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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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Things That Have Caught My Eye: In March

I originally was going to share these items with you as a bit of a March wish-list, but seeing as I took a it of a different direction and shared some other posts with you first, the month is nearly over (Can you believe it?) and I am still finding myself looking at these items over and over again.

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I think that mugs are one of those things that are so easily to collect at random that nearly everybody has a completely unique collection. I, for example, just finished a hazelnut flavoured coffee out of a cookie monster mug before I sat down to write this. I use mugs for everything (eating cereal, drinking tea, even portioning out snacks so I don’t go too crazy eating popcorn) and some of my favourites are from Anthropologie. This set I found from there is the cutest.

mango knot velvet shoes

These shoes are something else. I love the knot style and the chic velvet material and they have got me thinking that maybe I should order them from Mango. Has anyone else shopped their website? I know Mango is absolutely huge but I have never even seen a store so I am not sure what to expect. Anyway, the amount I have stared at these slides I might just go for it and give them a try. What do you think?

Mulberry Bayswater zip tote dark blush

Oh. My. God. I absolutely adore all things Mulberry and my bag I picked up at the boutique in NYC a few years ago is one of my favourites. Mulberry is extremely difficult to find here in Canada which makes it all that much more special. Not even all of our Holt’s stores have boutiques, so if I want to get my hands on this I better get my ass to Toronto… Which is two time zones away. Anyway, this might be a bag I save my pennies for and try and find on my European adventure this Summer (stay tuned!). I love the classic, structured shape, beautifully soft leather and the blush colour. Are you a Mulberry fan? I know I have a few readers that have collections that make me absolutely envious.

Tom Ford soleil contouring nudeglow

Okay. Now I just wrote a review on the sister compact of this Tom Ford piece from their Soleil collection not long ago, so perhaps you aren’t surprised to see it on here. This is something that I am definitely splurging on once the VIB sale at Sephora strikes. I cannot get enough of my other palette and I think the colours in this one are just as much to die for. I am already picturing myself sweeping this across my cheeks with a nice tan this Summer. Or year round because the colours are light enough and my skin is basically naturally translucent. Ugh.

 

wilfred nanterre

If you know me, or have been following my blog for a while you’d probably know that like many Canadian girls, Aritzia is one of my favourite places to shop. I remember the little boutique in Chinook Mall well over a decade ago, filled with vintage Charlie Brown t-shirts, made out of the softest cotton; instead of TNA hoodies, high-rise Citizens denim and gangster rap blaring on the speakers. Regardless of when I started shopping there, the company has expanded tenfold and I still adore the products. Wilfred is easily one of my favourite clothing lines. Like ever. I actually bought these Nanterre pants a year ago in a clay brown/pink colour before my trip to Australia. Ever since, I have been wanting a pair of the ultra lightweight culottes in black. They travel and wash and wear so well. I mentioned before that I am Europe bound this Summer and think that a new pair of these will be making their way into my suitcase.

What products have you had your eye on this month? Anything on your wish list? Let me know in the comment section below! I’ll be doing another one of these next month some time so to stay tuned for that. Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to say hello!

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