Footwear Wardrobe Additions
I knew I wanted a simple pair of black pumps, but I didn’t really know what characteristics I wanted them to have. My preference for suede and a d’Orsay cut are recent, and when I saw these pumps on the Aldo website, I had to put aside my disdain for Aldo for a little bit. It took me months to commit to the purchase and once I decided I really wanted them, they were sold out online. At the store, I had to deal with snooty and pushy salespeople, have the shoes ordered multiple times, and then never getting a call back, thus reminding me why I disliked shopping there so much. I finally purchased the shoes online once I saw they came back in stock and they are thankfully perfect, elegant and versatile. I just need to have the plastic heel tip replaced for a rubber one (and for the snow to melt!) and they’ll be ready to be walked in.
I had a simple pair of black leather ballerinas, but I needed a slightly dressier flat for when I didn’t feel like wearing heels for work or presentations. I first really noticed the Vara by Salvatore Ferragamo on Shini Park — it was the first time I thought the shoe looked anything other than matronly. I’ve since seen them on many stylish people and my desire to have them grew, but it’s only last year that I’ve made the decision that they would be right for me. Unfortunately, the current retail version in calf leather has a pewter ornament, not gold, like I would have wanted, and they are also very expensive for a student on a limited budget. I scoured eBay for pre-owned styles, had a really hard time with finding the right size (Salvatore Ferragamo make their shoes in nine widths!) but I finally found a great-looking pair on Yahoo! Auctions Japan. They cost me a fraction of the retail price and are in great condition.
I am not really a shoe gal. I do appreciate beautiful and elegant shoes, but for my own needs, I usually go for basic, versatile pairs that will integrate well to my wardrobe. I can almost never justify buying a fancy pair of shoes that I will wear only once or twice since I attend very few special events. I am not saying I don’t own any of those, just that I don’t aspire to own a full shoe closet. I walk and take public transportation, work in an office environment with a significant distance between my desk and the printer and do presentations at university, and that’s what I need footwear for. I’ve recently added two pairs of shoes to my wardrobe, a basic black pump and a dressy flat. Both had been on my wishlist for over a year now, but it took me a little while to find the perfect ones.
The chase for these two shoes reminded how much trouble I go through when I really, really want something and wait too long to get it. I have to say, however, that it is quite worth it if it means getting something that really integrates well into my wardrobe and that I won’t regret getting.
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