Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic

Life is short. BUY THE SHOES.

It’s no secret that I love shoes. I have a relationship with my shoes, to the point where they cheer me up when I’m having a bad day and can just as easily bring me to the depths of despair. They listen to my woes, coddle my feet when they need coddling, and occasionally attack my tootsies with a torrent of blisters not known this side up of purgatory. But I always forgive them, so deep is our love for each other.

I had a conversation with a male friend awhile back while we were locked away for several hours acquiring MRI scans of fishes. The topic of conversation started with science and very quickly devolved down to the fundamental differences between men and women. He scrunched up his face and queried, ever so eloquently, “Okay, what is UP with you women and shoes?”

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes GLORIOUS shoes!
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Miss L Fire via Anthropologie (similar here & here)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Modcloth (a few still available here or similar)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Organizing my shoes using Dressed for iPhone
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Betsey Johnson via Amazon (similar herehere & here)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Irregular Choice via Modcloth (similar here & here)

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Top Shop via Mo-Mos Vintage // Dress: Tuesday Rose Vintage
I laughed, but realized he was serious. He really wanted to know. And despite the piles of comic books I knew existed in his apartment and the game consoles he was oddly attached to, he still had no concept of why innocent pieces of leather and satin could carry with them so much gravitas. The graveyard of past relationships littered his feet and still the answer to this question eluded him. And so I divulged the secret.

Brace yourself, should I have any male readers. I’m about to share a secret that goes back to the origins of women. Seriously, I could be kicked out of the Women Club for sharing this, all privileges revoked. Shunned from my fellow sisters of footwear. What I’m about to say will rock your world.

Shoes. Always. Fit.

Gentlemen, I shall wait for your world to stop rocking.

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Anthropologie (similar) // Bag: Modcloth // Dress: Word From the Bird
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via Modcloth (similar here & here)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Valentino (similar here and here)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Top Left: All Black via Modcloth // Top Right: DSW
Bottom Left: Miss L Fire via Modcloth (similar) // Bottom Right: Betsey Johnson (similar herehere & here)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Shoe Bakery
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Mo-Mo’s Vintage

As I said this to my friend, I watched his expression go from confusion to contemplation to dawning comprehension. As if a lightbulb went on over his head and the woes of years of exasperated girlfriend’s suddenly made sense. I swear I saw the entirety of his dating history, queries of “does my butt look big in this” and the tears of sisters weeping over jeans that would not button flash before his eyes.

“Shoes always fit. Whoa. Shoes always FIT!” And it was as if I just told him the secret to the universe. And then we went back to science as if nothing had happened. But I could tell he was shaken. His next girlfriend will thank me.

Think about this ladies – shoes always fit. Yes, shoes are beautiful and come in all colors, some with intricate beading and embroidery. They put a sass in our step and a swing in our hips. They simply make us happy. But I firmly believe the fundamental truth behind the bond between Woman and Shoe is their reliability. They don’t mind if we gain a few pounds.  We won’t suddenly see an area of foot bulging where it didn’t dare to bulge yesterday. Irrespective of a bad hair day or under eye circles, those shoes will stay just as fabulous. Buttons may pop, hems unravel, hair tumble out of clips and into your coffee, but like a faithful friend, your shoes are always ready grace the day with the same sparkle and attitude as yesterday, as last year.

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Irregular Choice via Modcloth

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: PeepToe (similar here) // Bag: Word From the Bird
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Shelly’s of London via Amazon // Dress: Rainbow Valley Vintage
Vintage Vanity Case: Mo-Mo’s Vintage
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Miss L Fire via Pinup Girl Clothing (create similar by adding these to these!)

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Irregular Choice (similar here & here)

Back when Mr. Dressed Aesthetic and I were first dating (we were pretty goggly eyed right from the start and I knew he was The One in a week. But I didn’t tell him right away. Shhh…no need for him to know his powers of wooing). Anyway, there are certain deal breakers in any relationship. Certain places where you compromise and certain important issues you won’t budge on. We discussed all of these things over the course of our dateship: Money. Religion. Kids. Footwear.

Make no mistake, these are important topics, and my darling would-be hubby knew that I came with a few unique quirks. In addition to my ability to raise one eyebrow and love of a smokey single malt, I came complete with a job that might necessitate travel (global travel, mind), a ginger cat with a proclivity for vomit, and a bulging, ever-expanding wardrobe that would need a place to live (and an app to organize it! But that would come later…).

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Irregular Choice Via Modcloth (similar here & here)
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell via Modcloth
Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes and Bag: ASOS

Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous - The Dressed Aesthetic
Shoes: Miss L Fire via Modcloth (similar) // Dress: Wanderlust // Pup: 100% Awesome
So, one night my Mister and I were having one of those deep and meaningful couple conversations. How do I love thee. Let me count the ways. The promises we wanted to make to each other. And on that fateful night, we made a promise to each other than I am convinced is the glue that holds our marriage together. Newlyweds, listen up.

He looked deep into my eyes and swore, “I will never ask you…” Fists clenched in sincerity,

“Do you REALLY need another pair of shoes?”

And with just as much commitment and love, I stared back at my beloved and swore with an eloquence I didn’t know I possessed, “And I….will never ask you…” deep breath as I said words I may live to regret one day,

“Do you really need the newest iPhone?”

Because, friends, man or woman, the answer is always yes.

And they lived happily ever after….

 

xoxox

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13 comments on Shoe Lovers Not So Anonymous

  • Lauren Blair

    Hahaha, I have literally never thought about it that way! But you’re totally right, shoes really do always fit. Nice work, lady! Also, I’m beyond jelly of those Jeffrey Campbell map shoes…!!!
    -Lauren Blair
    http://www.prefertobedemure.com

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Hahaha – thank you sweets! The minute I said it out loud there was no doubt in my mind why I love shoes oh so much! 😉 xxxx

  • Alecia

    You’re shoe collection is everything I aspire mine to be! So many beautiful shoes! Makes me feel like shopping. I only wish there were fun places to buy shoes from in perth besides Melissa or vintage shops 🙁 I HATE buying shoes online because my feet are difficult and ruin everything.

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Awww thank you hon! I agree shoe shops are pretty thin on the ground here in Perth, but there are definitely some hidden gems here. Have you discovered Marie Claire in Claremont?? I’ve definitely scored some amazing shoes there! xxx

  • Camilla

    Oh my wow that is such a awesome shoe collection you’ve got their! I do love shoes but their are a lot of shoes I can’t wear (especially heels) because I don’t have petite feet and ankles like you do!

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you!! And I don’t know about petite feet… I’m a size 9. 😉 What kinds of shoes do you love?? I definitely have flats I swoon over too – particularly if they’re sparkly…

      I found I used to always avoid heels because I thought I was too tall to wear them (I was 5’9 by the time I was 12 years old!) but eventually just couldn’t resist them! 😀

      • Camilla

        oh wow really, your as tall as me then! 🙂 I’m a size 10 (Australian) and find it a hit or miss when ordering shoes online. I just ordered a pair of lucky lou shoes (the Gypsy rose red ones) I really hope they fit for the price! Also i prefer wearing flats or wedge type shoes.

        • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

          I am pretty tall… I used to shy away from heels but now enjoy being over 6 feet now and then! 😉 I know what you mean about ordering shoes online…but in Aus I find it’s the only way. I can’t wait to see your new shoes though! I LOVE wedges – especially when I have a lot of racing around to do. 😉 And carved heels make me swoon! xxx

  • Kristina @ Eccentric Owl

    Oh my goodness, I had never thought of that! But it’s so true! No matter what clothing sizes you go through, shoes always fit. Always. This is the BEST post. And your shoe collection is glorious; I wish I had that many beautiful shoes. I’m working on it, but my collection is very small and the ones I truly love are few.

    I am pretty sure my husband and I would have the same “I will never ask you” questions as you and your husband! Although for me it might be “floral dress” instead of “pair of shoes.” 😀
    xo
    Kristina
    http://www.eccentricowl.com

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Hahah – thank you my sweet! There are so many reasons to love beautiful shoes, but it all pales in comparison to the fact that they simply always fit! I’m in a completely committed relationship with my shoes. 🙂 When I got home tonight I tried to add “vintage dresses” to the Mister’s promise but I’m not sure he was sold…. 😉

      • Kristina @ Eccentric Owl

        My husband would be right there with yours. 😀 I have a closet full right now, plus a box full that don’t fit my pregnant self, plus two or three other boxes of vintage to sell on Etsy that I’m lagging behind on (because they’re pretty and it’s so hard to let them go!) so my husband definitely has the “um… you need that?” look. 😉 But he allows my shopping anyway, so I think he understands. Maybe.

  • Wild Tea Party

    HAHAHA Oh Lady, you are so right. That’s why I love shoes. But also, because they’re mini artworks (well, if you buy nice shoes. I’m getting pickier with age).

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      They are TOTALLY like mini works of art! I’m a big fan of investing in good footwear – you realize that they’re the ones that last (and the ones with the prettiest details that we love the most!) xxx

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