Fashion Ask Lisa: 'Designer prices are ridiculous – where can...

Ask Lisa: 'Designer prices are ridiculous – where can I find a pair of party shoes for less?'

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Spritz Pump, £245,Dear Frances

Or how about these scarlet patent slingbacks from Reformation (£298)? They have a Prada-look about them that might resonate with you. Or there’s the classic Maysale (£595) from the incomparable Manolo Blahnik?  Or the Aspro 30 design, which might seem plain but they are just so chic. They come in red, taupe and pale blue too (£595).

Noreen Slingback Pump, £298, Reformation

Noreen Slingback Pump, £298,Reformation

Manolo Blahnik

Manolo Blahnik Aspro 30, £595,Net-A-Porter

If you like this idea – comfortable but not flat, and understated – you might like these low patent block heels from Russell & Bromley, at £325. I have found R&B to be well made and while some of their kitten heels are just a bit too thick to hit the spot, these are good. You said you weren’t looking for sparkly, but the denim in this pair underplays the bling nicely (£295).

Daisy Mid Low Block Heel, £325, Russell & Bromley; Fairytale Gem Buckle Kitten Heel, £295, Russell & Bromley

Daisy Mid Low Block Heel, £325,Russell & Bromley; Fairytale Gem Buckle Kitten Heel, £295,Russell & Bromley

And do you know Neous? Some of their designs border into that ugly territory that possibly passes for avant-garde depending on your view.  These, with their discreet lace, are just on the classic-with-a-twist nose (£495).

Or how about this elegant pair from ATP (£450) that are made in Italy in small quantities? There’s also this understated style from Le Monde Béryl for £465.

Manolo Blahnik Maysale 50, £595, Net-A-Porter; Irena, £465, Neous

Manolo Blahnik Maysale 50, £595,Net-A-Porter; Irena, £465,Neous

Babouche Kitten Heel, £465, Le Monde Béryl; Mira Black Nappa Slingbacks, £450, ATP

Babouche Kitten Heel, £465,Le Monde Béryl; Mira Black Nappa Slingbacks, £450,ATP

For other lovely but less pricey options, don’t dismiss LK Bennett. These are lovely and currently £239. The Fold London does good quality classics from £350, like these orange suede block heels, while these, from the Princess of Wales’s favourite Camilla Elphick, are £260.

San Pietro 45 Heel Burnt Orange Suede, £350, The London London; Florena Teal Satin Pleated Courts, £239, LK Bennett

San Pietro 45 Heel Burnt Orange Suede, £350,The London London; Florena Teal Satin Pleated Courts, £239,LK Bennett

Matilda Black Mid-Heel, £260, Camilla Elphick

Matilda Black Mid-Heel, £260,Camilla Elphick

Do you have a style query of your own?Ask Lisa here.

Lisa Armstrong – fashion dilemmas

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