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.


Brand: Naturalizer

Year purchased: 2011

Store: Unique Thrift

Price: $5.99

Debut: not yet, it’s still too cold out

One more mention of my inability to stay away from thrift stores.  I had business in the southern suburbs, which means a trip to Unique Thrift was on the agenda as well.  These are not my style at all, but for some reason I just love shoes like this from the ’70s and ’80s, probably because they remind me of the shoes my mom had when I was growing up.  The footbed is padded because they’re Naturalizer, so I hope they’ll be a good pair of go-to comfy summer heels.

Brand: b.o.c.

Name: Larch

Year purchased: 2011

Store: DSW online

Price: $24.94

Debut: not yet because it’s still winter!

I had looked all summer for white sandals that I liked, and lo and behold, I found them in December on clearance.  I had received a gift card for Christmas and used it to buy two pairs of shoes (of course).  Can’t wait to wear these this summer!  They’re comfy and padded and totally cute.

Brand: Jacqueline

Name: Necklace Pattern

Year purchased: 2011

Price: a birthday gift

Store: from Manny’s mom

Debut: hoping to host a holiday cocktail party so I have an excuse to wear them indoors

My mother-in-law knows me pretty well, and I’ve made it no secret how much I love vintage rhinestones.  These shoes are awesome, and I wish my birthday wasn’t at the end of summer so I could’ve worn these out on the town already.  They seem like the perfect cocktail party shoes, so maybe I’ll throw a party in my house this winter where I don’t have to go outside at all and can have a martini in one hand and these shoes on my feet.

Brand: r2 Footwear

Name: Solon?

Year purchased: 2011

Price: $19.99

Store: Marshall’s

Debut: last night at the Kitty Cat Klub.  Actually, I put them on as soon as I left Marshall’s.

It’s been documented that I don’t like sandals, or shopping for sandals, or wearing sandals.  So imagine my surprise when I found a pair that I actually really liked while casually browsing the shoe section at Marshall’s!  I wasn’t supposed to be shopping for shoes, or for myself at all, but if I see a pair of reasonably-priced flat sandals, I’d better get them.  It’ll probably be a long, long time before that happens again.



Brand: Prevata

Year purchased: 2011

Price: $23 + $6 shipping

Store: SweetHeart on Etsy

Debut: Manny’s show with Sorry OK in the First Ave mainroom

I bought these for a wedding I’m going to in August, to wear with a dress I’m making from a vintage pattern.  I wanted a pair of shoes that would be wearable all day, be cool enough for an outdoor summer wedding in Texas, and be something I could and would wear again.  These were totally perfect: unique and pretty, comfortable, and vintage but from a different era than my dress pattern (so as not to look like I’m wearing a costume).  I tried these out during Gastro Non Grata at First Ave, and they passed with flying colors.  I was able to wear them during load-in, sound check, through seven bands, load out, and over to the Hexagon for three more bands before my feet started to hurt.  And a group of girls I didn’t know complimented my shoes, like, gushed over them in unison, so I know I’m not the only one who loves them.

Brand: Xhilaration

Name: Gennifer

Store: Target

I thought I lost my trusty college flip-flops, so I bought these.  I found my old ones before I ever took the tag off these, so they’re still unworn.  Flip-flops are for the beach, pool, and public showers, not for daily wear.  I stand by my opinion.