i have no problem telling you that i take shoes very seriously… i mean, VERY seriously. and if you don’t care to hear about my witty & historical shoe affair – and just want to get to the goods on where to get great vegan pumps… see you at paragraph 4.
the chosen ones… not a crazy, celebrity amount, but deeply loved.
when i commit – i commit – no 1 season or 2 for me… it’s a lifetime (the shoe’s lifetime at least). i re-sole & polish, footpad & shoe form… but over the past year, i have parted ways with ALL of my all-leather shoes (except for my 1st Chanel flats – which were grandfathered in for sentimental reasons). gone are the pink suede Chanel camillia sandals which got me through that crazy black out in NYC 2003, gone are the burgundy Costume Nationals with the sculpted heel – when no one else was doing sculpted heels, and gone are those black Gucci pumps… you know the ones – the ones that made you think for a moment that all other designers should just give up on ever designing pumps again. and it was just the other day, while watching The Rachel Zoe Project (have you watched? it’s f-ing hilarious!), that Ms. Zoe made mention of every gal needing a great black pump. it struck me… i now have no great black pump!
long story short – no one likes a shopping challenge like me.
i’m no stranger to vegan shoes… i splurge on a pair of Stella McCartney’s at least once a year and the leopard print ballet flats i wear constantly are from Payless Shoe Source (bought about 4 years back – before i was really aware of sweatshop atrocities). i even once wrote a letter to Zappos.com about how they needed to expand their vegan selection by adding tons of their non-leather shoes to the “vegan” catagory (which is still quite dire & old people-ish) and was promptly schooled on vegan vs. non-vegan glues. anyway, i wear the hell out of my silver canvas Toms and i love my grey denim Beyond Skin pumps, but i have yet to find that perfect black pump, so my quest begins…
i’ve narrowed my finding down to 5 styles, each with their merits (click $ for direct link to shoes)… my 1st “go to” – Stella, of course.
$665 at Bergdorfs. gorgeous, right?!? but $665 and satin… which doesn’t give me the wide-ranging wearibility i need and that heel is not for everyday – at least not my everyday. moving on…
i was supremely impressed with the Olsen Haus line at this fall’s D+A show. quality = fantastic and designs = chic! and as much as i love this sexy silhoutte & cheeky homage to the 80’s ($215), it’s a little too specific (+ i would wear w/out ankle strap).
i have to admit, i’ve never purchased anything from Vegan Shoes & Bags, though i appreciate their concept and have browsed a couple of times. nothing has really knocked my socks off, until now…
um and… they’re only $43 per!
now, i have to admit… it actually makes me a bit nervous to not be fairly spendy with shoes because i’m a stickler for design & quality – HOWEVER, i’m going to take a chance on the peep toes… i’m in l.a., so they’ll work all year & they kinda remind me of a certain pair of near perfect (curse the leather!) pumps from the past which have since left my closet. stay tuned… waiting to hear back from VS&B as to where they were manufactured. as long as it’s all good, i’m buying then toute de suite & will let you know. xo db
POST BY DEANA BRACKEN