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: 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: Converse

Year purchased: the middle of this decade

To be fair, these shoes were already starting to fall apart before I got paint and paint stripper all over them.  They are really cute and retro suede, and it feels good to have my crap shoes be this attractive.  So there.

Brand: Airwalk

I bought these a while ago, though I’m not sure when or where.  I tried to sell them at a garage sale a couple of years ago, but nobody ever comes to my garage sales.  They’re a little small, which is why I was trying to sell them.

Brand: Vans

Name: Lani

Year purchased: somewhere between 2006 and 2008

Price: $50

Store: I don’t remember.  Maybe the outlet mall?

These shoes are the epitome of puffy suede sneakers.  They have their place and their audience, but I prefer flatter sneakers.  I had to get them, though, because they have the logo in red on a black sneaker.  I’m such a sucker.

Brand: Pony

Name: Ette

I don’t remember buying these.  I’ve worn them a whole bunch, but I’m only guessing I bought them at DSW somewhere between 2006 and 2008.  They were my Everyday Shoes for a few months, but I grew tired of consciously picking out my socks because I knew they would show.  My socks don’t always match, and I always felt the need to coordinate them when I wore these shoes.  Mary jane sneakers are pretty awesome, though, and I love the Pony logo.

Brand: Steve Madden

Name: P-Kani

I think I bought these at Filene’s Basement in Chicago sometime in 2007.  I vaguely remember the location on Michigan Ave not having my size and talking Manny into stopping at the store on State St in the Loop to see if they had them.  I’m pretty sure that memory is about these shoes.  I don’t remember what I paid for them, but it couldn’t have been too much.  They were supposed to audition for Everyday Shoes, but they hurt the tops of my feet if I wear them too long.  They’re super cute, though, and I love the Velcro.