Outfit of the day & my shoe storage solutions

16 Feb

2-16-2011

Dress: Vintage, thrifted

Shoes: Mia

Sorry for the radioactive photo!  I have a lot of trouble getting properly exposed photos when I’m wearing a dark outfit.  I am really, really pale, and all my childhood photo albums are filled with photos of me glowing in the dark.  Still, this was the best photo of the dress (there is another on flickr, but while I look ok (only slightly radioactive) the dress is rather dark.  I get better photos outside, but I don’t have much of a backyard, and I live in a neighborhood with tons of foot traffic – sometimes I don’t feel like being stared at!

This dress is one of my favorite thrift store finds.  I rarely find decent vintage, but I do have a few stores that I visit which I think the pickers avoid.  This dress doesn’t have a lot of hanger appeal, but I love it!  I’m finding that dresses of this era (late 1970s?) suit me.

On to the topic of the day: Storing (and sorting) shoes.

I spent this weekend sorting and culling my shoe collection.  I tend to have a lot of shoes, mostly because I have a really hard time getting rid of any.  I still had shoes from 10 years ago, and I know I don’t wear them anymore!  I forced myself to get rid of 20 pairs, none of which had been worn in the past year, and some which were only worn once (I used to buy a lot of desperations shoes – shoes to match an outfit for one occasion, usually cheap shoes that I didn’t like.)  I’ve also, within the past 2 years, decided that I’m unwilling to suffer foot pain for my shoes.  I do like to wear heels, and I wear them almost every day.  This means that I can’t buy cheap shoes, but since I don’t really buy new clothes I just spend my wardrobe money on my shoes.  I thought I would share a photo of my shoe storage:

Shoe storage

This is just one of those modular wire shelving systems.  Most of my shoes have stacked heels, and don’t fall through the mesh.  I store my flats at the bottom, with the second of every pair leaning up in the back.  I like this system because I can see what I have, and I tend to actually wear them all.  I used to keep them in my closet, but then I wore the same 2 pairs all the time.  I try not to keep anything on the floor of my closet, ever since I had a minor carpet beetle invasion in the house – I vacuum it several times a week!  I haven’t quite figured out good boot storage yet:

Boots

I store all my boots with rolled up magazines inside, so that they don’t fall over and crease.  And yes, that is a t-ball bat (you know, in case we hae any really tiny burglars!)  I have a lot of boots, because I wear them most of the time in the winter.  I wear the other shoes in the spring, summer, and fall.  I have very few pairs of sandals (and I had to send back the Seychelles I just got from 6pm – they were too big!)  I don’t wear sandals often… they just don’t go with my wardrobe very well.

Going through the shoes (and getting rid of a bunch) helped me to see where the holes are in my collection.  I do not, for instance, need any more black shoes (especially because I don’t wear them often in warm weather – I don’t care for the contrast.)  I would like a pair of casual oxford type shoes – I am seeing them worn with dresses quite often, and I think it would be nice to have a different type of flat.  I’m thinking of the Caley by Bass.

I like that it has oxford styling, but it isn’t as high cut as the traditional type.  I’m not interested in looking like I’m wearing men’s shoes, and some of the other styles remind me of jazz shoes (which I’ve already got quite enough of, thanks!)

I’m also a bit obsessed with this pair, by Poetic License:

But, they are from last season and seem to be sold out everywhere!  I can find the brown/black color, but it’s the blue with red stitching that I really love.  I might go ahead and buy the other color while I still can.  Wouldn’t they be lovely with a retro dress?  Again, they aren’t too high cut, which keeps them from looking too mannish to me.

Lately I’ve been using Pinterest to keep track of the pretty shoes I find, most of which I won’t buy.  If anyone is interested, the shoe pinboard is here.  I might also get a new pair of sandals for summer, flat ones to wear with maxi dresses, but I have yet to find any that I like.    I don’t know why Sandals don’t appeal to me!  A new pair of Mary janes is definitely in the cards, as my pair of black Mary janes is entirely too uncomfortable for wearing without tights.

