Festival footwear.

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We trust if you live in Adelaide and/or enjoy the combination of music, fairy lights and creative energy then you’ll know that it is festival season in our wee little city of churches.

Where do you start?

Who do you see?

What do you do?

There’re late nights in The Garden of Unearthly Delights, many games of croquet at the Royal Croquet Club, the crown jewel that is Womadelaide as well as bars and restaurants filled with musos, comedians, improv theater and everything in between.

With so many decisions to make this Mad March, why not let us take care of the ever important footwear dilemmas? We’re ready to help and have some super jazzy styles to take you from the grassy knolls of the Garden to the rooftop bars of the night!

Yes, ok? You ready for our Mad March suggestions? Here we go then…

The Penny Loafer

Penny Loafers are a great slip on option for those sophisticated shows in the numerous marquees sprouting up in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. They’re perfect for the smart gals who like style to be easy and on trend, as well as super comfortable. Sunny afternoons spent rolling about on the lawns of the Botanic Gardens with a cheeky friend or wine (or both!), are made immeasurably better with a pair of these on your feet.

Great to wear with everything, from your summer frocks to your casual jeans!

Wedge Sandals

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Perfect for those late night jaunts when you want to grab a drink or two after a show. You want a heel but also that absolute comfort that will take you places all night, and we’re not about to make you compromise. Our summer season wedges are not only on sale, but they’re that comfortable that you could wear them forever!

Wear with skirts and skinny jeans or cuffed boyfriend jeans- throw them on and you’re ready to roll!

Brogue

A go-to enclosed shoe for those unexpected summer showers that pop up each year in Adelaide around Mad March! Wear with anything, as you would the Penny Loafer and Wedge Sandal.  Jump into your brogues for an edgy look – juxtapose sweet dresses and floaty shirts and tunics with the masculinity of the cherri bellini style brogues. Make a statement.

 

So if you’re feeling just a little bit ill prepared, think of cherri bellini when your feet start to get a little tired – we’ve got the lot! See you at the Garden.

 

xx cb girls xx

 

 

 

Be My Valentine – A Deceleration of Love for Shoes

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How do you feel about Valentines Day? We all claim we are over it, but do we still honour the tradition? I for one LOVE flowers. That doesn’t necessarily mean I get around the whole St Valentines Day thing… However, it is a good excuse to get dressed up, go out on a date, spend time with a significant other – or hang with the girls and lament/celebrate singledom. And nothing compares to the excitement of a special admirer! I once had an anonymous Valentines Day card in the post. It was the most exciting thing to happen to a pre-pubescent lass with braces and freckles. Until I discovered every other girl in year 10 had got the same one. Upon reflection, this was a pretty grand gesture from someone (I never found out who) and it did all make us feel a little bit special.

What will you be doing for the special (or not so special) day? Whether it’s a new date, well loved paramour or a night in, it is always nice to have an excuse to look smoking. Let this be your excuse to dress up and celebrate love and life, and for us girls – celebrate a love of shoes.

Here are our shoe loves of the moment (and in this case, it’s perfectly fine to have more than one!).

Chocola black cut out heel coral suede peep toe pump Dyva snake skin and patent heel

Happy Valentine’s Day! Feel like treating yourself? Shop online on our website now.

Love from the secretly-hoping-for-flowers cherri girls ;) x x

We’re not stretching the truth, just your shoes!

Oh please, for the love of all things shoe, please believe us that shoes from cherri bellini will stretch!!!

It’s the most difficult thing for us to convey here at cherri is that our shoes stretch and they stretch good! We know you’ve heard it before a million times over and we’ve all had that pair(s) of shoes that were supposed to stretch and didn’t. It’s a hard sell. We know! But we’re really for truely promise that ours do!! I’ve seen our shoes stretch to double their original state, seriously DOUBLE!! It’s all got to do with high quality leather lining and uppers. You have to have the leather on the inside as well or you simply won’t get a good custom stretch.

Beautiful soft leather uppers and lining – Pascucci $195

If you buy our shoes just right or a bit loose at the start, it’s a good bet they will become too big after one or two wears and you will walk out of them. ESPECIALLY the ballet flats and pumps without any straps. It doesn’t take long for our shoes to give. Usually as quick as a few hours of having them on! You should feel the leather start to relax as soon as it starts to warm up from being on your feet. Many of our customers feel the difference within a few minutes.

Marcopizzi ballet flats will relax in minutes – Marcopizzi $150

So if you have purchased a good quality leather shoe (of course you have, you’ve shopped at cherri bellini) and they are firm to tight (which we hope they are to start with otherwise they will fall off or become to big once they give), then here’s a few tips to help you out/ speed up the stretching process should you need it.

The time it takes to break in a new pair of shoes will totally depend on the leather. Personally I find patent the most determined and suede will always be the easiest as it’s a higher quality of leather to begin with, so it should melt like butter to the shape of your foot.

So try these if they are taking too long for your liking!

Try using a stretching spray – available from most shoe repairers.

