Brand: Chilis

Year purchased: these were a gift from my mother-in-law

Debut: Not until summer!

My mother-in-law had given me two pairs of shoes when we got together to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday.  Although I don’t usually wear flip-flops, these are special.  They have a cushioned footbed, so they’ll be comfortable and won’t wreck my feet, and they have a rhinestone buckle.  I love rhinestones maybe more than anything else.  I’ll be the fanciest girl at the beach this summer.

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Navy leather boat shoes

March 10, 2012

Brand: Rock & Candy

Name: Boatie

Year purchased: 2011

Store: DSW

Price: $20.96

Debut: not yet

I had a business meeting in the suburbs one night that ended about twenty minutes before the DSW closed.  I had never been to this particular location before, so I thought I’d check out the clearance section in case they had something extraordinary.  Boy, did they!  I had fallen in love with these boat shoes in June, but couldn’t afford them at “full” price.  I kept my eye out for them all summer, but the navy leather color had sold out online very quickly and I thought my boat shoe ship had sailed because these were the only ones I liked.  Imagine my excitement when I found them five months later in my size on clearance!  Maybe I’ll have to take a trip on a boat this summer…

Brand: Converse One Star

Year purchased: 2011

Store: Savers

Price: $10 (I think)

Debut: Matt’s Bar for dinner

My aforementioned thrift store addiction brought me into the Savers by my house one morning.  I fell in love with these sneakers immediately, but I didn’t want to spend too much money, so I just carried them around the store for awhile to make sure the clothes in my cart didn’t fit and I didn’t have to buy anything else.  They are simple and casual with a bit of pizzazz, perfect to wear with skirts and shorts while riding my bike.

Brand: Etienne Aigner

Name: Michele

Year purchased: 2011

Store: Savers

Price: $12

Debut: the Hexagon for a rock show

I have a minor addiction to secondhand stores, and if I’m in a neighborhood, town, or area that’s not near my home, I tend to take advantage and stop at whatever thrift store I see.  I was on my way north to visit my mom and bring her a belated birthday gift.  The Savers I passed had just opened, so of course I had to look around for a minute.  I hemmed and hawed about getting these shoes because I loved them so much, but $12 is a lot for a pair of shoes at a thrift store.  I finally determined that if I had seen navy and white Etienne Aigner loafers in my size on the internet, I would consider $12 (and no shipping!) to be quite the steal, so I got them.  So preppy, so classic, and I love the texture on the white part.

Brand: Buskens

Name: Chico

Year purchased: 2011

Store: In Love Again on Etsy

Price: $20 + $5 shipping

Debut: not yet, waiting for warmer weather!

I love these shoes.  I’ve had these in my “favorites” on Etsy for months and months, and I finally was able to get them with Christmas money.  I cannot wait to wear these with skirts and shorts all summer long.  They have a padded footbed and super soft leather, and they’re red.

Brand: Rock & Candy

Name: Maui

Year purchased: 2011

Store: DSW

Price: $11

Debut: a local bar show (I forget which one)

I took my pregnant friend to DSW so she could find a comfortable pair of shoes to support her growing feet and belly.  I wasn’t supposed to spend any money, but these were so cute and a reasonable $11 on the clearance rack, so I just couldn’t resist.

Note: the photo is in memoriam of my sweet princess Monkey.  This was her favorite spot and her favorite toy.  We lost her to kitty cancer on New Year’s Eve day.  R.I.P. pretty girl.  Bonus photo of Monkey in the same spot:

Brand: Nomad

Name: Drizzle

Year purchased: 2012

Store: DSW online

Price: $29.94

Debut: Yesterday for my half-birthday at the Cedar Inn

A friend had sent me a link to these shoes in orange last summer, but they were kind of expensive and I couldn’t justify the purchase.  I had gotten a gift card for Christmas, and saw that DSW had these online on clearance, so I bought the black-and-white pair in a size that sometimes fits.  When I got them in the mail, they were way too small, but DSW only had the one size for that color.  Since I was more enamored with the concept of a rain loafer and the cute bow style, I ordered the blue and lime green pair instead in a better size.  They’re super comfy and I can’t wait to wear them all spring when it rains!