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Seven shoes

I recently received a meme from one of my fellow (and favourite) bloggers, the lovely Helena Halme asking to see my 7 favourite pair of shoes. So here they are without further ado and accompanied by the whitest legs alive:

green bertie shoes

Foto: Mette Bassett

Let’s start with the oldest first: I bought these green satin Bertie sandals in Copenhagen around 7 years ago. I love the colour, the retro-look and they are actually super comfortable. I haven’t used them for a long time, but I think I’ll have a green revival this summer.

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Next up are these equally old Bruno Magli suede shoes with gold squares on the heels. I found them in a charity shop in Copenhagen many years ago, and they were as good as new. I don’t use them that often anymore but the look quite classy with a simple black dress.

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I bought these black patent leather peep toes on sale at Russell & Bromley around three years ago. They are so well-made and comfortable = perfect for a long night out. I’ll never throw them away as they have huge sentimental value –  I wore them when I got married in Las Vegas two years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4vAPzWHk7Q

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You can’t really go wrong with a pair of Ferragamo flats/pumps. I love the understated elegance, so when I spotted this patent leather pair in a charity shop I had to buy them. I have another pair with a slightly  higher heel plus croco-pattern.

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I am a big fan of Jelly shoes and currently have three pairs: these red ones plus two transparent ones w. gold and silver glitter. They’re definitely not the world’s prettiest shoes (and you might end up with sweaty feet) but you can wear them for 100 days straight without even the smallest signs of blisters.

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I’m not normally a fan of Aldo Shoes as I think a lot of their shoes are too high and have too  many flimsy, blingy details. But when I saw a picture of these suede wedge sandals on a fashion blog last summer I had to run for the nearest Aldo store. I still love them and will probably wear them until they fall apart. They are so comfortable and I love the edgy look.

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I love my Balenciaga sandals. I don’t usually spend to much money on shoes, as I prefer to spend the big amounts on handbags + I tend to abuse my shoes and would feel bad if they were too expensive. So I try to find the more expensive designer shoes on sale or in charity shops. I bought these in the brilliant outlet The Mall in Italy (read about my visit to The Mall here) where they only cost me 115 Euros. They are almost sculpture-like and super comfortable – I recently wore them at a big and very long wedding in Bangkok.

Oh….and if I were to mention an 8th pair it would definitely be these Jeffrey Campbell wedges, they’re my newest favourites.

I’m probably supposed to pass on this meme, but I have a work deadline I better get back to, so that must be some other time 🙂

The Mall – shoppingmekka nær Firenze

Foto via www.themall.it

Sidste år var vi en tur i Firenze. Ikke for at lyde overfladisk vel, men det fantastiske outlet, The Mall, som ligger 30 minutter uden for byen, gjorde altså større indtryk på mig end den lille by, der er fyldt til randen med renæssancekunst, amerikanske pensionist-turister og dyre flaskeøl og lidt for pittoreske restauranter. Plus jeg har været i Firenze på studietur i gymnasiet. Been there, done that.

Næææ nej, hop hellere på en bus og ud til shoppinghimmelen. Det er nemlig fyldt til randen med designervarer til spotpriser, dvs. op til 80% hakket af prisen. Hvert brand har sin egen shop. Vi tog den første bus derud (der kører busser frem og tilbage hver dag), og ankom lige før butikkerne slog dørene op.


In English: Last spring we went to Florence in Italy. And soon we tired of the small city that is filled with renaissance art, middleaged tourists and overpriced restaurants and cafés.

So we (I!) decided to get out of the city and visit the fabulous outlet The Mall. It is situated 30 km outside the city with busses running several times every day (more info on The Mall’s website). Here every designer brand has its own shop with up to 80% discount on older collections etc. We got on the morning bus and arrived 5 minutes before the shops opened their doors.


Efter at have sloges med en kinesisk turist om at komme først af bussen (hun prøve at mase sig foran mig) var min topprioritet Bottega Veneta. Efter en grundig gennemgang af alle tasker valgte jeg denne grå taske med knudelukning. Pris: 500 Euro.

In English: After having fought off a chinese tourist who tried to run past me out of the bus my top priority was Bottega Veneta. After rummaging through and trying on all their bags, I finally decided to buy this grey bag. Price: 500 Euro.

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Så gik turen til Balenciaga. Jeg hapsede disse plateausandaler, som jeg har tænkt mig at iføre mig til sommerbrylluppet vi skal til i Bangkok marts. Pris: 115 Euro.

In English: Next up was Balenciaga, where I found these sandals. I am going to wear them in March when we are going to a wedding in Bangkok. Price: 115 Euro.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Det lå også en lille fin nøglering og lokkede ved kassen i Balenciaga-butikken. Nu kan jeg altid finde mine nøgler i tasken. Price: 80 Euro.

In English: Then I saw this keyring-thingy on the counter in the Balenciaga shop. Now I am always able to locate my keys in the bag. Price: 80 Euro.

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Sidst på programmet var Burberry. Jeg har allerede to beige trenchcoats og har længe ønsket mig en sort. I Burberrys outlets sælger de mange af deres klassiske jakker til halv pris (der er også et Burberry outlet i Bicester Village her i England). Det er jakker, der ikke er gået igennem kvalitetskontrollen, og den er så streng, at jeg ikke kunne spotte fejlene. Pris: 450 Euro.

In English: Last up was Burberry. I already have two beige trenchcoats and have wanted a black one for a long time. At the Burberry outlets (there is one in Bicester Village here in England as well) they basically sell a lot of their classic trench’es that didn’t pass quality control. Their quality control being so strict that I couldn’t even locate the faults. Price: 450 Euro.

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

Foto: Mette Bassett

Jeg kan på det varmeste anbefale The Mall og er stadig vild med alle de ting, jeg købte. Men det hjælper at have fået penge tilbage i skat eller noget lignende, før man tager afsted. Og det er en god idé på forhånd at finde ud af, hvor mange penge du vil bruge, da et sted som dette nærmest kalder på forfjamskede fejlkøb.

In English: I can really, really recommend The Mall if you love well made designer goods but don’t want to pay the full price. I still love all the things I bought. Be careful  though not to overspend as it’s easy to get worked up about the big discounts. It’s a good idea to decide how much money you want to/can afford to spend before you leave the bus.

PS. Der er en café og en restaurant, hvor eventuelt medfølgende mænd kan fordrive tiden.

PS. The outlet also has a café and a restaurant where the husband can pass the time.