I love my thrift store shoes. And the $80 ones too.

I’m going to write about clothes/fashion for the first time ever. I’m not very fashion savvy, despite my love of What Not to Wear. I’ve even been known to ask Mark if an outfit looks OK. This is the man who once wore a red T-shirt, green and gold Packer Zubaz and cowboy boots in public. I’m not lying.

I used to have only a few basic pairs of shoes — tennis shoes, sandals, boots, black heels. But in the past year or two, I’ve caught the shoe bug. And now I volunteer weekly at a thrift store so there’s no stopping me now.

I’ve also been known to buy shoes in an emergency. Twice in fact, and both for weddings:

The shoe on the left was for my brother-in-law’s wedding. I had packed a black and white dress and black shoes. But then everyone else in my family ended up wearing pastel green and purple. I wanted to get a nice family photo (never happened) so I made an emergency run through Macy’s, at Mark’s suggestion, and got a wonderful cream and green dress. But I couldn’t wear black heels with that! So I bought these $80 Born sandals. And boy are they comfy.

The shoe on the right was for our friend Brooke’s beach-themed reception. We showed up for the out-of-town party and opened the trunk at the hotel and found … nothing. We had left our suitcase at home. The hotel was next to a Target so we ran in for new clothes and shoes for me, Mark and Grace. These weren’t nearly as expensive as the Born’s but they’re not nearly as comfy either.

These are the shoes I’ve had the longest and they are sadly past their prime. I need to find a replacement but haven’t found anything to my liking yet.

FancyI have 19 pairs of shoes if you count my winter boots, hiking boots and the tap shoes I just can’t let go of. My husband says that is too many. Even fashionista Grace agrees. What say you? How many pairs of footwear do you have? What are your favorites? Leave a comment or link a post to LoveFeast Table’s Fancy Friday shoes post.

5 comments for “I love my thrift store shoes. And the $80 ones too.

  1. Lauren
    August 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Love the ribbon the on the white heels! Again, I must have a thing for polka dots. Especially on things you own. :)

  2. Gillian
    August 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Those are adorable. I too LOVE the white ribboned heels. I could very well have 19 pairs but they’re scatter around the house so it’s not as bad? I also bought a pair of heels that I loved just because they were on sale and then had to find a dress to coordinate with the shoes for the wedding in February. I also wanted to validate the claim of Mark’s fashion sense. If I’m not mistaken he also had on a hat that was equally clashy, that was quite the fashion statement, one that will NEVER be forgotten or lived down.

  3. Mandy
    August 10, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I am no shoe fanatic, but I have more than 19 pairs! I think you’re fine. And I like the $80 pair the best (I think all my shoes put together are worth less than that, though!) I once bought a pair of $100 boots for winter /work that could be worn with suits and they didn’t even make it through January, so I went back to the Kohl’s kind. I’ll never do that again! And yes, it is seriously sad that you would ask Mark how you look…Cleats…that’s all I’ll say…

  4. August 13, 2010 at 12:12 am

    You can never have too many shoes!! Thanks for sharing your story & being Fancy!
    ~Chris Ann & Kristin

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