I think these shoes were the ones which really established my love for shoes (and clearly my love for the criss-crossing straps!). I bought them at least 10 years ago, quite possibly 12 years. I remember they were on sale, and I went back to the shop at least twice before I bought them.
And I wore them to absolute death. You can’t see it from the top of the shoe, but the inner of the shoe is just worn away, and the elastic behind the buckle has lost its elasticity almost entirely. I was embarrassed when I put them on for the photo!
It’s time for these to go – I’ll be very sad to put them in the bin (which is why I’ve still got them even though I will never wear them again). Actually, I think the real reason I’ve kept them is that I plan to find a shoemaker who will replicate them for me, but with a different heel. That is how much I love these shoes.