Just squirt a small amount onto the inside of the shoe where you need the stretch, then pop your shoes on and off you go. The spray will help to relax out the leather, while using the heat you generate while walking around. I find this works a treat if you have one or two little trouble spots, like where a seam lies, or just near the little toe, that sort of thing. Speeds up the process no end!

Collonil Stretch - leather stretching spray

We use and sell Collonil products here at cherri. They’re awesome.

Wheat pack – also good for sore muscles! ;)

If you have shoes that are tight all over and you need to break them in quickly, reach for the wheat bag! Warm you wheat bag up to just body temperature, not too hot or you will buckle the leather! Stick your shoes on, and place the bag over the top of your feet while you kick back and read a book or watch tele or whatever you like! Leather needs heat to give, so you are just helping the heating process along and the leather will give out to the size you need it to without all the walking around!

New - Monster wheat bag - yellow spotty

This is a cute one we found on http://www.etsy.com

Bit by bit – take a spare.

I usually like to break my shoes bit by bit if they are particularly small. For example, I like to buy my Riccardo Banfi’s half a size too small because I know how much his leather gives from many years experience (he’s my favourite here at cherri, I LOVE him) and I hate sloppy shoes. However this does make for uncomfortable wearing for the first few times. So I wear my new shoes for a few hours and take a super comfy pair with me so I can swap over when it gets too much. Usually only takes doing this twice, then before I know it, I’m wearing the new ones all day without a care in the world and they’re perfectly fitted to me with no extra cost or hassle. Ahh, patience, as they say, is a virtue!

These are my Pascucci slippers of choice for instant relief!

Shoe repairer – especially good for boots around the calf area.

If you are in a hurry or simply don’t want the discomfort (albeit temporary) to break in your new beauties, then head to your most trusted shoe repairer as they should be able to stretch your shoes for you, no dramas. If you have boots that don’t quite do up around your calf area, your shoes repairer should be able to fix that too. Our guys can get a good 2-3cms extra stretch out of our boots, especially if it’s a straight leather without any elastic sections. Failing that, you can always have an elastic section fitted to the tops of most boots too but usually a good stretch is plenty to get them to where you need them to be. Again you can do this bit by bit yourself (just wear them under pants a few times until they do up properly!) but the quick way is to hand them over to your shoe repairer/ boot maker.

A good shoe repairer can do more than you ever thought possible!

Vaseline – not just for lip balm.

I have also been known to use a bit of Vaseline on the inside of my shoes on the  spot that rubs. As long as the lining of your shoe is leather, a bit of Vaseline helps to soften the leather and it protects your skin a bit too.

So there you have it. Please trust us on this one. You won’t regret it!

Not all ballet flats are created equal

We know the search for the perfect ballet flat can sometimes feel like the eternal quest more aligned with that of  the Grail than a simple matter of picking out a new pair of kicks, however, DO NOT GIVE UP!! We are here to help with a few pointers to try and make it a bit easier.

Just remember, not all ballet flats are created equal…

Like a good pair of jeans, or the perfect leather jacket, ballet flats might take a little while to find and you will need to try many on to get to ones that fit just so but when you do, you will live in them and they will have been worth the wait and the investment.

So here we go….

  • Avoid a low cut in the front of the shoe if you have problem with where the matatarus bone connects to the proximal phalange (are you impressed with our technical speak??) or basically where your big toe connects to the rest of your foot, it’s usually where bunions pop out. Go for something higher cut where the seam sits above the joint so it doesn’t apply pressure and cause painful bone ache!
High cut ballet flat by cherri bellini $150


  • ALWAYS go for a good quality leather lining as well as a leather upper as this is what will allow the shoe to give and mould to your foot and allow your skin to breathe. This is the only way to avoid being torn to ribbons as you hopelessly try to break in synthetic shoes.
Super soft leather ballet flats by Marcopizzi $195


  • Keep trying. It’s not that ‘that style shoe just doesn’t suit me’, it’s just that you haven’t found the right pair yet. Every pair is different as is every brand and each size. Try, try and try some more…


  • When you have found your good quality leather upper and leather lined ballet flats, buy them firm. Quite firm in fact. A good quality leather should move quickly and easily once the warmth from your body starts to heat it up. The heat in your feet as you walk around will start to relax the leather almost immediately. If you buy good quality leather loose or just comfy to start with, you will be walking out of them on your second or third wear. So, go tight.

Firm to start with ballet flats by Marcopizzi $195


  • Finally, if you end up with a leather soled ballet flat (and this goes for all your shoes that have a leather sole), have a ‘Topy’ sole put on them at your trusted local shoe repairer. It’s a non-slip surface and incredibly durable. The rest of the shoe will fall apart before you go through a ‘Topy’ sole! They extend the life of your shoes and are worth every penny. They shouldn’t cost you more than around the $30 mark for a pair. Make sure you do it before the weather gets rainy as leather soles are slippery little suckers!

Good luck on your quest! :)