Monday, February 6, 2012

Out With the Old and In With the New


For the past three to four years I have been relying mainly on two pairs of boots to get me through the fall and winter. Unfortunately the wear and tear of several years of city life finally forced me to let go of these shoes. Before I could toss these boots, I had to find some replacement pairs.... I am incredibly picky with shoes (so my shoe collection is really not much of anything) and it took me about a month of searching to find ones that I was willing to pay for.


As you can see, these Nine West boots that I picked up for $50 around three years ago have been on the pavement a bit too much. As a New Yorker I walk a lot and the heels of my shoes always wear down very quickly. 


These leather boots were probably never meant to withstand the harsh elements like snow but I wore them rain or shine anyway. There's something about worn leather that makes the piece all the more "authentic" looking but sometimes the line between aged and old gets blurred.


This pair of boots is also from Nine West and I bought them for $70 about four years ago. These were my first pair of boots that I can remember picking out myself because it was around the same time I started to pick out my own clothing.


The heel on this pair of shoes is extremely worn down and you probably can't tell but I had the heel replaced two years ago because the original heel ripped cleanly off the shoe one day. So this is pretty much the second heel on these boots that I have worn down to smithereens.


The bottom lining around the sole of the shoe had also started to separate from the suede which was a problem especially on rainy days. These boots have served me well and I got a lot of use out of them so they were definitely worth every penny.


Every girl needs a pair of quality riding boots in their closets. I found these beauties at Century21 for $80 while they normally retail for around $210. The two tone leather is a nice twist on the everyday riding boot.


The crest makes these boots seem more classy in my opinion and I like that it's not necessarily a well known insignia.


The buckles give away the brand, Vince Camuto, but from afar nobody can tell. The small details on these boots make it all the more sophisticated looking. The style name of these is called the Flavian and you can find these online at Nordstrom's site for $105.


The half zipper turned out to be a winning feature of the shoe because my calves are quite thin so boots tend to look slouchy on me. The half zipper allows me to get my feet into the shoe but the top portion is very fitted so the boots hug my legs comfortably. This shoe probably would not be a good fit for those with more muscular legs though.


The other pair I purchased from Century21 is from Dolce Vita. I have to wear black to work so I had to get a black pair of shoes to replace the Nine West ones. This style is called Simone and retails for $120 but are available on Nordstrom's website for $60 which is the price I paid for them. These are a basic pair of short motorcycle boots that look good paired with almost anything. I can imagine these looking great with skinnies and a band tee or a very minimalistic dress for the spring.


Being that I was desperate to purchase a pair of black boots to replace my old pair, I have to say I am not entirely satisfied with these. One of my major gripes with these shoes is that the ankle opening is extremely large which makes my skinny ankles look even skinnier.... Not too pretty. Also, these shoes are quite narrow which hurt the sides of my feet after a few hours. Those points aside, I am happy with my new purchases and perhaps a few more weeks of breaking them in will help!

What are your favorite shoe brands and places to shop for shoes? I have constantly been trying to look for shoes to add to my wardrobe because I feel so limited with the ones I currently own. Are you a shoe hoarder? I'd love to hear how many shoes you all own so let me know in the comments!

13 comments:

  1. YAY for new shoes! every fall and winter or other we must get ourselves some new boots, hail, wind, sleet, snow, we get it all!!!

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    1. I wasn't much of a shoe person until quite recently so now I'm trying to not buy makeup (my attempts have been in vain so far) to save for shoes instead XD New York really does get everything but this winter has been surprisingly mild!

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  2. I love the Camuto boots!! I hope you do some OoTD's with them!!

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    1. I want to do OOTDs because they're quick and fun to do but it's difficult to take pictures when I'm all bundled up in my coat :( Also, since school is in session and whatnot my trusty boyfriend isn't available to take pictures for me haha. I'll try to do some OOTDs but no promises :X

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  3. The riding boots look great! Stands out but not too loud :D I wish I had the legs/calves to wear boots. =.= The only boots I have and kind of fit into are UGGs & Although I didn't like them before...it's hard to not like them when they keep my feet warm in the winter :P My shoe collection is pretty small too (4-5 pairs for all 4 seasons). I only recently started to have the urge to buy pretty shoes. Yet it feels most comfortable in my chucks!

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    1. Uggs look really comfortable but I can't help but think they look like loaves of bread and I vowed to never spend so much on shoes that couldn't get wet! I wore converses all through high school but I think they might have messed up my legs because they don't offer really good cushioning :(

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  4. Talk about an upgrade! :D I love when my shoes break (LOL), it's an excuse to get a new pair! I love your new ones and your old ones seem to be have been well loved! :D

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    1. LOL, it's a bittersweet moment when beloved shoes get thrown away because I want to have them forever but it's nice to be able to buy new stuff! My plan for the future is to amass a large shoe collection so I can change up my shoes daily so the wear gets distributed evenly XD

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  5. i just ordered a pair of shoes today! ->http://www.modcloth.com/shop/shoes-boots/so-cutie-bootie It was the last one, hence why it now says out of stock. I was looking for shoes that are lower; like I already have two pairs of low boot style shoes that go up to the shin area; but wanted either below the ankle or right at the ankle. So that they make my legs look longer when i wear them with jeans/dresses. I was feeling sort of rushed to order them though hehe; they are not ideal... might be too light, in which case i'll just return them. but; you know those black shoes i wear to work? they are pretty much in the same style/shape and they look good so hopefully these will be okay because returns are annoying of course.


    The tall boots look nice! I think the 2nd shorter pair would make you look taller and providing a slimmer leg silhouette. =) esp with black skinny jeans.

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    1. Those shoes you ordered are really cute :D I've been wanting to get myself a pair similar to those but I never found one I liked. I'm always super iffy about ordering shoes online because I like to see them in real and try them on. I hope they work out for you :) When I first saw them I immediately thought they look really similar to the ones you already have!

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    2. haha! good eye! esp. since I didn't even realize that until like idk 10 min after i ordered them. =P The only reason they are not ideal is I wish they were a darker richer brown... I have a feeling they might be more of a nude beige which might not give me that "lengthening effect" i want since noticeable color chunks makes one look short but I'll let you know how that goes in about a week. =)

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  6. Yay new shoes!
    I recently got new boots too (and I'm soooooooo picky with boots in particular) so yay us! :D

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