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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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Lime Green Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin Stiletto

Bonjour My Darlings

Some words of wisdom from the utterly divine SP Catherine Logue, who I recently met at a gorgeous girlie soiree (along with her stunning satin lime green Louboutins):

“If you can’t run in heels you don’t deserve them!” 

A wise woman indeed!  In honour of my kindred spirit I’ve found a fun little video, on the Neiman Marcus website, of an interview with Monsieur Louboutin in his Paris workshop. 

Enjoy! xx

Princess Sparkle

Nine West SP Shoe at Angus & RobertsonMy darling Shoe Princesses, Oh how I do love a sparkly glittery stiletto!  Imagine my excitement upon discovering the Nine West delicacy (left) for The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy book display at Angus & Robertson Camberwell.

Oceans of thanks to the lovely Juanita (who also brought in her own fab heels) and her team for letting me take over their store! xx



 A&R Eastland 1  A&R Eastland slatdisplay 

My darlings, mountains of thanks to the divine Beck and her staff at Angus & Robertson, Eastland, for such a gorgeous reception at SP Emma Bowd’s book-signing today!  Indeed, may I award Beck a special Shoe Princess Commendation for preparing such a pretty book display – resplendent with her very own heels and even a matching handbag (a gift from her adorable boyfriend…top marks Shoe Prince!!).  With more than its fair share of Shoe Princesses to chat to, I had a simply lovely morning amongst kindred spirits. xx

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 “Good grooming and good shoes hide a multitude of sins”

Heel Heaven

Australian Shoe Fair - Melbourne, 2009

My Darling Shoe Princesses

It is with immense excitement and great pleasure that I can formally announce some very special news from the heart of my Shoedom:

For three whole days, from Sunday 30th August, 2009, SP Emma Bowd and moi will be special guests of the Australian Shoe Fair in Melbourne!  This is a trade-only fair my humble subjects, so expect lots of exclusive snippets of news and gorgeousness coming your way via this blog from inside the hallowed halls!  (And who knows…SP Emma Bowd may even learn how to use her Twitter account, and make some Tweets too…!)

Surrounded by so many people with a passion for shoes and their magnificent wares, you may very well not get us out of there! xx

Honorary Shoe Princess Shoe

Novo Shoe Princess Shoe

My heartfelt congratulations to the 20 divine Shoe Princesses from all around Australia who won a copy of SP Emma Bowd’s novel in the Novo shoes competition!  Of course, it was little surprise to learn that the overwhelming vote for No.1 Celebrity Shoe Princess went to the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker.

I can just imagine SJP in the heavenly scarlet satin bow stiletto by Novo, pictured at left….my favourite shoe in bookstore window displays to date.  My spies reliably inform me that the manager of Angus & Robertson Southland, the gorgeous Jasmina, loved this shoe in her display so much she had to go and buy it! 

Novo Shoes

So, without much ado, it is with great pleasure that I, with the powers vested in me by, well, me, most solemnly declare the Novo scarlet satin bow stiletto the Honorary Shoe Princess Shoe!  xx

Shoe Princess of the week/month/year…century!

My Darling Shoe Princesses

A true tale of heel-devotion

At this very moment there is an intelligent, shoe-loving, female engineer working in the male-dominated world of construction….wearing skyscraper stilettos every single day with a tattoo on her foot reading:

“Stilettos – a feat of engineering!”

Surely the most dedicated subject in my shoedom….a SP Extraordinaire!

Tropical Treat

My heartfelt thanks to the perfectly pedicured Shoe Princesses of Brisbane who treated SP Emma Bowd and I to a fabulous evening of wine, nibbles and much shoe- and book-talk at Mary Ryan’s Bookstore in Paddington.  The Shoe Princess’s Guide to the Galaxy (Aust/NZ; UK) posters adorned every wall; and the delightful owner, Steph, proudly wore a necklace made of delectable little silver shoes! Heavenly. xx 

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