Hello everyone

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

 

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56 thoughts on “In praise of comfortable shoes!

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    16th May 2019 at 8:58 am
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    It is better to stick with flats and avoid foot problems. Like you my days of wearing 5 inch teetering heels are well over. What looks ludicrous is an older woman trying to walk well in heels.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2019 at 8:13 am
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      Well anyone tottering around on very high heels! I fell over several times (in my mid 20s) when I wore platform heels – but Was in good company as Naomi Campbell fell on the catwalk wearing platforms! And flats can look good – thanks for the comment 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 9:08 am
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    I think I have about 60 pair……..But I don’t have handbags, other then the one I must carry, and I have a few coats! Hahaha,

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2019 at 8:15 am
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      Oh wow Nancy! 60! I told Mr F and said, ‘see’!!!! Actually, I made a mistake – counted again and I have a total of 12 pairs of shoes!!!!

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    16th May 2019 at 9:16 am
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    Like you Penny I have slim feet and find it near to impossible to find a comfortable shoe other than trainers or boots these days. Added to this is I’m a size 3-4. I call my feet princess and the pea feet. I feel every last stitch or the tiniest little flaw. I need to add a cushioned insole to my shoes. I love gorgeous slim Italian shoes but even those seem to be too wide for me these days. I have two pairs that still seem to fit but they have to be for special occasions only because they’re irreplaceable. One is a pair of beige kitten heel woven leather pointy mules I’ve had for years and a couple of years ago wore to my son’s wedding, and the other a pair of black silk kitten heel slender ankle strap Emma Hope shoes bought around 15 or so years ago at a Georgina Von Etzdorf workshop sale in Salisbury. I tell shoe shop assistants they’ll probably not have anything to fit me. Some see this as a challenge and bring out pair after pair. Others agree they don’t stock small sizes.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2019 at 8:17 am
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      Oh yes, you’ve got really tiny feet as mine are size 5 and occasionally 6, but they are the narrowest of widths which just aren’t catered for. And like you with no extra flesh on them I feel everything. Last time I was in a shoe shop I had so many sandals out around me and they all chafed. It’s a cross we have to bear 😉

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    16th May 2019 at 9:26 am
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    I live on the Isle of Man and whilst we have charity shops they are not as up-market a yours. it is often necessary to shop online. Exhibitions can only be seen on rare trips to uk mainland. You are so lucky.
    I have gouty feet which get very weary standing and they are broad, not boney! finding funky flats and boots is not easy, I like a colour, so love your Adidas and the green ones! I found some red hightops at ECCO last year, not cheap, I bought in the sale, but super comfortable.
    I have been reading your blogs for a couple of months now, got the link from LFF really enjoy it.
    CQ

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2019 at 8:23 am
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      I’m sure there must be many compensations re: living on the Isle of Man! Thing is some people love walks in the country, and green vistas, but I love cities, so we choose to live near a station that’ll get us to London.

      Yes, ECCO shoes are really really good and there’s an excellent shoe shop that sells those in Lewes plus other unusual makes – it was just unfortunate that I couldn’t get a sandal to fit the last time I was there. Thank you so much for joining and reading my blog – much appreciated 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 9:37 am
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    I love shoes especially coloured ones. I have pink, orange, red, burgundy, blue, emerald green, patent black, brown and tan ones. I have sensible Trekker sandles, toe post sandles, trainers, and wedge heels. A pair of beautiful purple long boots and some v comfy soft black leather mid calf boots. They all get an airing! When I buy shoes/boots I heed my mothers advice which was “tight shoes put lines on your face”!
    Love your blog! I also like jackets, smarter than cardies and warm as I feel the cold! X

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2019 at 8:25 am
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      Yes, give me colour every time – although on reflection all 3 of my my winter boots are black! Thank you so much for your feedback – and jackets are ace aren’t they!

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    16th May 2019 at 9:50 am
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    I wear flats all the time and I have a pair of Panama Jacks which are chunky lace up ankle boots, bought a couple of decades ago. The bottoms reached a state of no return but eventually I found a place that would repair them and they are back on my feet. You mentioning red Doc Martins reminded me that I had a pair of red Kicker Boots with multi coloured laces and coloured labels denoting left and right, I loved those. Not having narrow feet I do wear ballet flats in the Sumner but I also wear plimsolls and trainers for all day comfort. Love your blog.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      17th May 2019 at 8:27 am
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      Oooh those Kicker boots must have looked good! Flats forever I say! Thanks so much for the feedback and commenting 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 10:26 am
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    I bought a pair of red shiny Doc Martens as my birthday present to myself on my 60th. Nine years later they are still going strong though I have had them reheeled. Red shoes are my absolute favourite, partly I think because I was never allowed them as a child! I have been unable to wear heels, other than a very small kitten heel, for years despite tottering around in them all my working days. I still love shoes, but find comfortable ones more difficult to find as I really don’t want frumpy ones. Several of the most comfortable flats I’ve found recently have been from Marks and Spencers. Last summer I bought a pair of lemon yellow pumps which are lovely. As ever I’ve enjoyed the post – you always come up with such relevant topics 😊

