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Triumph or Tacky?

17 Aug

It’s time for another Triumph or Tacky? post! If you recall, my last challenge was to find a pair of black work-appropriate sandals and I ended up finding an absolutely awesome pair at the Shoe Company:

The Shoe Company $38.13 (after discount)

 
I still adore the style of these shoes and I have had soooo many compliments on them! People in my office love them and I have even had a few strangers stop me on the street and ask me where I got them! So in that sense I consider this challenge a triumph!
 
BUT (there’s always a but in there somewhere isn’t there?) as much as I love these shoes and have been getting a lot of use out of them, they are starting to show signs of wear and tear. Notably, the patent is starting to rub off in a few places:


 
I actually noticed this after only wearing them twice so quality-wise they’re a little lacking. Also, just as a warning if you have bought these shoes they are a little slippery. I was walking through the mall one day and totally wiped out and the fact that I was wearing a white chiffon skirt that is on the shorter side only added to my embarrassment. Then again I am a bit of a klutz so I don’t know if I can fully blame the shoes for this one…
 
All in all I think that this challenge was still a triumph since I do love the look of these shoes, I just wish that the quality was a little better. I’m actually going to try some black nail polish over the areas where the patent has rubbed off so hopefully I can still get a lot of good use out of these shoes!

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Weeks 21-22 Results

23 Jul

It’s once again results post time and I am very excited to share my find with you! This time my challenge was to find a pair of black work appropriate sandals. I wasn’t sure of exactly what style I wanted so I left the choice up to you. The options were: kitten heels, leather flats, or wedges.

After a vote from a very devoted reader 😮 I was out to search for a pair of kitten heels and boy am I ever glad that this was the style that was chosen! Thanks to my lovely reader I found these:

Greenwich Village $44.99, The Shoe Company

 

I was smitten from the first moment that I saw these babies at the Shoe Company! I was there with my husband and pretty much told him that I was in love and didn’t care how much they cost. When he gave me the whole “don’t you have a $40 budget to stick to?” line I pretty much told him that I would empty the Spendthrift Savings Bank if I had to, lol.

Thankfully the Shoe Company was having a sale (I know, not a mind blowing observation when shopping at a discount shoe store…). Although the sandals were $44.99, if you bought one pair of shoes you got 25% off of the second pair. Lucky for me my husband needed a new pair of shoes and passed the savings on to me! So after subtracting $11.25 and adding the taxes the total came to $38.13, just $1.87 short of my $40 budget! Score!

They’re black patent and are more of a stacked kitten heel but they’re really comfortable and I completely heart the design.

I tried to get a picture of them on me but I was taking the picture myself so it came out really awkward (plus I’m in desperate need of a pedicure, it’s pretty embarrassing actually…). I’ll try to post something better when I write the Triumph or Tacky? post (yes, those do still exist and are coming soon I swear!).

So what do you think? Do you love these as much as I do?

Weeks 21-22 Challenge

10 Jul

At present I do not own a pair of black work appropriate sandals. That’s not to say that I don’t own any black sandals but they certainly aren’t anything that I could wear in a professional setting.

Here is a rundown of my current black sandal wardrobe.

Exhibit A: 1 pair of Old Navy flip-flops (retail price approximately $3.00)

Old Navy

 

Exhibit B: 1 pair of 4 inch platform heels from Aldo very similar to these:

 

As you can see neither of these really works for my day-to-day. Now the problem is I’m not sure of exactly what I want to buy and most of the shoes that I’ve seen in magazines lately are just way too impractical for work (either too high, too fancy or too casual).

So to try something new I figure that this time I will leave the choice up to you. I’ll have a poll open for the next week and then depending on what you choose I’ll go out shopping for that style next week. So here are your choices (I’ve narrowed it down to three styles for simplicity sake):

 

 

Can’t wait to see what you pick!