Top-priced stockings not the top performer

Top-priced stockings not the top performer

Top-priced stockings not the top performerConsumer NZ’s latest test of stockings found you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for a decent pair of tights this winter.

The test assessed 10 well-known brands of 70 denier stockings, ranging in price from $3.99 to $29.95. The tights were tested for their ability to withstand laddering and their overall strength.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the top scorer was a $10 pair of Razzamatazz-brand tights, which out-performed products costing two to three times as much.

Three of the brands tested performed poorly when it came to laddering. The cheapest pair, $3.99 Pams-brand tights, returned very poor results. “These tights were very quick to ladder, even with minimal stretching. You’re unlikely to get much wear out of them once they snag,” Ms Chetwin says.

Other brands that performed poorly for laddering were Stepout ($16.99) and Kayser ($15.99).

The laddering test involved a small hole being punctured into the fabric, which was then stretched.

Ms Chetwin says most products performed reasonably well in its “burst” test, which measures the strength and elasticity of the fabric.

“Our test results show paying a higher price for winter tights may not guarantee a superior product.”

The testing was conducted for Consumer NZ by the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority. Test results for all 10 brands can be found in the July issue of Consumer magazine and at, along with a video of how the products were tested.


Dressing for your Venue

Dressing for your Venue

Dressing for your VenueYour wedding is ultimately one of the most important days of your life, but it should also be the most enjoyable. Once you’ve decided on your venue, everything else should fall into place., including your outfit.

The dress

The wedding dress is the one fashion item all young girls dream of, and although the style of dress may change as you grow older and your tastes change, it remains an important decision and a dream buy.

You of course want to buy a dress that suits your figure, and makes you feel as beautiful as you look on your big day but you must consider where you are getting married before getting too carried away.

Beach weddings would mean that heavy fabric and tight corsets are a no go, instead you should consider light fabrics that flow. Tight fitting may be flattering to your figure but after hours under the sun could cause unflattering scenarios (no one wants sweat patches in their wedding photos).

Church weddings: Ok, so I know this is a very broad term, but some churches are very old, and very, very cold, especially in the colder months. A strapless, light fabric dress may cause unwanted discomfort.

These are only a couple of examples, but ensure you consider your own comfort when purchasing that dream dress.

The shoes

There are so many things to consider when buying wedding shoes such as the height the style and the colour that brides often forget about the environment they will be wearing their shoes in.

If your wedding is outside, make sure you consider the ground you will be walking on, cobbles and grass don’t go well with stilettos. Don’t worry too much if you want to keep the height of heels, as wedged wedding shoes can give height and stability!

Dressing for your VenueThe flowers

Flowers aren’t usually considered part of the wedding outfit, but you will be holding them in photographs and down the aisle. You may also want your groom to have a flower in their lapel.

The flowers are usually picked to match the colour scheme, but they can be integrated with the venue too, especially if you’ve gone for something a little more unusual. Try matching the colours of the venue itself, look at the carpet and wall colours.

What time of year is it? Sunflowers in Summer would make beautiful and unique photographs. Similarly, Red flowers such as Red roses contrast beautifully with white (Not to mention they are a national symbol of romance and love).

Your wedding day should be a happy and memorable experience. Relax and think logically, but don’t forget to enjoy every moment from picking the venue to trying on the dresses, to saying ‘I do’.

Author – Molly Jones

Molly is a Marketing assistant at Pink Paradox London. Molly has always been interested in fashion, specifically shoes, and regularly writes content for both Pink Paradox and Benjamin Adams. Pink Paradox London is a global brand supplying high quality, comfortable wedding shoes suitable for all seasons. Starting as a family run business over 30 years ago, today Pink is an award winning brand and regarded as one of the leading bridal footwear providers in the world.


Shoe Guide Size

Shoe Guide Size

Worried your shoes won’t fit, especially when ordering from an online site or offshore?

When shopping, it pays to double check each site’s specific size guides as shoe sizes may vary!

Women's shoeWomen’s Shoe Size Chart


SIZE US 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
UK 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
EU 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43


Man's shoeMen’s Shoe Size Chart


SIZE UK 7 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
US 6.5 7.5 8.5 9.5 10.5 11.5 12.5 13.5 14.5
EU 39.5 41 42 43 44 45 46.5 48.5 49.5

Shoes that Shimmer & Sparkle

Shoes that Shimmer & Sparkle

Shoes that Shimmer & SparkleWith summer well under way we have seen the new seasons shimmer and metallic styles living up to all our expectations of them.

The 2015/16 Paradox London wedding shoe collection definitely offers something unique and quite special for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride. One of the highlights for us has been the focus on shimmer and shine. These styles range from understated to bold – there’s a level of sparkle for everyone.

