Okay, I know we’re not all daily cashing 1000$ cheques, and I’m sure some would roll their eyes at a title like this that seems to stretch every voice of reason telling you that purchases on shoes over 700$ are just not realistic. And I get it! I was there ONCE.
I’ll give you a little story on how my opinion of owning affordable trendsetting shoes changed. Mid-January, I was once again treating myself at Yorkdale mall. Now I will fully admit I own no Chanel. BUT, I would love to (who doesn’t). Now approximately 3 years ago in September, Karl Lagerfeld brought back a beloved design that Coco had made in 1957 which was simultaneously practical and flattering. Upon seeing this shoe I fell in love, read every article on it. Read reviews and was mildly obsessed, but I couldn’t bring myself to buy them. I assumed they were a fad and would be forgotten by next season, but a year came and went and I was still obsessed, then year two came and I felt the same. I had never tried them on as they were so popular they were difficult to find. Until a day in January when I walked into Chanel and asked if they had my size, the bad news is that they did.
And they were lovely. I couldn’t believe it, they were so soft, the perfect height, fit, colour, shape. I loved everything about them! But the price was devastatingly high. I politely declined after much thought but promptly went home to see if maybe there were some cheaper dupes. I found a pair by Ivanka Trump that seemed almost identical. But after putting them in my cart I got a bad taste in my mouth. This wasn’t quite right. I loved the legacy of the Chanel shoes, the story, the ingenuity behind them. The timelessness, and most of all the quality. And I knew more than anything that these knock-off IT ones would not satisfy me in the same way. So I opted to save instead, which got me thinking about shoes.
I have approximately 29 pairs of shoes total. That’s a lot of options. And as much as I love options, I could pick out 5 pairs that I could happily live with as my only pairs. I then realized that maybe, all of these sale shoe purchases from Zara were just a big waste of space and time. After all, the only shoe styles I still love seem to be the ones I’d need to save a little harder for. So I compiled for myself, and for anyone else who just feels like maybe a change of wardrobe, some minimalism and some splurging would do them good a list of five (YES FIVE) shoes that you can use for any part of your day.
Naturally, these are my first option. They are the perfect style to go with virtually any outfit from boyfriend jeans to a dress for date night. ($800 USD)
Next up are these edgy, easy to wear Balenciaga boots. Now I know not everyone gets snow so this is a good in between boot. They’re an easy piece to put in an outfit. ($1815 USD)
Now, these Gucci loafers can be purchased with or without fur. Either are amazing and can be worn casually or in a more dressy setting like work. I also should tell you that they are SO comfortable. ($1190 USD)
The perfect casual shoe, to wear with leggings or jeans and still look MAJOR. These Alexander Mcqueen trainers are super comfortable and even easier to wear with multiple styles so you can have them just how you like. ($650 USD)
And of course, every woman needs her statement heel. These classic black heels from Christian Louboutin are the perfect minimalist heel for any occasion. ($890 USD)
I hope I’ve gathered your interest into at least exploring designer shoes, who knows, maybe you’ll find a pair that you won’t forget.