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I’m trying so very hard not to jump the gun and go all out on the Christmas insanity. After all, I am not quite ready to bid farewell to fall in favor of a winter wonderland. The appeal of changing leaves and light layers cannot be denied. The internet, however, is trying to very hard to change my mind. Just the other day I was doing some online Christmas shopping and I found myself on the Keds website, and I was so very tempted to forget those convictions and go ahead and buy myself my holiday sparkle sneakers, a tradition that I started in college. I mean, the Holiday Sparkle & Shine Collection is just so damn beautiful! How am I supposed to say no?
Usually I go for straight up glitter kicks, but the more subtle shimmer and gilded patterns are really speaking to me. Actually, not so much of a “no” as a “later”. Later, with the hope that maybe they have a sale between now and Christmas so I don’t have to feel guilty about the price tag. A little more than I usually invest for something that only get worn a few times a year, but it’s tradition, right?
I once read that if you have to get dressed everyday you might as well have fun doing it. Unfortunately, many of us find ourselves in work environments that don’t support creative dressing. Since I was 14, I have worked in fairly conservative offices, so I’ve learned some tricks for dressing that allow me to express myself without having to incur the wrath of HR. One of those tricks is shoes. Shoes spend most of their time hiding under your desk, and they are one of the last things people look at when you are talking to them. So as long as you don’t go completely crazy, you can usually work fun footwear into your work wardrobe. Being 5’10” I forgo heels mostly in favor of ballet flats.
These are six of the pairs I am currently coveting. Since I wear my flats most days, I tend to go through them pretty quickly, even if I have several pairs in rotation. So I am almost always on the look out for my next pair. If you are starting your collection from scratch, it’s always a good idea to look at your wardrobe and think about the colors you wear the most. For me, I wear a lot of blacks and jewel tones so I tend to lean towards embellished black and/or metallic shoes. It also helps you decide how to get the most for your money. I always invest a little more in my black shoes because I know they will get the most wear. If you already have some good basics, don’t be afraid to throw in a pattern or texture. Shoes are fun, and you’d be surprised at what a difference a great pair can do to your confidence.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved shoes. It started with glass slippers (jelly shoes) and ballet dance shoes, and I’ve never gotten over them. Even when I went through my “I hate my body; I’ll only wear baggy clothes” adolescent phase, I still adored cute footwear, if anything probably a bit more because most days they were the only thing I put on that made me feel pretty. Now that I am an adult, maturity-wise a bit debatable, but the math lines up, I have cultivate quite a collection of shoes. I even have to seperate storage locations. A huge storage cube in the front hall for the every day flats and sandals (Andy uses this area, too) and a rack in my walk in for the “special occasion” or more expensive pairs. As you might have guessed, I am never not in the market for a cute pair at the right price. Enter the deal on Goby shoes on Zulily.com this week. Artsy, funky, and all sorts of quirky. I could do some massive damage to my bank account if I wasn’t careful.
Since I can’t be trusted to be completely rational when it comes to shoes, Andy and I have come up with a pretty good trick to make sure that I really, REALLY, truly want what I am buying. If I find something I like, I have to walk away for at least 24 hours and, if I remember that I want them or if I want them badly enough to go back for them, then we consider making the investment. Not 100% fool proof, but it has cut down seriously on my impulse buying and has the added benefit of helping me work towards having a wardrobe vs. having stacks of random shoes and garments that don’t work together.
All images from Zulily.
I like to think that I am fairly adventurous in my choice of footwear. I have glittery ballet flats, embroidered silk converse, velvet ankle wrap heels and 5″ peep-toe sling backs with fuchsia patent roses glued to them, but these quirky heels by Irregular Choice might be just a bit to much.
I guess this is about what you should expect from a brand called Irregular Choice, and quite honestly the blue pair with cat heels do tickle my fancy, but I’m not sure where I would even wear something like this. Although, it would definitely give the rest of the office something to talk about if I got of pair to wear to work….hmmmmm….maybe after tax season?
I love a gorgeous pair of heels as much as the next shoe enthusiast, but since I’m 5’10” I don’t really require any additional height. Not that added height is the only reason to wear heels, but the other benefits are outweighed by me not being able to drive in them (heels +longer legs = having to drive barefoot so knees fit under the steering wheel) or being able to sit at my desk with them on (the low desk equation is much like the car equation), so 9 times out of ten my footwear of choice is a cute pair of flats. The only down side to my flats fetish is that I run through them pretty quickly. I have a couple of pairs that I just can’t bear to part with, that keep getting inserts because the original insoles are long gone, but for the most part they get replaced pretty regularly. This winter has been particularly hard on my current collections, so I was delighted to see the enormous flats selection at Mod Cloth. I haven’t made any purchases yet, but here are the top ten pairs I am crushing on.
There are about 20 other pairs that I’d love, but I think it might not be a good idea to spend my entire paycheck on shoes.