I have never been a huge fan of any type of flat shoes unless they were thongs. Finding an ‘in-between’ shoe that I really liked wasn’t an easy task, that was until I found loafers. There’s not a lot I don’t love about them; their shape, texture, comfort and pretty much everything about them is right down my alley. I’m obsessed with a pair that I recently purchased from Portmans in Melbourne’s iconic Bourke St. I’m loving the mixture of their hairy (yep they’re hairy) and stud design. They’re perfect, exactly what I was looking for. Something stylish enough to add some ‘value’ to my outfit but also low-key enough to not overpower my overall style. Loafers are my new favourite staple in my wardrobe.
There is no denying my life long addiction to Jimmy Choo, although I have never had the pleasure of owning a pair of his shoes. So this year, when I was in LA, I couldn’t help but visit the beautiful store in Rodeo Drive. It’s safe to say I was like a little girl in a candy store (a very expensive candy store). Not only did the sparkling shoes take my breath away, but so did the store. It’s all kinds of magnificent. I expected it to be great – it’s an expensive place after all. But I have never been into a store so beautiful and perfectly neat, from the racks to the floors to the shop assistants. I didn’t dare try anything on (which was a battle in itself). Yep, owning a pair of Jimmy Choo’s is definitely on the bucket list.
I am a huge fan of second hand stores and second hand buys, especially from stores like Lifeline or Salvos. I love this type of shopping because I can support a charity while spotting the best finds, my favourite kind of balance. In my opinion the best vintage pieces lie not in vintage store chains, but instead in flea markets and op (second hand) shops. Lucky for me (and unlucky for my bank account) there is a lifeline store in the building where I work. Today, like most days, I skipped actually eating lunch on my lunch break and instead opted to shop (sometimes it really does feed me more). Today it paid off when I found some gorgeous Wittner shoes, worth over $130 for only $18 in stella condition. Not much can make a Tuesday better than finding a gorgeous piece to add to your wardrobe collection.
How many times do you hear people say ‘you get what you pay for’. Personally, I hate this saying and couldn’t disagree more. I love designer brands and often splurge on cute Tony Bianco shoes and Jimmy Choo bags, but in no way does this mean I am going to get an infallable product. I have paid $300 for a Guess bag only for it to break and $20 on a Big W bag for it to last years. Yes, in some ways more expensive things are better quality and in other ways cheap items will fall apart. But you can’t base your entire closet and life around the rule that cheap is nasty and expensive means better quality. In fact I own some cute brown heels that are super cute and go perfectly with almost anything. “How much were they? Where did you get them? I love them. I want a pair”. These are some of the comments I have been receiving since wearing them out and about. The answer is, I got them on sale two years ago for $2 from Kmart. Yes, that’s rare but it proves a point, cheap is not always nasty, in fact it can be classy.