It’s been said a million times that Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life. Whether that is true or not, we bet there is a pair of shoes in all of our lives that has played a memorable role. Whether it was your first pair of school shoes, some well loved Doc Martins, or your exquisite wedding heels, some shoes stick out more in our memories and are cherished there.
We wanted to bring you stories of those treasured shoes from interesting and, quite frankly, inspiring women, in what will become a regular blog post.
The first person to share their “Shoe Story” is the lovely Tanith Carey. So allow us to introduce her…………
Tanith Carey is an award-winning journalist and author, who writes for a variety of publications across the world, including The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Times, among others. She has also written eight books including Girls Uninterrupted: Steps for building stronger girls in a Challenging World, Taming the Tiger Parent – How to Put Your Child’s Well-being First in a Competitive world – and Mum Hacks: Tips for calming the chaos of family life. If that wasn’t enough, Tanith is also a busy Mum of two!
Here Tanith shares her story of her favourite pair of shoes and what they mean to her………..
“Tucked away at the top of my wardrobe is a felt bag containing the only Jimmy Choo’s I have ever owned – the pair I wore for my wedding in 1999.
If it was possible to fall in love at first sight with a pair of shoes, this was it.
I bought them in the designer’s shop in New York (where my mother lived), the same afternoon I had my fitting for my voluminous Vera Wang wedding dress.
My eye was drawn to them the second as I saw them in the window.
They were exquisite. Off-white silk with a kittenish, but not too high heel.
I don’t remember even asking to try on any other pair. All I recall was my heart beating as I waited to see if they had my size.
Choosing your the wedding shoes is such a huge decision. First there’s the height. How much lift do you need? How much of a heel should you get so you don’t dwarf the groom?
Like every bride I had a nightmares about toppling over, especially as I was going to be walking down the aisle on the shiny chequer board tiles of a Wren church in Fleet Street.
Then there’s the question or trying to work ou how comfortable they will be – given that you’ll be on your feet and wearing them all day – and a grimace is never a good look in wedding pictures.
But these looked exactly the right height – about an inch or so.
These had the extra support of having ties around the ankle, which I have always thought was extremely sexy in a shoe –and to top it off, these straps ones were decorated with delicately embroidered daisies.
Weddings are always full of judgement calls – ones you get wrong, and ones you get right. (My cake, for example, turned out to be a catastrophe.)
But thankfully my Jimmy Choos were one of the decisions I got spot-on.
Eighteen years later, I can’t think of any occasion when I would ever wear them again.
When I get them out, it feels amazing that the last steps I took in them were on my wedding day.
In my life, they capture a moment in my life – just as much the dainty slippers you see locked behind glass cabinets in the costume department of the V and A do for fashion history.
Of course, the skirt of my dress was so huge (we were still doing meringues in those days) I don’t think anyone but me, knew how beautiful they were.
The important thing was that I knew.”
To find out more about Tanith’s books, go to www.tanithcarey.com
Girls Uninterrupted: Steps for building stronger girls in a challenging world, is available to buy on Amazon