Spring summer shoe shopping

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Shoe shopping can be tedious when your options are limited to what you can afford. All winter long I’ve been wearing my big old trusty faux suede 1-inch block heel Decree boots. They were $30 boots I bought at least 4 years ago. They’re beat up and battered and a little big for my feet; but they protected me from frost bite on my trips outdoors so to me they’re worth a million. Because there’s nothing more unpleasant than frost bite.Black faux suede Decree boots beat up battered trusty old But now the weather is warming up I realize I don’t have a go-to pair of shoes for when I want to look and feel like I can still hold my own out there in our image obsessed society. So I am going to need to buy one or two new pairs of shoes to get me through spring summer 2015.

But can I afford new shoes?

Stiletto pumps ankle boots knee high boots

It wasn’t that long ago that I purchased new shoes. What with household and business expenses, I really can’t afford to spend more money on shoes for a while. But I literally don’t have any options for spring and summer shoes outside of a couple pairs of old sneakers, my go-to flat sandals that are also years old and another pair of flat sandals that I purchased last year. The shoes I just bought are unlikely to ever get worn outside my living room. I’ll get some use out of them for my style practice photo shoots. But they’re too high for me and I get around mainly by walking and taking public transportation. Wearing them out and about is not an option.

So I need to do some more shoe shopping but…

On top of not really being able to afford it,
I hate shopping!

Whether it’s for clothes, shoes, furniture–shopping is frustrating when you have limited funds to spend. Trying to find nice things that aren’t over your budget is usually near to impossible. If money were no object I’d have no difficulty finding things to buy.  My difficulty would be resisting the urge to put too many pairs of shoes in my shopping cart. There would be so many I would want. But when you’re working with next to no spending money, shopping can be a pain. There’s plenty to choose from but hardly any of it is worthy to be seen much less to be worn.

The wish list

 Kenzo slip-on platform shoesShop Kenzo shoes at Farfetch

Jil Sander Black Hammered Leather Loafer

Jil Sander Black Hammered Leather Loafer w-White Sole

Purchase via Forzieri ($978)

Alexander Wang ‘Korie’ ankle boots

Alexander Wang Korie ankle bootsPurchase via Farfetch ($475)

BURBERRY PRORSUM Colorblock Leather Sneakers

BURBERRY PRORSUM Colorblock Leather Sneakers

Band of Outsiders Strappy Multicolor Ankle-Tie Sandals

Band of Outsiders Strappy Multicolor Ankle-Tie Sandals

Marni Fussbett Embellished Sandals

Marni Fussbett Embellished Sandals

I could go on with this wish list for hours. There are so many gorgeous shoes that I can’t afford. As for finding something nice that I can afford, that process also tends to use up many hours; but the hours are spent trying to find just one decent pair of shoes as opposed to finding so many things you just can’t pull yourself away. I’ve been trying for a few days to find something but have not yet had any luck. Part of the problem is that I am not willing to suffer to look good. Shoes that I’m actually going to be wearing out and about need to be comfortable. But I also want to look stylish. And it seems as if stylish and comfortable don’t typically go hand in hand when you’re shoe shopping on a limited budget.

So for now I still haven’t found any shoes to get me through Spring summer 2015…

Monica
Monicahttps://adelamonica.com
Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.

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