Loafing Around

MostWornAutumnShoesI’ve noticed a funny trend.  Many of the design creatives are probably about the same age as myself.  Because right around the time that I found myself winding down from heels, it would appear that the rest of the world followed in suit.  I won’t ever get rid of my heels but I sure do wear them a heck of a lot less.  These days I can’t get enough sneakers.  I buy one pair, I want another.  But I exercise restraint because I still have to look like I didn’t just roll out of bed for most jobs.  If I had to round up the most versatile shoes I’ve worn all autumn, it would be these three.  Nothing quite like a loafer to say,

“I’m old enough to not give a shit about the fact that I enjoy easy listening, but edgy enough to make jokes about the irony of that statement while wearing a pair of loafers.”

The Madewell Kauri’s I got on super sale ($60) and they’re comfortable now.  But the first wear they rubbed my heels raw!  Breaking them in was essentially but dayum son.

Bass Weejuns ($69) are the most comfortable work shoe I’ve ever worn, end of story.  I understand why they’ve been such a staple in some people’s wardrobes through out the years.  I enjoy that they’re no longer just for men who wear pleated pants.

And everyone just go get yourself a pair of fake fur lined Minnetonka’s from TJ Maxx or Marshalls.  They all have them.  Always.  Everyone deserves warm feet in the winter.

(Luxirare definitely “inspired” this post as she remains one of the most innovative, creative bloggers on the internet.  All credit is due.)

–  Aja


I Didn’t Need These …

Fiorentini+BakerBootstext… but I got them anyway!!!  Fiorentini + Baker is one of those exceptional boot brands (like Dr. Martens) where the shoes last forever.  You can’t break them.  But they are triple the price of a pair of Docs.  What’s worse is that people on eBay want to sell their Fiorentini + Bakers hand-me-downs for ridiculous prices (which means they’re a good investment because they maintain their value).  But I am not one to pay 75% of the full retail price for boots someone has beat up!  You’re having a laugh!  This is one of those cases where the Outnet is actually cheaper than everyone else.  Including second hand.  And as luck would have it they just got in a smattering of styles today.  So, if you’re in the market for a good pair of boots, don’t sleep.

–  Aja