There are very few shoes that I fall in love with - bags and make-up were always my thing - but I used to have a pair of brogues that I wore until they fell apart. I loved them so much, but by the time I got rid of them I just couldn't afford to buy myself a new pair and so when Dolcis offered me the chance to pick a pair of shoes to try, I took my chance and opted for the Bristol Lace Up Brogues in Tan.
When these arrived, it was a bit of a throwback for me - my older brother's first job was in Dolcis and I used to spend my Saturday's looking around shoes I couldn't afford (come on now, I was all of about 13, anything over a tenner seemed too expensive) and so getting my hands on the box was like a huge high five to my younger self. I wasn't expecting much from these shoes, £25 is pretty cheap as brogues go, and so I expected to wear them in a couple of OOTD's and then wait to see how many seasons I could get out of them - however, when I pulled them out of the box and gave them a good once over, it was clear I was going to have to either write an ode to or a blog post about these beauties.
These are surprisingly heavy and hardwearing, the patent upper is shiny without looking fake, the detailing is clean and not too much and the soles have grips on both the heel and the toe, with as shiny flat sole in between. The heel is heavy and reinforced with wood, the laces are subtle and high quality material and the stitching between the body and sole of the shoe is neat and good quality. All in all, I'd expected Primark (which I would have been more than happy with) but I got Topshop for nearly the same amount of money.
Honestly, I normally wouldn't go into this much detail about shoes - but it's very rare you find a pair that are this affordable and are likely to last you a few years, if not longer. I've worn these a solid few times and they still look brand new - they're cheap, sure, but only in price; the quality is surprisingly anything but.
Have you ever owned any Dolcis shoes? What did you think of them?
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