As has become a tradition here at In Professorial Fashion, today’s post takes a look through my shoe collection. A near unhealthy obsession with shoes is de rigueur at all of the IPF locations and I clearly am no exception as these are most, but not quite all, of my shoes. Some of these you’ve seen, most you haven’t. One of the things that has been a great and unexpected bonus of fashion blogging (besides, you, our dear readers) has been the way that it’s led me to wear shoes & articles of clothing that I haven’t before or in a while. Shoe-wise, it has also helped that I teach in the same building as my office this term so that I don’t have to schlep across campus. Also, the library delivers books to my office. This is the greatest thing ever FYI. So here goes…
Black & bronze pumps (Nine West); Grey patent pumps (Madden Girl): Black patent pumps (Joe — more grocery store $3 shoes. Yes, $3)
Pros: As they’re neutral, they’re pretty all purpose & certainly professional.
Cons: They’re slightly boring (except for the grey patents which I LOVE); the Joe ones in particular look slightly school-marmy. The Nine Wests have stiletto heels which I’m not super adept in.
Solutions: Compensate with more colorful outfits? Really, there’s no real problems with these.
Pink patent pumps (Nine West); Red patent heels (Max Studio); Blue pumps (Reaction Kenneth Cole)
Pros: They are awesome. I’m a big fan of the “pop of color” shoe. The blue ones saw Cher at A-Dub’s Vegas bachelorette extravaganza. The pink ones made an appearance at A-Dub’s wedding extravaganza. Apparently, A-Dub’s themed occasions bring out the colorful heels. And extravaganzas.
Cons: The blue ones are probably half a size too small. The red ones (which the picture do not do justice too) are, again, stilettos and slightly taller than I’m comfortable in but soo beautiful.
Solutions: Again, no real problems with these guys. Besides a helpful reminder that I stop buying shoes with stiletto heels (though I think this is the final pair I’ve bought).
Nude patent (Nine West); Bronze (Etienne Angier); Grey Plaid (Gap Outlet)
Pros: Easier to walk in. More comfortable over a longer period of time. Frankly, I don’t wear these enough.
Cons: No cons here.
Solutions: Wear these WAY more. Hope they never fall apart.
Black patent (Target); “Snakeskin” (Old Navy); Brown (Joe — these are also leather which I just discovered which is awesome for what I paid for them. In other news, I’m desperately trying not to think about why they’re so cheap); Gold (Nine West)
Pros: As I’ve mentioned before, flat (particularly colorful ones) are a wardrobe workhorse for me. While these are my more neutral ones, they all get a lot of wear as well. I find they’re often not as comfortable as they should be. But that’s partly because I don’t think I paid more than $20 for any of them. And less than $10 for most of them. So really, what can I expect?
Cons: No real cons here either. Though perhaps I should look into insoles.
Solutions: Keep going into the grocery store that sells the greatest cheap flats anytime I’m in Canada. For reals, Superstore — I miss you like crazy. Way more than Tim Horton’s which I’m supposed to be pining for as an expat.
The Utterly Impractical:
Bronze (Nine West); T-straps (Seychelles)
Pros: They are awesome. And, someday, I will be the kind of person who will able to walk in these. Seriously. I’m working on it. Also, I think the photo doesn’t do the heel height justice.
Cons: The bronze ones are appropriate only in Vegas. These are exactly the kind of heels that Margaret Atwood means when she’s talking about heels as a tool of patriarchal oppression.
Solutions: Go to Vegas. A lot. Learn to walk in these so that I can literally be six feet tall.
Overall Thoughts: Apparently, Nine West has my number. I also seemingly refuse to remove the stickers from inside my shoes.