Shoe Hell: Ashish x Topshop wedges

Yesterday, inexplicably, I was exiled into shoe hell. I can tell you, it’s not a nice place to be! Let me tell you how it all started. It started yesterday. There I was, innocently going about my business then BAM! Ashish x Topshop wedges enter my stream of consciousness. I’m not sure what triggered them but suddenly everything made sense, it was a moment of clarity. If I had the zebra print (or even leopard print) wedges, my entire wardrobe would just ‘go’ together, amazing combinations I never thought possible would look effortlessly amazing together. They were like the missing piece of the jigsaw. 

Of course, I know they are a year old, but I tried them on every so often, the last time was a couple of months ago. However, a quick 10 minute search on and Google turned into 45 minutes spent scouring the entire Internet to no avail. Well, apart from a soul-less eBayer selling them for more than double the retail price! 

And so I entered shoe hell – needing/wanting/craving shoes which I had absolutely no way of getting. Never one to give up easily, I carried on searching for the wedges but also searched for a suitable replacement. Office, Dune, Topshop and Asos were no use. But good old Kurt Geiger, well Carvela, came good in the end. What do you think of these? Close but no cigar? A good close second? 

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Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at before launching her self-titled blog.



  1. Milly
    April 27, 2010 / 8:19 pm

    Amazingness…I remember drooling over the leopard print ones when I saw them in Toppers a while back! So fierce…you have rekindled my love for them :)xxx

  2. K.M.
    April 27, 2010 / 8:21 pm

    the ashish are amazing, but as you say at the moment the ones on ebay are ridonculously expensive. i'd say get the carvela and keep your eyes peeled for the ashish- they will pop up somewhere for a decent price eventually! hope you can bear the wait!

  3. Annie Spandex
    April 27, 2010 / 11:49 pm

    I've been there. :/

  4. WendyB
    April 28, 2010 / 12:42 am

    I love the blue wedges but if it's the Ashish that you want, keep stalking it on eBay. It will turn up at a better price, most likely.

  5. Join the Gossip
    April 28, 2010 / 3:10 am

    Aw sorry to hear =( I actually like the alternative pair better though…

  6. Vintage Obsession
    April 28, 2010 / 5:53 am

    OMG! aren't these wedges just awesome 🙂 heart heart 🙂

  7. Nemerae
    April 28, 2010 / 9:33 am

    I love that kind of shoes!!!!!!! they are spechless!! (L)(L)

  8. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    Omg i love those i leoperd, so hot:)

  9. The Style PA
    April 28, 2010 / 8:03 pm

    Personally I prefer the blue ones! Except I nearly broke my neck when I fell off my wedge earlier so I'm feeling a little scared to get back on.

  10. Anonymous
    April 28, 2010 / 11:54 pm

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  11. FASHIONconfectionairy
    April 29, 2010 / 2:21 am

    Not nearly close enough, the full wedge look is better – sigh, I am sad for you, deeply. Good luck on your hunt!Libby

  12. FASHIONconfectionairy
    April 29, 2010 / 2:22 am

    I don't think my comment went through, but I said not nearly close enough, they aren't full wedges. Good luck!Libby

  13. FASHIONconfectionairy
    April 29, 2010 / 2:25 am

    Whoops got my link wrong. Here is the right one, sorry!Libby

  14. Couture
    April 29, 2010 / 11:24 am

    I like the leopard wedges more than the Kurt Geiger's actually.Maybe you have to wait for the leopards a bit. Eventually you will find a pair at a reasonable price!

  15. Couture Carrie
    April 29, 2010 / 2:03 pm

    Such amazing shoes!Love them all!xoxox,CC

  16. Vicki
    April 29, 2010 / 2:26 pm

    a close second! love the colour of them but i have to say im still lusting over the leapord print topshop ones.. sigh… lolvicki xo

  17. Juliet
    April 29, 2010 / 6:02 pm

    With shoes you must always go by your heart. I did so too. So go for it girl!juliet xxx

  18. Kristin
    April 30, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    I like the blue ones the best actually!

  19. Winnie
    April 30, 2010 / 2:57 pm

    Love the blue ones but you would so suit the Ashish ones! Keep on looking lady!

  20. Style Eyes
    April 30, 2010 / 8:31 pm

    I know how you feel, I had the same problems with some Emma Cook wedges from Topshop. My problem, I look at them, lust after them, but never get round to buying them. Then suddenly I decide I must have them but they have all gone.

  21. beckyxoxo
    May 1, 2010 / 5:07 am

    Oh damn I love wedges! They look so great! I need one too. Haha. Good luck on your hunt dear! xoxoxo

  22. FashionJazz
    May 1, 2010 / 1:16 pm

    Aaaah these are gorgeous!! xxxx

  23. Dusk
    May 1, 2010 / 4:19 pm

    The blue ones are close but…not quite. Dear God. Those animal print wedges… swoon… [faint]. They were sold out within minutes last year yes?Keep looking, hope you find a pair and then please post photos so we can drool and covet!theDUSKzone

  24. Anonymous
    May 1, 2010 / 11:00 pm

    The leopard print, my darling, DEFO! The blue ones are cool on their own.. but there ain't nothing like those prints, right! Still, be sensible and check your pockets first:)

  25. Absolutely Ladylike
    May 2, 2010 / 12:45 am

    Those blue wedges are amazing! I'm on a wedge hunt as well…can't enjoy summer without pretty wedges :-)Hope you're having a wonderful weekend my dear friend. Cheers: Evi

  26. Swell Vintage - Frankie
    May 2, 2010 / 5:25 pm

    I'll keep my eyes peeled too, petal. We'll find the bastards! x

  27. Dusk
    May 3, 2010 / 1:00 pm

    What about these?Jeffrey Campbell

  28. Anonymous
    May 8, 2010 / 5:12 pm

    you look like you used to be a man – when did you have the operation?!

  29. Mica
    September 28, 2010 / 2:34 pm

    OMG, now I want them!!!xoxogreat shoes, hope you find them…

  30. Anonymous
    October 25, 2010 / 5:25 am

    UGH i have been looking sooooo hard for them! im really like dying for a pair shoe hell forreal! =[

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