Monday, May 20, 2013

Meet Amy


A few days before I packed up my battered valise for Capri & Positano, I stumbled upon London based shoe company La Paire 
and soon found myself chitting and chatting backwards and forwards with Amy, who turned out to be its CEO. This is not a sponsored post more a paean to the loosy goosey connections that can be made through the  wonderful electronic tendrils of this digital age.  

Amy had been to Le Sirenuse and became my sartorial consigliere on what shoes to pack. I packed flats and only flats and for this I am  eternally grateful as it was roughly  130 steps up to our hotel every night - hubs says 180, I think he's at it.




When I was in Capri/Positano ( oh I know, that's getting a bit wearing now)   it was hard to resist  the Siren call of the local handmade sandal. 
Phew, Jackie didn't but then I think Pope  Francis  should make her St Jackie of  the dead souls subsumed to Hades  by the vice of excess shopping.
I never shop on holiday because  it's too easy to be caught up in the genus loci's grip -he's a sneaky, crafty one, he'll have you wafting about Perthshire in a Peruvian kaftan accessorised with  chupacabra  earrings.  
So I kept my gunpowder dry. La Paire sandals are handmade in Spain, they ship internationally and ooohhh they gave me  some thinking to do.




From La Paire's  bridal range, I love these sandals,  brides who choose these might be making a commitment  but their feet are staying footloose and fancy free.


PS. They are just about to launch a range of wedge heels, follow this link for a 20 % discount code.

All we need now here is a summer.

50 comments:

  1. i think when packing, shoes are the absolute hardest to decide upon. these flats are stunning...just stunning.

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  2. Gorgeous shoes... and totally agree with you about not shopping on holiday. You can see the result in Australia with all the people who go to Bali, and come home with cornrow braids in their hair, rather horribly made tropical print dresses and sarongs and strings and strings of beads around their necks. Within 24 hours it is all ditched... I love your chat about Positano... keep going! x

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    1. good look that isn't it ?

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    2. Haha - you're so right! That and the recently-back-from-Rishikesh hipsters who hang out in my 'hood.
      My yoga class is sometimes heaving with the heavy scent of Nag Champa...

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  3. OMG..I love those shoes. I'm packing for a Cruise to the Bahamas right now and having so much trouble narrowing down my selection. Luckily, there is nothing to really buy in the Bahamas so I should be okay!

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  4. Well HAD they paid you, it'd be worth a lot:). I love to know the CEO of companies. And what great shoe pictures.

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  5. nice sandals and lovely feet ..I am constantly amazed at the many 20-30 year olds with bunions one sees in Sydney.

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    1. Japolina - where are you going? Harbour Island is high on my list.

      LPC - she was so lovely, it's the great thing about this era that we can find ourselves nattering to the owner of companies.

      Heidi_ oh in my younger days I hauled back some awful looking things from holiday, only to bin them in the cold harsh light.

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  6. Gorgeous sandals! You have very beautiful feet, too! Maybe you should consider modeling!

    Your trip to Capri sounds FAB! Really enjoyed your post.

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  7. Terrific looking sandals! Love cute flats!

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  8. Love their simple elegance. The red and blue are my favorite. You were probably smart not to buy on vacation. It's so true you end up with wacky things. My mind is not thinking straight and I'm caught up in the moment!

    - Just went back and re-read the Capri post...Dreamy!
    xxKim

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  9. Nice shoes.

    Pity it is boot weather!!!

    See you soon x

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  10. Lovely sandals. Thanks for that they are much cheaper than Les Tropeziennes and look just as good.

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  11. The sandals are lovely, are they comfy? Sometimes that kind can hurt in between your toe? I'm still very jealous of your holiday btw

    Lauren
    livinginaboxx
    bloglovin

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    1. Lauren, and Vava, not my feet all models!

      FF - not many sleeps!

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  12. It's me again.. at my desk not pretending to work but perusing the archives of BnP (a worthy and edifying browse) and since all and sundry are curious about how i fill my time (im a lowly recepitonist or sometimes front office co-ordinator if I'm feeling important ),I extolled the virtues and wit of BnP and was requested to please send the link..so like a fairy in my enchanted woods I am sprinkling the word (links) to a chosen few.

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  13. I have serious foot- envy. These are your feet, right?
    I cultivated my first bunions before I got boobs, you see us ex- ballerinas have horrid feet. They are absolutely disgusting and beautiful sandals like these are an impossibility.

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    1. Weird Rock Star - no no, these are models feet, bunions before boobs - is it ok if I laugh at that? Too late I just did!

      Neds - How can you stay upbeat and lovely to everyone all day? You deserve a medal, thank you for wittering about me!

