Wanting “the Wrong” Shoe

I think that it is safe to say that almost every year- usually later in the Springtime I try to hook myself up with a new pair of white sneakers. The last couple years I’ve turned to Nike to complete the task, and my Adidas Superstars *are they still trendy?* are not so white.  The inside of the back heel is worn down as if I wore them in gym class constantly (to be fair, I did wear them while teaching gym class here and there), so they are becoming more around the house work shoes. They also survived a trip to Italy with me.


Anyway, here is something different. I stumbled across these on instagram and while yes, this exact pair is a men’s shoe, I am nonetheless crazy about it and wishing I could just convert the sizing to fit me. The Gancini Sneaker Shoe by my beloved Salvatore Ferragamo comes in a multitude of colours and finishes for women but I have yet to see a pair quite like this one. From floral to metallics to neutrals they really have it all. However, this particular white and grey pair is exactly what I’m looking for. I am drawn to it. I love the clean minimalist approach to design and colour. And I’m not sure if it comes in my size, or even exists. I’ve looked everywhere.

Now, all this being said, I have a short list of white sneakers that I am also keeping my eyes on, that do fit me, and are actually available. Not some invented up pair inspired from the men’s section. I’ll be sharing those with you here on Talk To My Shoes in a couple posts so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Anyway, have you ever had this problem? Falling for the wrong shoe? Have you ever been itching to buy a shoe that doesn’t-even-exist?? I don’t mean wrong as in it is wrong to shop in the opposite section, that isn’t the problem. I mean the wrong shoe that is so right for you, but isn’t possibly available. Truth be told, that is how I got into designing shoes in the first place. But that is a story for another time. Let me know in the comment section below what your thoughts and stories are, I think there will be some good ones- or just to say hello!


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Christian Louboutin: Lace Follies

Louboutin follies lace 100

I cannot resist a good ol’ eye catching Louboutin. I’m keeping this short today, as really, the stilettos speak for themselves. I think what I really like about this pair is that they seem a little more mature than many Loubs I see available. Does that sound crazy? Do you know what I mean? I think I am just talking about the oversized studded platform designs by CL that I can’t stand. Anyway. I like a more classy elegance in a shoe is what I am trying to say.

The Louboutin Follies in lace are beautiful. I am obsessed with the colour scheme on these heels! They remind me of those beautiful warm toned neutral eyeshadow palettes that have a pop of blue or a pop of burnt red shadow in them. But only they are lace stilettos. And you wear them on your feet instead of your eyelids. Oh god. Trying to write when you are stretched out on the couch, contemplating a nap is not a great thing. Sorry.

Sorry not sorry, because can we just take pause and notice the embossed leather heel cap as well? What perfect contrast and an unexpected design feature. It compliments the piping so well I can’t even handle it.

I have no other words, just one last thought: that these are some of the most beautiful Christian Louboutin follies I have ever seen.

Thank you to all my readers for stopping by, don’t forget to say hello in the comment section below! I hope you all had a great long weekend and are enjoying the first signs of Spring. It isn’t snowing or -36 here today so that is a start.


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Bengal Love II


At the start of the month I shared with you some pieces from the Gucci Bengal collection but purposely left out one of my favourite pieces from my own collection: my Gucci Bengal slippers. I thought they were far too special to be presented alongside other Gucci pieces and as this is a shoe-focused blog, why not shine the spotlight on them?

Gucci’s Princetown slippers continue to be iconically trendy and somewhat notorious among the fashion crowd. And who can blame them? They are practical (and impractical when  beautifully lined with fur), a slip on and get goin’ style that is an understated statement piece. Obviously I love the buttery soft originals and every variation of the shoe to come.


When I found the mule complete with the Bengal print and horsebit on my trip down-under last year, I was sold. They are completely unlike any Princetown design I’ve stumbled across, and that my friends is many. I have to say that they are quite a bit more stiff than the originals and I had to size up in them, which is odd as I am a true size seven in nearly every shoe and style. Regardless, they fit well, do the job, and easily allow me to give off the “I may have not brushed my hair but who cares I’m wearing Gucci” vibe that I (may I say?) wear so well. All in all, this pair is one of my most beloved in my entire shoe collection.

What I’d like to know is your opinion on the slipper/mule style of shoe in general. I know it returned onto the shoe scene a couple years ago and has slowly made its mark. Now we have brands like Steve Madden and Sam Edelman creating more accessible styles to a wider audience. I know it is popular, yet I never seem to see people actually sporting this look, other than online. I know it is not just because I live in the middle of nowhere as I travel more than my fair share. So, if you’re out there, let me know. Do you wear this style? Is it your go to or are you choosing to watch from the sidelines? Let me know in the comment section below!

Happy Wednesday to all of you, and thank you again and again for coming by for a read. I really appreciate each and every one of you. Don’t forget to subscribe and say hello!


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Springing Ahead in these Boots

Apparently it is officially Spring. Looking out the window, I know that springtime in Canada also looks a lot like Winter, Fall, and one very freaky day in July years ago (Does anyone else remember when it snowed at the Calgary Stampede?!). So, in celebration of the new season, I’ve chosen this pair of beautiful ankle boots from Nine West that seems to be inclusive of all the seasons here in the Great White North.

floral booties nine west

Like I mention, these gems are designed by Nine West; what I didn’t get a chance to tell you is that I actually scored them at the end of last Summer, when all the Autumn designs were coming out. Pretty great right? Now I know that these pictures do the booties absolutely no justice but you have to believe me when I use the word stunning.

The velvet upper is extremely soft, the shoe fits true to size (I find that most Nine West shoes are true to size) and they are very comfortable to wear. Not to mention that with the colours of the velvet they are surprisingly durable, and really hide any grit and dirt you might pick up off the ground throughout the day.

floral booties nine west

Yup, these ankle boots are becoming a favourite pair of mine, more and more. And what is best, that an Autumnal boot has carried me through the tail end of Winter (I couldn’t wear these until I moved into my new place because they had to be packed up with the rest of my shoe collection) and into the Spring.

I really truly would recommend Nine West footwear to anyone who is looking for a pair of good quality, long lasting shoes but doesn’t want to break the bank too, too much. I’ve owned a ton of pairs and different styles over the years: boots to some of my favourite pairs of pumps, and even a couple pairs of flats. They just make good shoes and use good quality material. These floral booties are no exception.

What does Spring look like in your corner of the world? It seems that all across the globe, chillier weather has been making its rounds. How are you battling this with your footwear? I am on Winter boot strike now. I will just have to walk along the powdery sidewalk and across the ice in far less sensible footwear. Let me know in the comments below!


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