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My First Manolos

In the back of my head, is a little voice urging me to get a pair of Manolo Blahniks. I keep telling it “name brands don’t matter” but there is something nice about quality and, to some degree, luxury.

That said, I don’t want to spend $700 on a pair of shoes. I imagine myself, several years from now, down and out and looking at those shoes and wishing I’d invested the money or had that extra month’s rent. I know I shouldn’t visualize such a bleak future, but it’s telling. Live within your means is my motto.

So, imagine my surprise when I found a pair of barely worn, perfect-fitting Manolos at Ragamoffyn’s in Kirkland, Washington.

blazer and shoes

new shoes


Blazer: Dynamite
Top: Jacob
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Clutch: Seatbelt Bag via thrifted
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik via thrifted

Ragamoffyn’s is a high-end consignment shop. The racks are lined with Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Pucci, and the likes. I had no idea my “new” shoes would be so comfortable. I tried them on and they felt like slippers. Soft and comfortable despite a pointy toe. They were $120, more than I pay for most new shoes, but I felt like I’d bagged a bargain. I can dress them up or down and will be enjoying them for years to come.

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Celebrate International Fluevog Day

Today is International Fluevog Day! According to the Fluevog website, it’s an “international affair that challenges us all to be better Fluevogers, teachers, lovers and neighbours.”

You might know that I have a love affair with Fluevogs. I have five pair (modest compared to some). In fact, the only time I break my vegan shoe rule is when I cave and buy a pair of ‘vogs. However, there are vegan options on the site, and I’ll try to purchase from that department in the future.

I first began lusting after Fluevogs in high school. I was lucky to live in Toronto, where there’s a store. Now, I’m gainfully employed in Seattle, where, coincidentally, there’s also a store. I think all the “cool” cities have Fluevog stores. It’s a great way to decide to live. Portland, Vancouver, Boston. Hmm. There’s an interesting corelation.

Of course, back in high school, Fluevogs were out of my price range. Now can splurge and celebrate: Tax refund? Fluevogs. Raise? Fluevogs. Christmas money? Fluevogs.

I love the unique style of John Fluevog’s designs. And I appreciate how utterly comfortable they all are. They’re hand-made too. Real pieces of art. In fact, one of the things I’d like to do is hang a few small shelves in my bedroom and put my ‘vogs on them. It’s a waste to have works of art sitting in my closet.

Here are my Fluevogs, in no particular order:


My first pair: You can recognize Minis by their heels


I branched out, color-wise, with these Everywears

Minis boots

Minis are so comfortable, I got a pair of boots

blind faith

I bought Blind Faith shoes with a gift certificate I won

red boots

These Hope boots were half price!


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Shoes by the Numbers


Confession time: How many pairs of shoes do you own? I haven’t counted mine yet, but I know it’s over 50. I have six pairs of tall black boots alone. So I know I’m not “normal.” Well, at least not according to a recent survey by Shopsmart Magazine.

Apparently, women in the USA own an average of 17 pairs of shoes and wear only three pair regularly. The woman in the poll said they buy an average of three pair a year and spend about $49 bucks on each pair. Two-thirds have never spent over $100 on a pair.

Here’s what else the survey said (my remarks are in parentheses):

  • Half of women have more than 10 pairs of shoes (for me, multiply that by at least 6)
  • 13% own more than 30 pairs of non-athletic shoes (yup)
  • 28% feel shoes are an important part of their outfit and put a lot of thought into what they wear on their feet (yes!)
  • 46% put no thought into their shoes (why not?!?)
  • 17% grab the first pair they see (um, okay, but why?)
  • 59% have gotten blisters from their shoes; 46% foot pain (yes and no, respectively)
  • 35% have had an evening ruined by uncomfortable shoes (sadly, yes, due to the aforementioned blister)
  • 24% have fallen because of their shoes (no, not yet, thankfully)
  • 14% admit hiding at least one shoe purchase from their spouse or significant other (not me)
  • 29% have bought shoes online (of course!)

The least I’ve paid for new shoes is $10 (ballet flats at Payless). I’ve purchased second-hand shoes for less ($9 for a never-before-worn pair of Naturalizer boots at Goodwill). I did splurge on a pair of Fluevog boots ($429), but recently scored a pair of Manolo Blahniks at a consignment shop for $129 (a $600+ value).

I have a lot of black on my shoe rack, but I recently acquired a pair of yellow shoes. I have green boots, and a few pair of red shoes. I have polka-dot heels, and gold sandals.

I used to take pride in an all-vegan shoe closet, but I’ve slipped up a few times and I have a few pairs of leather shoes. Most were thrifted though.

How do you compare? Have you ever styled an outfit around your shoes? Does wearing a great pair of shoes change the way you feel? What heel heights do you prefer? Do you fall back on black or go wild with color?


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