Shoe Princess

Shoe Exchange

A delightful tale told to SP Emma Bowd today, of a meeting-of-Shoe-Princess-minds to solve a tricky situation…

Divine Melbourne Shoe Princess and up-market hairdresser, Angela, is now the proud owner of 20 pairs of beautiful designer shoes (all unworn)…received in-lieu of money for salon treatments, from a rather well-heeled SP facing slight, err… cashflow problems.

Such a civilised outcome.  Bravo, my darling Shoe Princesses! xoxo

Oprah’s Shoe Closet Cleanout

Our Favourite Platinum Shoe Princess, Oprah (Photograph: Ruven Afanador)

My Darling Shoe Princesses

Our favourite Platinum SP, Oprah, is having a Spring cleanout of her shoe closet!

She’s nominated dozens of shoes (and clothing items) which will be auctioned soon on eBay to benefit her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Though I am pleased to note that her Shoe Princess credentials are still firmly in place, with the declaration that there are some shoes she’s simply not prepared to put under the hammer!  Like her favourite pair of (unworn) ivory lace knee-high boots that she describes as a work of ‘sculpture‘ and ‘closet jewelry’.

What are you waiting for SPs?  Skip on over to for all the details in aid of a very worthy cause.

And who knows, you may be walking in the footsteps of Oprah – quite literally. 

Good luck! xx 

Platinum SP 

Money is no object and expensive shoes are amongst the many fine possessions in her life.  This SP loves having gazillions of shoes in her colour-coordinated designer wardrobe as a sign of her self-made success and financial independence. She’s often quoted as saying that she still has her feet on the ground – but just in more expensive shoes! (Think Oprah.)

Shoe Princess woos Canada

Bonjour and a very happy 2010 to my darling Shoe Princesses.

I’m so thrilled to welcome the divine Canadian book reviewers, Jonita of Book Chic and Tina of Bookshipper to the Shoe Princess fold.  And of course SP Emma Bowd is delighted and humbled by their glowing reviews of The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy…certainly makes those hundreds of hours at the coal face worth it! 

It seems the international languages of shoes, motherhood, friendship and love know no boundaries…

Jonita’s Review (Dec 15, 2009) @  The Book Chic (even making her ‘favourite reads of 2009’ list!)

‘…an absolutely enjoyable read…exciting…couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Left me wanting more.

‘A great gift for the new-mom, chick-lit lover, shoe lover or just a fabulous present for yourself.’

Full Book Review and Author Interview


Tina’s Review (Dec 29, 2009) @ Bookshipper

4 Stars

‘absolutely everything that I love in a great chick lit book..funny, strong and witty main character…shoes…storyline that had me hooked from the first second.’

International Dorothy Day

The Shoe Princess formally decrees that all loyal subjects in her shoedom shall wear sparkly red shoes this New Year’s Eve.

In exchange for donating money or time to any charity working hard for mums, dads, babies and their families.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my darling Shoe Princesses.

Until next year, au revoir.


 SP Emma Bowd and moi have proudly supported the following charities in 2009:


ARDOCH School Shoe Drive


Oceans of thanks to the darling little junior Shoe Princes and Princesses of Bayside Melbourne, who polished and buffed their end-of-school-year black leather shoes and donated them to SP Emma Bowd’s Shoe Princess School Shoe Drive for the Ardoch Youth Foundation.  A staggering 80+ pairs of shoes were collected.  Thank you! xx

Step Out in Style

My Darling Shoe Princesses,

Christmas arrived early this week with the delivery of my gorgeous shoe-emblazoned luggage from the divine Robyn and Paul of Luggage with Looks….yes, another of my discoveries from the Australian Shoe Fair!

Am now the proud owner of the funky, aeroplane cabin-friendly, wheeled duffel bag (above) featuring vibrant and pretty shoe-prints taken from hand-painted designs. 

The perfect travelling companion for a Shoe Princess! xx

Shoe Love

Jane Debster ShoesJane Debster and The Shoe Princess

Congratulations to the 10 divine Shoe Princesses who won a copy of SP Emma Bowd’s perfect summer holiday beach-read, The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy (AUST; UK) from Jane Debster shoes. 

For more special treats exclusive to Jane Debster see Club JD.   

Happy reading my darlings!

Pontiac by Jane DebsterPS.  Before you pack the sparkly sandals and beach tote, may I suggest a quick peek at the black, patent leather ‘Pontiac’ peep toe stiletto.  A timeless addition to any shoe collection with a clever (and comfortable) platform, and ultra-flattering dip-sided silhouette. xx

Shoe Show

Craft victoria Shoe Show
Shoes by Phong Chi Lai (photo Richard Brockett)


Indulge your senses Melbourne Shoe Princesses and hot foot it down to Flinders Lane and Craft Victoria for their Shoe Show  a visual feast of contemporary shoes and boots from up-and-coming bespoke shoemakers.  

Be inspired! 

No excuses – until November 28. xx

Top Tips

shoe princess cover With the Spring Racing Carnival well underway in Australia, and Derby Day and Melbourne Cup soon upon us, I feel it my Shoe Princessly duty to pass on some tried and tested Fashions in the Field advice for Shoes:

Shoe Bling1. Bling it On – Another wonderful discovery from the Australian Shoe Fair – the divine and oh so clever Shoe Bling. Delectable little hand-crafted accessories that clip onto your shoes.  The perfect way to reinvent a favourite pair of shoes or coordinate with your hat and race day outfit.  My personal favourite is the leather black and white flower (pictured).

2.  Dress to Impress – If, unlike myself, you won’t be ensconced in the VIP marquees all day and need to traverse grass, I strongly suggest a wedge heel ahead of a stiletto to avoid that sinking feelingA closed-toe platform-wedge is ideal to halt mud-encrusted grass creeping into toes…eeuch.

fabz folding leather shoes3.  Style and Stamina – Do NOT wear new shoes to the races.  Ever.  A race day is a marathon not to be run in towering spikes fresh out of their box – especially if you’re used to flats. 

Equally, I beg my SPs NOT to wear flip-flops at the end of a long day’s frolicking at the races.  Opt for something a little more glam but comfortable like the adorable fabz (pictured) – which not only look absolutely fabulous, but are heavenly on tired feet (with lovely padded leather soles) AND fold-up neatly into a handbag-friendly pack! 

Have fun my darlings! xx


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