I must say, I’m not big on shoes. I know, I know! Can I still call myself a woman? LOL! I’ve got friends who have entire closets full of boots, heels, flats, kicks, wedges, stilettos and the list goes on! Me? Hmm, not so much. I’m more of a no-fuss-mix-and-match kind of girl, meaning the shoes I do own somehow seem to go well with everything! However, I must say, I’ve really been in the shoe buying mood lately and what kind of person would I be if I didn’t share them all on here?! Really.
ARDENE (A.CO) - 2 FOR $20
I am an absolute lover of knee-high boots and flats. That’s me, the boots and flats girl, haha. The majority of my flats collection are from Ardene's and to be completely honest, the quality of flats from this store are complete s-h-i-t. Excuse my French or not. It's either that or the fact that every season I wear and tear my newly-bought flats out to the point of complete and utter destruction - I don't know! But whether I like it or not - I'm addicted. Ardene's carries cute, funky and cheap flats. Despite being a flats girl, I can never justify spending more than $20 on a pair. I just can’t. Weirdly enough, flats of better quality, aka the more expensive ones actually hurt my feet and have zero stretch in them. Anyway, if it were up to me, I’d make all flats be a solid $10 in Canada, period. Why? Because it’s basically winter all year round!
Back to the flats. God, I love me a good ramble.
I have long, skinny, narrow feet which makes it hard for me to find shoes that fit properly, like open-toed heels for instance :(. Certain shoes I can rock, and others I can’t, like chucks, sneakers and loafers. These leopard print loafers I bought were a total godsend because they have a stretchy material to them. It actually makes them perfect because they completely hug my feet plus, I love me a leopard print. Don’t you? If not, you’re crazy!
The other pair of flats are cute, simple and black - my kinda combo. I grew out of the idea of bows on flats like two years ago, but the gold accents and suede material really give it a balance of sweet and spicy. I simply couldn’t resist.
TARGET (XHILARATION) - $19.99
I already mentioned these spikeys in a previous post, but I decided to repost them here anyway!
I’m not particularly a fan of spiked studs unless it’s done in very small doses and not ridiculously cheesy. With that being said, you probably won’t catch me wearing a spiked bracelet any time soon, although that’s quite minimal, lol. I’m just so anal (oui, oui! please excuse my French this time) about the way I dress and what I like and don’t.
Anywho - something about these flats responded well with me so I had to buy them. You might not notice from the photo, but these flats are scrunched and I seriously loathe scrunched flats! You know, the ones where the toe is slightly lifted off the ground? Hate, lol. But with these flats, I’m ‘bout it. I’ll make the exception.
TARGET (MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO.) - $19.99
As I previously mentioned, my feet are long and narrow and with that comes long toes! For that reason, I’ve stayed away from sandals and flip flops unless I’m on vacation, lol. Gosh, don’t you hate insecurities? But last October I went away to Cuba and while preparing for my trip I found tons of pretty flip flops and sandals. I actually felt confident rocking those bad boys while I was on vacay and decided I wouldn’t deprive myself any longer of not wearing them.
These sandals are hot and come in several different colours including neons. I was shopping in Target one day with my mom and decided to try them on. Although I liked them, I wasn’t quite sure whether or not I should buy them, but mama knows best! She reassured me they looked OK and I sealed the deal.
TARGET (MOSSIMO SUPPLY CO.) - $9.99
I mentioned these stunners and the cuties below in a previous post about my lil’ shopping escapade in Buffalo, but I thought I’d add them in here for good measure.
It’s so funny when you see something ridiculously fabulous but know it’s so not you, so you decide on a lifestyle change in a split second! Like, 'Yeah, these booties are amazing, the heel is bloody high and narrow but I need to start being about that heel life anyway.' LOL, really?! Really. So that’s how I managed to scoop these suckers up. What?! They were on sale for $9.99. For 10 bucks, I’ll experiment.
TARGET (XHILARATION) - $9.99
I am so over wasting tons of money on Uggs or knock-off Uggs only to have them die on me by the end of the winter season! I don’t understand why people continue to invest in a brand of shoes when the longevity of them is next to nothing. I guess everyone is different though - whatever floats your boat.
What helped in making the decision for this purchase was the amazing sale price and the quality of the shoe. In Toronto I find that a lot of these knock-off Uggs (the cheap ones from Ardene’s, Walmart, etc) have cardboard bottoms that don’t bend, are paper thin in material and overly structured. These shoes are totally different because they are extremely comfy, stylish and affordable. Plus, they are real genuine suede! I am definitely going to take care of these shoes by using a suede protector and only wearing them during the fall season.