Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shoes, how I love thee, let me count the ways...

Sadly, I can't find a pair of boots -that I like and that fit my skinny calves- to save my life! I do own a pair of Rocketdog boots:



They don't really fit like I want them to. I can't wear them with skirts because of how loose they are around my chicken legs. They're not slouchy-cute, they're slouchy-stupid.

But I have better luck with other types of shoes. I own at least 4 pairs of the ubiquitous Chucks. The reason there are 4 pair, by the way, is that 2 pairs of them have holes in the sole so I can't wear them when it's been raining/is raining. As you know, Portland isn't known for it's dryness.

My favorite shoe brand is BC Footwear. They're not all vegan, but they have had a lot of cute shoes. Samples of such that I have had the pleasure of owning:

Michelle C's cute vegan Saucony's on the left, my beloved BC's (RIP) on the right

I love this pair, I'm wearing my brown pair right now...

Yes, I have 2 pair of the same shoes in brown and in black. There's a good reason for this! My sister and I found these shoes on sale in a Delia's catalog and we each got a pair, but hers were too small (and they didn't have the half size larger she needed), therefore I got both. The black ones now have a hole in the sole and so no longer are wearable in the rain...sad face.

Ok, now, I have 2 pairs of another BC shoe...so this might seem like I have a problem. It does sound like it. BUT! These shoes are so cute! I thought I found them in a better color, so I had to get the second pair when I saw them at Buffalo Exchange, a used clothing and shoe store.

They're the ones at the end. Man, I love the red ones even more than the ones I have!

So I initially got them in navy patent pleather...then found them in a white and black striped fabric. Both have the white wedge. I've never worn the white and black stripe pair and have only worn the navy ones once. It's sad, I love them so, but never feel like they go with anything I wear.

I own 2 pairs of the same kind of Vans, one in Citrus (Florida native represent!) and the other in an awesome green (they were on sale!). I easily find tennis shoes, it seems. I also find Chuck's to be really comfortable, so I'm fortunate. I hike and work in them, no problem.

I love checking in at Ross, Marshalls, Payless and the like for vegan shoes. I haven't found any lately, but I it's always the surprise of a good shoe find that keeps me going. I currently have banned myself from buying any black colored flats. I, sadly, lost my favorite pair of flats about 6 months ago. They were red, from Target, and awesome.

Online store:
Lulu's - they even have the vegan shoes tagged
Zappos - I had an expensive experience recently and now don't ever want to buy from an online place that doesn't do free shipping to you and return shipping.

5 comments:

Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) said...

Whoa! Thanks for the Lulu's link! I'd never seen that site before and they have so many choices!

kittee said...

those simple shoes of yours are great. what do you think of keep?

http://www.keepcompany.com/subcategory.aspx?id=24

xo
kittee

Karla said...

kittee
I do like some keep's, but haven't had the happy chance of trying them. I would pick this pair:
http://www.keepcompany.com/detail.aspx?id=161

Kelly said...

Chicken legs represent! ...not really, 'cuz it's laaame to have that awful gap between your legs and the boot! I get very discouraged when I go boot shopping, because if I like something, it's either not vegan or way too freakin' big on my calves. Lame.

I've had luck with buckled boots, though. I bought a pair fairly similar to these (http://www.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=491671&cm_mmc=Google_Feed-_-2-_-21-_-MP221) at DSW last year, and the adjustable-ness works really well.

Catherine said...

I love Zappos, too -- hello, free return shipping! Why doesn't every online retailer do that?