Day 55: Out of Africa

May 15, 2009 § 1 Comment

Big game sandalsBig game sandals

 

If there were such a thing as Safari Barbie, I think these might be her shoes. The ‘safari’ trend is taken to new heights with these khaki strappy wedges. I like the leather detailing and the neutral-colored twill keeps the wide straps from being totally overwhelming on my feet. The wrapped platform and wood heel make them walkable although they’re fairly weighty…just perfect for aacross the African plain with Ken and Skipper! In any case, they haven’t been the most favored pair of my Summer shoes but are solid alternatives to flat sandals. Do they work for another summer or should they be released back to the wild?

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

Date of Purchase: Spring 2008

Circumstances: I remember thumbing through magazines last Spring reviewing shoe trends and deciding which to incorporate into my wardrobe. The great thing about Spring and Summer sandals is the ease with which you can find interpretations of the latest trends and they’re often inexpensive. I found this pair at Old Navy, and in several colors. I liked the neutral color, height, and the way they looked with mid-length shorts: a casual feel without having to resort to flats. Being at ON the price was so reasonable there wasn’t much of a debate on purchasing them, and when scanning more magazines, I found them on a ‘hot shoes for Summer’ list.

Compliment Meter: 2.  Predominantly positive thoughts, but not much attention garnered today. Shoe confidence level: Medium.

Comfort: Gel inserts to the rescue again since these don’t have padding in the front. The platform and straps make them easy to walk in, but one of the straps is rubbing and irritating by days end. Overall, a 7 out of 10.

Worn with: Pink and tan dot print, ruffle-collared blouse from J. Crew, Paige jeans, snakeskin bangle. As neutral as Switzerland.

Thoughts: “To be a fashionable woman is to know yourself, know what you represent, and know what works for you. To be “in fashion” could be a disaster on 90 percent of women. You are not a page out of Vogue.”  ~Author Unknown

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

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