My 30-year shoe obsession and my scores this month

I have an obsession with shoes. It all started when I was a young girl and my Welita would take me on weekly trips to the local K-Mart and buy me a new pair of shoes. Yup, a new pair every week.

Not toys. Not candy. Shoes. Shoes are my jam.

So it is no surprise I own nearly 200 pairs of shoes. Well, a surprise (and suffering) to my husband, but that’s not interesting to write about.  With 30+ years of experience, and tons of shoes later, I consider myself pretty shoe-savvy. I have an eye for fit, feel and affordability. After all, you don’t learn to spend a ton of shoes when you are out to buy a pair a week (well, at least in my pre-mama life).

I always take good care of my shoes, along with my collection of clothes, jewelry and accessories. My closet really is a slice of heaven, with my beautiful pink ottoman in the center of it all (and hopefully a pink chandelier soon!). My shoes are stored in individual clear plastic boxes, while some flats are stored in an over-door hanger and flip flops in a pretty storage bin. Boots, on the other hand, are in a large, over-sized rectangle storage bin. They all mean so much to me!

I am much more picky when purchasing shoes now, and I have a whole new purpose in what type of shoes I buy. I LOVE heels and wedges, but I’m mostly at home with my kiddo and running from working out to playdates, so flats make a lot more sense. As I was rummaging through my shoes a few weeks ago I realized something that stunned me: I couldn’t find my black flats.

So there I was, sitting on the floor of my closet surrounded by plastic shoe bins and I was shocked. I have brown polka-dot wedges, red lace t-strap heels and purple booties, but no black flats?!!

So I went on a mission to find the perfect black ballet flats. I wanted cute and comfort, chic and cheap. Something that could be paired with jeans, leggings and even a casual dress.

I used to have flats from Jessica Simpson that I absolutely adored. I wore them more than any other shoe and eventually lost a stone detail, even with all my tender loving care! It was so hard to throw them out, but that’s when you know it is a good shoe. (the special ones mentioned above look practically new – I rarely ever use them). So I started searching on Amazon for Jessica Simpson black flats.

Then, I found these. My heart skipped a beat and I knew it was meant to be.

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And, because I had a Birthday gift card from my parents, I threw in another pair I’d been dying to get: gray booties. I searched high and low looking for cute, comfort and super affordability with excellent ratings. So I scored these – and after wearing them a few times I can tell you they are totally as comfortable as the reviews say….I can even chase my toddler around AND go house shopping.

Y’all, both shoes are fantastic and I am super happy with the scores. Just like my 4-year-old self at K-Mart.

 

 

 

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My 30-year shoe obsession has proved a skill is picking cute, comfort, chic and cheap shoes!
My 30-year shoe obsession has proved a skill is picking cute, comfort, chic and cheap shoes!

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