I've been online shopping and in person shopping, buying and returning for a month now looking for my perfect summer shoe line-up. Getting out a little every day with the baby has helped me so much and I do love a good shoe hunt.
I used to think that more options was better but I actually don't like to have a lot of shoes anymore. I still have plenty but I used to have more, many more. I would go shopping with an open mind looking for a deal and the shoe possibilities would play out before me. Now I need my shoes to fit into my real life and not my fantasy life.
Of course I still would love to buy them on sale but I put them through rigorous testing now to see if they will come home with me. Or rather I should say stay home with me since I return often after having them at home for a week or so. I try them on with different outfits throughout the week to see if they are going to work for me.
Goes with almost everything
Will wear them a lot
Trying them on at home with different outfits is an important part of the process for me. Obviously I like the shoes when I buy them, but that doesn't mean they are going to fit in with my lifestyle or clothes I wear. Let me tell you my Converse story. I have always wanted a pair and I got the dainty style of grey Converse that are so adorable. They are the same Converse cool but less clunky.
I tried them on with so many outfits and realized three things. One, they pinched my little toes. Two, they made my feet feel claustrophobic in the heat. Three, I probably wouldn't reach for them that much to wear. So instead of keeping them and wasting money on something I wouldn't wear often, I decided to return and maybe try again another time.
So here are the shoes I finally decided on. I know they won't make the pages of Vogue but this is what works for me. I'm a pretty casual kind of girl.
First shoe is for all around comfort in my day to day life. It's hot here in Houston and I need something that I can slip on and also lets my foot breathe. I wanted it in yellow but they didn't have my size. Aerosoles can be kind of orthopedic looking but I love the squishy soles. I always look for their flip flops first.
I have loved my winter Sperrys so much that I decided to get some summer ones. All this shoe planning started because we have a vacation to Kiawah Island and Charleston coming up and we will be biking and walking a lot. I got the classic ones so I wouldn't have to worry about coordinating them.
These are my dressier sandals. I don't really dress up all that much but if I do wear a dress I think they'll be ok.
I rarely wear heels. Have you got the message that I like to be comfortable?
I wonder if all this analysis is too much? I'm always trying to balance spending money on the right things with having the right things when I need them. I want getting dressed to be easy and non-dramatic when there is a time crunch. Anyone else know what I am talking about? Closet meltdowns? Yeah, I'm trying to avoid those buy proactive shoe hunting. And that's how you sell it to your husband.