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    2. Perfectly all right to laugh at bunions before boobs. In fact, it is almost comical. Dancing en pointe wreaks a havoc on feet and does not leave only at bunions. But hey, I´m destined to have an insane posture for the rest of my life thanks to all those years reaching for heights.

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  14. Very nice and it seems okay now to wear sandals on the most formal occasions ; I think Inès de la Fressange paved the way ... But wait, when I got my sandals made in Capri, they did say that Jackie had too ; should I get a refund ?xx

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    1. I always loved seeing pics of Elle Macpherson at galas in flats and ball gowns but they are the tall lucky people.

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  15. I love these type of sandals and am very envious of people who can wear them but I just cant stand a thong between my toes.

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    1. Is it about the only shoe I can wear in summer, everything else rubs my ankles.

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  16. I too am such a flat sandal girl come summer hols - and i was a flat sandal bride - wonder what that says on a wet monday morning - have a good week xx

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    1. Is it wet there? It's not bad here right now, but give it 30 mins and we'll no doubt be taking to the Ark.

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    2. wet - wet and grey - even franks spirits are dampened! xx

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  17. Capri sandals are my favourites - I find them very sexy, and think they are perfect for summer and for travelling - they fit so easily into a little suitcase and they are always appropos to me (well except maybe in an office environment!). All those steps just to go to bed at night - that is wonderful, because it works of all the yummy food and drinks. Perfect holiday location! I try to avoid the siren call of purchasing the local "thing", but but not always successful..

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  18. Nice collection of the only thong that should ever see the light of day.

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  19. the praia sandals in snakeskin and black are calling my name...
    Yes I do know what you mean - even limoncello isn't quite the same in London.

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    1. GSL - Touche!

      Coulda shoulda woulda - oh that stuff is lethal anywhere, it just so more ish.

      WMM: I never drank if we were going down to the beach area at night, so that I wouldn't whine going up!
      There was a windy route but we preferred to huf and puff up quickly.

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  20. I hope your summer arrives soon, Tabs. We are full on summer here. Still won't find me wearing capri sandals. Other types of sandals with a bit more coverage, but I am not possessed of pretty feet and capris leave nothing to the imagination.

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  21. These are lovely and I met Hayley Menzies at the spirit of summer show, who also vouched for the fact that you are a buyer and not a cadger, we both agreed that the only opinion worth listening to is one that is backed up with cash!!

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    1. FInd Boutique - cadger is such a brilliant word, I haven't heard it for ages, it's such a put down too!

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    2. And spellcheck wants to change it to codger, you are most definitely not that either!

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  23. STRAP HAPPY/ CAPRI REPRISE (?) Late to the Mondaze, I'm after the spam, ouf. I always wanted to know if JK's Canfora appt. really was at midnight? Tabs, we'll never OD on your island idyll. This summer, I don't have to toe the corporate office line, so I'll be footloose or sand shoed most everywhere.

    Lovely to have a shoe concierge like Amy!

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  24. Oh! those vacation posts! To read BnP, perchance to dream...(David Tennant did the Bard last night at my house)...how beautiful it looked. If I had taken such a trip, I would be starting every sentence with "When I was in Capri & Positano.." every day for the first month, then whiddle it down gradually from there.

    Very cute kicks. I couldn't wear them though because when I was little I tripped in flip flops while running and the memory has scarred me for life.

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  25. I think 180 steps or so is right. I think I wore Havianas up and down to the beach. Love the bridal sandals.

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  26. I'm sold! I'll take the bridal sandals!(and not for a wedding).

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  27. Yes, they are gorgeous. I bought some whilst in Ibiza ;-)

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  28. I wish I could wear these, that bit between the toes drives me mad, I'm a fussy sort. They are pretty and I will never tire of hearing about Capri!

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  29. These are gorgeous sandals.. love the bridal design. Thanks for sharing the link and discount. I'll pop over and check it out! xxleslie

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  30. Are those your pretty feet? really? Gorgeous sandals and love your loosey gooseys...(Wow, every time I try to post a pic of sandals on my feet I have to press delete, chickeny and scary.) Love the thought of wearing those flats with a wedding dress, much like Elle Mac who wore flip flops( or what we Kiwis calls Jandals) with her ball gown.

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    1. Nop, I am an almost 50 year old woman.

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  31. Still tramping around in thick socks/knee high boots.....will it ever be possible to wear those glorious thong flats again......

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    1. Ida, we have had three lovely days up here, I stripped off!

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  32. I can't bear to wear heels in summer; it's like a switch gets flipped. Absolutely loving the flats here and zipping over to see the online offerings . . .

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  33. I've just sent a tweet to find out if they ever make the flats in size 34. I love their wedges. Hope they say yes....

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