Sucker for Stripes

August 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

Striped wedges and boyfriend chinos. Relaxed Friday.

As the rest of humanity is shopping fall the temperatures are well above 100 in Dallas, and so I stick to my warm-weather guns: Cotton. Wedges. Stripes. I am addicted to stripes, particularly navy and white stripes. I know the navy/white stripe trend was big this summer so my love may seem blasé, but I’ve been addicted for years. I remember a pair of navy and white striped wide leg pants with a rope belt I bought in high school and adored. It’s almost embarrassing how many striped tops and dresses I own…but not embarrassing enough to entice me to stop buying them, it seems. Example: this pair of girlie, striped espadrilles by Audrey Brooke. One of my favorite things about summer is wedge espadrilles; they are comfortable, cute and often colorful. These are very practical by heel height standards; I wouldn’t have minded if they were a good 1-2 inches taller, but I’m still a fan. The touch of pattern adds some interest to a solid color-blocked outfit or mixed with critter shorts and a seersucker top.

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Date of Purchase: Summer 2011

Circumstances: I spotted these shoes at DSW a few months ago and was not immediately sold on them. After a few weeks and after putting on several summer outfits thinking, “those striped espadrilles would be perfect with this” I decided to make a return visit. I snaked the rows looking for them, only to find them in red. No, not for me. I headed to the clearance racks and had no luck in my size either. As per usual I perused a half size larger and a half size smaller since you never know with shoe sizing. I found these and a cute pair of very similar, but plaid, espadrilles. The stripes were more versatile, even though the plaid had a higher heel, and surprisingly fit although they were a full size smaller. Strange, but I’ll take it!

Comfort: Espadrilles usually have some give which help in shock-absorbtion as do these. Mid-height heel, ribbon ankle strap = all day comfort. Overall 9 out of 10.

Worn with: Navy and red striped T from Rugby, ‘boyfriend’ khakis also from Rugby, Kiel James Patrick rope belt.

Compliment meter: 3. More than one person commented on them and my love for all things striped.

Thoughts: “Once you accept the universe as being something expanding into infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” ~Albert Einstein

Late Summer Fling

September 23, 2009 § 4 Comments

new summer staples, even a bit late    new summer staples, even a bit late

Truth be told I took a month and a half break from shoe shopping. That’s right, not a pair, and barely even looking…and that’s saying something for me. As you know from my Replacements post I was on the hunt for a pair of summer sandals, casual, nice and high, to be worn with abandon with shorts and skirts. I’m still hunting, rather, stalking,  these from the Ralph Lauren Collection and waiting for them to approach a more realistic price. For some inexplicable reason, they are still being sold for full retail at DSW even though we are three weeks into September.

A few weeks ago, I had been shoe stalking the aforementioned RL’s when I came across the pair above last month on Yoox, also from the RL Collection. Not surprisingly the striped canvas preppyiness was attractive to me, beckoning thoughts of a late summer jaunt to Nantucket. For everyday life, I pictured wearing them with all my shorts and summer skirts. A stripe can be neutral, but a more interesting one. I scooped these up at 85% off  and they became my first pair of replacements, the first post-challenge pair.

I know, buying espadrilles in August seems late as all the new fall shoes have already hit the floor. However, being that I live in hades-hot Texas, our summer continues practically into October. Besides, all savvy shoppers know the best deals can be had at the end of the season. If it’s too late to wear them now, a classic pair can be saved for next spring. And around here, that’s only a few months away.

Thought: “Always buy a good pair of shoes and a good bed, as if you aren’t in one you are in the other.” ~Gloria Hunniford

My first pair of replacements have been purchased. How did I do?

