Warrior Heart

I’ve decided to focus more on my shoes in some of my blog posts and the first is about the Warrior Heart shoes from the Snow White/ Mulan launch. These shoes weren’t previewed early. Although I loved the shoes that were previewed I knew they were too high. I also knew I wanted something from the Mulan range. I have to say I hoped for Sulu shaped ones but there was none that style at all. The only flats were the Whistle While you Work ones which I also got! I wear flats and lower heels much more than very high ones now although I did get Evil Queens as well.

Warrior Heart are the same shape as Sway, The Look of Love and Truly Forever. I love the shape though after a long day wearing them the toe on my left foot hurts a bit!

These come in the princess box and are wrapped in the new princess tissue paper.

They are lovely shoes. The shoe is covered with beautiful pink silky material with Mulan printed on it. The heel is covered with the most beautiful golden glitter which is also on the toe. The glitter has flecks of colour through it. The big waterlily detail on the front sets these shoes apart. The flower actually opens a bit as you walk. I put the cardboard ring back around the flower before I put them back in the box. I never thought I’d write a blog post called Warrior Heart! I am however very happy bought these and know I’ll wear them loads. They are, for me, a great substitute for the amazing rotating heels!

My Journey so Far

I suppose at this stage I should tell you all a bit about my journey so far. 25 or 30 years ago I was a lot less confident and a lot more anxious to fit in with what I thought was normal. I didn’t like being ‘normal’ but was afraid not to be. I suppose I felt people would talk about me or worse laugh at me and at the time I was living more through what other people thought. I was living from the outside in. I was totally controlled by external factors. I spent my life reacting to things that I had no control over. I let things control me. After being dealt a couple of harsh blows by life I, first of all, lost too much weight and then put on way too much weight. I came to a point in my life where shoes were the only things I could buy that would fit me. That’s where the obsession with shoes began.

Then many many moons ago my best friend bought me a pair of Irregular Choice shoes

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And so began the obsession. It was slow at the start. I loved the shoes but I would not have worn them so it was a pair now and again. I always felt great when I was wearing them. I didn’t have any really irregular ones just the more mainstream versions. As the years went on I began wearing less regular shoes to work - I am a teacher in a primary school. I started with flat Dogo shoes. I then bought some hand painted or custom made shoes. My Christmas collection of custom shoes is particularly good. But then about 2 and a half or 3 years ago I rediscovered my passion for Irregular Choice. Now I wear Irregular Choice almost every day. I wear all of them to school from the more regular to the absolutely irregular. I’m slower to wear the more irregular ones out when it’s not to school and that’s what I’m working on at the minute. I did push the boundaries of my comfort zone completely last Christmas and wore Mr and Mrs Clause high heels even though they light up. The shoes were the first step for me on an ongoing journey to being happy being me. They are what keeps me on track on days where I’m doubting. They remind me to be positive and to get rid of all negative thoughts. They remind me to push outside my comfort zone. When I do meet people who point and laugh (doesn’t happen often) it helps me work on my resilience. Through the next few posts I’d like to share more of my journey with you and how my irregular shoes support me as I go. (And I’ve shared a little Christmas in July)

Gnome heels

Last night I went out - an event that doesn’t happen often. I was in two minds as I got ready as to whether I’d wear the gnome heels. My inner voice began whispering - they’re too tight, they’re too high, it’s not a dressed up night. I wore a plain black jumpsuit so they were going to match perfectly. I changed my mind a few times - I was going to wear them, no I wasn’t, yes I would ……… Eventually I decided to wear them and I did. What I really love about Irregular Choice is the confidence and the feeling of empowerment I get when I silence those voices. Confidence isn’t something I’ve always had a lot of but Irregular Choice is one of the things that’s helping me with that. I felt really good when I was wearing them and still feel good that I wore them!

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Picture and jumpsuit from ASOS website

Thw detail on these is amazing. The sparkle is beautiful, the colours are bright. The 2 gnomes are perfect and the jewel detail just sets them off. The right shoe is a little tight on me as my right foot is fractionally bigger than my left but as long as I take my time and make sure my toes aren’t curled they are fine. They are too high for me to wear to work or to occasions that involve a lot of walking so for me they are “going out” shoes but I really love them.