Monday, February 02, 2009

sensible shoes i'm currently obsessed with

throughout the last 2 months, i've spent countless hours online trying to find the perfect pair of shoes to replace my two beloved mary-janes from payless. they've lasted about 4 years or more, which is forever in payless shoe years. but now the pleather is lifting off, they're scratched down to a white layer, and just generally look awful. it makes me so sad because i still love their style.

for about a year now i've been wrestling with the decision of whether or not to purchase a pair of leather shoes. see, i haven't bought new leather in about 11 or 12 years, ever since i went vegetarian. about 3 years ago i started buying second-hand leather shoes thinking that second-hand anything is better for the planet than new stuff, leather or not. and after researching non-leather stuff a bit, i realize i'm probably exposing myself to a lot of nasty off-gassing from pvc. so i think i'm ready to try a pair of leather shoes in hopes that they'll last a bit longer than 4 years.

here are some of the shoes (and boots) i've been obsessing over for the last couple of months. hopefully i'll work up the courage to buy a pair soooooon. (it's so hard to think of spending this much money on shoes after so many years spending $25 on footwear.)

clarks cute bar

danskos lotus

gee wawa minute (it's the black ones i love)

naot motiff

el naturalista dryland

blowfish quizz

gee wawa topper boots

miz mooz blitz


Carla said...

They're all so cute!

the knitrider said...

I love the danskos lotus. Its hard to spend lots of money on shoes, I hear ya. I went to Nordstroms to try on some cool boots, but they just didn't fit right and were almost $200. Part of me wanted them so bad, but couldn't justify it. Oh well. Good luck in your search!

barbara said...

it's so good to see you back on here :)
i wish you all the best for 2009!
nevermind about the gaps in posting - we're all guilty of those and we all do have a life beyond the internet ;)
i own a pair of el naturalista boots and i love them to bits, they're veeeery comfy, can definitely recommend them.

Mel said...

I think it's a lot worse to wear PVC shoes than leather. You're right!! The off-gassing is a nasty thing to have next to your skin. That being said I love Mary Janes but not the chunky heeled ones, as they just scream 1990's. I love the "blowfish quizz" Mary Janes, as a post-modernist revival on the chunkier and clunkier Mary Jane...just my 2 cents!

krissy said...

thanks so much to all of you for your comments and suggestions. i really appreciate it! so far i've only tried on the clarks cutebars (1st photo) and really liked them but still haven't bought any.

mel: i have to admit, i think i would like the danskos lotus better if the sole/heel wasn't so chunky too. that does make them look a bit dated, huh?

Mel said...

I agree Krissy. The heel on the danskos lotus is a bit much.
The "gee wawa minute" and the "el naturalista" are also sweet :) Have a look at el naturalista's website. They have an incredible selection of shoes and boots and they also have an eco-policy by using vegetable dyes and recycled rubber in their shoes.