Friday, May 6, 2011

That's the Sort They'll Buy

Happy Friday! Now that the week is over, it’s time to celebrate. Did anyone do any pre-weekend celebrating for Cinco de Mayo? I went to dinner with family, but it was a belated celebration of Veinticinco de Abril. (That’s my birthday. CumpleaƱos, if you will.)

This week the Friend Friday questions (from Katy of Modly Chic) are all about shoes. This is very fitting, because I happen to be sporting a new pair I bought with birthday money! 



Pink cardigan: Loft (similar); blue ruffle shirt: Loft (similar); denim pencil skirt: Converse One Star for Target (similar); pearl earrings: Kohl's; gold flower necklace: Loft (similar); belt: Target; nude pumps: Seychelles, DSW

1.What is your go-to pair of shoes? For work, my go-to shoes are my gray slingback pumps from Naturalizer (worn in this post): very comfortable, very versatile. For play (when the weather’s warm), I’d say my bronze leather flower sandals from Gap (worn in this post). I’ve had them for a couple years now, and they’re still going strong!


2. What goes into your shoe buying decisions? Price, comfort, versatility. I usually ask myself three questions when I find shoes I like. One, can I afford these? Two, will I actually wear them? (I don’t want shoes to just sit in my closet because they hurt my feet just looking at them.) Three, can I wear these with lots of different things in my closet? I try to imagine them with as many outfits as I can so I can be sure to get my money’s worth out of them.

3. The majority of the shoes in your closet are what color? I was actually very curious about the answer to this, so I did a tally. Black wins, with fourteen pairs. Followed by brown, with nine. This makes sense, since these are neutral colors, and they both go with just about everything in my wardrobe.

4. When it comes to designer shoes what are your favorite brands and why? Um, does Target count as designer? No? Seriously, I don’t really have any designer shoes. My budget doesn’t approve. Speaking of Target though, I really loved their collaboration with Isaac Mizrahi when it came to shoes—I have a few pairs from that collaboration, and they are very stylish and well-made.

5. If price wasn’t an issue, you’d own which shoe? You know, I can’t say specifically which shoes I would buy, but I would love to go to Nordstrom and not breeze by all the pretty, designer shoes on my way to the sale section. Instead, I’d like to look around the “expensive section” (read: all the sections that aren’t sale or juniors) and be able to buy something.




I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite childhood poems, “Choosing Shoes”, by Frida Wolfe.

Choosing Shoes


New shoes, new shoes,
Red and pink and blue shoes.
Tell me, what would you choose,
If they'd let us buy?

Buckle shoes, bow shoes,
Pretty pointy-toe shoes,
Strappy, cappy low shoes;
Let's have some to try.

Bright shoes, white shoes,
Dandy-dance-by-night shoes,
Perhaps-a-little-tight shoes,
Like some? So would I.

BUT
Flat shoes, fat shoes,
Stump-along-like-that shoes,
Wipe-them-on-the-mat shoes,
That's the sort they'll buy.


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