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:03 am
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      That’s a good advertisement for Doc Martens – I think I’d wear them and wear them! I’ll look at M&S – thanks for the tip. And thanks so much for the feedback which is much appreciated 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    OMG….I obviously have a shoe problem. Because I probably have 11 pairs of boots. And 11 pairs of sandals. And then there’s the heels, and sneakers and flats and brogues….eeeek!! But obviously I don’t have as many issues with fit either. I’m lucky that way.
    But I have been getting spoiled after having worked with a couple of comfortable shoe companies. Too bad they don’t ship over seas because Walking Cradles would be great for your feet. They have every width and size available and are made for comfort, yet have some stylish versions too!
    I read that comment that you talked about, and as a shoe snob, I’ve always thought you have fun footwear.
    XOOX
    Jodie

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:07 am
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      Thank you Jodie 🙂 And wow re: the number of shoes and boots you have! Actually I recounted and I have 12 pairs of shoes, not 11! Walking Cradle sounds interesting but there are companies here that do make shoes for all shapes e.g. Hotter, but I look and am not sure. The thing is I don’t have anywhere really to put any more shoes – so it’s just as well. Also I forgot to say that I have more hats than shoes, coats, and handbags!!!

      Have a great weekend xxxx

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    16th May 2019 at 2:31 pm
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    Boots,flats,sandals,clogs……..all must be flat,all must be comfortable,and definitely not elderly.
    Love your blog!
    Ro

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:09 am
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      Thank you so much Ro and, totally with you, shoes must be comfortable.

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    16th May 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    Love, love, love your grass green shoes! 🙂

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:10 am
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      Oh thanks, that’s great to get that feedback 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    I absolutely loved your take on shoes. One memory which will stay with me forever – my Mother-in-Law’s funeral. The lovely female minister who took the service in full black robes had on beneath them a pair of purple Doc Martins! Beat that!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:10 am
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      What a memory! And what a minister – respect!

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    16th May 2019 at 4:58 pm
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    I’ve just counted thirty shoe boxes, not including boots, I seem to buy more shoes than clothes these days. Thank goodness the days of trying to walk in heels has gone, I never could. My favourites are brogues, boots and sandals. Oh and trainers and plimsoles. And bags, I can’t resist them, even though I have too many. They don’t have to be expensive, except a couple of good leather ones I’ve splashed out on. And THEN there’s coats ! Love coats ,like you , Penny, but there is the storage problem, and they are a cash outlay unless you live somewhere with good charity shops and can find bargains. How do you find room to store your coat collection, Penny ? By the way I really love the outfit you wore to the Dior exhibition !

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:17 am
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      Hi Maisie
      Well, the thing is my wardrobe is geared up to take the coats, but I don’t have the storage for either shoes or bags. I find storing bags really quite a challenge, so it’s just as well I don’t have all that many! The £35 or thereabouts I paid for the purple coat is the most I’ve paid for years – can’t remember when I last bought a coat new. But we do have plenty of charity shops in the south of England. Thank you re: the exhibition outfit. I also wore unseen a tuxedo jacket bought in a charity shop for £25 some years ago, which still had the label on saying £110. It was good to give all the clothes an outing 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    Hmmm, shoes are a funny conundrum at a certain age.
    I bought a pair of Gucci loafers (new/super expensive) and they were the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. But they made me feel dowdy and about 90. Yet they look fantastic on young girls and not like they’re wearing their grandmother’s shoes. I sold them on ebay.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:21 am
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      Yes, I get it totally. I’m very wary of wearing vintage as I think vintage looks great on youngsters, but on me it looks like an old thing I’ve had in the back of my wardrobe. Thanks so much for the comment 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 5:44 pm
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    I adore footwear and have around 70 pairs of shoes/sandals/boots but some of these are ancient – some over 30 years old. My gold Roland Cartier 1980s ballet pumps are brought out every summer and are lovingly repaired as necessary (soled once, heeled umpteen times). Many more pairs date from when I worked full time. I buy very few nowadays. Most are flat, but there are four pairs of heels, all over 10 years old which are worn very, very occasionally.
    Of course the reason for preferring shoes over clothes is that the fit is not dependent on whether one has gained or lost a few pounds!!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:23 am
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      Hi Eloise again, just wow, re: your collection of shoes. I get that some shoes are beautiful but I don’t have the storage space for that many shoes, but maybe that’s deliberate as I do have the storage space for my many hats and coats!

