Brand: NaturalSoul by Naturalizer

Name: Rosalyn

Year purchased: 2012

Store: these were a gift from my mother-in-law

Debut: Not yet!

My in-laws got together to celebrate my sister-in-law’s birthday, so I wasn’t expecting to get a bag with two pairs of shoes!  It wasn’t my birthday, after all.  What’s strange is that I was wearing these shoes that day, and the flower patterns match exactly.  I also have these shoes with the same flowery pattern, and I recently somehow found a matching belt at a secondhand store.  Maybe someday I’ll find a matching purse…


Brand: Etienne Aigner

Name: Cilantro

Year purchased: 2012

Store: Savers

Price: $3.50 (half off!)

Debut: not yet, but I have a skirt to wear with them

I had a thrifting date with some friends that just happened to be on MLK Jr Day, which meant that everything in both stores we went to was half off!  These shoes are beautiful.  I love Etienne Aigner shoes because they’re always so classic and classy.  These have a bit of a girly touch, too.

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: 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: 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: 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!