I see someone suggested I wear better shoes but here’s the thing, I’m not disagreeing, as I’m always on the lookout for shoes, but never seem to buy any. About a month ago I had a whole shop floor of shoes surrounding me whilst looking for a blue sandal and did any of them fit? No they did not. It was my bony thin feet mainly, that caught and rubbed so if they did that in the shop they’d be useless once out in the street. Another thing is I don’t do dainty shoes. I did. Once upon a time I tottered on the teeniest tiny and sweetest of shoes, and the highest of high heels, and also those platform heels, which made me nearer 6ft, but now? Never.
And I admit to liking quirky shoes because I think a clumpy shoe or even better, a boot, paired with elegant outerwear adds an edge. I’m saving up for some red Doc Martens. Actually, I have very few shoes. Isn’t it that women are meant to love their shoes and handbags? I don’t, it’s coats that are my thing. I very nearly have as many coats as I do shoes (see shoe total below), and many more coats than I have handbags! And these shoes? They’re all flat. As, really, don’t you want to wear comfortable shoes? I know I do!
Mind you I’m in good company as Alyson Walsh of That’s Not My Age wears only flats and thinks they’re absolutely the business. See her post here on sneakers which gives some links.
And below is THE pair of shoes I wear in the cold weather up to town or in Brighton. I think they’re so funny, as do others, as I’ve been stopped in the street with comments (all good) about them. They are so comfortable for gallery and exhibition viewing. They’re Addidas and not charity shop, but bought new.
And you’ll probably groan, but where was I yesterday? Yes, at my favourite place in London – again!
I met an old friend there and this time did both the Quant and the Dior exhibitions – phew! We both agreed that while the Quant was fascinating and reminded us of our youth the Dior was just utterly gorgeous. I’d taken a pic of that dress earlier this year and deliberately wore this (charity shop) skirt to honour the genius of Dior. Next time (!) it’s a tulle skirt.
I do occasionally wear dainty shoes. See these below – they come out for cruises. The thing is, I can’t wear them much for walking as ballet flats, on the whole, don’t grip my thin feet. These are charity shop.
As were these boots below, which were bought for £5. Oh, how I loved these boots. I wore them and wore them, for around two years, but the soles and heels wore out and were unrepairable and were almost like glass to walk on – so they had to go.
Actually the glassy soles were great for dancing. And the last time I wore them was for a friends’s 70th. Here they are on my feet whilst dancing.
Incidentally I’d tried on some very expensive (albeit on sale) dresses for that party, said, no to them, and then in the very next street found a black lace dress for a fiver. So the entire outfit for this party cost £10!
This winter I replaced the much loved boots with these, bought new, (but in a sale) and not quite as pretty but I love the studs.
When it’s spring, I do wear these green flats, which are bordering on the dainty. Must get them out and wear them now it’s ever so slightly warmer!
I see I’m a bit round-shouldered here. This was taken a year ago and the Pilates has really helped that older person round-shouldered look.
Below (and taken 2 years ago at the British Museum) is another favourite pair of charity shop boots, which I wore and wore until they fell apart.
I remember it was actually freezing that day with a very cold wind. I’m quite a chilly person and I know there’s a look that so many women follow of either bare feet in shoes or bare ankles with cropped trousers. I just can’t do that until the height of summer and really, really warm temperatures. But below are my favourite sandals worn with matching toenails!
This below was also the height of summer, and you can see I do prefer the covered-up feet look. These pink sneakers are not only made for walking, I had my gait measured and they’re the shoes I wear to run. Ha, run! I’m now on the 2nd week of Couch to 5K which has only taken 6 weeks to get to! But I am very slowly getting there.
The total number of shoes I possess is 3 pairs of winter boots, 2 pairs of sandals for summer, 1 pair of green flats, 2 sparkly jobs for cruises, 2 pairs of trainers, and a pair of shoes for indoors – that’s 11 in all. I nearly have that many coats. OK, do you have fewer shoes or many more?
That’s all for now.
With love, Penny the Frugalfashionshopper