Seasons vs Decades: Summer Shoes

Investing in clothing and accessories means spending a bit more on a well made piece that is both a timeless color and timeless silhouette.

The math is rather simple: if one garment costs the same as two cheaper garments, but can be worn 10x as as often, then the first garment is the better value.

I submit for your consideration the following examples:

Investment Shoes: Seasons vs Decades

Both the lace bootie and the wrap heel wedge are a a neutral color, but the silhouettes will look dated in just a few seasons.

The Joie Avery block heel sandal is easily replaces both of them and has a timeless silhouette.

Unlike the the cheapish wedges you’ll be able to rock the higher quality sandal for decades to come.

Yep, decades!

The same is true for the pumps below. Notice that timeless doesn’t have to mean boring. The jewel tone hue and flirty silhouette are precisely what makes this stiletto trend proof!

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The shoe on the right cost only $4 more than the two on the right. When you factor in cost per wear, the difference in value is staggering.

Don’t get me wrong. There are times when you are better off skimping rather than investing, for example makeup trends. By investing in in one pair of timeless shoes, instead of three trendy ones, you can get shoes you will wear for decades, dabble in three of the moment beauty trends, and still have enough money left over to invest in one timeless lip look.

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How do you invest or plan to invest in an item that can be worn for three or four decades straight. As always have fun and remember the lines only exist so you can color outside of them.

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Stylish Alternatives To: Rubber Sandals

Rubber sport sandals, what can I say? They’re easy. They’re sporty. And they were never intended to be worn outside of the locker room.

These fungus fighters shave become a favorite copout of students world wide.

But why exactly?

There are three main reasons:

Label Lust – Whether they’re Pumas, Nikes or Adidas there’s often loyalty to the shoemaker.

Personal Style – Women who rock these shower shoes are rarely girly girls. Those who are balance femininity with tomboyishness.

Convenience – No moving parts. Just slip them on (with or without socks) and go.

So what are some fashionable alternatives?

Ballet Flats

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Comfy and cute they’re easy and go with just about everything. They look perfect with jeans, although they’re too dressy for overly distressed (read “worn out”) pieces.

A round toe will not only be the most comfortable option but will also work with the casual vibe. A brown real or faux leather pair will go with almost everything, or rock a colorful canvas pair.

Slip-On Sneakers

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These shoes definitely meet the convenience requirement. They are casual. They go with jeans and most shorts. Most fashion sneaker brands have a couple of versions, making them perfect for label loyalists.

Buy the best quality you can afford. Even within the same brand quality can very greatly.

Women’s Real or Faux Leather Thong Sandals

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You can wear them with everything but a winter coat.

Budget between $75 to $150 a pair. You’ll actual save money at this price. They’ll last longer and never go out of style.

Men’s or Boy’s Thong Sandals

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Pick a pair in real or faux leather/suede. Again, they work with jeans and shorts.

Men’s fashions are less expensive. Budget between $50 to $100 for mid price versions.

Tweet a pic of your go to casual kicks and tag me @ShiftsThinking. I may even share share it with my followers.

As always have fun and remember the lines only exist so you can color outside of them.

Shop Your Closet, Find New Stuff

Pushing items beyond their intended uses is one of the best ways to do more with less. Using pieces in ways they weren’t designed for can sometimes be tricky, but with a little creativity you can expand your fashion repertoire without buying a single thing.

Let’s use a cascading front cardigan made from a lightweight jersey as an example. This was a popular look several summers ago. Now, not so much.

The process to reinvent this piece might look like this:

You add a belt turn it into a wrap top.

You find that the silky fabric from this cardigan slides as you wear it.

You consider pinning it with safe pins or a broach but decide the fabric too thin; it would leave holes ruining the garment.

After a little experimenting you find that tucking the ends into jeans or a pencil skirt prevents the top from sliding open as you wear it.

After a little engineering it’s time for a test run or two. You wear it for a few hours at home while ignoring the fact that you’re wearing it.

Twist, move and bend. Do things you normally do like reaching for something on a shelf in the kitchen or playing with the dog. Mindlessness is the key. If a new look requires constant attention it’s just not going to work out in the real world.

This week’s challenge is to try experiment with new potential tops. Wrap, crew neck, and boyfriend cardigans are all on the table. So are vests, jackets and blazers, and swimsuits. Even mini skirts and scarves are fair game.

Not every item is going to be a winner, but they don’t all have to be. Think of it as a numbers game. The more looks you test, the more that will make the grade.

As always, have fun. And remember the lines one exist so you can color outside them!