Everyone has their ‘thing’ in fashion. For my mom, it’s bags. For my boyfriend, it’s watches. For me, surprisingly, it’s shoes.
I say surprisingly because despite the fact that I have a wardrobe full of them I always end up wearing the same pair. It’s probably because my ideas of when and how to style them are quite limited — I always end up buying heels when I go shoe shopping, rather than shoes I can wear everyday!
Just a small disclaimer, this post is dedicated to my love and hate affair with shoes. Maybe you can relate, maybe you think I’m just a God at rambling.
But are shoes worth the investment? Where can we find comfort and style?
My boyfriend, Jay, always says that you should invest in shoes and a good mattress. Because if you’re not asleep, you’re most likely on your feet (which isn’t actually true when you have an office job!). However, he has a point.
My shoe wardrobe varies massively because I can’t seem to stick with one style when it comes to shoes. Everything takes my fancy and I have pairs that, I’m sure, would suit anyone and every member of the Royal Family. But I’d like to get my shoe style nailed and I definitely need a little fashion blogger to blogger advice on how I can do that. Do you guys tend to go for comfort? Or Style? What’s your go to shop for shoes? Who does the best shoes that are stylish but also won’t kill my feet? These are the questions shoe lovers, including me, need answered.
I invested in a pair of Louboutins two weeks ago. I’ve worn them twice since and they already look absolutely buggered on the bottom. I thought I’d only have to get the red sole re-done after a few years. But really they need doing now. Plus whilst they are pretty comfy as far as high heels go, they’re very slippy (something I hope the re-sole will counter-act). My best piece of advice is to not wear them to a job interview like I did, in case you slip down carpeted narrow stairs. Maybe if you want a new pair of shoes for an interview opting for slip resistant shoes for men or women is the cleverer option. I also, didn’t get the job in the end — Whoops.
Some shoes have been worth a little investment for me. Every pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes I own has served me well. My red Converse haven’t as I think they make me look like a clown, but my white Converse have been (knowing how to clean white Converse is a must know for summer since they’re always on my feet but so easily look dirty). I also bought a pair from a thrift store in L.A, they’re low-top, which I never would have bought full price which got an equally great amount of wear as my white converse. In addition, shoes from Primark which are made in China rather than the shoe capital of the world (Italy) have gotten more use and comfort and even Florence and Fred shoes from Tesco have worked well for summer. But I don’t want to compromise on style or ethical brands by only going with places that have served me well before. This definitely means that Primark is out of the question!
I am trying to foray into the sustainable fashion category (as I’ve been doing with my magazine The Bare Minimum) and so buying the shoes that have been the comfiest to me in the past (i.e. the aforementioned Primark shoes) may not be an option. As I browse through brands like Uniqlo (who, to my knowledge, don’t do shoes), handmade clothing, Biba and their gypsy like Biba bags, and the rails of charity stores so I can up-cycle. I realise that shoes aren’t really that sustainable.
I realise I’m never going to find 5 inch heels that are as comfy as my New Balance, but I need something that’s comfy and stylish this payday. So this is my appeal for shoe assistance!
Yet, despite my love affair with shoes. I’m terrible at finding comfy, stylish ones that are from a more sustainable brand. Any recommendations?