I visited the Chelsea Flower Show last week and it was, as usual, a marathon afternoon of trudging up and down, queuing and doing the Chelsea shuffle,(a kind of polite elbowing to the front of the show gardens). I can’t cope unless I’m wearing sensible shoes, but then you don’t want to be too sensible because that would be dreary. I began to wonder how other people dealt with the challenge – and I asked them too. Here are a few results:
I admit this gentleman was the first to catch my eye – notice the tiny orange dot on his sock which ties them in with his shoes. Full marks I’d say – kind of country yet city.
Urban jungle for this woman – a bit of a heel, slightly challenging point but she was purring.
This older lady seemed rather bemused by my request to shoot her feet but her husband translated and she nodded her assent – quilted, flowery and adjustable – maybe a bit too comfortable for comfort.
Then I stopped a man who said he was a gardener – hooray, a gardener at a garden show. That distressed leather look takes a lot of hard work to achieve – as he pointed out.
Looks too effortful and anyway, a downpour threatened and I wouldn’t like to bet on these beauties being waterproof.
Nude heels – very Duchess of Cambridge but really – for several hours?
These seemed more like it – easy-going-bling.
But I liked these the best, comfortable, supple and very eye-catching.
Back home in the garden everyone rushed for their backdoor (c) shoes – a sensible garden clog you just slip on and off in every conceivable gardeny design form tomatoes, strawberries and veg patch to roses and cut grass.
What would you choice for Chelsea footwear be?