Shoes, glorious shoes! From Milan to Paris – via Streetstyle. Love that last pair!
As some of you may have noticed, I’m an avid online shopper at Urban Outfitters. I post far too many items that I find there, including my recent shoe purchase, which I gleefully displayed few posts ago, the black cutout oxfords.
This new, special shoe brought me immense pleasure and felt like real love at first sight, but all feelings for them soon quickly evolved into a destructive love-hate relationship.
What happened was my cutout oxfords collapsed and tore up everywhere after just one wear, and only became worse. After just 5 wears I could no longer frolic around town comfortably in them.
I sent an email to complaints department at Urban Outfitters a few days ago, explaining my dilemma and requesting a solution. I didn’t expect much from their customer support so I was happily surprised when an email came my way from a Miss Julie Barna offering not only her sincere apologies but also a gift card in the amount of the cost of the oxfords.
Lesson to be learned: Stop bitching and do something about it. When you buy a product you’re not happy with, write a letter and you shall most likely be compensated for your misery, and in my case earn a mini shopping spree out of it!
Has anyone else ever complained about something they bought and were compensated for it?
About 2 months back, I was gushing over some dolce vita shoes. Well, the same day I posted about them, I also ordered them online. Unfortunately I ended up not being able to get the color I wanted: black, and had to cancel my order. I was really quite bothered about it and searched all over the net for a black pair, but they were no where to be found. A week or so ago, on urban.com, I found a very similar pair made by a very similarly named company, “Vida,” and although these are more like cutout oxfords, I decided yesterday, that I would give ’em a go. I don’t think they’re quite as perfect as the dolce vita pair but I do think they’ll fill that gaping hole for black summer shoes.
I once knew a girl in ’97 who always wore jazz shoes. We called her “Jazz Shoe Girl” (very original). Although I sort of snickered behind her back with my friends, I secretly envied her for her courage to wear dance shoes out on the street. Maybe the others did also. Flash forward to 2005 and I’m sitting at a Middle Eastern bar with my BF, and his friend’s wife is wearing a pair of black men’s oxfords. She was ahead of the game and I wasn’t ready for them. Here they are now, all over the place, and I’m just now beginning to accept them… especially those solo patent Mauds. (That’s right S!)
Today I discovered a sneaker company called Keep. They’re a bit like Keds except maybe cooler (hmm, maybe I should do a Keep/Keds shoe-off sometime). The shoes are all pretty boyish looking but are all made for women. Feeling occasionally tomboyish myself, I could definitely rock a pair of their Guerra high tops with a summer dress. I like how they use color in almost all the shoes without being too sickly sweet and sparkly. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sparkle, but sometimes a simple sneak does the trick. Keep also make some tees and totes… some hoodies and glasses. They constantly seem to collaborate with different artists/designers and their motto is simple: they make shoes for “women who have their game tight…” heh…
Today was field trip day again. We ended up driving to a nearby forest for our city escape, but as it turned out, everyone else seemed to have the same idea. It was so saturated with families and kids and loud cheesy music, that we found ourselves escaping from our escape. Just as we thought our getaway had been ruined, we fell upon an amazing strawberry field. The sweet smell was so intense and the rows of red sprouting berries were so deeply red, it was all I could do to not stop and gorge myself. I could imagine a perfect strawberry picking date for that spot. So… I present you with my affordable strawberry-picking-date inspired, field trip picks. Hope you like!
*TIP on Topshop – Their shipping flat fee is usually $15 (!) but right now, they’re offering free shipping (on any amount you spend) until April 9.
While lingering on pixiemarket.com, I came across these super cute Maude shoes. The first thing I thought was “Uh Oh!” You see, I already purchased those magical dolce vita sandals, but these maudes are also magical! BUT… too expensive for me. This is when I need to just carefully close the web page and return to something simple and civilized like BBC news.
I’ve just been introduced to a new shoe maker where the shoes look as fun to wear as the brand name is to say. LD Tuttle is another great designer who mixes authentic girl style with a touch of tough. I like tassels, but they are usually used in an embarrassing, school girl, penny loafer kind of way. So I was delighted to see an all black pair of sandals with Tuttle’s version of tassels. Still being a heel virgin though *blushing*, I’ve only posted a few pics of flat sandals. For all of you experienced heel wearers who can handle the view, I highly recommend you check out the site.
Each season the Italian shoe makers, Dolce Vita, seem to get it just right. Strappy, leather, cage-like sandals with metallic adornments. High heels that are simply not made for the 9-5 office. Interwoven details with bold colors and tribal accents. They are one of these companies who can mix the sweet with the tough, the flash with the simple, in order to create that shoe that everyone wants. Their new, “young” counterpart, DV, is even better. Recently they’ve added clothes to the mix and it is becoming increasingly more alluring. Check out the spring fling (I’m especially keen on the ikat trio):