With countless reviews on clothing, shapewear, and beauty, it seems that I overlooked one very fundamental subject….SHOES!!! How could this be? Well, I must admit that until recently my personal collection was rather bleak and nothing to brag about. It must be quite dreadful when your significant other declares you really need to start investing in all new shoes and to dispose of the rest. Yes, I am guilty as charged but it is not solely my own doing as there are several factors that contributed to this hardship. First, finding retro inspired designs locally is next to impossible. Second, the entire populace cannot wear sky high heels; why do shoe designers make all cute footwear with 4 inch+ heels? Lastly, finding quality and comfort all in one is like discovering a diamond in the rough. In a sea of vintage inspired footwear, there are a few gems that stand out above the rest. Miss L Fire has become a household name with their fabulous designs, quality and comfort.
Miss L Fire launched in 2005, by the founder and designer Lynsey Hand. Their origins began in the UK and with their burning success, their fabulous footwear can now be acquired around the globe. With each season, Miss L Fire creates unique designs reminiscent of the Golden Era of glamour but with a modern twist. They also make delightful handbags very remindful of the 1950-60s, an era full of lucite treasures that we now covet. When the opportunity arose to review one of their designs from the Autumn/Winter ’13 collection, I instantly became smitten with the Pompeii in red.
When it came to sizing, I was at a total loss since our shoes are in US metric and I usually waiver between a 7 down to 6.5 due to my narrow feet. Miss L Fire run in European metric, from sizes 36-41. Based on the conversion size chart, I fell in between a 37 and 38. Considering the Pompeii are a closed toe style, it was risky to size down as then it would be impossible to wear if they were too small. We all know ordering shoes online is always a bit of a gamble, this is why reviews are incredibly helpful before taking the plunge. When the Pompeii arrived, I was quickly taken by their incredible quality and allure of the 1950s. To my surprise, the 38 was quite generous and could have surely sized down to a 37. Thankfully the t-bar strap allows me to wear them comfortably with an added insole insert. The Pompeii are made with a high quality leather with suede and snake skin accents. The rubber sole bottoms provide excellent grip on slippery surfaces, something that is commonly overlooked in footwear these days.
Earlier I mentioned there is a dire need for more options with fashionable low heel footwear since not all of us can wear sky high styles. Unfortunately I was cursed with flat feet (no arch) and cannot wear pretty high heels for any length of time, which is really frustrating. The maximum heel height I can sustain is 3 inches and the Pompeii fit perfectly in line. A huge bonus is the 1 inch diameter wide heel as it provides much greater stability. Miss L Fire did not sacrifice comfort and practicality in the name of beauty, the Pompeii is the complete package. It is rare that I find shoes to be so pleasant from the beginning and do not require much of a breaking in period. Their attention to detail in the construction is something to note; every stitch is in the right place and the fabulous colorful insole is padded for extra comfort.
The Pompeii are ideal to accessorize every vintage wardrobe, they are sure to become a fundamental staple. Their design will lend wonderfully to pair with genuine vintage and vintage reproduction; a great versatility to get the most out of your investment. Miss L Fire has just released their fabulous Spring/Summer 2014 Collection and they are now hitting their online store as we speak. You can also find the entire Miss L Fire collection at their Hollywood Boutique, along with some well known vintage reproduction brands like Trashy Diva, Freddies of Pinewood, Besame Cosmetics and so much more!