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    16th May 2019 at 6:00 pm
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    I have two pairs of Vionic flats (silver and leopard) both are pointed-toed and have arch supports. I love both pair and wear them constantly. I can’t seem to locate them on any web sites so maybe they are out of stock. Haven’t worn heels since I stopped working; and, even then, it seemed those in the education system stick with flatter, more comfortable shoes.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:27 am
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      I’ve just googled Vionic and found my nearest stockist – none in Brighton or Lewes sadly. But will look out for them next time I’m in London. Thanks for the tip x

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    16th May 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    Hi Penny, I would love to wear pretty shoes but it’s just not possible, however I am able to wear lace up canvas flats which are at least in fashion now. In the winter I wear Emu sheepskin lined ankle boots which are quite smart. I do have a pair of sparkly red shoes (think Dorothy, Wizard of Oz) which my sister in law bought for me in Walmart, I can’t wear them but they’re beautiful! The trouble with lace up flats is that it’s difficult not to look frumpy, I find it difficult to get a skirt length right so tend to stick to trousers in the summer and leggings in the winter. Like you though my feet and legs are always cold so the weather would have to be tropical for me to venture out with bare legs!
    BTW in my local Garden Centre Cafe today I overheard two very elderly ladies discussing outfits for a wedding, one of them said ‘for Millie’s wedding I bought an outfit from a charity shop and gave it back to them the next week’. I wonder if she followed your blog?!
    Happy weekend
    Chrissie

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:32 am
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      Hi Chrissie
      I look at some heels and just sigh, because, like you, it’s out of the question. But the flats have to look good. You have a great weekend too 🙂

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    16th May 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    Ah, shoes. Having a thin heel and high arch, velcro straps, elastic cord or lace up is a must. I also have an army of shoe inserts that are not optional. It is a tap dance! Ha ha. For seriously steady walkability in Vancouver, flats rule. Yes, shoes that look great on young women can turn matronly on me in a New York second. Ouch. Great topic! Judy @fancified.ca

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:34 am
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      Ah ha, you have a high arch and thin feet same as me! And I too have an insert! In any city one must wear flats – after all so much is walkable. We think and have feet alike Judy!

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    16th May 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    I’ve got over 30 pairs but probably wear around 5 regularly, all flat. Just had to throw away 2 stalwarts but the soles had gone and couldn’t be repaired as they were moulded. I tend to go for loafer styles as I often wear trousers and like you, can’t wear heels any more unless I won’t be walking anywhere! At least 10 of the 30 pairs are heels bought for special occasions, although for sentimental purposes I still have a pair of powder blue and gold lotus 3.5 inch heel stillettos that I wore to my 6th form disco with Harem pants (Whatever happened to those!) Unlike you I have boat/box feet, broad with 3 toes all the same length, great if you’re a ballet dancer apparently but not if you just want normal shoes. Have you tried the shoe shop in Lewes just round the corner from station street? they have quite a selection of italian shoes which look gorgeous but are far too narrow for me, but they also do one or two ranges for broader feet. Not cheap usually but what price comfy feet I say. Not a big collector of coats or bags though, I have 1 winter coat, 4 mac’s and 2 cagoules plus a denim jacket and 3 black, 1 brown, 1 gold and 1 multicoloured ‘small’ bag plus 3 bigger ‘work’ type bags, none of which cost more than £30.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:38 am
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      Oh wow, fancy still having your 6th form stilettos – amazing! I have tried that shoe shop in Lewes and it’s a great favourite of mine but sadly it was the one where I tried nearly ever sandal in the shop and felt something chafe in everyone of them. That was a first for that shop but I’ll definitely go again as it is so good and has such quality shoes.

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        28th May 2019 at 4:37 pm
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        I will post you a picture if I can remember where I’ve put them…they are in a box somewhere! I do love a summer sandal though and will also post the pair i got last year from the shop in Lewes, ready for this year. They are by Tamaris, and I have bought several pairs by them previously as they seem to suit my foot shape, so probably no good for you! However I do like to complement my sandals with a nice pedicure and polish, always makes me feel ready for summer. Not sure how to post a picture on wordpress so it will probably be on facebook.

