Do you know the real reason I started The Coveted back again? Well.. it was because when I look at shoes (and clothes and jewelry and accessories and beauty products) on the internet all the time. All. The. Time. Shoes I can afford, shoes I can’t. A lot of shoes I can’t.
I had heard that one of the boutique owners I interviewed on The Coveted long ago had moved on to TheRealReal. After initially checking it out, it had become one of the stops I obsessively check out when I’m cruising the ‘net. As it’s a consignment shop with all the benefits of online luxury shopping. Clean photos, flash sales, curated shopping experiences… and also, I noticed a lot of the prices are really good. Sometimes consignment isn’t always a good deal (especially when you can find the same/cheaper price/more current collections at end of season sales) but TheRealReal actually seems to be really amazing with it’s price points. Luxury goods at high street prices. You just have to be a bit creative and knowledgeable in what you are looking for.
There was this pair of Proenza Schouler strappy sandals from their AW11 collection, the one collection that I happened to be able to see on the runway (ok, the only time I tried to get into)… also, one of my favorite collections of the duo. Anyway, I’ve wanted to buy Proenza Schouler shoes for years, and years but it just never worked out. Too high of a heel, too expensive, too much an object ‘art, but I happened to be in the market for a pair of minimally stappy heels, and when I found these heels pictured above on TheRealReal for $125, I decided to go for it. Luckily, since I live in San Francisco, where they are head quartered, the “ground shipping” was more like overnight shipping and I got them the next day.
I’m so in love with these shoes… and can’t wait to wear them. Will have to think of a fancy thing to do where strappy heels are necessary. After all, isn’t that why we love fashion? It forces us to live fancier lives? Just a thought.
Anyway… it was a looong time ago that I posted the Proenza Schoulder AW11 runway show, apparently even back then I was smitten with the shoes: