It does the soul good to obsess compulsively from time to time.
Going through picture after picture of your latest squeeze, viewing it from every single tiny angle possible.
Hones the eye don't you think? Sieves out the non-starters, allows for refinement and ample time to revel in purchases that are NEVER. GOING. TO. HAPPEN.
We all know that to which I refer. A a certain pair of ridiculous trainers with a certain in-built wedge.
They fall within that sort of inexplicable 'I think I might have to have those or I'll collapse' category. They make very little sense. If someone had said to me: 'Olivia - how d'ya fancy a wedged trainer in your wardrobe? VB looked pretty snazzy that time she wore a pair to hit the first ball at a baseball match didn't she?' I would have issued nothing less than a withering, withering glance in their direction. Such an idea sounds positively rank.
And yet, and yet... Here we all are, desperate to make sense of our sudden desire for exactly such a shoe. (and Mrs Beckham is probably barely containing an 'I told you so'.)
I'm not a fan of the bigger Marant sneakers - whilst I very much enjoy seeing them on Miranda Kerr et al - I wonder if they exist in a territory and time zone that only the long and very willowy of leg should dare stray.
I prefer the more casual look of the Betty (above), it somehow feels more genuinely Marant-esque than the other bigger, bolder designs it sitsalongside. I particularly love the way the laces bunch up at the front - doing all that 'effortless' work for the wearer.
However. It is the side-on view that raises concerns for me. Can't argue with the front - but the side... worries me. It can look a little... chunky, no?
To illustrate this point I'm going to use Emma Watson:
See how the shoes look PERFECT from the front, but a little wrong from the side? Or is it just me?
Here's another another example:
Left: Everything one would avoid in a trainer, Right: Everything one would do anything required of to get one's mitts upon.
I'd be very interested to know what you think. These little fellows are doing the blog rounds at the moment and opinion seems somewhat divided.
Passing fade or a shoe you'd see yourself wearing for years to come?