The shoes are not only effortlessly glamorous for the wedding day they also look just as fabulous at dinner with friends. Our brides love wearing these styles for the wedding and again at the after wedding lunch.

The new season Paradox London bridal shoes are all available at Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes.

Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes LOVES everything bridal shoes! To find your perfect shoes, we encourage brides in Auckland to come to our showroom. For those brides around the country, visit our website and see our full range. You can buy online or we love to hear from you by phone.

2B/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland

Phone – 09 379 5963

Mobile – 021 277 4039

Open: Monday – Saturday

Shoes that Shimmer & Sparkle

Winter Wedding Shoes

Winter Wedding Shoes


There are no rules as to the styles you should wear during winter months! At Trousseau they fit many brides in strappy sandals or peep toe styles. However, there is something a little bit special about having a winter wedding and wearing a closed toe shoe.

Closed toe shoes ooze elegance and style – forget all those old stereotypes! Fully enclosed shoe options have made a huge resurgence over the last couple of seasons. The selection available at Trousseau is fun, super sexy, and is sure to delight.

We have chosen a few popular styles from Trousseau’s new season collection to share with you all and whet your appetite for a little inspirational shoe shopping.

Auckland brides are encouraged to visit Trousseau’s delightful showroom at 2B/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland, but you can also get your hands on a pair of these shoes by going online to experience for yourself Trousseau’s fantastic customer service. You can also call them on 09 379 5963 and they can talk you through the options and help you decide the best shoe for you.

Winter Wedding Shoes

High heel dreams

High heel dreams

High heel dreamsFailing to find the perfect pair of shoes for herself, Francia Uys took the plunge and set about designing and making very sexy shoes – cutting edge yet classic.

The designs are sketched by Francia right here in New Zealand, and then manufactured using the finest leather and footwear material in Portugal, guaranteeing quality, comfort, glamour and stand out style.

With only 55 pairs of each style manufactured, there’s little chance of showing up at a function wearing the same high heels as someone else.

“It’s important to have items in your wardrobe that not everyone else has,” says Francia. “Once they’re sold out, that’s it – we won’t repeat the shoe again!”.

Standing Pretty

Standing Pretty

shoesThe pretty, vintage and elegant levels have been suitably raised in the recently launched 2015 Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes Wedding Collections.

Trousseau’s European supplier, market leaders in the bridal shoe industry, have
had a keen eye on colour, detail, cuts and textures coming through in the bridal trends and designs. Hours of research, combined with the desire to produce shoes that are made to be worn for the wedding day and beyond, have determined this exciting 2015 collection.

Benjamin Adams, the designer collection, offering the very best in bridal fabrics: Duchesse Silk, Spanish Lace & Swarovski Crystals. The 2015 Benjamin Adams collection sees the revival of classic thin straps, vintage styling and the introduction of illusion fabrics. The silhouette of the 2015 collection is
classic Benjamin Adams – sharp pointed pumps set off with striking

crystals and vintage style pleated peep-toes.

Pink, encapsulating style, fun and comfort in shoes for the bride, bridesmaid, mother of the bride and flowergirl. Modern luxury and simple lines capture the essence of this gorgeous 2015 collection.

To get your hands on a pair of these knock out shoes, visit Trousseau’s Showroom at 2B/1 Beresford Square, Central Auckland, go online to experience for yourself Trousseau’s fantastic customer service, or give them a call on 09 379 5963 and they can talk you through the options and help you decide the best shoe for you.

Finding the Perfect Wedding Shoe

Finding the Perfect Wedding Shoe

Finding the Perfect Wedding Shoe

by Sally Lowe is so much time and consideration involved in planning the perfect wedding – the dress, the venue, the photo locations, the guest list, the wedding favours. One very crucial decision, that shouldn’t be overlooked is the importance of the wedding shoe.

Think about it, these shoes need to walk you down the aisle, match the style of your wedding dress, pose with you in your photographs, and, of course, carry you through your first dance. These shoes need to be fantastic – they must be the right height, be comfortable and, most importantly, the bride must LOVE them.

Heel Height

Choosing the correct heel height is very important when selecting your wedding shoes. The heel needs to be comfortable to walk in (all eyes will be on you!) so try and stick to a height you feel comfortable with. Now is not the time to experiment.

The length of your dress will also affect the heel height (and vice versa). You will usually need to be in possession of the wedding shoes, before final dress hemming. The typical rule of thumb for floor length gowns is to have the heel height allowing the dress to JUST skim across the floor. Those with shorter wedding dresses have more flexibility in choosing the height and style of wedding shoes.

Your height and your partner’s are also important factors in determining appropriate bridal shoes. Some brides will wish to gain height to be closer to their partner’s, while taller brides may opt for a flatter shoe. It comes down to personal choice. Just remember, if you’re tall, 10cm stilettos will only accentuate this.

