Inspired by and in the manner of Orchids in Buttonholes‘s “Pretty Things” posts, I’m going to start a Professorial Wardrobe Fantasy League and I’m calling it “Champagne Tastes.” From time to time, and to give your eyes a rest from my thoroughly amateur photography, I will feature coveted items that I do not have the capital to invest in, and imagine them into my wardrobe. Feel free to talk me into them. Or out of them.
Gidigio almond toe 1″ stacked flat heel 4-eye lace-up brogue
photo source: gravitypope.com
How I would wear them: With just about everything. These would be great with dress pants or with a skirt of any length, though especially great with opaque tights (like my brown wool tights!) and a slightly above/to-the-knee pencil skirt. They have enough of a heel to be comfortable and feminine and they seem to signal a grown-up school-girl aesthetic that I love (I have been and will be a school-girl all of my life, after all). I am also fairly certain that Professor McGonagall would wear shoes exactly like this.
Reasons to hesitate: Funding: these would be by far the most expensive shoes I would own if I could bring myself to shell out the bones, which I cannot. I also think that even expensive shoes wear out and I know I would wear these a lot (would probably ride my bike in them) and I would be disappointed and grumpy if/when they did not last as long as the price tag suggests they should (i.e. my lifetime).
Duplication: I do own, and love, these, which are similar though, due to the heel height (3 in.), considerably less practical:
Zinda lace-up sling-back heel
How much do you invest in investment pieces?
What are your (wardrobe) investment rules?