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Posted by Beren One Hand (Member # 3403) on :
What is the most comfortable dress shoes you have ever purchased? I've tried Rockports, they are ok I guess, compared to the regular dress shoes. But I'm looking for something that feels as good as a pair of Nikes. Any suggestions?
Posted by MyrddinFyre (Member # 2576) on :
I've never owned comfortable dress shoes. You lucky guys... [Smile]
Posted by Javert (Member # 3076) on :
I've never had a pair of comfortable dress shoes. More over, I never know the brand of my dress shoes. I look for brown or black, and then size, and I'm done. [Razz]
Posted by MyrddinFyre (Member # 2576) on :
Typical male! [Razz]
Posted by Ben (Member # 6117) on :
Doc Martins.

they DO make dressier shoes if you look. and they are so friggin comfortable. they earned the reputation they have for a reason.
Posted by Nick (Member # 4311) on :
But I'm looking for something that feels as good as a pair of Nikes.
Well you certainly don't have high standards. [Razz]

Timberland makes a comfortable dressy-like shoe, but they're not the latest fashion. [Smile]
Posted by Jenny Gardener (Member # 903) on :
Keds sometimes makes dress shoes for the ladies that are awesomely comfortable! I loooove Keds. I could be their spokesperson.
Posted by Maccabeus (Member # 3051) on :
Dr. Scholls, of course...What else?
Posted by Primal Curve (Member # 3587) on :
My Doc Scholls are too narrow. Doc Martin's tend to be pricey. I'll have to check into Keds.
Posted by Farmgirl (Member # 5567) on :
Mason Shoes are the most comfortable I've ever found. Of course, I can only speak to the women's side. They are a little pricier than I like to pay, but usually worth it because they last so long. And they have a huge size range.

Especially now that they have the on-line catalog, it is easier to order.

Posted by Raia (Member # 4700) on :
Typical male! [Razz]
I'm with Javert. Does that make me a typical male? [Wink]

I certainly hope not!
Posted by Javert (Member # 3076) on :
I'm really not a typical anything, so you're perfectly safe Raia.
Posted by Raia (Member # 4700) on :
*breathes* Oh, good. [Wink]
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Comfortable dress shoes? I don't understand. I know what each of those words means, but...? Did you mean fabulous shoes? Yes, that must be it.

Salvatore Ferragamo makes the most beautiful dress shoes for men (and women). Their Fioreno derby boots are so gorgeous that they're almost too spectacular to put on your feet.
Posted by amira tharani (Member # 182) on :
I have a pair of black Hush Puppies that I wear every day to work - they are as light and comfortable as my trainers. They definitely do a range for men, and they aren't expensive. Not sure if you get them in the US tho.
Posted by Javert (Member # 3076) on :
Posted by Eaquae Legit (Member # 3063) on :
I can't even remember who made my current walking shoes (could be dress shoes, except I've worn them too many times at camp), since I had to remove the insoles and put my orthodics in. And THAT, my friends, is what makes a comfortable pair of shoes. Custom orthodics. Of course, I have oddly shaped feet so me finding ANY pair of comfortable shoes is a victory.
Posted by Lalo (Member # 3772) on :
Heh. No. You can tell the difference between us by remembering that's I'm smarter, cuter, taller, stronger, funnier, and longer (in the sense that counts).

Wow, I came close to making a Freudian slip with the word "counts"...
Posted by Nick (Member # 4311) on :
Now I'm not stupid, but I never actually learned what a freudian slip is. [Dont Know]

[ February 01, 2004, 06:21 PM: Message edited by: Nick ]
Posted by Beren One Hand (Member # 3403) on :
Farmgirl, your link seems pretty promising. I will order a pair and let everyone know if it is as dreamy as I hoped they would be. [Wink]

As for Doc Martins, I think the cushions on those are ok, but those shoes are SO HEAVY.
Posted by fiazko (Member # 5812) on :
For the clunky variety, I've found that Candies are the best, but Skechers are right up there. I've had pleny of "on my feet all day" jobs, and with these two brands, I have never had sore feet.
Posted by Javert (Member # 3076) on :
Oh yeah, Eddie White Shoes. Completely forgot that name. But how I was supposed to know it was you, Lalo, is beyond me. Sorry. [Embarrassed]
Posted by Kwea (Member # 2199) on :
I am now selling suits at JC Penneys for a living, and I get asked that question fairly often, usually by guys who don't get dressed up all that often. They just want to be comfortable, or as close to it as they can get.

Deer Stags are without a doubt the best, most comfortable dress shoes I have ever owned, and I have two seperate pairs. I am going to buy a brown pair very soon as well, that is how much they impressed me.

I even wore a pair to my wedding this past October! I wear them 5-6 days a week, 35-40 hrs a week at my job. Whenever I wear a a pair of my old dress shoes, my feet ache badly by the end of the day. When I wear my Deer StagsI feel fine.

Deer Stags have a sole cushion about half an inch thick, with a special pad in the heel to absorb shocks. They cost about $50, but you can find them on sale at Penneys often, usually for about $40. Considering how much other dress shoes can cost, they are the best buy I've found so far, and everyone I've told has agreed with me.

Good Luck!

Posted by Beren One Hand (Member # 3403) on :
Kwea, I just want to let you know that you have helped out clueless guys like me more than you will ever know. I purchased my first suit at a Robinsons May, from a guy just like you. He was a older gentleman, who saw from the confused look on my face that I have never worn a tie in my life. He picked out something presentable for me, and even told me to pick up the suit a week later because it was being discounted in an upcoming sale.

Kwea, on behalf of all the confused, clueless guys in the world, I salute you. [Wave]
Posted by Frisco (Member # 3765) on :
Now I'm not stupid, but I never actually learned what a freudian slip is.
It's when you mean one thing but say a mother.
Posted by raventh1 (Member # 3750) on :
Hmm, I hear Red Wings are nice dress shoes.

As for non-dress shoes, I love Vans.
Posted by MrSquicky (Member # 1802) on :
It depends on what you want them for, but can I suggest you take a look at hiking slippers? I've got a pair of Merrel Mocs that look like shoes acceptable for all but the most formal (weddings and such) occasions, but they feel like one of the most comfortable pairs of sneakers you've ever owned. Like I said, I wear them for work, clubbing, parties, etc. Everything except for really formal stuff.
Posted by Beren One Hand (Member # 3403) on :
Woo, this one looks promising. I'm not sure if it is 100% acceptable for work (I work in a fairly stuffy office), but I'm willing to give it a try! [Smile]

As for Vans, love the way they look, but the cushioning isn't as great as some of the other shoes mentioned here.
Posted by kwsni (Member # 1831) on :
Because I have to tell SOMEONE, and this thread's about shoes, I have to tell you guys about my new boots.
They're pretty. And warm. And I can ride in them. And a horse can step on them and not smash my toes or the side of my foot. AND I can walk in them. And the tread is good, not too slippery, but not huge and chunky so manure and arena sand get stuck in it. Did I mention they're warm?

now the topic at hand.

I HATE that women's dress shoes can't be comfortable AND stylish. Either the heels are too tall, the sole is too thin or too slippery, there's no cushion on the ball of the foot(you know, where all your weight goes when you wear heels) or they have all these things, but they're ugly.

::sigh:: Maybe I should just stay in the barn.

Posted by peterh (Member # 5208) on :
Look for something by Ecco or Clarks.

I have a pair of clarks and they are the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned, period.

They are not good for exercising in, but if I could, I would. They are the best pair of standing/walking shoes. I've had em for a year and a half and they are still going strong too, so don't be too concerned about the $135 price tag.
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Beren, those aren't dress shoes. Men's dress shoes ALWAYS lace up. I worked in very stuffy offices and those shoes would only be appropriate for casual Friday and even then would be iffy.

Moccasins are very, very casual. If you don't want a formal dress shoe, choose loafers.
Posted by Beren One Hand (Member # 3403) on :
Thanks for the warning Mrs. M. See, this is the type of advice I seldom get from real life friends because they are too shy to tell me about my lack of fashion sense. [Wink]
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
Mrs. M,

I know we were discussing shoes before and what kwisni said triggered something. While I agree I definitely need a couple of pairs of true dress shoes, what would you think of a black dress boot that comes up to mid calf, for sort of a dressier casual look? One of my guy friends who is a shoes fiend suggested them.

(Remember I wear steel toed boots or sneakers to work now, so anything is an improvement!)

(kinda like the one on the far left in this link

[ February 02, 2004, 03:13 PM: Message edited by: BannaOj ]
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
My pleasure, Beren. I love giving fashion advice - makes those years of reading Vogue and Harper's Bazaar pay off even more.

AJ, I love dress boots and I think they'd be good for you. Mid-calf is a good length, especially for someone who is tall. Black or brown leather only - no navy or red (salespeople always try to talk boot shoppers into red for some reason).

However, the skirt you wear them with should be above-the-knee AND you must wear panty hose. If you don't show some skin between the hem and the top of the boots, your legs will look short.

Be prepared to spend a small fortune. Mid-calf boots are sized and cut more precisely than ankle boots. They need to be of a very high quality leather with just the right amount of give so that they will fit around the ankle and calf, but not sag or float around the calf.
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Oooooh. When I think mid-calf, I think of the ones next-to-last on the right - 402081.

The ones on the far left are perfect for pants, but never skirts. I'm not sure if I'm crazy about the stitching of these particular ones and I'm worried that the heel is positioned too far back. The heel of your foot should never, ever hang over the heel of your shoes.

These types of boots will also cost a small fortune. I spent $475 for mine 5 1/2 years ago and they were on sale. I've only had to have them re-heeled once, though, and the soles are still in great shape
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
ok I didn't know if I was describing them right. Since I normally wear pants more frequently than skirts I probably won't go with the high ones. Those high ones on the right look like pirate boots to me. All I'd need is to overdo my eyeliner and dye my hair and I'd be Johnny Depp. [Smile]

Another short question (I can go back to e-mail but I think others might be interested too.) Is it ever appropriate to wear light colored pants or skirts, and if so what sort? (Is it totally a season thing in the normal world?)

You see with showing my dogs, I need to wear something light or bright on my bottom half because when I have been wearing dark clothing my short dark-colored dogs get lost in my dark pants. I didn't realize how bad it was until a friend sent me a picture (I'll e-mail it to you when I get home, just don't cringe at the ill cut baggy pants because Steve shrunk mine in the dryer so I was wearing his.)

I'm doing a disservice to my beautiful dog right now because I'm not displaying him to his best advantage for the judges. Breed dog shows are all about appearance which I generally suck at though I'm trying to get better. Obedience is so much more mathematical.

I really dislike the bright flowered stuff that a lot of the pro-handlers wear. I don't like feeling like I'm wearing a mumu even if I'm not. Is there something that is understated that will still do the trick?

Posted by kwsni (Member # 1831) on :
what about a khaki colored skirt, or dress pants? It's a nice neutral color to show off the dogs.

Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
is anything in khaki actually considered "dress" I thought khaki by definition was casual?

Posted by ludosti (Member # 1772) on :
What about a tan/cream/beige suit (either pants or skirt)? Probably more dressy than "khaki" but still a good contrast to the dogs...

[ February 02, 2004, 04:54 PM: Message edited by: ludosti ]
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
that might work!

Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
AJ, with your coloring, I would avoid tan or beige. Cream would be great and so would light gray. =2831453
Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :
So, Beren - how are the tootsies feeling now? [Big Grin]
Posted by imogen (Member # 5485) on :
Mrs M, hatrack fashion guru!
If I ever come to America with cash to spare, can you be my personal shopper?
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Yes! Yes, oh dear Lord, yes!

In the meantime, if you have any questions...
Posted by imogen (Member # 5485) on :
Just you wait, I'll take you up on that...

(Not right now, as I'm in the saving not spending mode - but when I have money and need some clothes: expect a begging topic!)

[ February 03, 2004, 08:48 AM: Message edited by: imogen ]
Posted by Sopwith (Member # 4640) on :
I've always found that Nunn Bush dress shoes are some of the most comfortable, best looking and longest-wearing shoes around.

They're also relatively well-priced.
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
Mrs. M, you rock! I can actually picture myself wearing those!

Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
Didn't feel the need to start a new thread. A co-workers wife is into selling these clothes.

I have to admit that I'm tempted by their 10 piece wardrobe

There are other styles besides exactly those but I like the idea of looking at a picture and going, oh this is the way I put it together.

Some of the styles seem a little "old" for me, but they mostly seem pretty classic and basic. And that's what I don't have, basics. I realize a designer piece here and there is a good thing to have, but if I don't have anything basic, I don't have anything to wear at all (which I don't) My friend and I looked in my closet today and realized that Steve has more pairs of shoes than I do.

Anyway I was wondering what Mrs. M and others thought. They are sold Mary Kay style so you get someone helping you figure out exactly what is right for your body style.

I'm debating. The prices seem reasonable, and all of the clothing is machine washable and wrinkle free.

I realize I could probably do better pricewise if I watched sales and hand picked stuff that was similar but I'm not good at knowing what to pick in the first place!

Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
must cut and paste from my conversation with rivka
BannaOj: anyway Jill and I tallied up and steve owns more pairs of shoes than I do
rivkagila: ROFL!
BannaOj: I have one pair of blue dress pumps
BannaOj: two comfy slipper type pairs
BannaOj: one pair of good sneakers
BannaOj: two pairs of bad sneakers
BannaOj: and steel toed boots
rivkagila: 4 pairs of sneakers?
BannaOj: three
rivkagila: no, wait, 3
BannaOj: the "bad" sneakers are worn for stuff like painting and picking up dog poo
rivkagila: you have ONE PAIR of dress shoes???
BannaOj: I have one other pair of strappy black shoes that cant really be worn anywhere
BannaOj: basically sandals with a heel
BannaOj: high heel
rivkagila: ok, TWO PAIRS OF DRESS SHOES???
BannaOj: like for a formal
BannaOj: yup
rivkagila: *boggles*

edit: I forgot the dog show shoes, which are black service worker shoes, that are tacky anywhere but on food service workers feet and at dog shows, where they are as close to a dress shoe as you can get and still be able to run freely to gait a dog.


[ February 06, 2004, 01:26 AM: Message edited by: BannaOj ]
Posted by Beren One Hand (Member # 3403) on :
Mrs. M I can't believe you listed "Prince of Egypt" as one of the worst movies of all time! How can you not love a movie with Patrick Stewart in it. Was it beacause no one in the movie wore shoes? [Big Grin]
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :

I'm still stunned by the whole two pairs of dress shoes concept. [Wink]

I think an intervention is in order! dkw, Vána, Christy, take the woman to BUY SOME SHOES! Women (and shoe salesmen) everywhere cry out in horror! [Angst]
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
As far as the wardrobe place goes, it looks quite useful. The prices are a bit high, but as far as I can tell online [Wink] , the quality appears good.

However, I hate buying solid tops (skirts less so) except for REALLY dark ones. But then, I'm a klutz -- the fact that stains are very visible on solids is a real issue for me. The marled, stripe, or shimmer collections might be better for that reason.

I like buying pieces designed to mix and match. Lane Bryant has some nice collections: here, here, here, and here, among others.

Unfortunately, their online catalog doesn't show each collections all on one page, the way the print catalog does. But the side links can help you find the coordinates.
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
AJ, NOOOOOOOOOOO! No Weekenders clothes. The skirts will be awful on everyone because they are gathered at the waist. Unless you are wearing a kilt or a cheerleading uniform, pleats are very, very bad. They add 15 pounds to your frame. This goes for men, as well. I buy only flat-front pants for Andrew and would never, ever buy anything with pleats for myself.

Also, this red is too bright for you and will completely wash you out. The collars of the blazers are too high and the cuts are too boxy.

The only things that are at all wearable are the sleeveless mock turtleneck and the sleeveless shell. And you can get those anywhere.

rivka, I buy only solid-tops. [Smile]

I was pretty shaken when AJ told me about her lack of shoes, too. Especially since I have just run out of room for shoes in my third closet (bought a great pair of Ferragamos that I can wear to work with the children).

Beren, you're right, that's one of the many reasons I didn't like it. [Wink]
Posted by fugu13 (Member # 2859) on :
I wear pleated pants. I can use the fifteen pounds.

<-- weighs 140 and is 6' tall.
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
fugu13, you can use the extra 15 pounds all over, but pleated pants add it just to your waist. They also ruin your long, beautiful line.

If you want to add weight, get flat-front pants that are wide-legged and layer. The wide-leg pants will make your legs seem more substantial in a proportional way and you can maintain your line. Wear a thick cotton t-shirt under your shirt and it will give that same effect.
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
I kind of thought that was what you would say Mrs. M. I do have a question on one point though.

You said the skirts are "gathered" at the waist and then went on to talk about "pleats".

Believe it or not I sew. Mostly quilts, but there is a distinct difference between "gathers" and pleats. I agree pleats are bad. But just about every skirt I have ever seen and most pants are gathered in at the waist a bit.

What is the difference to you?

Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
I know - I'm bad at terminology. The Weekenders skirts appear to have very loose, round pleats. I'm sure that there's a term for them, but I can't remember what it is, so I just said gathered. I'll ask my mother - she'll know.

Generally, with skirts and pants, the flatter the better. Skirts with zippers are going to fit better than skirts that you just pull on. Also, pants without pockets give you a much smoother line. You can rip out the pockets and sew up the openings. Skirts should never, ever have pockets.

Most women balk at this - pockets are undeniably useful. For me, it's worth it. I even have blazer pockets sewn up.
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
*has serious pocket addiction*

One of the reasons why EVERYthing has to have pockets is becuase it is always potentially an item I'd wear to a dog show. You MUST have pockets at a dog show. You have to have somewhere to put the treats. They do have these little "pin on" bait pouch pockets but those look even tackier.

Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
One of my main gripes about most of my clothes that are not strictly casual is that they have no pockets. YOU try doing laundry with no place to put quarters or the laundry room key! On dressy or formal stuff I expect there to be no pockets, but on semi-casual, I want a pocket or two. [Dont Know] I actually have one or two skirts that are nice that have pockets that are (practically) invisible when empty, which is a great compromise. When I really need a place to put a slip of paper or a key, I have one.

[ February 06, 2004, 12:52 PM: Message edited by: rivka ]
Posted by Ayelar (Member # 183) on :
Sheesh, Banna, you're quite the shoe hog! [Big Grin]

I own:

1 pair of very practical dress shoes (like to wear with a suit)
1 pair of rather dingy black mocs I wear pretty much everywhere
1 pair of sneakers that I hate and would love to replace
1 pair of Birkenstocks for the summer.

It's rare that I need something strappy, and when I do, I'll usually buy it the day before the event, hate it, and sell it at the first opportunity. [Smile] I'm eyeing a pair of white Birks for the wedding. [Big Grin]
Posted by Bob the Lawyer (Member # 3278) on :
See, I have my steel-toed shoes and my dress shoe combined into some sort of SUPER shoe.
And then I have a pair of running shoes. And that's all folks. No cleats, no boats, no flippers. That's all she wrote.

Being a guy is the only way to be.
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
I knew you were a kindred spirit aja!

[Big Grin]

Posted by dkw (Member # 3264) on :
Wow, Mrs. M. I’ll never ask you to be my personal shopper -- I don’t think either of us would survive the experience. On a skirt, no pockets = no way.