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    17th May 2019 at 4:25 am
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    I love this discussion about shoes! I’m forever looking for flat, funky footwear to suit my day to day life which includes a lot of walking (not always sauntering) and often with rain and puddles. I’m like you and take transit a lot and it’s quite entertaining if you get a seat, to look around and observe the varied footwear that people wear. Converse has some very thick soled sneakers which I’ve been wishing for lately. A friend was recently decluttering, a la Marie Kondo, and had a farewell party for 5 pairs of beautiful high heels. She literally grieved her inability to feel comfortable in them any more. She also gifted me a lovely pair of navy and white oxfords which, although a teeny tiny bit too small, I’ve been very happily wearing. I love shoes also. And coats. And handbags. And scarves. And dresses, skirts and tunics and leggings and fancy tights. My husband says there’s nothing I don’t love. It’s true…. although I can live without button up shirts.
    A thrifted tulle skirt some day would be a wonderful scoop.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:41 am
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      Actually at the V&A we sat near the queue to get into the restaurant and 75% of women were wearing sneaker/trainer type shoes, because you simply have to do that around exhibitions. And although Marie Kondo has had a lot of criticism I actually do a lot of decluttering and find her helpful, and I roll my t-shirts!

      Oh yes, do look for that tulle skirt!

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    17th May 2019 at 4:28 am
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    Saddle shoes, I meant to say! They feel like being in middle school again.

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    17th May 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    I seem to have acquired a lot more pairs of boots and sandals in the last couple of years! I am increasingly turning to flat shoes and I love quirky numbers and Stan Smiths. Sadly, some of my higher heeled shoes seldom get an outing nowadays, except if I know I’ll be going somewhere by car and not walking much!

    You always rock your shoes and they’re very distinctive, adding something to your style!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:44 am
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      Thank you so much Gail for saying that! Thing is I don’t have much storage for shoes so it’s just as well I don’t have all that many – but funny how I can always find a space for a hat!

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    17th May 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    I think wearing shoes that are comfortable is always the most important thing, but I like them to be cute, as well. I can’t do high heels anymore, either. Just too wobbly and uncomfortable. Enjoyed your post!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:30 am
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      Same here, the flats and the comfortable shoes I wear have to look good and for me slightly quirky – totally with you there 🙂 Thank you!

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    17th May 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    Just thought it might be worth mentioning Hotter shoes. I find them very comfortable. I’m still working, so wear small heels with skirts. However I don’t travel in them, just pop them in my bag and wear them in the office. This is also what the sophisticated young women do too. They walk to work in trainers under their smart clothes.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      18th May 2019 at 8:29 am
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      You always see this (women wearing flats to work) in films set in the States. And there is a Hotter shoe shop in Brighton and the next time I feel the urge to get a blue sandal I’ll go there!

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    18th May 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    I’m with you on comfort, Penny. I have only flat shoes, too. Well, I have several pairs with heels but a) they get worn rarely and b) then only from car to venue and back again! I don’t like trainers and I don’t like wedge shoes either; so shoes for me tend to be Mary Janes, loafers or brogues and I have a couple pair of pumps.

    I absolutely loved your green shoes. I don’t know how to describe them other than they remind me of Irish dancing shoes with out the steel cap. I’d like a pair in all the primary colours, please!

    I have lots of sandals and loved your red ones and your toes look gorgeous. I’m going to get my toes painted this week – a little treat to myself. Whereas you have narrow feet I’m the opposite I have wide feet and that’s why I loved pre-loved footwear as someone else has broken them in for me!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th May 2019 at 10:46 am
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      Yes, I think the green shoes are very like Irish dancing shoes. I bought them from an independent shoe shop in Lewes which sells unusual makes – such a nice shop. Although we have different shaped feet we seem to think alike about comfort which is so important 🙂

      Have a lovely weekend xxxx

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    19th May 2019 at 9:02 am
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    Thanks for this, Penny. I enjoyed your photos and reading about your shoes – and feet – and those of other readers. The actress, Beryl Reid, said she got into character by getting the shoes right first. I can relate to that. I can wear the same clothes with different shoes and feel (act) completely different.

    I love shoes and you prompted me to count how many I have: 6 pairs of boots – red, black, purple, brown, beige and grey. 23 pairs of sandal plus the pair of mules I wear as indoor shoes, 15 pairs of shoes, one pair of walking boots and one pair of snow boots. Some are regular favourites others are worn once in a blue moon. I rarely wear my shoes out but, four pairs of sandals and 2 pairs of shoes went to a charity shop recently because I’d stopped loving them.

