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!


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:


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


  • anuroopa says:

    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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  • 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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    • Amber says:

      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!!!!"

  • Kathleen says:

    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.

    • Amber says:

      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!

  • Kristabella says:

    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*

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  • Siany says:

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

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  • Sunehra says:

    beautiful and so worth it :)

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  • Leigh says:

    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.

    • Amber says:

      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!

  • xony says:

    Awww, I also got new shoes this week…

    isn't life wonderful?

  • Caroline says:

    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!

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    • Amber says:

      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…”

  • Veronika says:

    Awww I love happy endings!

    And Hahahaa the last picture is just divine..


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  • Geo says:

    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!

  • Camilla says:

    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.

    • Amber says:

      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!

  • Hayley says:

    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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    • Amber says:

      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?

  • Myra says:

    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!!

  • Selina says:

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

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