Day 40: Tribal Textures

April 23, 2009 § 1 Comment

black, grey and stingrayed!

black, grey and stingrayed!

My dilemma: my feet were dire need of respite from heels and the pants I wanted to wear had shrunk to a length that was both simultaneously too long for flats and too short for my heels. Then Eureka! From the dark corner of my memory and my closet,  I remembered I owned these shoes! Mid-heel provided the correct height for the pants and some relief for my feet. I was told the criss-cross front with leather oval looked semi-tribal…and I can see the resemblance to a shield or artifact. I think the most interesting element is the grey faux-stingray texture on the footbed and straps. Loving the grey, natch, but also the contrast with black. Added bonus: I have a grey faux-stingray clutch that matches. I start to question them, based purely on their tenure in my wardrobe. Some pairs are classic enough to stay, some aren’t. Given the above, enough evidence to acquit or sentence them to the graveyard shift?


[provuh-nuhns, -nahns] –noun

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

Date of Purchase: Summer 2006

Circumstances: The eldest pair in my closet so far! It will be nearly 4 years of ownership in the next couple of months. How do I remember? Well I’m not completely certain I bought them for this reason, but the first time I wore them was for a first date. I had purchased them and the coordinating (no not matchy-matchy) clutch at Ann Taylor. I was going to see a musical with my date and of course wanted to look smashing. I got the requisite pedicure…ok well requisite in the way that it gave me an excuse to get one. For the evening, I wore them with white slim cropped piqué pants, a black top and remember my feet aching from the straps by the end of the night, the Texas heat making it even worse. I successfully pulled off the outfit though…and yes there was a second date.

Compliment Meter: 3. A few solid responses from some blog followers which helped since I was definitely doubting their fashionability, after owning them for so long. Shoe confidence level: Medium up to Medium High.

Comfort: The mid-heel was a lifesaver today. The straps are a bit uncomfortable, but I sucessfully wore them from 8am to 10pm without a serious complaint. Overall, a 7.5 out of 10.

Worn with: Navy pinstriped trousers (from Day 1 of challenge!) grey short-sleeved v-neck tshirt sweater, both from Gap. White enamel chandelier necklace. Addicted to navy, white and grey.

Thoughts: “...I think you should buy the thing you want for some wonderful party and then, after that, wear it forever. When shoes become scruffy, so what?” -Manolo Blahnik

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


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