The Replacements

July 22, 2009 § 1 Comment

Getting rid of over 20 pairs of shoes is a big deal. To be fair, owning enough shoes to then get rid of as many, is also a big deal. The reactions I’ve received from people after explaining my blog and how many pairs I went through has been varied and entertaining. Most males look at me as if I have several heads and then ask if I’m kidding. (really, do women ever kid about shoes?) Some women also find it funny, some can completely relate and others are in a bit of shock and awe…not necessarily in the most positive sense. I can’t blame them, it is a fact I own a lot of shoes, even after the purge. I’m still contemplating if there are more shoes that need to be added to the graveyard…and I’ll keep you posted on that.

On to the true subject of this post: the Replacements. You may think I’m nuts for even considering replacing any of the condemned shoes. However, there are holes in my shoe wardrobe that were being filled, albeit in a mediocre way, by several of the pairs that are on their way out. I will be shopping to fill these holes; not necessarily to replace the old shoes, but to find a more perfect and concise fit for what I am, and in many cases have been, looking for.

First up is a summer staple, the summer wedge. Some years it surfaces as an espadrille (the most classic version), some with a cork heel or with a wood wedge. They work in the thick of summer with everything from sundresses to shorts. Easier to walk in and less precious than heels, I usually rely on a pair or 2 each year. Last year it was my gold wedges from Day 62 which have since been banished to the graveyard. Luckily there are the amazing mid-summer sales going on right now so I’ve found several contenders, and here in the south, summer continues all the way through October so I’m sure to get plenty of wear from them. Some I’ve found are clearly out of my price range…they’re just lovely to look at.

Take a look, vote your thoughts…I’ll be making a purchase this week and will post which pair have made it into my smaller and now more selective, closet:

The ‘Dreamy’ pairs are for looks only…clearly out of the budget unless I can find them on insane clearance somewhere. I adore them both, especially the feminine shape and ankle strap on the Ralph Lauren pair and the braided sole on the Stuart Weitzman’s….sigh.

Thoughts: “I think clothing is about expressing how you want to feel or who you are – especially shoes, because women sort of access themselves emotionally through shoes. If you want to feel sexy you can put on some heels. If you want to feel practical you can put on something practical and change your mood instantly.” ~Georgina Goodman, British Shoe Designer

Day 76: Roped In

June 22, 2009 § Leave a comment

Summer sandals, rope soles Summer sandals, rope soles

Another pair I might have forgotten I own. For as long as I can remember I’ve had a soft spot for espadrilles. I remember my first pair, either in junior high or early high school, of the flat navy twill variety. They cycle in and out of fashion regularly, but are fairly consistent staples in the east coast prep world. The most common of recent fashion is the wedge, as seen here by, oddly, Tommy Bahama, with all having some form of the woven rope sole. These have a woven rope footbed and a fabric covered sole with tan leather straps. Again, evidence of my attraction to ‘natural’-hued shoes. I wore them occasionally with shorts and dresses after purchasing and have not worn them much since. Do I need to tie them on more often, or do they need to be cut loose?

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place or source of origin: The provenance of the shoes has yet to be determined.

Date of Purchase: Spring 2006

Circumstances: I don’t recall much from this shopping experience, especially as far as timing goes. They were definitely purchased online, my first buying experience from overstock.com. Summer wedges were a great idea at the time and these fit the bill. The price was extremely reasonable, as was the $2 shipping so I decided to give them a shot. Not exactly the color I had seen online, which happens, I still liked them enough to keep them. Well that, and the return policy  demands a very quick turnaround time, so they remained in the closet.

Compliment Meter: 2. Positive comments, but nothing exciting. I think everyone has owned a similar pair at some point. Shoe confidence level: Medium-Low.

Comfort: Solidly comfortable. The 3″ wedge is very walkable and nothing rubs or irritates. Overall, an 8 out of 10.

Worn with: White, turq, khaki printed sleeveless tunic, straight leg white jeans (I could not survive the summer without them).

Thoughts: “Fashion is an art. You express who you are through what you’re wearing.” ~Daniele Donatol

Do these babies stay in the rotation or get dumped into the Shoe Graveyard?

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