The perfect court

(Christian Louboutin Pigalle 85mm shoes, Matches Fashion, £375.)

I’m sure anyone who works in an office environment can relate to this, but I think finding the perfect mid-heeled black court shoe is possibly the biggest challenge any woman can face when it comes to office-wear. Am I right?

For example, how high is too high? Does patent look cheap? Is a platform inappropriate?  Coupled with that, you’re investing in something which you will potentially be walking around solidly in for approximately 10 hours per day so they HAVE to be comfortable, but you don’t want to be shuffling around in a pair of old lady Gabor specials. Style is key!

So, after trying on numerous pairs and having failed on as many occasions, I think I can now confirm a few items. A heel any higher than 8cm is going to be challenging. Cheap unfortunately means painful – if you can, try and go for real leather as the shoes should be gentler on your feet and therefore more comfortable. Try New Look or Marks & Spencer for affordable options – they also do wide-fit.

(Autograph Leather Pointed Toe Court Shoes with Insolia®, Marks & Spencer, £45)

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