    For me, shoes are like lipsticks: I can never have too many. I have no system about buying shoes – rarely to go with a specific outfit. It’s see – like – buy. And I do love a bargain. I bought my latest pair (Theirry Rabotin) last Monday on eBay and the two oldest pairs I purchased in an outlet park in Florida fourteen years ago. In between them came at least half a dozen pairs of Hotter.

    I love red shoes and wedges (easier than heels) in particular. Virginia Ironside suggests choosing shoes that are comfortable – but don’t look like they’re designed for comfort. I agree with that – mostly; although several of my sandals are strictly ‘car-to-bar’. And there’s often a pair of ‘reserves’ in my bag and several pairs to be found in the boot of the car. Nevertheless, from time-to-time- I still hear myself saying, “Not in these shoes…” because the ones I have with me are inappropriate. Ah well, you can take the girl out of Essex but …

    Enjoy your Sunday, Penny – and all.

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th May 2019 at 10:48 am
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      Oh wow, Mary, what a lot of shoes, but I do get it, as I’d walk past shoes in a shoe shop any day but hats deserve a second look every time!

      Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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    20th May 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    We seem to have similar feet! Last year I struck lucky with Timberland sandals (Malibu ankle strap and Malibu two strap) with nice thick soles. For comfortable shoes to walk in all day I was always stuck with Mephisto, but in October I got a lovely pair of shoes at André ( a chain of shoeshops) in Paris. People seem to have smaller feet in France, compared to Holland, where I live. They fitted so well I got a second pair in a different colour, with the help of a French friend, as French webshops do not seem to deliver in Holland. I have also found shoes that fit in Germany. As my visits to these countries usually coincide with the sales shoeshops are always on the agenda!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th May 2019 at 10:50 am
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      I do note that German shoes are very good. I will look at Timberland – thanks for the tip! And I was pleased to be in Toulouse at the time of the sales so that red hat had 30% off!

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    20th May 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    Hello Penny
    Arrived at Lake Tahoe the other day and only now am catching up with you, so you could miss this as you’ll be moving on… However, couldn’t resist joining in as I so agreed with (and loved) all the previous comments being a truly fully paid-up member of FLU the Footwear Lovers’ Union!).

    I cannot remember the last time I stepped into a shoe shop back home because nothing ever fitted, Then I discovered proper cowboy boots (not the really pointy sort) and chunkies like yours, over here and was saved from rubbed heels and toes – and blisters. Boy, am I looking forward to some serious shoe searching later on when en route to Oklahome via the back roads – tourist towns aren’t quite the same. I’m on the lookout for replacement sandals as my sole (!) precious pair are beginning to wear out. Mind you, they’re at least ten years old!

    You certainly caught your readers’ attention with this shoe topic, didn’t you? Purple boots under a cassock, for instance! Respect indeed! And as for personal preferences! Talk about similarities uniting! A bit like Karen I love shoes, handbags and scarves. Not coats so much and I can rarely find skirts that suit, but jeans and sweatshirts, yes. Your latest outfit looked so good too, although I must admit that I can’t quite come to terms with those bright trainers but hey, they are so you and not me and I applaud the difference.

    Have a good week. Love, Z x

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th May 2019 at 10:52 am
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      Hi Zepherine – I do love to hear of your travels and thoughts! Vive la difference, say I! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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    21st May 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    I wear a lot of flattish shoes, often small wedges but I really wish I didn’t need to ! I dislike trainers and anything clumpy but as I have bad feet I have to wear what I can walk in & it must have a fastening. I still wear heels on cruises and at evening events where I don’t have to walk far. I just do not feel dressed without them. I’m also petite and my husband is 6′ 2″! I’ve had some beautiful high-heeled shoes in the past, I wish I’d photographed them before they had to go.
    I’m not fond of trousers but wear them for practicality in the cold and on holiday.
    I have some Clarks sandals which are very comfortable & supportive but also look pretty with flowers on the front. My sister thinks they are awful but then she and I look so different; she would wear Doc Martins! I store my handbags by season and stack them upright in a -very old – plastic bin so I can see what I’ve got. BTW I find Hotter shoes a bit wide for me and I do not have slim feet. Clarks Cloud Steppers are light and comfortable but quite pricey. I always try to buy in a sale!

    • the frugal fashion shopper
      25th May 2019 at 10:54 am
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      Yes, I’ve never tried Hotter because I see them as offering wide shoes – although I will go in to the shop in Brighton and give them a try. I agree that Clarks are good and will look out for their sale. Have a good weekend 🙂

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