Saturday, February 28, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Like a baby, stillborn,
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me.
But I swear by this song
And by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee.
I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch,
He said to me, "You must not ask for so much."
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door,
She cried to me, "Hey, why not ask for more?"

I love listening to Leonard Cohen.


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Food For Thought

Felicity Loughrey is an Australian woman who grew up working in one of our shoe chains, Shoobiz (who I recently reported were closing a lot of stores).

In the recent launch of Camouflage magazine (NY based) she gives a few tips based on her years of knowledge.

The important ones? I'll share them now...

  • Stitched is better than glued
  • Get your leather soled shoes covered with Topy (a good cobbler is essential).
  • Avoid plastic unless it's by Melissa!
  • Always buy the right size no matter how amazing they are.
  • Don't forget to polish!
She's now a freelance journalist in New York and one day I might just be doing something similar!

Must Buys On Ebay NOW!!

Every now and again I take the hard work of eBay searching for my lovely readers! Click on the images to be taken to the auction...

Size 8 - Gorgeous Bows

Size 5-6 - Lattice cutouts

Size 8 - Cut out Mary Janes

Size 7/37 - Cream with Gold Studs

Happy Hunting!!

New Magazine

A new New York magazine called Camouflage is out and their first issue is dedicated to shoes! In her first editor's letter, Mary Talato says "it's almost as if shoes themselves have taken on a personality of their own, independent of the individual wearing them".

The magazine features stories about boutique owner Zia Ziprin, of Girls Love Shoes, Simon Wood of Sneaker Freaker and an amazing fashion editorial of Alice Dellal.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Erin Obsession

I really don't get the Erin Wasson obsession. I'm sick of her wearing the same clothes and the same dirty hair, I'm so sexy expression. It's BORING.

Bad Decision

Last year I wrote about the US Presidential election a few times on my blog. In particular, I mentioned Toms Shoes. Toms had designed some shoes to match the different votes (undecided, republic or democrat) on the election.

Interestingly, I got an email from a Toms employee not long thereafter thanking me for mentioning Toms on my blog, and offering me a pair of shoes for free. I believe this employee thought I was American, despite my blog mentioning Australia quite often, and the post itself referring to myself as a non-American.

When I replied to the employee with my Australian mailing address, thanking them, I was disappointed to never heard back nor ever receive anything from the company. A disappointing decision, and I realise writing about it might not be as positive as when I've written about the company before, but I prefer to be transparent about all types of experiences.

Friday, February 20, 2009

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Bang For Your Buck

Not everyone has enough money to spend $40,000 on shoes and a lot of us may never own anything that carries a designer label.

Read the rest of my post for The Vine here...

Oscar de la Renta

I've always thought Oscar de la Renta was one of the most classic and timeless brands. The collection shown at New York Fall 09's fashion week just this week has left me speechless, and not in the good way. Forgetting the clothes, the shoes are by far the most outdated in terms of shape and colour. GOBSMACKED.

Last but not least, the jewellery reminded me of Marni's necklaces from the 2005 Ready To Wear collection.

First Oscar de la Renta Fall 09...

Then Marni 2005 RTW...

Trouble In Paradise

The Figgins Group which own Midas, Mollini, Shoobiz, Scooter, Florsheim, Emporio and Evelyn Miles brands, are closing 43 Shoobiz stores, selling Florsheim and rebranding Evelyn Miles stores as Midas stores. What a shame!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Even Carine Roitfeld Breaks The Rules

Tights with open toe shoes is traditionally a 'no no', but style is such a subjective thing that anything goes really! I love that a Vogue fashion editor can break the rules. Just make sure your tights are opaque, the seam is definitely still unsightly.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Autumn/Winter Wishlist

This long hot summer is the thing of dreams: I'll never wish it away. But that doesn't mean I can't start thinking about the cooler months, and what I want to adorn my feet with.

Read more here...

Prada Melbourne

I'm totally obsessed with Prada, but their new store on Collins St (the luxury street of Melbourne) has left me less than impressed. The layout is confusing and boring, the presentation of the clothes and accessories, barely amusing.

What a disappointment.

Friday, February 13, 2009

New Purchase

I'm not usually a pants girl, I probably wear jeans once a month at most - I only own three pairs. I bought these pants from Sportsgirl (the almost equivalent of TopShop in Australia), and have been wearing them with sheer camisoles and boxy cropped jackets or a tuxedo style blazer.

Slouchy Pants
Slouchy Pants - by darla_dark on

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Shoes Mend Hearts is now contributing to 2Threads - check out our blog here.

Living The Dream

The divine Miss George wrote just recently about inspiration and finding style in the most unusual places, her favourite X-Men comic character, Gambit.

Sometimes my heart beats sadly when hearing of expensive and lustworthy purchases made by others (namely Miss Jane of Sea Of Shoes) when I myself struggle to pay my rent. There is no doubt I'd love to access a large amount of money and purchase designer shoes, but unfortunately it's not to be.

Luckily vintage shopping and high street style shopping gives me the things I need.

Made by my friends grandfather, Nathan Stark. Read more here.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Honourable Mention

In early December, the outstanding publication, The JC Report mentioned Shoes Mend Hearts in it's accessories report.

Read more here.

When Shoes Take Over The World

For a long time, I've been preaching to the masses about giving your shoes more attention.

And FINALLY! Vogue Australia’s editor, Kirstie Clements, dedicated the editors letter for March to shoes. Shoes glorious shoes.

Read the rest of this week's column for The Vine, here.

Giles & Brother

Jewellery has never been a huge passion of mine, but I love Giles & Brother.


Tiny Bats

Tiny Wishbones

Tiny Wings

Tiny Safety Pins

Check out more on their site -

Modern Love

I am in love with these heels. I want to wear them now and everyday.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Why On Pedder Knows Best

Peter Harris, the president of the Hong Kong retail group ON PEDDER, is interviewed in Vogue Australia March 2009.

On Pedder is an amazing accessories store with an equally impressive website boasting season ezines that showcase the most outstanding accessories of the season. I loved this one.

In the Vogue interview, Peter Harris is quoted as saying, "accessories are democratic in their reach." Vogue asks whether accessories are becoming as important as fashion designers; Harris expresses my view: there is a sameness in the way that people dress and a pair of shoes can completely change an otherwise simple outfit. The shoes affect the way the woman walks and carries herself. The same for a man.

Check out their site here

The five issues of Pedderzine can be found on the site.

Don't forget to visit if you are in Hong Kong.

Why Rodarte is KING

These laser cut footless tights are for me, the moment in fashion, where something bland and unfashionable (such as the black footless tight pandemic of a) wearing tights as pants and b) wearing them at 3/4 length), has become truly fashion-forward, experimental and a lust of my own.


Sometimes a knock off replicates a designer product so well, you wouldn't be able to guess which is which.

Remember these Chloe boots? A bit of flat ankle boots that I love, and that itself is so unusual.

So Topshop, the home of the fake, have released a similar boot for Spring/Summer 09...

What do you think of their version?

I personally dislike the lighter pigment, the lesser studs and the cheap looking buckles.

But that's the problem with fakes, the quality isn't as good, and the small details are forgotten.

Remember never to accuse someone of stealing your fake, or risk being kicked out of the Playboy mansion (I use far too many Sex and The City quotes in life).