These shoes are double the fun
Let it be known—I have a thing for shoes (who doesn’t?) and practicality is not a pre-requisite for purchase. But with that said, I’ve pretty much accepted that my drop-off, pick-up, work-from-home lifestyle doesn’t exactly justify spending my hard-earned cash on sky-high statement heels anymore. Coming to terms with this fact has definitely impacted my shoe-shopping and is partially responsible for my latest obsession: Collapsible-heel loafers.
Essentially two pairs of shoes in one since you can wear them as a loafer or a mule, I instantly fell in love with Isabel Marant’s Feeny loafers the first time I saw them after the Fall ’18 collections dropped. Since spending almost $700 on a pair of shoes is well outside of my comfort zone, I added them to my “wish list” on multiple sites, including Matches, Net-A-Porter, My Theresa, Bergdorf’s, ShopBop and, of course, Shop Style. I stalked these shoes to the point that if it were possible for them to get a restraining order, they would have. Then the holiday sales started and I watched and watched, and finally caved (with much sizing uncertainty) when they were 50% off simply out of fear that they would be gone forever. For the record, I have absolutely no regrets about this purchase, and they are actually on my feet (in heel-up position) as I write this.
Once I experienced the joy that is a collapsible-heel loafer, I needed a pair in black, natch. I stumbled upon Vince’s Harris loafer in an amazing textured patent leather and promptly ordered from ShopBop only to discover that Vince shoes run WAY big. They went back, and I managed to find them at Bergdorf’s in a 7.5 (I range from an 8.5 US to 40 EU), and they wound up working out perfectly. Thank goodness, because they were totally sold out everywhere else.
So the point of this long-winded ode to collapsible-heel loafers is that you get more bang for your buck since you can wear them in two ways and dress them up or down. But the real question is, does this mean I can spend twice as much as I’d usually feel comfortable paying for a shoe when I fall in love with another pair?