The ones that almost got away

ann demeulemeester lace up heeled sandals spring 2009

Ann Demeulemeester Spring 2009 lace up heeled sandals // img source: Stop it right now

Let’s rewind to Spring 2009; I’d just finished my university degree, and was set to spend two months travelling about Europe and the west coast of North America with nothing but my own companionship (for the most part) and a large backpack, carrying far more than I could possibly need. I had a wardrobe full of Karen Walker and nowhere to wear it and a stack of barely worn designer heels to match. My wish list for Europe was vague; a new pair of shoes from Miu Miu, something special from Selfridges, and a pair of Ann Demeulemeester’s lace up heeled sandals.

Striking out on all three fronts, I turned to the internet when I finally got back home. Those Ann D boots had to be stocked online somewhere, right? Though $1200 (USD!) is a lot of money to fork out for a pair of shoes, particularly a pair that you can’t try on – not to mention the nasty taxes and duties that I would inevitably be charged. All for just one pair of shoes. For the sake of my bank account, and to avoid feeling guilt ridden for weeks, I knew there was a limit to my insanity – even if it meant that I was kicking myself five years later for passing on the small window of opportunity.

But, five years and countless eBay searches later, I fiiiiinally managed to track down a pair, in my size, and at a decent price; the combination of which, has been incredibly hard to come by. I opted for the crisp white leather – which will be perfect come summertime. With the hard part over, now I just have to be patient until they arrive!

Note: For those of you keen for a pair of your own, Ann D has recut the boots for the last few seasons, which you can buy from Saks Fifth Avenue.


  1. Tracy September 17, 2014 / 4:03 am

    Those shoes are stunning. I do not know if I would have had your will power.

  2. Katherine Lou September 17, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    Ahhh! Yes! Those are the shoes that got away! How lucky are you to have found it!

    • jamie-lee September 24, 2014 / 9:02 pm

      It was a lucky find! Unfortunately they haven’t really worked out – I TOTALLY spoke too soon haha.

  3. Nina September 17, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I remember wanting this pair badly!! I think I ended up getting a DIY pair on Etsy made from clunky boots from the 1990s… The white version sounds dreamy for summer.

  4. Theresa September 18, 2014 / 8:31 am

    I’ve always loved those and think it’s awesome that you finally scored a pair. Hope they work out and can’t wait to see them on you! 🙂


    • jamie-lee September 24, 2014 / 9:01 pm

      So.. I got them and they just didn’t work for me! I’m going to have to resell on eBay – a shame, but I’m a little glad that I didn’t fork out over $1k to learn the hard way…

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