It turns out that if you're me, once you acquire one pair of really cute shoes, you realize the power of the Cute Shoe, and you just want more. You realize that since the first cute shoes were wintery and black, with a heel, you need a pair of sandals and some flats to balance the equation. Suddenly, you find that these have taken up residence in your closet:
Petrella by Söfft, in mocha
Peony by Born, in green
The sandals have a story. SÖFFT SHOES ROCK. That's the moral, now here's the story, the long version. When I first decided that perhaps it was time for me to get some new shoes and stop putting my feet in orthopedic grandmother footwear, I went to Nordstrom Rack and looked around. I got overwhelmed, and found only one pair that I really liked, but they had been mistakenly placed in with my size and actually didn't fit. They were a pair of Söfft mary janes. Then I wrote my blog post asking for shoe advice. Lo and behold, a reader commented that she works for Söfft and that I should check them out and that she could "hook me up."
Well, that intrigued me. A few Facebook messages later, I had myself a new pair of shoes. For free! The lovely people at Söfft let me choose a pair of shoes for my very own. They are amazing. They are super comfortable and so cute. Oregon weather has not been conducive to the sandals this spring, so I've just been wearing them around the house for fun. So has Maddie. We are in love. What's not to love, really, about high-quality shoes and a generous company that understands the power of free marketing?!
The other shoes were recommneded by a commenter as well; she suggested the radish color which is lovely but less complimentary to the clothing in my wardrobe. I'm still waiting for this particular pair to arrive. Hopefully by the time they do, spring will have sprung here in Portland.
Getting new shoes has had the aftershock of making it apparent that I could use some new clothes, too. The lovely Julia asked for suggestions as to where us women in our (late) 30s could go to find clothes that were stylish but not too young looking, and at least one of her readers suggested Boden, and I've become a little obsessed. Might just have to get a few things. To, you know, make those shoes look as good as possible.