Archive for the ‘Espace Shoes’ Category
So! It’s been a while since I posted about my newest shoe purchases; partly, it’s because my camera has given up on me lately (it’s the battery, and instead of replacing the battery, I’m seriously considering a new camera–but that will have to wait a little, what with all these new shoes and all. Ahem.)
I had to perform several serious purges of my shoe closet before I could take new guests in, if you know what I’m saying–but that’s going to be the object of another post.
And now–the reveal!
First up: Espace black crinkled patent leather sandals (or shoes? shoendals? whatever).
I got them at a sale at the Joan Shepp boutique in Center City Philadelphia; they were about $110 (half-off). They’ve got a serious wedge and thick sole on them, which makes them some of the most comfortable shoes I have every worn. Unlike other shoes, these don’t rub at any spot, and the thick sole protects me from the harshness of any surface I have to walk on. They go great with jeans and even capris and I proudly count them towards one of my better purchases. Plus, I felt like having something rough and chunky-chic to indulge my tomboyish ways.
Unlike this next pair: Lundi Bleu satin floral print kitten heels, which are as frilly and non-tomboyish as can be:
These I got at Shoefly, about 60% off (maybe $50? I can’t remember). I’ve got to say they looked better on the website than in person; for one thing, the picture didn’t show the kitten heels–I thought there were flats. Second, I wore them without stockings and they gave me hellish blisters. Haven’t worn them since–I’ll give them another try (with stockings!) and see how they fare.
Very cute, no? The colors are a bit off in the picture–the green is a tad more intense, and the crochet flowers on the vamp are purple. They’re very comfy and casual; my only complaint is that the leather at the toe rubs against the pavement and peels off–at least, it did in my case, after only two wears.
This next pair quickly became one of my favorites: Anna Sui patent flats with laser-cut flower details:
I got them at Net-a-porter, about half-off, for $120; you can get them now on sale for $175 at Anthropologie. They are cute, they are comfy (though they do need a little break-in period), they’re a show stealer. I lov’em!
These next ones are from Jean Paul Barriol Accessoire line:
They are dove-gray suede with elastic criss-cross straps, light as a feather and as comfortable as they can be. Asta de Blue, a boutique in my neighborhood, went out of business, and they were offering these for $29. Given that the Accessoire shoes are usually $250 and over, I considered that a very good deal, indeed, for practical, comfortable, light shoes, fit to wear all day long.
I had long coveted a pair of Anyi Lu shoes, but the prices were quite prohibitive (upwards of $350). Well, I got lucky for once with these gorgeous gold and zebra-pattern hair-calf low wedges, discounted down to $118 (from $375) at Benjamin Lovell in downtown Philly:
The leather is soft as butter, the pattern unusual, and the comfort factor is high. I’m very proud of this purchase!
Finally (whew!), here’s an impulse purchase I still have doubts about but which I still think is gorgeous: Le Due raspberry demi-wedges from Anthroplogie, $100:
This is the highest heel I’ve bought in three years, and I still haven’t worn them outside. The cut looks great on the foot, though, and the color is extremely flattering. They’re gorgeous shoes, but I just hope I can wear them without pain outside. I obviously couldn’t resist their charms. They’d be perfect some socially appropriate function which requires minimum mobility.
So, now that’s been off my chest–what kind of shoe mischief have YOU been up to lately?
Let’s see what goodies are being added to everyone’s closet?
Mine: a pair of rock ‘n roll ankle boots by Espace.
So I’ve been eyeing these Espace ‘Rubens’ Mary Janes (gold nubuck) for quite a while now. Problem was, at $230, they were kinda out of reach.
I’ve been following the sales with great interest, though, and when the price pretty much hit rock-bottom ($43, or 82% off), I just couldn’t resist anymore. I just had to have them. Like all the other 5 (five) Espace shoes I have, they’re quite comfy (well, the exception is this red suede strappy wedge sandals where one strap gnaws away at my big toe; I’ll have to have that stretched). Anyhoo, I’m wearing them right now with brown pants and a Banana Republic sweater and later when I go out I will throw on a pashmina shawl IN EXACTLY THE SAME COLOR, what are the chances of that? Colors look a bit different online than in real life (the gold/mustard color of this one is a bit deeper, could almost pass for orange)–and I didn’t realize I had clothing items that are basically the same hue.
Cautionary word: They’re a bit too flat, if you know what I mean–in my opinion, they can’t be comfortably worn without an orthotic insert (I won’t walk anywhere without mine, even when the shoes do, in fact, have arch support). Otherwise–cute as a button!