Hey again! It's Mel! Today I will be talking about the staple shoes that I think everyone should have in their wardrobe to be able to mix and match to create new looks.
1. Boots. I am a boot lover. It may be because fall is my favorite season and I cannot get enough of the colorful trees and the crisp air outside. Boots are essential living in New England because it is chilly for half of the year. In the fall of 2012 I was desperately looking for a pair of boots I searched high and low, but being a cheap shopper I couldn't surrender to those price tags. This was when I made my first trip to my local Goodwill. I found a pair of boots in my size that were practically brand new, they were a beautiful mix of leather and suede and oh man I could go on and on about them... $3.99 for those new boots. Let me just tell you that I wore those boots every single day of fall and winter and loved them for two years.
Here is a little New England scenery for you, this is the Cape Cod Canal walking trails and of course my favorite boots. Then fall 2014 rolled around and my favorite boots were looking a little ragged. The bottom of the sole had started to come off and hubby joked that the boots were trying to talk to me...Haha I will say that hubby was a good sport. We went to eight shoe stores that day including Goodwill and Savers to find new boots. The only pair that I remotely liked/ fit nicely were from Bob’s. The price sticker was $49, but I had a coupon and got them for $39. I know that this is a lot of money for a pair of shoes, but like I said boot weather is half of the year here and I know because they are such good quality they will last many years to come. Boots are so versatile and can be worn with skirts, jeans, leggings, can you tell I love boots?
2. Nude/Black Flats. Oh how I love nude flats. They are so classic and can also be dressed up or dressed down, paired with skirts, tights, leggings, jeans...My nude flats are from Target and they were $13.99. They are the most comfortable flats that I have ever owned. Black flats are also a great staple item. Mine were free because they were a Christmas gift, but they are also from Target.
3. Sneakers. In regards to sneakers I mean athletic sneakers and casual sneakers. My athletic sneakers are Nikes and I also got them at Bob’s for $25 after a coupon and $10 store credit (I suggest if you have a store near you joining their rewards club you earn store credit and they send you a free $10 credit in your birthday month). My casual Ked-like sneakers are from JC Penney and they were free. Yes, free. I joined their rewards club so I get exclusive e-mail coupons! I had a $10 off $25 coupon so I bought a cute dress that I needed for an event for $15 and got the $10 sneakers for free (they retail more than $10 but they were on clearance, score!) My Keds are my go-to shoe in the early fall and late spring.
4. Cute Sandals. Sandals are a must in the hot summer sun. I like to have white/black/ and a somewhat neutral colored pair. I usually buy mine at Target when it is the end of the summer so I have a new pair every year. The neutral pair is from Payless and I paid about $20 for them because they are a great quality and will last a long time and go with anything.Here are my favorites:
Those are the shoes that I reach for first in my closet when I am getting dressed! Of course over time (I hate to throw things away so I have shoes that are 5+ years old) and holidays/birthdays/shopping clearance or sales, etc I have been able to gather quite a collection of shoes. Shoes do not have to be expensive. No one really cares if your boots are real Uggs or Tuggs (Target Uggs). Listen to your budget and buy what you can afford. Shop second hand first and then if you need to move to discounted retail stores and use your coupons and rewards cards.
Happy Shoe shopping!