Footwear Wardrobe Additions

March 18, 2013

Footwear Wardrobe Additions
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.

Aldo Romelia

Aldo Romelia

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.

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara

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.

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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  • Maude Abouche

    Sorry I couldn’t help you get the flats, but I’m glad you were able to get them anyway! They’re just your style. :) Love the pumps too!

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      Don’t you worry about that! I think it would have ended up being too much trouble for you anyway! The service was easy to use. :D
      And thank you! ♥

  • carrie

    I am definitely a shoe person. I am addicted to buying shoes. I wish I was more like you! I recently applied to transfer to school in Montreal! currently waiting for my acceptance (hopefully)!

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      Oh, I didn’t mean to say I am not addicted to other things! ;) Shoes aren’t my number one priority, but I do find myself guilty in spending on other things…
      Best of luck for your acceptance! Montreal is a very fun city for students. :D

  • Lindsay K

    Love the Varas. I have several pairs and they are just so versatile. Congrats on your purchase. I am a big fan of Ferragamo because they offer AAAA widths and so few do.

    http://www.unpetitbijou.blogspot.com

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      Thank you! I’m hoping to own another pair in the future. They are quite the classy shoe.
      Lindsay, I’ve been a follower of your blog for some time now, I love it!

      • Lindsay K

        Aww… Thank you! That’s so nice to hear.

  • suzie

    are the ferragamo the ones with a heel or the flat ones? i’m looking to purchase one but i agree with you on the widths! so many to choose from!

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      Ah! I kept calling them flats but the Vara are the low-heeled ones. They’re just so low that they feel like a comfortable flat. Sorry for the confusion.
      I got them in the C width even though I’m normally a standard B (just a wee bit wider maybe), I think Ferragamo shoes are slightly narrower than other brands. But yes, so many widths, I’m sure most appreciate this! :)

  • Begin Simply

    Love the Ferragamo flats! They are definitely classics, so it is easily dressed up or down. x

    beginsimply.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/petitepearstyle ellesy

    great post! i was just thinking about whether to invest in a pair of ferragamo or balenciaga flats! i am definitely trying to be more discerning with my shoe purchases. i buy a lot of sky high heels but i don’t wear them too often as they don’t fit well with my lifestyle. i decided very recently that i was going to stop buying heels and focus on building my collection of comfortable and versatile flats. :)

    • http://tonightatnoon.com/ Christine

      I love the look of heels and the extra inches they give me, but I definitely can’t wear them too often either. I do recommend the Ferragamo flats/low heels! I’ve gotten tons of compliments on them and they are comfortable for walking around the city.

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    My sister got the same Ferragamo flats and we both love them. Great picks. :)