Shoes, glorious shoes! When I see a pair that I have to own, I’ve learned to pounce on them quickly — life is too short for regret and trust me, there have been times I’ve waited too long for the sale that never came and missed out on that perfect shoe that I’ll never own. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good bargain, which is probably why I’ve somehow managed to collect six new pairs of shoes between February and May (don’t worry, I hardly broke the bank with these). Here’s my spring/summer 2015 shoe haul — with styles ranging from $120 to under $4 (yes, seriously) — from Steve Madden, Le Château, Urban Planet, and Ardene.
*Note: All styles are currently shoppable (yay!). Also, Steve Madden’s Canadian shop currently has a free shipping promo for orders over $50, using the code SMCAFREE50.
You probably recognize these neon pink pointy-toe stilettos from my “A Study in Pink” outfit last month. These have quickly become my favourite pair of pumps in my wardrobe. They’re the perfect pop of colour to any neutral ensemble, from casual to cocktail. And don’t let the 4.5-inch heel height and stiff, faux-patent leather fool you: these pumps are surprisingly comfortable to stand/walk in. Based on the colour selection on GoJane.com, I’m tempted to stock up in a couple more pairs in different colours, especially since I know exactly how they fit and feel (I’m looking at you seagreen… neon yellow… white — stop me).
Apologies if the purchase details are confusing. But I’m pretty sure the three retailers stock their shelves from some of the same suppliers and manufacturers and you’ll get the exact pair seen in this photo, regardless of the brand/store.
Here’s a four-inch heel version that is almost identical.
Nude ankle strap heels
Where I got them: Steve Madden for $90 | Details: “STECY” in blush patent
Around this time last year was when I first started using Pinterest and I found that most of my pinned outfits featured ankle strap heels. For that whole summer, I was obsessed with finding not just the perfect pair but any pair, period. This classic style is in such high demand and the Steve Madden website describes the ankle strap trend best: “a strong contender for shoe of the moment.” I think it’s because they’re the ‘save’ alternative to the ‘splurge’ version by Stuart Weitzman — the iconic “Nudist” sandal. *Note: If you’re overwhelmed by the different variations of this shoe, a tip I like to give is that the narrower the strap around the toes, the more slender and sexier the look.
There are two things I love most about these Steve Madden ankle strap heels. First: owning one pair will have you pretty much set for every party for the rest of your life. Whenever I had an event to go to, I’d feel confident about my dress but never quite had the shoes down, so these heels take care of that. I picked up these nude heels to be my designated shoes for weddings, including one we’re attending in the fall. After pining over them online, I was almost positive I’d walk out of the store with the blush matte STECY heels, but I ended up preferring the way the blush patent version looked on my skin tone.
The second thing I love about this shoe is that it’s a staple style that returns every year to Steve Madden’s collections, with updates to colour selections. I also own a black pair for my more casual looks, so you can bet that I
aim need to own a pair in a couple more colours. I’ve got my eye on the white STECY heels for next year ;-)
Black pointed loafers
Where I got them: Steve Madden for $120 | Details: “EXSTREAM” in black leather
If you follow us on Instagram you probably recognize these loafers from when I debuted them the day they arrived (side note: fast shipping is always a plus; they arrived just under two days after I placed the order). I was just so excited for them! I love the menswear-inspired look of these loafers and the pointed toe and structured lines help add a level of chic to my outfits.
I justified splurging on the EXSTREAM loafers by comparing the price point to the original pair I was eyeing — Stuart Weitzman’s beautiful Theband flats. For good quality leather and a classic look, I’m content with my Steve Madden version.
My one regret was how mangled and bloody they left my feet after the first wear. This is the first time I’ve ordered shoes online and I now understand how tricky that can be. This specific style wasn’t available at any of the Steve Madden locations I checked, so I went ahead and ordered them before my size ran out. I consider myself a true size eight, especially in Steve Madden shoes, but with this narrow fit I wish I had the opportunity to try on a half-size up as the eights were quite snug on me.
However, I hope this short tale doesn’t scare you away from these shoes. I’ll be crazy but honest to say that to me, these shoes are worth it for the projected longevity in terms of style and quality. My feet have recovered from the cuts and scrapes and I’ve tried out some DIY shoe-stretching techniques to much success. Once I get them to a comfortable, customized fit, I’ll be hitting the streets again with these beauties.
Where I got them: Ardene for $3.25 (on sale: 80% off $14.50) | Shop similar styles: Ardene.com
Don’t you love when you pick out a pair of shoes, take them to register and your total comes to an unbelievable sale price? I don’t know why I didn’t notice the -80% sign at the Ardene outlet I visited. Maybe because their vast wall of flats is intimidating; so many different styles, most in slight variations of each other. But one thing is for sure: so few of them are actually comfortable. Sometimes you get what you pay for when it comes to budget buys, but these pair are incredibly soft. Quite the steal!
Blush and rose gold sandals
Where I got them: Le Château for $19.95 | Details: “Jelly Double Band Sandal” in Nude/Rose Gold
Oh, that rare and delightful feeling when you’re almost certain an item will cost you a pretty penny, but then you turn it over and see a surprisingly low price sticker. When I saw these sandals, I was in love, but based on similar (and annoyingly uncomfortable) styles from brands like Aldo, I assumed a pair like these would cost at least $50. So to me, $20 for perfectly-blingy sandals was a steal, and I didn’t even have to think twice about which colour to get — for that price, I scooped up both (see the black/light gold version below)!
Black and gold sandals
Where I got them: Le Château for $19.95 | Details: “Jelly Double Band Sandal” in Black/Light Gold
I waited so impatiently to first wear these after publishing this post, but these sandals are just so versatile that I’ve already worn them twice since getting them early this month. Here’s the deal: I’ve never been able to get it right with flat sandals. When I go to Vegas in the summer, I walk around in my cork wedges and exhaust their comfort duration to the point where there’s nothing left for me to do but force myself into flip-flops. Generally, I just don’t like flat shoes — they make me feel stumpy, ungraceful and kind of juvenile — so they need to give me a good reason to wear them. Since I’m drawn to gold detailing, I did not need much convincing for these Le Château sandals. Plus, they stood the test of wandering around the mall for an afternoon, so I think they’ll hold up on The Strip (though I might add some adhesive insoles just to be sure).
Hope you enjoyed my first shoe haul. Which of these styles would you rock this spring/summer?
(Photos: Thanks, mom!)
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