Totally Frivolous Friday post right here! Wanna see my shoes? I have been putting together a closet catalogue for my own record keeping purposes. I love peering into other people’s closets so I thought I would give you the same opportunity if you’re interested. I have a total of 10 pairs of shoes if you count flip flops, and nine if you don’t. Not included in this list are my running shoes and my snow boots because those are “gear” to me.
ECCO, purchased in 2010 for approximately $200. Apparently you are able to find these for closer to $130 now, but I think I purchased them when they first came out. I like that my most expensive (to me) shoes are also the oldest ones in my closet. I am tiring of the style somewhat, but these definitely don’t need replacing yet. At $40 per winter I am happy with the good value that these have turned out to be. Based on when I purchased them my best guess is that these were made in Eastern Europe.
Michael Kors mid-heel pumps in black; $100. I bought these in 2012 when I needed a nice pair of heels for school. I rarely wear heels at the moment but these are handy to have every now and again. At this point these are at $25 per year and are still in really good condition, so they were way better than a squeaky pair of inexpensive heels.
Frye Carson Ballet Flat, gifted in 2012. A pattern is going to emerge here: I often get shoes as a Christmas/birthday gift from my parents. These retail for about $160 and I had mine re-soled this spring. They are still in great shape; I got a size smaller than normal because I heard they were prone to stretching. $37.50 per year means that these are still fairly expensive for a pair of flats (that doesn’t account for the new sole) but they have a lot of life left in them.
Nine West smoking slippers. These were also a gift in 2012 and I have no idea what they cost. They are very comfortable, but suede is hard for me to keep clean so they’re basically relegated to the office. I would say that they have held up well but they haven’t really been tested so I don’t know if that’s a fair assessment.
Michael Kors Fulton Flat, $98 in 2013. I bought these riiiiight before Michael Kors was everywhere. I now think they’re tacky and toy with donating them, but I like the driving moc style for when it is wet-but-not-raining; so basically for random warm days in winter and most of spring. At a price of $33 per year these were probably not a good purchase because I am already quite tired of them. I didn’t think I was buying these for the brand, but maybe I was. Either way, I count these as my one poor purchase of the lot. At this point I think the most sustainable thing to do is wear them into the ground and not purchase anything like them again.
Nine West Overtime Pointed Toe Flat $70 (gift) 2015. These were a birthday gift and I haven’t gotten a chance to wear them much yet. I don’t wear pink, but I think I can make an exception for shoes. Since they’re brand new I can’t really say how they will wear. Admittedly this is likely a very “of the moment” style I’ll probably have to wear them frequently in a short time frame for them to be a good value.
Jack Rogers, gift 2013. Probably not a shoe that I would have picked out for myself, but I do like navy and the fact that this was considered a work-appropriate shoe in my old office. Not that that matters much anymore. These can be hard to figure out what to wear with; my default is to wear them with casual dresses for dinners out. At $33 per year these don’t look like a great value – yet. They are a timeless style that goes on and off trend but remains popular with the preppy crowd. I anticipate having these shoes for a long while. Lands’ End Canvas sandals, 2011. I don’t remember what I paid for these, but given when I bought them it couldn’t have been more than $40 or so. Mine are cognac but this was the only picture I could find online. These aren’t going to last beyond this summer, unfortunately. But that would still have them at $10 per year: an excellent purchase if you ask me. Sadly Lands’ End Canvas no longer exists; it has been folded back into the regular Lands’ End, which I find too matronly for my tastes. Good thing I’ve found the brand below.
Everlane Sandals in Ivy, $118 (gift 2015). These were the birthday sandals that my dad thinks are so ugly. I love them, but I am going to be taking them in to get a better sole put on them. Since these are also new I don’t know how well they will wear but the few other items that I have from Everlane have held up extremely well. I appreciate Everlane’s transparency and feel good about the fact that these shoes were made in Italy, rather than some developing country with awful working conditions.
Old Navy flip flops, $2.50 2015. Do these even still count as shoes? I have no idea.
I actually did buy a pair of shoes in 2014, but they got ruined in the accident earlier this year. Womp womp. Its definitely not the end of the world because I really didn’t like them to begin with.