What I Bought When I Should Have Been Buying a Halloween Costume

Zara silk satin court shoes in yellow

And no, I have absolutely no regrets. Especially considering that I’m pretty sure I got the very last pair on the Zara website, and they’re now selling on eBay for way more than the retail price. Dodged a bullet with that one, huh?

This wasn’t a totally trouble-free transaction, though, because, having loved these shoes from the moment I saw them, I naturally waited until they’d sold out in my size before deciding that NOW was the moment I would buy them. Of COURSE I did.

All was not lost, though. They’d sold out in my size, and, indeed, in every other size but one. That size was one smaller than I usually wear, but then again, Zara’s sizing can be a little bit random when it comes to shoes. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I convinced myself that it just might work. I DID, after all, have a few pairs of shoes from there that are smaller than I’d usually wear, and they fit fine, so maybe these would, too?

I decided to risk it. It was either that or embark upon one of those massive eBay battles (And yes, I feel “battle” is the right word for these situations) which always result in me paying more than I really wanted to, just so I can WIN. I really didn’t want to do that, so I pushed the trigger, ordered the shoes, and didn’t allow myself to even HOPE they would fit.

But they did. Oh, miracle of miracles, they actually fit! And no, they’re not the PERFECT fit, it’s true. But they’re a way better fit than I had any right to expect, and having worn them around the house and to bed for the past few days, I’m confident I’ll be able to wear them without any damage to my toes, which is good. And, I mean, who really NEEDS a decent Halloween costume, anyway?

Oh yeah: I DO. And I need it by Saturday.

Royal Fail, I’m really counting on you here. Please don’t let me down. This time.

(These are sold out online, but if you want to obsessively refresh the page to see if they come back into stock, you can find them here.)

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.


  • Reply October 23, 2013


    It’s funny, because when I first saw these shoes in the store I thought ‘These would be perfect for Amber’, I don’t know why, it was just one of those things that pop up in your mind and you ask ‘where did it come from?!’, and then totally forgot about it until now… Well they surely fit your style! I tried them on in the shop, but unluckily low cost shoes always kill my feet, so I had to renounce to them and it’s a pity… If I had sturdier feets I could have all the shoes I’ve ever liked!

  • Ooooh those are indeed fabulous shoes.

    Just wear the shoes for Halloween, and tell people that you’re going as Someone With Priorities.

    • Reply October 23, 2013


      Haha, love it!

    • Reply October 23, 2013


      Love that concept Katie!

      Love the shoes, Amber.

  • Reply October 23, 2013


    Such a beautiful pair <3 No wonders, you don't regret buying it at all!

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  • Reply October 23, 2013


    Ah, they are lovely! If they are too small, you could always try the thick-socks-and-a-hairdryer trick, that has always worked for me :)

  • Reply October 23, 2013


    o. m. g.

    you got a pair!??!!?

    /dies of jealous.

  • Reply October 23, 2013


    they’re very you, well done. I’m pretty happy zara doesn’t have ecommerce here, cause who knows what I’d do.

  • Reply October 24, 2013


    I love Zara… and want those shoes lol

    Love Maria x


  • Reply October 28, 2013

    Stella Kashmoney

    Lovely shoes.

  • Reply October 31, 2013


    Beautiful shoes!!! Definitely worth buying! I’ll head to Zara as soon as I get off work:)

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