Shoe Style

There are so many styles of wedding shoes to choose from and the best way to select what you want is to try on as many different shoes as possible. Open toe, pointed toe, sandal, boots, stiletto, platform, wedge or ballet flats are just some of the options available. Play around and have some fun. From there it becomes easier to eliminate what you don’t like and in turn find the style that you DO want for your big day.

Shoe Fabric

The two most common fabric types for wedding shoes are silk and satin. Make sure you take care in your choice of fabric, as there’s quite a range in quality and price. At the top end of the range is the crème de la crème of materials, Duchesse Silk. There are also often the added adornments of broaches, Swarovski crystals, lace and bows.

Choosing a shoe in either silk or satin generally means that they can be dyed. This is a preference for many brides, either to match their dress or bridesmaid’s dresses, or to work with your favourite outfit post wedding. Make sure you check before buy the shoes that they can be dyed if this is part of your criteria.

In reality, it will all come down to what you want from your wedding shoes and what best suits the style/theme of your dress and of course the day itself.

So brides-to-be, step out in the perfect set of heels, or flats, on your big day. Visit an expert like Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes and prepare to fall in love all over again. ♥


Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes are wedding shoe specialists, offering a comprehensive selection of footwear for the bride, bridesmaids, flowergirls and mother of the bride. Trousseau understand the search of every bride to find her perfect ‘Cinderella’ shoe and are committed to supplying the most elegant and up-to-date range.

Auckland brides can visit the showroom Thurs – Sat, or any other time by appointment. For brides elsewhere in New Zealand, the extensive website will bring their shoes directly to you.

Trying to hide those twinkle toes?

Trying to hide those twinkle toes?

Trying to hide those twinkle toes?

By Sally Lowe

Trying to hide those twinkle toes?How much is too much toe? A common predicament many brides find themselves in when shopping for their wedding shoes, is not being totally comfortable baring all on the big day (we’re talking toes of course). It’s awful to think of all those beautiful crystal encrusted sandals staying on the shelf simply because brides think their feet are not worthy.

For those thinking “there’s no hope, my feet will never look pretty”, don’t give up just yet! We’ve been working closely with top beauty therapist rubywaxx, identifying some of the common pre-wedding pedi concerns – your foot fears may not be so major after all.

It’s not surprising that, with magazines, websites and Facebook  groups dedicated to ugly celebrity feet, many of us have a slight complex about our tootsies and avoid drawing attention to them if at all possible. You can now breathe a sigh of relief, as we’re about to stomp all over some of your biggest concerns.

Ruby says: “We’ve seen it all in the salon and heard all the sob stories. But, for every ten brides who come into us with foot “complaints”, 9.5 will leave ready to run down the aisle with dress hitched high”.

Ruby identifies some of the more common complaints, and the great news is that, what most brides consider to be major concerns, can be easily overcome in just one visit to a salon. Now that’s something to get excited about!

Trying to hide those twinkle toes?First up, broken or missing toenails can often be devastating  for a bride to be, and it’s a problem not many people realise can easily be fixed. A professional beautician will be able to build you an acrylic nail, perfectly matched to your other nails, that will last two to three weeks – perfect for the wedding and honeymoon.

Cracked feet are another common issue, and while some may require an additional visit to the podiatrist, most can be rescued with a professional pedicure.

Finally, and probably the most common issue, is the old ‘funny looking toes. I mean, who really has good looking feet? Very few of us are blessed with perfect feet, the rest of us just have to make do with the assistance that is on offer. It’s amazing the change a professional pedicure can make. With the removal of dead skin, pushing back of cuticles to get an extended nail surface, a buffing, hydration treatment, and of course professional coloured/shiny polish, will see a foot that was once a 5/10 turn into an 8 – 9/10.

Plus, you always need to remember that once you have smooth feet and are wearing shiny polish, people’s eyes will be drawn to the polish and not the toes themselves.

So go on girls, step out of the comfort zone and treat yourselves to those strappy sandals or peep toes you have always wanted!

Shoes available at Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes, who have a comprehensive collection of wedding shoes for the entire bridal party. ♥

rubywaxx Salon – Beauty Specialists


Wedding shoes spell love

Wedding shoes spell love



The team believe there’s something really magical about weddings. Their aim is to ensure that every bride, bridesmaid or mother-of-the bride who goes to them for shoes, either in the showroom, online or over the phone, finds the PERFECT shoe for them…whether this be a statement shoe, a classic wedding shoe, a jandal or a bargain!

They recently shared with us a few very special wedding shoes from some of their lovely brides – Enjoy!


To find your perfect shoes, we encourage brides in Auckland to visit the Showroom at 2B/1 Beresford Square in Central Auckland, which is open from Monday to Saturday. Brides around the country can visit the website and experience for yourself Trousseau Bridal & Evening Shoes’ attention to detail and excellent customer service.


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