First things first, this is not a sponsored post. I’m a genuine fan of Nelson Made. And I’ve paid for all pairs of shoes that I own from the Melbourne-based brand.

My obsession started with the Raul sandals. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen put fisherman sandals firmly in the zeitgeist when The Row issued its take on the silhouette in 2019. I’m not in a position to drop a month’s rent on a pair of sandals, so when I spied Nelson Made’s version a few summers ago, I jumped. I love the silhouette but I also adore the shoes themselves. The woven leather is buttery but still structured. And the sole is solid (I’m a stomper).

A couple of months later I needed a pair of heels for a summer wedding. The Juliette Midi in tan was a no-brainer. The 4.5-centimetre heel stands up on grass and dance floors alike.

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Last year I spotted the Florence loafers in cream on pre-order. I quickly snatched up a pair. The sole is super lightweight so I packed them in my bag for a trip to New York. I might have been a bit overzealous when I walked 30 blocks in them in June humidity. But once I was home in Sydney winter, they proved the perfect match to straight-leg denim and a trench.

The latest pair to join my shoedrobe is the Phoebe flat in black leather. It’s only been a couple of weeks but I’m already hooked. I was skeptical to (re)join the ballet flat club (sweaty toes and all that) but I’m glad to be here now. I’ve been wearing them with wide-leg denim and maxi skirts. I think they’ll be my plus one with a black dress for a fancy dinner next week.

Someone needs to stop me. But honestly I’ll probably give into the Clara sooner or later. The pointed toe. The kitten heel. They’re basically in my shopping cart already.

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