Oh, shoes. I love them.
But I cheated when I compile my fall 2015 capsule wardrobe and I didn’t count my shoes.
Mostly, because I had so many, and although I did whittle it down to just 12 pairs for fall and winter, I couldn’t part with any more.
For a long time, I bought shoes for fun, mostly because they would always fit. I have dozens of pairs of heels, but I’m getting rid of all of them, except for three, because I just don’t wear them and not that I have a blissfully casual job, I don’t dress up often. Plus, they do a number on my feet. I also had a number of slip on Vans I was holding on to for sentimental reasons, but that’s just kind of silly.
So, here’s what I have to work with now (besides the three pairs of dressy shoes). When spring and summer roll around, I’ll do another purge of sandals, but for now, these are the shoes I have in rotation.
three casual pairs
I know that Birkenstocks have become ironically fashionable the last two years, but I’ve been wearing them since I was a sophomore in college and worked at the local Birkenstocks store (the only time I’ve been fired, which is another story…) And my current pair of slip-on Vans are Star Wars themed. I’ve been a dedicated Vans fan since I bought my first pair of slip ons at Sporty LA on Melrose my freshman year of college. I couldn’t wear Chuck Taylors because my feet were too wide, but slip on Vans are perfect. I’ve had these DC herringbone shoes for a couple years, too, and they are waaaayyyy comfortable. I’ve never been a skateboarder, but the wide, cushion-y shoes they love are my style.
These J Crew leopard loafers are my only new pair. They need to be broken in still, but I think they’ll be comfortable, and I love the print and the style.
I bought these grey suede Coach loafers at TJ Maxx last fall, and they have gotten a lot of use. I’ve always thought Coach made quality, comfortable shoes. I wear these when I feel like looking a little more professional with jeans and sweaters.
These Cole Hann motorcycle boots were another TJ Maxx steal from two years ago. They have that Nike Air technology which means they are also very confortable, and even though they are pull on, I don’t have a ton of trouble getting them on my feet.
My tall boots are yet another TJ Maxx steal. This time, they’re Franco Sarto. Although they aren’t wide calf, they have a little stretch panel in the back of them that make them a little more flexible. Wide calf boots are too loose on me, but with jeans tucked in, sometime regular are a little tight. These fit well with tights or jeans.
Ah, Coach flats. At one point I had six pairs, but these are the only two that remain, and they will probably only last this season. The metal button ones were a favorite I got on sale at Macy’s and they have lasted over six years. The leather camel and black cap toe pair have lasted three, but I don’t wear them often because they’re the stretchy kind and don’t have as much arch support. I also stepped in a puddle in them one day, so there are spots on the sides, but it was the day I got a promotion at work, so it’s more of a fond memory. And these are my current rotation of black flats. I scored the Michael Kors ones at TJ Maxx, and while I’m not a huge fan of the MK medallion, they are very comfortable and really nice leather. I never would have paid full price for them, but on sale, they were a good deal. The bronze and black Born flats I paid full price for, because they are totally worth it and almost impossible to find on sale. The black ones are about to be retired, but have lasted four years, and the bronze is not a color I wear often, but do add a little color to a boring outfit on occasion.
Birkenstock Bostons denim suede | exact
DC skate shoes | similar
Vans classic slip ons | similar
J Crew leopard loafers | exact
Coach grey suede loafers | similar
Michael Kors black flats | similar
Cole Haan black motorcycle boots | exact
Franco Sarto tall black boots | similar
Born black flats | similar
Born black flats | similar
Shoes. I love them.