How many is too many? when DH calls you Imelda

So...I currently have more boxes of shoes sitting in my bedroom than most of the shoe stores in our town. 

And my question is, how many is too many? 

I have approximately 5 months of sandal and what I call "open" or "light" shoe wear (i.e. non bootie/ boots weather). 

I don't intend to keep everything I ordered, obviously. I have already ruled out some, and am currently deliberating between a few different pairs (e.g.. the gold/ silver Ralph Laurens). But do you think it is unreasonable to own....

2 pair Okalas (pony print/ soft gold) 
1 pair higher heeled taupe cage sandals 
2 pair fashion sneakers (white Cons Hi-Ness and leopard slip on) 
1 pair two-tone oxfords
1 pair cognac low block heeled sandal
1 pair taupe low wedge gladiator sandal 
1 pair silver casual flat sandal

Plus... (possible new options, all of which fit and tick a bunch of boxes for me) 

1 pair dove sandal bootie
1 pair gold (or silver) block heeled gladiator sandal
1 pair silver buckle block heel pumps
1 pair black wedge crossover sandal 
1 pair white block heel sandal

Oh...and I am considering a blue pair, too...

Am I completely bonkers? I confess the block heel options are making me a bit giddy...

White sandals are a huge HEWI, so those are in my mind a "must." I also need different kinds of footwear for different occasions. 


On Top(shop) of the world, still crushing on Ralph, and not feeling Fryed.

AKA summer shoe/ sandal update!

I got some things today and I have a report and a question.

First, the lovely Fryes are no good and must go back. Beautiful shoe, but does not fit my foot. Too wide at the ankle and no support. At that price, they must be perfect. So...still hunting for the white sandals, and may have to break down and order from the US after all...

Next, the Topshop Jolene shoes are a winner for me -- my arch is a bit high for them but the straps ensure support and keep them on and the fit is otherwise great. Comfortable! I don't have many opportunities to wear dressy narrow heels, e.g. my Okalas, but a dressier block heel will be much easier for me to work into my daily life and I look forward to wearing these when it warms up. At the price to got them ($70 CAD) they are a steal and a great update.

And...Ralph Lauren sandals. These are totally fab for me! In my regular size (6.5) there is plenty of room for feet to swell. They are instantly comfortable despite those narrow straps because each strap has a little elastic built in. Lightweight and flexible, with a sturdy block heel and rubbery sole to prevent slips.

My question is this: I ordered these in silver. Should I have gone for them in gold instead? (Adding the photo for comparison). 

For the last two years I have had casual gladiators in pewter from Sofft. I wore them literally to the ground. The Laurens are a bit dressier in feel due to the heel and I probably wouldn't wear them with my at home shorts outfits. I also have a super casual silver sandal from Ecco. Too much silver? I do find it works well on me and I wear mostly silver jewellery.

For gold, which bookends my hair, I have a pair of Okalas for dressy wear.

I also have taupe low wedge and higher heel cage sandals.

Maybe it would help to imagine the outfits I'd be wearing? Probably with tube skirts (navy, cobalt, leopard, charcoal), white jeans/ crops, regular denim, navy sarong shorts, dresses.


Sandal shopping: Your thoughts?

So, as you may have noticed, I am starting my spring shop! (I tend to shop in four bursts a year. Once or twice for spring/ summer, and once or twice for fall/ winter. This year I'm going to have to do a fair bit of replacing/ upgrading because a number of items are worn out.)

It is something like -8 here today, so it feels a bit nutty, but I'm currently on the hunt for sandals. 

On my list are white sandals. I have been looking for white sandals for years. This is probably my biggest HEWI. I know they were "out of style" for a while, but I have always loved the look of the right white sandal. This year there are options in the US, but here in Canada the pickings are still slim. What do you think of these, available to me online at the Bay? I should note that the Camper probably wouldn't fit me -- they don't give me a good fit as a rule. Topshop is very reasonably priced and on sale today. Frye is of course much pricier. 

I am also considering a strappy dark sandal. I had a pair of black sandal booties last year (shown below in Finds) which were great in terms of their block heel and coverage for cool summer, but they felt too "heavy" for me. In summer, I delight in throwing off my dark footwear (which I'm confined to for much of the winter); having said that, sometimes to balance an outfit I do want a little bit of dark. I think a open sandal might have a better effect on me, and if I want a covered sandal bootie, a lighter coloured neutral would be better.  

Anyway, for strappy dark sandal, I'm looking at these two. The Sofft has the advantage of being a known quantity to me; I've had sandals from this company for years running and loved them and literally wore them into the ground. The low wedge is not as dressy but could have crossover from casual to dressy since it is patent. 

I'm also looking at silver or gold for the Ralph Lauren cage and could consider going with one of those for dressier wear. 

Is it my imagination or are there fewer bright coloured sandals this year? Or maybe that is just in Canada. We seem to have cognac, taupe, black, a little bit of white (not much) and metallic. I was thinking I also wanted a bright, but it may be tough to find. 

For comparison, I'm also showing  a few of the sandals already in my closet. The Franco Sarto gladiators in taupe are relatively new and in good shape; they will be my daily wear casual sandal. I'll also wear the relatively new Seychelles cognac quite a lot. The silver Eccos are for sportier wear, beach type stuff. The Vince Camuto cage heels (mine are actually a bit different -- they are taupe with snakeskin strap) I tend to wear on city days. The high heel is stable and comfortable but just a bit too much for my daily wear with shorts. 

The black Steve Madden mules and the Sofft breeze are basically worn out -- I am upgrading those. I also have a few pairs of Okalas, but they are dressy shoes for me. 

Would love your thoughts! Thank you! 


Team Wear!

Sorry for forum hogging after months of absence. My daughter is on March break and brought our camera home -- yippee!! I can take pics!! 

We had a warm day yesterday -- it was amazing! So, on with the new! Thanks to Angie and Karen for the inspiration and to all of you for help picking the jacket. It will get a ton of use -- worth full price for me. 


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Crops lab plus bonus KL sweater and BR sweater and bling!

So, who's going to help me harvest my crops?  ;) 

I have here, for comparison, 3 pairs of BR crops. 

Pics 1-6 : With the orchid/ violet sweater (also under consideration) I have the resin wash regular length in my regular size. Super comfy, super fit, and they're a flare -- but are they too long? I am showing with various footwear options. I have others, but wanted you to see what I would wear in temps ranging from cool spring to summer evenings. 

Pics 7- 10 With KL's Club Monaco snake print sweater from a few years back, recently gifted to me, I have the resin wash petites in the same size. They fit...but not as comfortable in the rise. And, are they a wee bit too short? 

I am beginning to feel like Goldilocks! 

Pics 11-12. Finally, I am also showing for comparison the faded wash pair I have owned since the fall. These are sized up petites. Fabrication has far less stretch. They sit a bit lower on me because the waist is larger -- when I wear a belt they are a wee bit higher. 

I would love your input. If the first pair do not seem too long to be intentional I would rather keep those because they feel best. 

And -- what do you think of my bling? I am seriously jewellery challenged and have been waffling on the statement necklace thing for years. Is this one good? It feels great on, by the way. 


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