I’m also obsessing a bit about what shoes to take on my trip to Italy (in 2 weeks!)  But… once I get my packing wardrobe planned that will be  a separate post.  I have yet to decide whether I’m doing me-made-march or not.  I will be in Italy for half the month, but perhaps wearing my handmade stuff might force me to pack a bit lighter!

 

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17 Responses to “Outfit of the day & my shoe storage solutions”

  1. Rachael February 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Have you checked out John Fluevog http://www.fluevog.com/code/?w%5B%5D=gender:women for shoes. They ain’t cheap, but they are funky, comfy and will last a lifetime. I love the pairs I own…sadly as a SAHM I can’t see myself being able to buy anymore for a long long time.

    • stitchywitch February 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

      Oh, those are really cute! I’d looked at them before, but somehow I thought their were weird. I might have to save up for a pair (I have seen them go on sale, but still they are very expensive!)

  2. Orli February 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Your posts on wardrobe always make me look at my own a bit differently. I’ve changed a lot of what I wear because I made decisions like that too–not only do I wear only shoes that are comfortable now, I want them to be pretty as well!!

    I bought those Poetic License boots you linked to last month–nowhere near the sale price you bought but I do think they’re worth it! :)

    • stitchywitch February 16, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

      I’m glad you like the boots – I love mine, they are so unusual, yet they go with lots of things! And there are lots of comfortable pretty shoes now (I used to think that shoes had to hurt, but no more!)

  3. CGCouture February 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I’m all about cute, comfortable, and goes-with-everything shoes. They are spendy, but I find that with the cheap ones I would wear them once or twice and replace them, because they killed my feet. Some other women may not be thinking about it, but I want to be able to walk (without a walker) when I’m 80. I love those blue shoes you posted, but I can’t put frivolous shoes like those in my budget. :-( Definitely try to hold out for them if you can–their sister pair might not be too bad to pick up either. :-)

    • stitchywitch February 16, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      Exactly! I don’t want to damage my feet – my friends all have bunions etc in their 30s, but my feet are fine… it’s worth it to me to buy nicer shoes (and no heels over 3 inches (without a platform) for me… makes it hard to find any nowadays!)

  4. Sue February 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    That dress is stunning on you!

  5. Stephanie February 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Those blue and red shoes are sooooooooooooo adorable! If you find them you have to scoop them up!

  6. Something in the Way She Sews February 16, 2011 at 10:13 pm #

    Wow! I’d love to have my shoes so well displayed, but space is an issue and I also share a shoe cupboard with four others, it’s not ideal. The blue with red stitching are adorable, I hope you have good luck in finding them.

  7. Garnet February 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm #

    I adore that dress. It’s the perfect color!

    Garnet

  8. silly February 17, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    I wore Keen when i was Italy for 3 weeks. Not glam but it was comfortable.

  9. Carolyn February 17, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    The dress is really beautiful on you! But you made me laugh when you called the 70s vintage…it’s hard for me to think of it that way since I was a teenager in the 70s!

  10. Georgia February 19, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    OMG! I love those shoes….LOVE THEM! I am into the funky vintage aesthetic right now, and those fit the bill…perfectly! Please find them and buy them, and show them off!!!!!!!

  11. coffeeaddict February 20, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Your vintage dress is gorgeous, absolutely amazing colour.
    And the shoes from Poetic Licence are beyond words.

  12. B February 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    The blue and red sold out pair looks similar to shoes I see at Fluevog, and I hear great reviews about the comfort and style of Fluevog.

  13. B February 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Oops, just saw the first comment address this!

  14. Esz February 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    Shoes are such a hard thing to find good ones. I’m so specific about heel height and heel shape. Can’t be too low and can’t be too high. And the toe has to be between almond or round shaped. AND I like to have some kind of strap over the foot like a mary-jane or t-strap.
    PHEW!!

    Your photos – I think it might be that blue wall that is throwing your colours out. :-D

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