yes, they are pretty high – I'm only 5'3" and when I wore them today Terry was totally freaked out by my apparent growth-spurt!

  • Reply April 23, 2009

    Siany

    I think I'm going to talk to myself in a Yoda voice ALWAYS!

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    • Reply April 24, 2009

      Amber

      I recommend it – somehow it makes everything seem much more… wise:)

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Sunehra

    beautiful and so worth it :)

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    • Reply April 24, 2009

      Amber

      Thanks, I’m really enjoying them :)

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Leigh

    Those shoes are so gorgeous. I'd be careful loaning them to Ted, though. He's got this look in his eyes like he doesn't intend to return them.

    • Reply April 24, 2009

      Amber

      I think you’re right about Ted – his behaviour has been getting increasingly errartic lately, I’m going to have to keep a close eye on him!

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    xony

    Awww, I also got new shoes this week…

    isn't life wonderful?

    • Reply April 24, 2009

      Amber

      New shoes definitely make it feel that way!

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Caroline

    They are beautiful shoes though!

    I had a similar experience (but without the happy ending) with a coat in H&M almost two years ago now. I still search for it on Ebay now – to no avail. I WISH I had bought it instead of trying to be Good!

    Caroline´s last blog post..The Other Mother

    • Reply April 24, 2009

      Amber

      It’s horrible when that happens, isn’t it? I still sometimes think of a certain Zara jacket I wish I’d bought in Las Vegas, years ago. And it’s not like one day I’m going to be lying on my death-bed thinking, “You know, I’m really glad I denied myself those shoes I really wanted…”

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Veronika

    Awww I love happy endings!

    And Hahahaa the last picture is just divine..

    http://inyourfacefashion.blogspot.com/

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    • Reply April 24, 2009

      Amber

      I'm of the firm belief that a cute dog makes everything look better!

      • Reply April 26, 2009

        Amber

        Oh no, poor Fred! And thats totally the kind of thing I can imagine Rubin getting up to, too! Glad to hear he's OK :)

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Geo

    Aye, shoes, tell me about it. Especially the bit about “nag your husband enough”.
    I think My Georgia has more Clarks shoes than on eBay, at any given time.
    The funny thing is she hasn’t even wore 5% of them!

    • Reply April 26, 2009

      Amber

      Georgia is the Queen of Clarks :) And wearing them isn't the point, of course: it's just knowing we have them!

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Camilla

    They are lovely. Teddy looks a bit porno in them though. You should make him some lingerie to go with the shoes and he could be a star in his own right you know. If there's a market for cross dressing teddies. Probably is somewhere.

    • Reply April 26, 2009

      Amber

      He does look a bit dodgy, doesn't he: I think he's struggling to get his own style without looking trashy. It's a fine he's walking here :) I can't wait to se how many Google searches I get for "cross dressing teddies" now!

  • Reply April 24, 2009

    Hayley

    LOVE the shoes! I had a similar situation where I looked forever for a dress on eBay after I had denied myself and saw it on someone else…took a couple of months, but I got it!

    And at least when your Ted has a breakdown, he's interesting…my Ted just lays around all forlorn : P

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    • Reply April 26, 2009

      Amber

      It's great when it all works out, isn't it?

      As for Ted: he's interesting, but very confusing: I caught him wearing Terry's watch a few weeks ago, too – whatever next?

  • Reply May 23, 2009

    Myra

    I loce these shoes, so does Ted by the looks of things. He can hide in them to disguise them so you can't see them to wear them. Look out!!

  • Reply June 8, 2014

    Selina

    Oh Ted. When will you learn that pink just isn’t your colour?

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