How incredibly magical are these shoes? They’re the kind of thing that I imagine people wearing in a universe where unicorns roam purple mountains and pugs fly through the air with wings while we all live in floating houses shaped like saturn. These are not in fact from a fictional world though, but rather from the brand, ‘Miista’.
I’d first sighted these beauties on Tumblr (as with many of the clothes/shoes/jewellery I fall in love with). Holographic things seem to be everywhere at the moment and I love it. It’s so spacey and enchanting, like vintage sci fi movie sets, and literally anything made with holographic material becomes ten times more incredible. These shoes were just mesmerizing though, but alas, after tracking them down I discovered that they were most definitely out of my price range. There are some dreams that you just have to, with a heavy heart, close the tab on (and maybe bookmark for when you become a multi millionaire).
I was scrolling through Instagram last week and saw that the cute, quirky brand ‘Lazy Oaf’ were doing a sample sale in North London at the weekend. As if that wasn’t great enough, they were also teaming up with ‘Miista’! The very same ‘Miista’ that brought those spectacular holographic beautious brogues into existance. Everything was going to be up to 80% off and I was going. I was definitely, definitely going and returning with those glorious shoes.
The Sample Sale
I got up nice and early ready to embark on this pilgrimage. It started at 11am and wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d never been to a sample sale before, but I imagined it being a jungle of determined shoppers, grabbing everything in sight, scratching, pushing and sobbing into empty shoe boxes. Luckily it wasn’t quite so dramatic, though as I arrived there was still quite a queue and I felt a bit nervous. Timing has never been a forte of mine, though i’ve gotta say that on this occasion I arrived at the perfect moment – just as the doors opened and the first batch of people were let in.
I rushed past rails of pizza patterned shirts, Looney Toons jumpers and chocolate bar tops to catch the shimmer of rainbow that I could see at the far end of the room. And there they were. Amongst the hoards of lusty eyed shoe grabbers I could see the holographic brogues of my dreams.
Now as wonderful as the ones pictured are, I originally was after the silver iridescent ones. Unfortunately there was only one pair of these left in a size 5, though after seeing both these and the rose iridescent together, I sort of preferred the rose iridescent a little more anyway. They have these really cute rainbow laces too and look pink in some lights and gold in others. This was also another time where having small feet worked in my favour, as the majority of the shoes were in a size 4-5, and these ones in particular had only two boxes left, both in a 4. I had struck gold, literally. Clutching them closely I went for a browse around everything else to see if I could grab any other bargains.
Although everything had huge discounts, because Miista shoes are so pricey in the first place, some of the shoes still costed up to £60. There were so many beautiful pairs, and I could have spent fortunes in there but tried to restrain myself. Just as I was about to walk away and pay I spotted another pair of brogues. These had a purpley blue material that seems to swim as you move the shoes in your hands. They were a little dirty on the soles, but nothing that couldn’t be cleaned. For this reason they were also only £10! £10! From about £140! they were in my size too. No hesitation, I went straight to the pay point and walked out into the sunshine feeling pretty chuffed. A good pair of shoes for a great price always feels like an accomplishment!
So there you go, a quick little bit of shoe haulin’ on a Saturday. I think I’m going to be keeping an eye out for more sample sales in the future for sure, and in the mean time, if any of you happen to be in London then the Lazy Oaf x Miista sample sale is on until about 6pm today again!
Have a lovely weekend,