Anatomy of a Shoe Hunt

by jennine on December 27, 2008

…when it comes right down to it, the process is very intuitive. Kind of like falling in love, there are people who have all the things on the list… and it doesn’t work. Then you meet someone who is seemingly impractical, yet is absolutely perfect.

One of the most happy things about the new year isn’t the dreary January weather, it’s the January Sales. It’s usually the time of year where I’ll go on the hunt for a nice pair of sale shoes. Actually, in times past, I’d always be hunting for sale shoes, it was my meditation. I would go to a shoe shop, preferably one where I could access the shoes without help, and try on almost every shoe in the store. It’s crazy, but I love doing it. The thing about shopping for shoes, is that it never makes you feel bad. A shoe will never make you look fat… though they may hurt you more than a sweater ever could, the hunt for a shoe is always sweeter.

There is a fine line between practicality and frumpiness when it comes to shoes. I believe that a shoe can be both practical and beautiful, though it’s hard to come by. I do look for durablitity, details, appropriateness… but when it comes right down to it, the process is very intuitive. Kind of like falling in love, there are people who have all the things on the list… and it doesn’t work. Then you meet someone who is seemingly impractical, yet is absolutely perfect.

Shoe image from asos: Ash Slit Front Wooden Heeled Shoe-Boot: £137. I probably won’t get these booties, but I’m looking, I’m looking.

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Allure December 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

Gorgeous boots!

Frankie - Swell Vintage December 27, 2008 at 12:15 pm

I totally agree - find the right match is tough. But totally work the hunt! x

jennine December 27, 2008 at 2:40 pm

allure, i think my life would be complete with these booties.

frankie, ooh it’s a quest!

Couture Carrie December 27, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Those are gorgeous!


K-Line December 27, 2008 at 5:17 pm

My mother and I just had a whole convo about these. I think they are perfect. She feels they look painful in the ankle. Hmmm.

kezia December 27, 2008 at 6:14 pm

great analogy! beautiful booties. i’m never sure about booties - but these are gorgeous. i’m more of a boot (to the knee or mid-calf) girl. these would also be gorgeous tall boots. oh my.

songy December 27, 2008 at 8:50 pm

that’s a groovy design. I would like a pair very much!

Jeanne December 28, 2008 at 2:20 am

Oh, those are *amazing*.

I am always on the look for the right shoes, particularly with boots, and it is just something you know when you see them (and have them on — I’ve lusted after many a pair on the internets, gone to a shop to try them on in person, and come away empty-handed and disappointed).

Miss Glitzy December 28, 2008 at 6:19 am

I totally agree with you. Perugia used to say that you wear clothes but shoes carry you wich means they have to be comfortable but we all know how hard it can be to find them… anyway the hunt is thrilling!

huongface December 28, 2008 at 10:34 am

those are definitely some cute booties.

jennine December 28, 2008 at 11:03 am

❤kline…oh she could be right, but at the same time, the platform could mean it’s not such a severe heel
❤jeanne… i know what you mean… which is probably why in times past i’ve worked the other way, look in real life and then find it online.
❤miss glitzy..oh the hunt is thrilling!

Alex December 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

I JUST got a pair of shoes similar to this yesterday, have a look on my blog, they’re amazing :D

seatedbather December 28, 2008 at 4:50 pm

Check out this amazing boutique in San Francisco that sells Martin Margiela’s unique shoes

Tara December 28, 2008 at 9:39 pm

These booties are just perfect — I’ve been looking for something similar. Good luck with your shoe hunt!

Princess Poochie December 28, 2008 at 9:54 pm

It’s hard to say what makes you fall in love. The worst is when you fall in love with looks and then it “doesn’t work out” when you put it on. It’s almost as hard to break it off as it is with a bad relationship.

Or is that just me.

And it is amazing how the smallest of nuances make such a huge difference.

ambika December 29, 2008 at 11:49 am

I feel absolutely the same way about shoe shopping. I’ll have something in mind then end up with something entirely different. Funny how that works.

catherine December 29, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Can’t wait to see what you find. Those Asos shoes are lovely - especially the shape of the heel.

Happy shoe hunting!

ash December 29, 2008 at 10:19 pm

ah, those are beautiful. i was actually staring at the knee high counterpart to those on the oak site earlier. also amazing…

susie_bubble December 30, 2008 at 2:39 am

That used to be my old shoe anatomy…now it’s a little bit more random…

Sal December 30, 2008 at 11:12 am

Whew. You’ve nailed every single criterion I use for shoe hunting. And located some of the most astonishingly gorgeous booties I’ve ever beheld … why on EARTH won’t you be buying?

youngdudes January 3, 2009 at 11:00 am

i want a pair right now!

cindy January 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

those boots are flipping hot!!

NikkiBlanco January 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I just bought the tall version of these and I’m in LOVE!!! I feel stylish and a bit edgy and fun. :) AND I got a great sale-50% off!!!

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