How to buy crazy shoes like Cinderella’s on a budget

#chambary dress, #Michael Koers sandals #LVbag, #KieselsteinCordBelt #HighLatitudeStyle

In love with shoes

As you already have noticed I am crazy for shoes. When I see a pair I like and do not have a similar pair and can afford it I hardly can resist to buy it. 🙁 How did my being crazy for statement shoes start out? It started when I was a teenager. My mom gave my sister and me 20DM (about $40-50 in market value back then) at the end of summer to buy shoes for the upcoming fall/winter season. For that money you could not buy high quality leather shoes and that was what I wanted.

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#fashionover40 work outfit with crazy shoeses
Chambray dress with Michael Kors sandals, LV bag, Tissot stone watch,  and Kieselstein Cord belt (all own)

Buy the highest quality you can afford

At the end of summer, there was always the end of summer sale. Thus, I always was on search for the highest quality leather shoes on sale that would fit my budget limit (20 DM). Typically at the end of summer these shoes where shoes in crazy colors, or details that made a statement. Thus, my shoes always made a big entrance.

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Buy off season

Of course in the end of summer sale, I only would get summer shoes, I wore them as long into fall as possible and then switched to my last seasons fall/winter shoes when it became too cold for wearing sandals. Of course, these fall/winter shoes were bought in the end of winter sale in late March when I was supposed to buy spring/summer shoes.

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#fashionover50 denim dress with cool looking sandals
Denim dress with Michael Koers plateau sandals, Tissot blue stone watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Ray Ban mirrored sunglasses, and Kieselstein Cord belt with three horses buckle (all own)

Plan shoe additions to your wardrobe ahead of the season

Somehow I kept this behavior. In summer, I identify which shoes are needed for winter and start searching to fill the “void” in my shoe wardrobe with a pricey, high end item that is on sale because it is in its off-season. I scored my Dior over-the-knee boots and these Harley Davidson booties that way. This past winter, I identified that neon pumps are a must-have and scored a great pair.

What I learned

What is the difference between then and today? Well, today I actively search for those crazy shoes, while in the past I just accepted that they were as crazy as a glass shoe. Why did I want the high quality? I had to walk 20 minutes from the bus stop to school each morning and back from school to the bus stop each afternoon. Low quality shoes just made that for half of the season, and any repairs where to be paid out of my allowance. This rule was installed by my mom to ensure we would polish our shoes at least once a week.

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What crazy shoes I wore today

Now to my newest buy regarding shoes and the OOTD. I found these Michael Koers sandals in a thriftstore in Georgetown. I paired them with my chambray dress, LV studded bag – a gift from my husband – a Kieselstein Cord belt, and added mirrored Ray Ban glasses that I bought on eBay.

Are you crazy for shoes? How do you budget for your shoes? When do you buy them? Let me know, I am curious.

#fashionover50 midlife woman in chambray dress, sandals, and mirrored sunglasses
Chambray dress with Michael Kors sandals, LV bag, Tissot stone watch,  Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Kieselstein Cord belt (all own)

Photos: G. Kramm

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