I’m getting married and need flat shoes as I like the fact the dress pools on the floor slightly, which will be lost with heels. Plus I don’t have good balance.
Wedding Belle, Clear Water Bay

The Dictator: Is this the bridezilla talking or are you always a little nuts? Wedding dresses don’t come cheap so why didn’t you get yours fitted with heels in mind? Borrowed? Marrying Tom Cruise? French specialist Repetto offers your pick of ballet flats in white to metallic silver, pink, or “something blue” (HK$2,400 to HK$2,700; Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2521 2078). Lots of brands make cheaper ballerinas, some less comfortable than others. Aldo, though, makes a pretty, supple pair in white for only HK$890 (Langham Place, Mong Kok, tel: 3521 0626). Chloé’s popular flats range now includes roundtoed goat’s leather shoes in blush pink with a short acrylic heel (HK$5,830; Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2175 5091), as well as pointy-toed cream flats with lots of toe cleavage (HK$3,620). You may not like stilettos, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a teensy bit of a lift from, say, Giuseppe Zanotti’s kitten heel pumps in patent white (HK$5,990; Elements, Kowloon Station, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2799 5539). Some brides really rebel with trainers, so why not take it up a notch with Miu Miu’s silver glitter pair (HK$4,750; Gateway Arcade, tel: 3417 3113)? Or check out Jimmy Choo’s super light slippers in silver glitter (HK$5,190; Ocean Centre, tel: 2375 8086). Here’s a crazy thought: Giorgio Armani has come out with witty black and white ankle boots which look like spats, in buttery leather (HK$5,800; Gateway Arcade, tel: 2956 2123) and would look cute and quirky under a floor-length gown.


Is there anything like those Croc stud decorations that I could use to personalise my Havaianas? I’d like some that I can take on and off to match what I’m wearing.
To Havies or Have Notties? Kowloon

The Dictator rules: Wait. Before we get to the flip-flop accessories, I need to ask: you don’t really wear decorated plastic clogs, do you? Whatever, I guess you’re looking to do more than tie a pretty ribbon around the straps (which is not a bad idea, come to think of it). Years ago, we wrote about the Pininho studs or pins that could be stuck into your slippers, but the trend has vanished without a trace. Not to worry – I’ve found something newer and better. It’s called Slipyz (www.slipyz.com) and it’s a range of rubber, metal and glow-in-thedark accessories featuring motifs such as studs, lightning bolts, dollar signs, rainbows, animals and fruits. They can be attached to anything from a pair of flip flops to a watch, a belt, a bag, headphones, shoe laces – anything. Oh, and they cost only HK$20 to HK$35 a pop. But wait, there’s more. The Havaianas store in LCX (Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2730 3818) is offering a Make Your Own Havaianas service until August 31, which allows you to custom design your own pair using a wide range of soles, straps and decorative crystals and pins.



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