When thinking about 2013, I realise that it was the year of really good shoe choices. I’m normally really boring and wear the same sandals from Wittner that I bought in red and in black 3 years ago over and over but I’ve actually ventured out of the boring Bella box.
With that in mind, I thought I’d write a little piece on the top 5 shoes I bought throughout 2013 to help make my outfits complete (Note: they’re in no particular order!)
Rachel Antonoff X Bass – “Yearbook” Oxfords
I actually found these cute-as-pie oxfords by accident because I was looking for a pair of black and white ones on ModCloth (as I had seen a pair there on a previous visit). The shoe brand is Bass but they did a collaboration with designer Rachel Antonoff and these pretties are the result! They’re made out of leather, are very comfortable and have in cursive writing some girl’s names all over them. I call them the YearBook Shoes because I think that’s what ModCloth dubbed them! Unfortunately ModCloth has sold out of these bad boys, but Nasty Gal has limited sizes still available! Below is a mini collage of all the shoes I’m lusting after from the collection – the ones that really catch my eye are the top right (all white sheer with love hearts) and bottom middle (black and gold sheer with love hearts).
Here are two photos I had posted on my Instagram account from December. Talk about being matchy matchy!
So I bought these Yearbook Shoes for myself as a Christmas present to myself (one of many..) but I *did* still need the black and white pair – which leads me to the second shoes I’ll be talking about.
Bass – ‘Elaina Saddle’ in White/Black
My parents hadn’t bought me anything yet for Christmas and asked if there was anything I wanted so I told showed them the shoes and it was easy as pie! You can buy them online at ModCloth OR at the Bass website.
I honestly recommend them – they’re very true to size, easy to clean and comfortable after your 3rd wear. I think they really tie an outfit together if you’re going for the real 1950s diner vibe.
Saddle shoes (or oxfords, whatever you want to call them) kind of push your already retro looking outfit over the edge and really say “I am wearing this look on purpose”.
Wittner – Mint Wedges
Not sure if you can tell, but mint is probably my favourite colour to wear other than red. It’s so fresh, fun and can you imagine just wearing hot pink lipstick and matching it with a hot pink cardigan, belt and bag?!
Well, I can. Different shoes though – (Yes, more mint, I know.. “Bella, get over mint shoes!”)
I really scored these mint wedges at a bargain. Originally priced at $159.95, I managed to find them at $39.95!
Miz Mooz – ‘Waltz’ in Red
Now these shoes are just divine and I bought them by accident. No really! I wasn’t planning on buying shoes! I was out to lunch with two friends in Newtown and I was wearing my new white platforms thinking I was really trendy. Long story short, while I was walking to the “meeting place” my cheapo platforms broke and I was pretty much walking with a limp so that my shoe would stay on. My friends beared with me while I tried on a variety of shoes from different stores up and down King Street and I was about to settle for a pair of rubber $10 thongs from the Chemist when I found Elise Design. It’s a boutique on King Street and it has aaaamazing shoes and dresses in there. Some of them are a little too-quirky-not-quite-retro for me, but I discovered Miz Mooz and fell in love. They’ve kind of got a 30s/40s vibe to them (I think?!) and I don’t actually have a pair of red heels – shocking, I know.
I wear these low heels to work because they’re high enough to do make my legs look nicer, but aren’t as low as kitten heels. My next purchase is going to one of these! I love the bottom row right (Black) and the middle row right (Red/Brown)! Eugh! They’re too perfect!
Mel Shoes – ‘Apple Ribbon Bow’ in Pink
I’ve always been curious about plastic shoes. Jellies are really in fashion at the moment and the last time I remember wearing those was when I was about 5 years old and I can’t remember what wearing them were like. Were they comfortable? What if I get sweaty feet? Am I going to slip and slide? Can my feet breathe? Gah!
But this design was too cute to resist. My manager Jess at work has a pair in nude and she swears by them so I thought that I’d give them a go. In the second half of 2013 I became slowly slowly more obsessed with everything matching everything. I’d been beginning to put down the ‘Ruby Woo’ red lipstick by Mac and picking up my ‘Bimbo’ hot pink lipstick by Chi Chi a LOT more – as seen in the photo earlier, I have a hot pink bag, belt and cardigan but I didn’t have shoes (#firstworldproblems). So my sister Kylie bought me these for Christmas! Yay! I can be even more matchy matchy!
Now, I know that I said Top 5 shoe purchases… but I can’t resist posting this photo of the heels I wore to my 21st. I didn’t think to take a close up of them and put it in the blog entry on my 21st. So here it is! Better late than never!
Well that’s it for this entry! Hope you liked it!