Winter Footwear

I still don’t have any sewing to write about because I am so overloaded with projects at work right now that my weekends are spent catching up on the weekday rather than on fun projects around the house. But rather than let this space sit stagnant, I did manage to take 10 minutes worth of photos after I got home so you can read about everyone’s favorite subject: shoes.

Tasha recently wrote about the heartache of trying to find cute shoes to wear in winter with your vintage gear. While my California weather woes don’t even come close to her Chicago-style snowstorms, I share the frustration of ruining a perfectly lovely dress with some big, ugly utilitarian shoes.

I also am a die-hard hot weather dresser. Give me sandals and cotton dresses. Having to put on tights and sweaters and jackets makes me want to cry. If there was ever some kind of clothing-wearing nudist, I think it might be me. I don’t go so far as to not wanting to wear any clothes, but I definitely dislike feeling weighted down with garments.

Which makes for a sad winter. Last winter I basically put away all my dresses and wore jeans, boots, sweaters and Pendltons for six months. While I like that look, I missed my dresses and lady-like shoes. So I started looking for winter-friendly footwear. I have tights, I even have a wool slip, and now I have some shoes.

This was my first pair. I bought these last year and I was kind of madly in love with the the (fake) fur tufts. But now a year later, they seem more Jennifer Lopez than Jennifer Jones. Which, of course, they kind of are. They aren’t vintage or repro, so I am sure there is some fly girl out there in the world rocking these as well. I haven’t worn them as much this year, but I’ll say this: They are incredibly warm. Fur-lined and toasty.

Next I bought these vintage dead stock booties. I was seriously unsure about these for a good year, but then one day a few months ago I wore them to work and got so many compliments, well, I think they are my new favorite. Of course, they are vintage, so I worry every time I wear them. Until I learn the art of cobbling, I can’t make new ones. Un-replaceable.

So this season I got two very lady-like shoes. I haven’t done a lot of heels in my tomboy life (wedges were about as far as I’d venture) so these make me feel like a real grown up. Clickety-clack on the hard floor. Wee, I’m a girl. Also, these both come in tiny-sized for my midget feet (4 1/2 if you’re wondering), which was super exciting. God bless Zappos and their search by size feature.

The first are some little spat-like booties from Culture Phit. They skew a little more Victorian than I usually like, but they also have this very distinct Marjorie Reynolds Holiday Inn feeling (I don’t even know if she wears a pair like these, but maybe I am just imagining them on her feet). They are mostly pretty comfortable, but at the end of a long day, running for the ferry, they do start to hurt a little bit.

This second pair is the greatest shoe I have come across in years. They are made by Naya, which is some kind of hippie, ergonomic, sustainable shoe company, though you’d never know it. As such, these are ridiculously comfortable. And not in that stupid way women claim their 3-inch heels – that are visibly cutting into their skin – are so comfortable! These really are comfortable. And I love them. So much that I bought another pair, slightly different.

Going back to vintage, I bought these deadstock galoshes/overshoes a while back. I still haven’t found the right shoes to wear under them though. They are seen here with the suede Naya shoes you see above. They end up looking kind of lumpy and weird.  And of course, there’s the fear-of-destroying-vintage thing again… so I have yet to wear them out. Oh, well.

Lastly, since several of these lovely shoes are friggin’ suede (yeah, not so bright of me) I have my good old standby rain boots – which is what I wore today. Cause it’s raining. And cold. And it sucks.

But it sucks just a little bit less now that I have cute winter shoes.

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