My rules for shoe purchases these days are that they:
- look good
- pull together an outfit
- are easy to wear.
Not in that order per se…hard to wear IS the biggest deal breaker but they are otherwise equal.
- help me to carefully consider comfort and my own preferences
- help me to be sure that I will wear them well and often
- impose logic that limits impulse purchases
With that being said -> mall returns sometimes mean shopping…
A $90 TOMS wedge for $40 that I’ve been wanting…
…warrants at least trying it on 🙂
I’d heard good things, so I’d been keeping them on my radar of things to test when the price dropped [Nordstrom has dropped bas $70ish -> um no 😐 ]. My stylist wears them…and if they stand the test of a lady on her feet all day…that bears noting.
It runs small tho…makes me feel like my feet are big 🙂 but they are cute enough that I got over that quickly…and they add the kind of pop, that I love, for otherwise uniform clothing.
Confession: I have a similar looking flat pair of leopard Oxford shoes that I will be keeping!
Leopard is both neutral and a classic. Oxford shoes are also classics!
I normally don’t prefer cheetah…like ever…leopard is my thing, the bigger spots appeal more…but these, there was something about them. It didn’t hurt that another sales-girl was wearing them with clothes like mine 🙂
I think they make a nice addition. 🙂
Even better, my best gal M, who is very aware of my severe need to STOP shopping, approved!
I saw other things on sale but left them for other ladies possibly needing a quick pick-me-up closet addition! #self-control right?
Not Shopping Update:
- I can say that I have been more thoughtful about purchases.
- I’ve focused on mostly needful things.
- comfy non-sneaker
- gym gear
- AND, when it wasn’t exactly needful, it has been smaller less clutter-making things.
- statement necklace
- hair accessories
- I’ve also been more prompt in making returns…even on items that are so inexpensive that it almost isn’t worth it.
- I’ve also been closing more browser windows without purchase!
- I’ve been weighing, mentally, what I do and what I shouldn’t in order to save more [car upgrades are stressful…I loathe and detest car payments but repairs are making it look like the wiser choice]…WORK IN PROGRESS… 😐
- I’ve also regularly been donating excess. I make it a weekly practice to see what I don’t really need to keep. It evolves because trying to do it in one pass is stressful and leads to giving far less over time.
I thank God for these wins…and His patience when I wasn’t winning 🙂
It used to be, if I saw it and wanted it, then I got it.
I don’t live there anymore!