Oh yes, some day you will be mine.
This week I’m joining the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday club and the timing couldn’t be better because this week’s subject is one of my all time favorites: shoes, darling, shoes.
1.What is your go-to pair of shoes?
Go-to pair? More like go-to pairs!
In the summer, I love my Kate Spade leather thong sandals with ring accent joining the straps. The leather is in a slightly shimmery metallic color that goes with everything and the embellishment of the metal ring makes them look luxurious. They’re like the most chic flip flops ever.
Any time it’s warm, I cannot be separated from my black suede Puma flats. Most flats, alas, rub my feet when I try to wear them without socks; not these. Unfortunately, I don’t think they make the style any more. If only I’d known how much I’d wear them, I would’ve gotten a second pair. (They’re a lot like the PUMA Women’s Saba Suede Ballet Flatso maybe I’ll have to order them to see if they’ll make a good backup pair.)
In cooler and wet weather, I live in an offbeat pair of DKNY boots I bought over 10 years ago on a whim at the Saks Off Fifth outlet store. They’re ankle boots made out of grey vinyl, almost like the material backpacks are constructed from, and the lining is the same material in a pumpkin orange. They sound strange but they look cute on, they’re super practical in the rain and they’re insanely comfortable. I’ve had the soles re-glued once already and, like the Pumas, I’ll cry if they ever wear out.
And in the depths of winter, I wear my North Face Janeyboots practically every day. They’re warm, cute and waterproof. I’ve even worn them in 2 feet of snow. What more can you ask from a winter boot?
2. What goes into your shoe buying decisions?
I have three main criteria: are they a good value, do they add something to my shoe wardrobe and do they feel good on my feet?
Value: If they’re a super trendy style I’m only going to wear a this season and never again, I want to find them in the lowest price possible. If they’re a wardrobe piece I intend to wear for years to come, I’m willing to spend more on a better brand.
Wardrobe: Are they filling in a missing spot in my shoe closet? That is, if I have only black mules for the spring and fall then I will look for a pair in brown or another neutral–but I wouldn’t buy a second pair of black. Right now I’m looking for a pair of cute wedges as well as peep-toe pumps because I don’t have any shoes in either of these styles.
Comfort: I used to put up with uncomfortable shoes in my carefree youth. Not any more. Maybe I’ve got wacky feet, but there are too many places where shoes can rub my toes or heel so a pair has really got to fit right before I can buy it. For this reason, I’m on an eternal search for the perfect pair of little black flats that I can wear without socks or hosiery. I find that most leather shoes are too stiff in the heel to be worn with bare feet (hence my undying love for my Pumas).
But of course I also occasionally buy shoes for the why not? of it, especially if they’re a crazy good sale.