I distinctly remember first seeing the Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats on Alexa Chung when I was about 18 years old and instantly going all heart-eyed emoji for them... unfortunately being job-less at the time, and about to head to University meant my bank account wasn't exactly brimming with funds.
Whilst I wouldn't say my bank account is quiiiite overflowing right now, I now have a job and earn actual money (the novelty of this is yet to have worn off after 6 years of being a student)... and I think every girl should allow herself a slight splurge when she starts earning - am I right?
You can probably guess what my splurge ended up being on.
I bought my Kitty Flats at the Charlotte Olympia store in Brompton Cross... after a bit of deliberation (I say a bit - Anna, the super helpful sales assistant, had the patience of a saint!) over whether to opt for the studded version or the classic velvet ones, I went for the latter.
Anna did inform me the classic flats run a little large and tend to widen slightly with wear - however my feet are incredibly long and narrow and my usual size (UK 7, EU 40) was perfect when I added a pair of in-soles to them. I could probably have got away with the UK 6.5 size minus the in-soles, but they were just that little bit too tight, and when you're dropping a few more £s on a pair of shoes they have to be comfortable.
My shoes were taken off and swathed in gorgeous spider-web printed tissue paper, and a super cute sticky-backed Polaroid photo was included to be stuck on the outside of the box (so you can easily see where your flats are in your wardrobe!) along with a protective dustbag.
The actual shoes themselves are gorgeous, with a velvet upper, embroidered cat face and gold block heel. The attention to detail is so stunning and I especially love the little golden web on the underside of the flats.
I've had my shoes about six weeks now and am so very glad I bought them - yes, they're a bit extravagant for a pair of flats... but they are so beautifully made, and I know they will last so much longer than your average high-street pair. Maybe it's come with getting older, but I now really understand that spending that little bit more on quality accessories is much more worthwhile. I'm also super lazy with wearing heels nowadays (I usually get comments of 'Bambi on ice' from my dad when I do wear them, as I'm so out of practice in walking in them!), and these flats look just as awesome with a pair of jeans as they do with a pretty dress.
I get compliments every time I wear them, and they are honestly so damn comfy. Before I went to the store, I did briefly toy with getting them in a crazy colour, but am pleased that I went for standard black - they go with absolutely everything... and I'm in great company with the classic version; not name dropping or anything, but hi Taylor Swift.
The Kitty Flats are priced at £365.00, and available from the Charlotte Olympia website.