Happy day, reader dear!
Do you ever wish you had a crystal ball?
I find one would come in awfully handy when shopping…
You know how it is. You see a darling blouse, pair of shoes, earrings, or whatever! And you think, Enh, I don’t need that. I have a perfectly good one/pair at home. OR you think YES! I must have this. I will be perfect for…
Which is EXACTLY why I want the crystal ball.
Then I could see whether the perfect for occasion will arise, or if the perfectly good one I have at home will no longer be perfectly good when occasion arises.
Actually, I don’t want to know the future! (That sounds like a nightmare.) BUT I would like to know whether I am spending my money well or poorly.
What is it they say on financial products? Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Like back in the fall of 2019 when you bought those pricey AND fabulous boots and discovered you should have bought more leggings and bedroom slippers. Hindsight, peeps.
Why writing a post called My 5 Ride or Die Shoes for Spring/Summer may be a fools errand! I’m not putting all my eggs in the past-performance basket, but if you’ve been around me for any time at all, you’ll know I’m awfully fond of Dwight. No, Dwight is NOT my hubby, that’s Curtis! BUT DDE is the man I quote most often.
Plans are useless. Planning is essential.Dwight David Eisenhower
Prosaic, indeed. Why couldn’t some sort of elegant fashion wisdom roll off my tongue regularly?
To clarify: These are not my picks for YOU. Only you can decide what works for you! Don’t think of the following shoes as Must-Have ites, but as categories to consider. My crystal ball predicts these will see the most wear…
Refined Flat (or Low) Sandal
By refined, I mean it will have narrow straps and a thin sole. (If you want to read more about refinement, try this!) Narrow straps and thin soles is how I roll. Thick soles and straps read as more sporty. (And clunky on my petite frame.) You won’t be finding me running out to buy a pair of Birkies. They are cool, just not my kind of cool. Since the trends have been all about the flatform and the sport or lug-soled sandal, I’ve been struggling to find a pair of flat sandals that work for me. Especially since I prefer a strap around the back or ankle to keep them on my feet. I’m praying for Ebay to come to my rescue! Here’s the kind I’d like. Super simple.
Chunky Heeled Sandal
This will be a high heeled sandal. Something I can wear for church, a night out, or to dress up jeans and a cute blouse. Something like this…
This is a no-brainer that might also be a flat sandal OR a chunky low-heeled sandal. When I say comfort sandal, I mean that pair you can walk miles in for sightseeing. You might consider surf or hiking sandals your comfort sandal. I have a pair of those for sporty days but prefer a comfort sandal that’s equally at home museum hopping and dining out for regular daily wear.
Yes, choosing three of the five to be sandals might be a LOT but our springs here in Georgia feel more like summer where you live! Unless you happen to live in FL, TX or AZ.
The classic ballet flat is probably what comes to mind first but there are oodles of options out there! Flat opera style slippers. Relaxed loafers. Mules. Your closed flat might be a sneaker!
I love these shoes so much that I bought them in multiple colors. That is NOT something I normally do, but they are so darned comfortable… AND a little sassy.
I prefer a slingback to a pump for the lighter (and cooler) feel! If you live in a colder place, I’d go for a closed back. These blue ones fit my color palette and make me want to sing a little Elvis…
Before You Ask:
Where are the sneakers? Not here. I have nothing against sneakers! I love the trainer trend. Just not on me. I wear trainers for PT, but not for everyday. I prefer a more refined (And cooler!) shoe. But, you do you!
Can I push my luck and add a bonus shoe?
Besides sandals, nothing shouts BRING ON THE SUN like a pair of espadrilles! They come in all heights and materials, open, closed, fabric or leather. I bought my first pair of flat closed espadrilles at YPER back when we lived in Athens. That’s Greece. NOT Georgia. They were black. I wore them out and bought my second pair there, too. Blue and white stripes. The things you remember, hunh? Espadrilles come and go on the style front but are always in style in my book. I prefer buckle or slip on versions to the ones that tie around the ankle. Love the look of ties, but they shorten my already Lilliputian legs.
What Could Go Wrong?
Well, the weather for one! March came in with a week of warm days and then our temps plunged again. I rarely wear boots in March, but this spring has given us more cold (and wet) days than we are accustomed to! Another issue? I still don’t have a go-to pair of flat sandals. Maybe the weather is giving me a change to catch up? I could also simply ruin a pair in a rainstorm or by tripping and scraping them to heck on the pavement. Yes, that’s been known to happen… Poetry in motion I am not.
A final question: Has merely writing this article affected the outcome? Schrodinger’s cat-like?
How About YOU?
Have you found past performance to be a good predictor of future returns? Are you ready to shake up your style and try something new? What shoes are practical for spring where you live? Rainboots? Are you still in snowboots? Something else?