Dear Alfani Leopard Print Heels,
When I spotted you two years ago on the shelf at Plato's Closet, I couldn't believe my good fortune. You were high quality, filled the animal-print hole in my wardrobe, and only cost eight bucks. Unfortunately, from the first time I wore you, something wasn't right. I remained in denial because of your beauty. But at the end of yesterday, my feet were more blistered and painful than a ballerina's. So after trying two different types of gel inserts and hobbling around for many days, I am forced to bid you adieu. I hope you have a better life on someone else's feet. It's not you, it's me.
Shoes have been on my mind lately. I keep a mental list of specific styles I "need," but I always feel guilty indulging my shoe addiction, so I wait around forever for, like, 80% off sales. Obviously, those don't happen, and then I end up frustrated. So yesterday, I took the plunge and ordered these:
|G by Guess - Viaana|
(nude or blush patent pump)
|Michael Antonio - Galactic|
A fall shoe high on my list is a dark gray pump, in suede or even wool. I have a lot of gray texturey work pieces for winter, and it would be nice to wear them with something other than black pumps. There aren't many options, and most of them are expensive. But since I've been looking for over a year, maybe it's time to invest in one of these:
I saw this picture on Pinterest and fell in love, especially now that I'm without a pair of leopard shoes:
Research revealed that they're Steve Madden "Dynemite" and retail for $109 on his website. SIGH.
I've never been fond of "booties," but I'm rethinking them this year. This pair is a possibility:
|Madden Girl - Razcal|
In cooler months, I love the look of flat boots over skinny jeans. These are on my wish list:
|Steve Madden - Cindi|
I own some nice semi-skinny jeans, but it's hard to get boots over the legs. Recently I caved and tried on some jeggings in Target, but wasn't sure if I looked totally ridiculous. I'll have to go again with a (tactful but honest) friend. :\
I DO NOT need a new coat this year, but Old Navy's coat selection makes me wish I did. I wouldn't be able to decide between the plaid and the yellow though:
After perusing my September InStyle, I'm not eager to adopt most of the fall trends. The brightly colored pants are too much like the rainbow of Girbaud jeans we all wore in 1992, the giant fur collars are a little crazy... etc. The only trend I appreciate is the return of hourglassy Mad Men silhouettes. And with them, polka dots, which I LOVE.
|Liv Tyler via InStyle|