Last month, I received an email from the lovely gals over at bettyshoe asking me if they could sponsor my blog and if I’d like to review their shoes. Me, the shoe-aholic, the girl with high heel hopes, the chicklet with another house needed for all her bags, shoes, scarves and hats (never mind the family, we know which has precedence)…a good fit, you think? I did.
So, here ’tis…The long awaited bettyshoe trial, review and loving up.
I can honestly say that I have put the Cleopatra Gold sandals (Billini), Shana Camel sandals (Billini) and the Carrie Gold Bag (Oxygen) through their serious paces. I do believe that I have done for bettyshoe shoes and bags what Top Gear does for cars, in terms of truly giving them a proper workout.
Throughout the past month, I have paraded them to and from Mama Kat events, including school drop offs, pick ups, kinder excursions (yes, I even wore the Shana Camel sandals to a farm and they returned unscathed), family birthdays and pre-Christmas picnic celebrations. I even kicked off my shiny red peep toe housework heels for the Cleopatra Gold sandals and waltzed around vacuuming, and I have to say, it was so much more comfortable.
In every case, both the Cleopatra sandals and the Shana Camel sandals met, and surpassed, my every task. At first wearing, the top of the Shana Camel dented the top of my foot and I found it mildly uncomfortable to wear them for a whole day. But on the second day, the leather had clearly stretched and I have literally worn them on every single hot day that we have had so far.
The Shana Camel sandal are perfect for any Mama Kat who wants to look more minx than mumsie. I’ve worn them with rolled up jeans, long summery skirts, pin up – inspired swing dresses and black harem pants…my usual Mama Kat/Yoga chick gear.
By now most of you will know that I despise feeling Mumsie. I may have three children under 10, a man-child and a dog to care for. I might be a work-from-home, country Mum but I do NOT, will NOT, ever be called, feel or attract the mumsie adjective. But, dragging oneself, and the kidlets, through the usual routine of getting everyone dressed, fed and organised enough to get to school on time usually results in the Mum, aka me, looking suitable only for a complete Trinny and Susannah pity-driven overhaul.
Where once was a hastily pulled back, uneven ponytail, black haviana thongs (flip flops for our USA cousins), now lives stylish victory rolls and Shana Camel sandals.
Goodbye Mumsie, Hello Minx. These shoes have become my instant transformation into the Land Of Looking Lush.
While I do favour wearing the Shana Camel sandals during the day, I’m certain I could transfer them into an evening item. Inspired by Zac Posen, Chloe and Rachel Comey, but without the hefty price tag, Shana Camel sandals are scrumptious, comfortable and sassy.
Then there was the shoe that shouts to the world ‘I-am-an-up-to-stuff-chick’ with every footfall; Cleopatra Gold. Maybe it’s because I have never been one for gold things (I’m traditionally a silver girl) and I’m experiencing the virginal high of first love, or maybe it’s because these shoes really are divinely inspired, but I am now a woman transformed.
Normally I would don platform peep toes, or 1950s inspired pin up heels when I’m galavanting about as Angelica Minx. But this last blessed month, I’ve minxed my way through publicity, marketing and performance events with my Angelica hat on wearing these sandals. I can’t tell you what a relief it has been to be able to look sexy, be comfortable and not worry about falling on my ample backside when presented with the ridiculously steep set of stairs that burlesque performances always seem to be at the end of. Flat shoes really are able to be as sexy (and a whole lot safer) as the highest of heels…and I can not believe I am really saying that.
Inspired by Gucci (one of my personal favourites), Paul & Joe and Salvatore Ferragamo, I have worn bettyshoe’s Cleopatra Gold sandals with a high-waisted vintage black trouser suit, a 1940s black and cream wiggle dress and even a pair of recycled 1970s high-waisted black and grey wide leg flares.
When I step out into the world as Angelica Minx, my shoes get noticed. I get comments on the yummy peep toes (I could keep small European countries in peep toes if asked), platforms and kitten heels that I wear. When I know it’s going to be a long day of much standing around, I have worn ballet flats and chosen to draw the focus towards my upper wardrobe rather than my feet.
I didn’t do that with my Cleopatra sandals. Instead, I dress around them; my focal point and the amount of positive comments I received was astounding. Even my own mother, a self-confessed hater of strong metallic gold colours (I think she was scarred from the 80s), adored these sandals.
Teamed up with the Carrie Gold carry-all handbag and stepping out as Mama Kat or Minx was easy street.
The only thing that I love more than shoes is handbags…well, maybe I love them both the same.
I have about 40 bags of various shapes, designs, sizes and states of repair (of which most are currently on semi-permanent loan to my friends, in retirement through too much love or in storage) – I am truly a bag whore. I have no particularly attraction to anything except it must be functional and unique. I have previously favoured Alannah Hill, vintage op shop purchases and Etsy handbag creations, and steered clear of anything that might feature in a suburban shopping centre.
When I chose my first review order from bettyshoe, I wanted to pick a complete outfit. Normally I would choose a bag first and match the shoe, but this time I did it the other way around.
Carrie Gold was made to wear with both Cleopatra Gold sandals and the Shana Camels. It fits EVERYTHING (even my enormous Bliss water bottle) and has the perfect amount of pockets and zips. Super spacious, stylish and swanky, the Carrie Gold handbag is so practical for any woman who likes to carry all the proper girly stuff.
I have dragged it everywhere with me, Minx and Mama Kat, and the only thing to let me down was the removable silver and gold initial bag charms which got wedged in between my car seat and the seat belt, and the fact that I now get asked to carry my husband’s/friend’s/kids/parents/everyone else’s keys, wallet and phone wherever I go.
Another fabulous price point at $119.95 and you’ve got a Gucci-inspired (yum), practical carry-all to suit any event.
All in all, I adored the frilly knickers off my new bag and shoe additions.
If this review seems one-sided, it is. And, honest to Goddess, it is because I loved them. Anything that keeps me feeling and looking sassed up while withstanding country mud and kids then has the ability to carry me through to Strutsville (ala hometown of Angelica Minx) is cheesy grin creating.
Do you think that I’m a tad
happy ecstatic that Angelica Minx is now sponsored by bettyshoe … um…yes!
BettyShoe offer free worldwide shipping, free bag hook and protective bag pouch with every handbag purchase and a free clear, plastic protective shoe box with every shoe purchase.
Note: Angelica Minx received goods in exchange for this product review. This post was written with fervent passion, honesty and Top Gearesque road testing techniques, although sadly without the rather edible Richard Hammond.