Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shoe Bender

I don't know what it was about quitting my job, but it made me want SHOES. I suddenly decided that my shoe wardrobe was sadly incomplete. I needed comfier, more casual shoes ASAP.

I started with this pair of tiny wedges bought at Dave's Shoes, an ancient shop in my neighborhood. It's a throwback to the days of yore, where nicely-groomed men bring you your sizes and take them out of the box while you complain about your bunions. These shoes are comfy, and I think they're cute. I'm probably at least 30 years outside of the target demographic for this style. So sue me. I love them. I've already worn them just about everywhere in the 'hood. And out of the 'hood, to be honest.

Next. I totally splurged on this pair of retro clogs. Amazing, right? My brother--have I mentioned my brother here? I'm sure I have--His name is Bryan; he's 2 years older than me; he lives in Texas. And he always gets me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, which helped me purchase these awesome green slingbacks. Thanks, Bryan!

Third. I had a "lady date" last night. That's when you go shopping and out to dinner with a gal pal. My lady friend Emily and I stopped at Marshall's on 6th Avenue and I scored this pair of Hilfiger denim wedges for $29.99. Sweet!

Aaaand . . . that's today in shoes!

26 comments:

  1. My favorite style shoe is the wedge. They give me the height I need and allows me to walk around without tipping over. My stiletto buying days over.

    I'm always on the lookout for flats, but the kind that I prefer are hard to find.

    It's not easy for me to find stylish yet comfortable shoes, so when I see a pair I like, I'll grab them.


    ~Sewjourner

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  2. Well...

    I'm not so sure about the first pair (I'm sorry!), but the two others are so cute!

    You know, when my grandmother was still alive, she walked around the whole day in shoes just like that first pair (no offense, I mean, 'retro' is just a fancy term for what our grandmothers liked to wear, right?). I actually thought of her and started smiling because of it when I saw these, so thank you!

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  3. I have a pair of Spring Step slingbacks that I adore! I call them my abuelita shoes because they remind me of what the little old Spanish ladies wore when I lived there.

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  4. love those green clogs!! have you seen the blog Every Clog Has Its Day? http://everycloghasitsday.typepad.com/every-clog-has-its-day/
    it's very fun!

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  5. I absolutley love Hasbeens! I wish I had every style, but I have the red T Slingbacks! The green color you picked out is gorgeous!

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  6. I recently got a pair of Kork-ease at an old-school shop like that. My mom wore the exact same pair when she was in college. They are my tallest shoes and still totally comfortable! Hooray for wedges!

    I've never been one to wear uncomfortable shoes (heels higher than 2 inches). Hunting for cute-yet-comfortable shoes can be pretty time consuming, especially on a budget! I am going to resist ranting about it.

    I am often attracted to pairs like the first ones in your post and I sometimes have trouble deciding whether they are cute or straight-up old lady shoes. I think would wear those ones. :)

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  7. There's something about those little black wedgies that I like and want. You're encouraged to go out and find more shoes, I'm just too lazy to look!

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  8. Well, I have to say nay to the first pair, but I LOVE the green and blue pair! Shoes are just so much fun - and Macy's is the place for me. I always find about 10 pr. of shoes I like whenever I go into a Macy's. I wonder why that is...

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  9. I second that, my stiletto days are over!! Replacing those silly heels with wedges and flats.
    Gertie, can we get a picture of you in the black peep toes?? I'm curious how they look on--I'm all for comfortable!

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  10. Stephanie in KansasJune 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    I'm liking those flats but I'm tall and they look like they'd go with anything-especially Kansas farm dresses. I live vicariously thru your blog-it's fun.
    Would you take me to Mood if I ever came to NYC? LOL-Stephanie

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  11. I love your new shoes and I can't tell you how many pairs of comfortable old-lady shoes I've worn out from loving wear. Vintage lovers can totally rock the style because we're used to doing things a bit differently.

    I'm right there with you on shoe addiction. I went on a bender a few weeks ago after deciding I didn't have nearly enough espadrilles and/or wedges in the closet. The most memorable result is a pair of purple suede T-strap wedge heels. Outrageous, irrational, and unwearable for the next few months. But I sometimes take them out just to admire and caress.

    And it gives me inspiration (ok, justification) for searching out the perfect fabric in purple tones for fall sewing.

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  12. Ooh shoes! I love them but can only wear a low heel, and I love 30's styles (narrows it down a bit!) Lol. X

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  13. It is always amazing how many ways a shoe can be designed for women. I would go with the top shoe, the flat, the comfort shoe. It is feminine and sends the message of one with a secure self image, seriously.

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  14. Gertie, I am totally with you on the first pair. Ok, so they're not the most glamorous but man they look comfy. I never know how some ladies wear those sky high heels everyday - if anyone knows the magic secret do tell!

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  15. love the shoes! I especially love the green clogs. Thre is nothing like shoes to make a girl feel special. Enjoy

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  16. The black one's look like granny shoes. The green and the blue ones are adorable.

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  17. The black ones not so much, but that's just for me...the other 2 pair are yummy!!

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  18. Love your shoe purchases, Gertie. The black ones look extremely comfortable!

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  19. I love Swedish Hasbeens! Too bad they're way, WAY out of budget for me =( Otherwise I'd already have their Peeptoe Slingbacks in red... and quite possibly green *sigh* So far I've managed to add to my shoe collection anyway, with two pairs of wedges (one with cork heels, the other with raffia) in the last month. Terribly slimming, and far easier for walking around on the cobblestones than high heels (though I've got my fair share of those, too) =)

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  20. I don't bother hunting for "retro-looking" shoes in malls. I get shoes from costume suppliers for Broadway. Places like Leo's Discount Dance Supply. I have a sweet pair of his women's "New York T-Strap" Character Shoe. Terribly comfortable shoes. I'm all ready for any "Guys and Dolls" flash mobs that break out!

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  21. LOVE the green wedges. My sister organised a shoe voucher from all my friends last year, siblings are so handy!

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  22. The first ones, ehh, but they probably look cuter as part of an ensemble. Love the green clogs (I have been a clog girl for eons), and those navy wedges just scream summertime. I'm finding similar issues with my new job. It's a much more casual environment and the more formal pumps just don't seem right--however, I'll reserve judgement until fall and will prune the shoe closet then.

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  23. I'm SO past suffering for fashion. I am NOT a happy person if my feet hurt. When your feet hurt it's hard to be a nice person. I say wear what you like and are comfy in! It sounds really crunchy, but I live in Dansko closed-heel clogs. I had a run-in with plantar fasciitis (related, I think, to fibromylagia) and the foot doc recommended them because of their comfy footbed and the optimal height of the heel. I do occasonally wear something more fashionable, but when I do, I can hardly wait to put my comfies back on!

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  24. I love the first ones - they have a real 30's40's look to them and if I could get some for myself I'd be there like a shot. Lots of realistic looking vintage style shoes look a lot more like orthopaedic shoes than those do, those are sweet!

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  25. I'm curious to see how the first pair look like when worn.

    My favourites are the wedges. I have a pair in a similar style, although the colors are different. I love them, they make my legs look nicer and are quite comfortable. I really like the pair you picked, the colors are nice and the little bow is cute.

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