For the love of shoes: inspiration my rose gold project

The summer sun is finally shining brightly and all the pretty vests and summer dresses and skirts are coming out of my drawers! I noticed my penchance for either black or brown shoes and sometimes find it hard to pair flats with something in a bright pop of colour. What about finding a versatile pair of flats or heels you can wear to dress up an outfit for a night out, but can also be worn with formal wear?

Maybe unconsciously I reach for a dark brown or black pair of boots for the colder months, but in the summer I want a pair of beautiful heels. My most recent obsession is the wow factor and versatility of a pair of lovely metallic rose gold heels.


Nothing brings a gleam to the eye than metallic colours, my two all-time favourites are rose gold and silver. I used to think, because of my skin tone, yellow gold wouldn’t look good on me and turned to white gold and sterling silver for jewellery. While I will occasionally find yellow gold accessories, I still prefer a lighter shade, like champagne gold of my Dior Gaucho mini saddle bag or Ash Footwear hi tops.

With my penchance for pink, I had given rose gold some thought. The colour brought on by copper elements mixed in yellow gold gives the colour of the metal a slightly warmer tone. Depending on the amount of copper present, you get a subtle pink tinge to the gold or a more obvious pink tone the gold. I prefer the slightly warmer and muted tone of rose gold. It’s a colour that suits all skin tones because of the warmer pink derived from the copper content.

Unfortunately for me, the rose gold heels I have in mind are peep toe mary janes. Years ago, I got a pair of metallic champagne Marc Jacobs peep toe T-strap heels at a discounted price on eBay, but sadly for me they were too big and I had to sell them on again. Recently, I started watching Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’ music video again (don’t ask me why) and what do you know? Queen B herself and her dancers are wearing peep toe mary jane heels! As you fashion forward people probably know, styles come and go so when you’ve got something specific in mind (like rose gold peep toe mary janes), it’s usually either one of two scenarios, or both: a) that style is no longer available, or b) they never made it to your exact specifications. In my case, it’s both – beautiful peep toe mary janes are so hard to find, but they never made it in rose gold.

Now if I had a limitless supply of money, I probably wouldn’t blink an eye at buying a pair of Ralph & Russo’s remarkable craftsmanship that is the Eden pumps in Vintage Pink satin and rose gold leaves and vines (also available in 6 other colours, see here) at £1900 a pair or spending £171 on making a custom made pair, but frugal lady that I am, I am appalled by the cost for a pair made in metallic rose gold leather and would prefer not to spend that money if I didn’t have to. The alternative? To do it myself 🙂

Below, I’ve shared some of the rose gold heels I’ve found for inspiration.

Eden heel pump in apricot patent leather and rose gold leaves and vine, Ralph & Russo

Kara rose gold cut out heels, Lipstik Shoes at Nasty Gal

Rose gold glitter strappy heels by Christian Louboutin. Pinterest

Public Desire Josie rose gold court shoes, ASOS

Rose gold leather heels by Jimmy Choo. Pinterest

Topshop Gallop Metallic Rose Gold Court Shoes. Beauty and the Dirt

Ted Baker Savenni high back croc print rose gold leather court shoes

Laser cut out lace up rose gold court shoes, Missguided

With my limited budget, I managed to eventually get my hands on a pair of black peep toe mary janes that I adore. I’m quite fond of the shoes, but unfortunately I don’t see myself pairing it in black with any of my dresses. I haven’t been successful in finding metallic leather paint either, so have resorted to using a metallic base paint and will be mixing my own rose gold glitter paint, all my Angelus Direct (see here). Sometimes, life is all about compromises, so this is me compromising. I’ll be posting an update onmy new rose gold glitter peep toe mary janes soon!

What do you think about metallic rose gold heels? Do you know of a place that do an amazing pair?


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