OK, so before I left for New York, I bought some new shoes. Well, I’d intended to buy the sandals I’d seen in the lovely Tracey Neuls shop in Shoreditch, but when I got there they hadn’t got my size left. I could have just walked out, but I made the mistake of trying on some of the other lovely shoes, and that was it. Had to buy some. A pal had told me they were the comfiest shoes ever, and she may well be right (although my Grensons are amazingly comfortable, too – I don’t buy shoes if there’s the slightest hint of tightness or sloppiness, a testament to being forever made to wear Start Rite shoes when growing up!).
Anyway, I’m here to witter more about the beautiful packaging than the shoes, fabulous though they are, as I was totally captivated by it. Firstly, the shoebox is wrapped in lovely double-sided paper – in this case silver and a deep, purple-y navy blue. Then the neon Tracey Neuls stickers are used as decorative fastenings, and then – and this was the really clever bit – the carrying handles are stuck on.
Doesn’t it look good? I didn’t want to open it. I am not normally a navy blue fan as my school uniform was navy and it quite put me off ever really wearing it by choice, but perhaps so many years on I’m getting over it – I do have a navy and white stripey t-shirt.
Then Neil went to a superb shop on the Upper East Side last week to get some razor blades for his Merkur razor. They had, apparently, a huge selection of brands, but he bought this one entirely because of the graphics – see, I’m not the only one so easily swayed:
They’re Egyptian. How cool to have Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament on Egyptian razor blades. Just in case you’re unsure, there’s even a little warning on how not to cut yourself:
A lesson for life there – Rinse, Do Not Wipe…