<----Frumpy but happy.
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
dkw, you are in no way frumpy! If you are frumpy then I'm even more of a total disaster than previously mentioned!

Posted by Ayelar (Member # 183) on :
I'll admit it, I'm frumpy. [Razz]

I'd love to get the help of someone like Mrs. M.... oh, how wonderful it would be to have a clue as to what would look good on me! Especially now that I'm losing weight and don't particularly want to hide anymore!

But as an example, yesterday I wore:

My dingy black mocs
Sort of worn secondhand black corduroy pants
And the piece de resistance: A dark grey Gap turtleneck that was never flattering, and is now very baggy on me.

Yikes! Even I was a little embarrassed! [Smile]

I do have one question for Mrs. M.... do you have any advice for women with larger-than-average feet? I've just sort of accepted the fact that, no matter how much weight I lose, my size 10 feet will never ever look "cute". [Razz] But is there anything I should be on the lookout for when I have to make a dreaded shoe shopping trip?
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
pst aja e-mail Mrs. M with a current picture or two of yourself.

When she had time she gave me a set of guidelines to follow. They definitely do help!

Posted by Farmgirl (Member # 5567) on :
Wow! Hadn't check this thread in awhile and didn't realize it had changed direction to women's shoes & clothes. (my weak area)

I'm amazed at how many shoes you all have. I have one pair of boots, one pair of dress shoes (plain black pumps) and one pair of shoes I wear to work with slacks -- which are just a plain black flat everyday slipon thingys. That's it. I don't even have sneakers/athletic shoes right now -- my olds ones wore out.

Probably because I've spent years trying to keep up with the shoe/clothing needs of three kids. No money left to buy clothes/shoes for me.

That and because I know NOTHING about any of this stuff, so going into a store I feel lost.

Luckily, my daughter is the exact opposite of me, and is becoming somewhat of a "shopping guide" for me -- although our tastes are totally opposite.

Posted by Farmgirl (Member # 5567) on :
Is Mrs. M coming to Chicago Con? She can give us each fashion tips....

Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
I hope she does! I really think she should go into business doing this. I bet she'd get a dozen clients from Hatrack alone. But she said if she does that it wouldn't be fun anymore.

Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :
Sigh. I so need help.

And it's probably to late to do anything about it.

My job promo includes . . . gasp . . . business trips.

I have to, like, dress semi-professionally now.

Which leaves the birks and baggie jumpers out.


The first excursion is departing this Sunday afternoon.

*Cries in despair*
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
*hugs Shan*

Well Steve made me buy stuff for myself this weekend. I even bought one pair more of shoes than I should. But I have rectified the black pumps situation in spades.

First are these pants

Two pairs. One dark grey, and one a brown. Steve says I need different shoes for the brown pair though.

Four pairs of shoes. None of them are Ferragamos, Mrs. M but I think you will approve.

First for casual wear.
A pair of womens dockers that I can't find online anywhere but looked similar to these The buckle is a little different but that is as close as I can find.

Then a pair of hush puppy pumps (very comfortable) that look like thesein plain black.

Then another pair of pumps with a little more of a heel that caught my eye and I am pretty sure Mrs M would tell me to buy. Plus they also were comfortable. The brand is Easy street. The shoes are a pump like these but with a gold band around the heel more like these but there is also a similar gold squigle across the top of the shoe as well. I think they are pretty.

Then the pair that I tried on as a gag, and ended up buying because they actually fit and were comfortable, and I could walk just fine in them, which was the last thing I expected. They arethese And I still can't believe I bought them but I figured finding a pair with 3" heels like that that is actually physically wearable with someone with as little balance as I posess is actually a small miracle. Steve told me to buy them, so I did.

Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
So, how much do you think I actually spent?
[Big Grin]

Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
*breathes a sigh of relief* Oh, good, intervention accomplished! [Wink]

As far as how much you spent, that is always the wrong question. I like to focus on how much I saved; i.e., it was 20% less than in that other store, and it was marked down 15%, so I saved X dollars. [Big Grin]
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
Actually I think I spent a lot less than you are guessing. I bought them all at a store called Value City that gets closeouts from department stores.

The thing is, their selection varies widely. This time we just happened to get there when they must have bought out the inventory of a couple of high class places, and the selection wasn't picked over yet!

Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
I love places like that. In fact, I buy lots of stuff (not just clothes) at places like that. Great deals! Plus the bragging rights on how much you saved. [Big Grin]
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
Pants $15 each at Costco. Shoes $25/pair except for the 3" heels which were $30.
[Big Grin]
Posted by Hobbes (Member # 433) on :
Interesting, having too much time on one's hands leads to having too many shoes on one's feet.

Hobbes [Smile]
Posted by rivka (Member # 4859) on :
*applauds savvy shopping* [Big Grin]
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
bump for Mrs. M to maybe see.

Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
I even bought one pair more of shoes than I should.
That's crazy talk, AJ. [Wink]

I'm so proud of you. One question - did you buy those shoes in white or is it just the color they put on the catalog? They're fine in white, but you cannot wear them until after Labor Day.

You finally have the staples, shoe-wise. Now you need the herbs and spices.

Incidentally, I have bought 3 new pairs of shoes since my last post on this thread.

Unfortunately, I cannot come to ChicagoCon. But if anyone wants to email me, I will be happy to discuss personal fashion. More than happy.

Edit for spelling.

[ February 12, 2004, 12:39 PM: Message edited by: Mrs.M ]
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
No they were all black. I think you would like the heels with the gold trim on them the best.
Those were the ones I heard your voice in my head telling me to buy!

Steve says I need a couple of different shades of brown shoes too.

He says it is an "ongoing" intervention, that he doesn't think I'm going to be cured for a while. Considering I've still been beating myself up for spending money that could have gone to other things it is probably true. I do have them all lined up on a shoe rack and they look pretty cool.

Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :
Mrs. M - I e-mailed you with a request for help!

[Big Grin]

Posted by Risuena (Member # 2924) on :
You know I absolutely love this thread, but every time I read it, I want to go out shoe shopping. I can't afford that... [Frown] I desperately need to save money and I've already bought five (three expensive) pairs of shoes this month.

Let me just take this opportunity, however, to say, Mrs. M, I'm sure I don't have nearly as many shoes as you, but you are my idol. [Big Grin]
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Shan, check your email and fasten your seatbelt.

Risuena, don't just say you got 5 new pairs of shoes and not describe them. That's just cruel. [Wink]

Today Andrew asked me what I was going to do when I can't use every closet in the house (right now I'm using 2 of the bedroom closets, the den closet, the coat closet, and one of the linen closets). I calmly and sweetly explained that that will be the day that we move.
Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :


Self removed from floor.

(That's what I get for not fastening the seatbelt first. [Big Grin] )

Your questions have been answered and the reply sent, Mrs. M!

Thank you muchly!
Posted by Risuena (Member # 2924) on :
Oooh! Sorry about that, Mrs. M...

I'll rectify my omissions now. My favorite is this pair of Kenneth Cole pumps in black crocodile. Then I also got sling backs by Charles David. They're not quite the same as these, but they're pretty similar and in a light, golden brown shade. I got two pairs of boots, one a pair of brown ankle boots with a shape similar to this and the others are black knee length boots like these. Finally, I got a pair of sneakers in the natural color fourth from the bottom.

Now I just need to find room in my closet for all of them...
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
Mrs. M,

Realizing that fashions go in and out of style, if you were in a closet space crunch, (which you might be if you adopt a child and stay in your same location) you wouldn't dispose of anything you bought and is say over 2 years old that you haven't worn recently?

Or do you just wait 10 or 20 years for it to come back into fashion?

Risenua, how tall are you? I couldn't imagine owning two pairs of 3+ inch heels. I still feel weird owning one! I haven't actually worn them anywhere yet. I do want some boots though. They are still on the shopping list!

Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
Risuena, nice going! I LOVE them all, except the sneakers, but that's just b/c I'm not a sneaker person.

AJ, I'm of two minds about that. I grew up wearing some of my mother's clothes from her modeling/socialite days in the late 60s and early 70s. I also try to only buy clothes that I know I'll be able to wear 20 years from now. I'll most likely pack some up and ship them to my mother's house in Georgia. She has lots and lots of storage. I have sold some things on eBay, but I just used that money to buy more shoes and clothes. [Smile]
Posted by Risuena (Member # 2924) on :
Woohoo! Approval from Hatrack's own fashion guru! [Wink]

AJ - I'm short - 5'4, maybe 5'5 on a good day. I'm not sure why I started wearing three inch heels, other than I like them and they're fun. In the case of almost all of the heels I own, I think they just look better with the height they have. If I worked in a lab or something like some of my friends, I'd probably never wear any of them, but I work in a pretty laid back office where I can dress up as much or as little as I want.

And right now is a great time to buy boots if you can find a pair you like. They tend to be a fall/winter item so there are a lot of sales currently, there just may not be a lot of selection.
Posted by vwiggin (Member # 926) on :
Can I get away with wearing this as a business casual footwear?
Posted by fallow (Member # 6268) on :
so long as yer comfortable walking on ice.
Posted by vwiggin (Member # 926) on :
When hell freezes over? [Evil]

Darn, another dream dashed. [Smile]
Posted by fallow (Member # 6268) on :
Posted by fallow (Member # 6268) on :
Care for a chat?

If not, I certainly understand.
Posted by fallow (Member # 6268) on :
Posted by BannaOj (Member # 3206) on :
vwiggin. what sort of place do you work? I think that will give you the answer. If other people are wearing simiar stuff than it should be ok.

I work in a machine shop and lab. I wear steel toed shoes to work about half the time and tennis shoes the other half. Only when I have an important meeting like tomorrow will I bother dressing up.

If I did dress up I couldn't do my job, which occasionally involves taking apart nasty cruddy broken parts.

I've been trying to dress a bit nicer, but I'm running into the problem that I look nice people write me off as a "cute air headed blonde" This can work to your advantage at times if people underestimate you. But, for gaining the respect of my co-workers it doesn't work as well.

Posted by vwiggin (Member # 926) on :
Sorry Fallow, I went to [Sleep] right after my post. I will definitely catch you next time (if I can find the right shoes to wear that is). [Smile]

BOJ, I work for a firm that service a lot of stuffy bank clients. Although we are technically "business casual", there really is no defined standard.

The reason why I thought I could get away with that slipper-shoe is because it has a mostly plain front. If my slacks cover most of the shoe, can people really tell it is not a normal dress shoe?

P.S. People who underestimate you because of your looks are not worth impressing. Dress the way you like.
Posted by Mrs.M (Member # 2943) on :
wwiggin, I could immediately tell that it's not a normal dress shoe. The shape of the shoe and the size of the sole are very casual.

I would go with something less casual for a company that works with stuffy bank clients. In those cases, business casual tends to mean business semi-formal. They probably mean highly polished oxfords instead of traditional lace-ups.
Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :
If I can't wear my birkies in a human services/government setting, there is no way on this green earth that YOU should be allowed to wear birkies in a posh setting.

That is way too unfair.

I protest.


So there!

Posted by vwiggin (Member # 926) on :

Mrs. M's judgment is, of course, always the final word on the shoe topic. Darn!

Shan, I must be working too hard. I read "bikinis" instead of birkies. [Blushing]
Posted by Shan (Member # 4550) on :
Silly one!

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Posted by scifibum (Member # 7625) on :
No! Scarves is better for all people. How dare you.
Posted by Mr. Y (Member # 11590) on :
No way! Mittens is better than scarves all day long.
Posted by MarekAgain (Member # 13484) on :
but mittens don't fit well on feet

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