Top: random New Orleans store
Shorts: Bike, thrifted
Belt: pilfered from an old Anthro skirt
Has anyone else noticed the amount of highly fashionable and stylish looking shoes that are have been coming out over the past few years? Be it Birkenstock and Doc Martens engaging with a new audience and becomings "heritage" brands to the youngins these days or the crazy Birk-ish feeling fur covered Céline shoes that that babe over at Stop It Right Now wears so well (they suit her style, but not mine), the whole spectrum makes me happy. When I say happy, I mean like legit happy, like little girl squealing over puppies happy, not just some passing trend appreciation way. What's that you say? Why would anyone get so squealy over that? Here's the truth...going against all that I know from my high school and college years in the south (AKA flip flop capital) I despise flip flops. (note: flip flops equal rubber soles with plastic straps, I am not talking about thong shoes that would have a real sole, last, etc)
I am a recovering flip flop addict. At one point in college, I had flip flops in a rainbow of colors, I could probably have gone a month without repeating a flop (*rimshot* get it... flip flop, fashion flop?) With $2 Old Navy flip flops and "fashion" flip flops from Victoria's Secret, I was ready for anything. Fortunately, I had enough dignity to never go down the rubber high heel/wedge or jeweled road, but I definitely did do the flatform flip flop and the spicegirl wedge style that Delia*s brought to the masses. At some point in mid college my tastes changed and I started paring down my collection and sometime shortly after college I vowed to never wear them again, mostly because ANYTHING you put on is dragged down to near PJ status when you put on flip flops or elevated to stylish when you wear real shoes. Picture midday wearing denim shorts, a graphic tee, bedraggled hair and flip flops... that says "I only interrupted my Netflix marathon of Orange is the New Black got off my couch to go to the bodega for ice cream". Now picture the same outfit with cowboy boots (or any real shoe)...that says "I am on my way home from some activity in the world stopping at this bodega for ice cream to serve at my amazing dinner party later tonight". Maybe there is an activity and an amazing dinner party, maybe there isn't, but either way you look more stylish and I will always choose to push myself towards more stylish.
My Top 7 Reasons for Eleminating Flip Flops
- they were dragging my style down
- thong calluses between big toe and the middle (?) toe suck
- feet slide around in them and end up touching the ground, ew
- TOMS-more comfortable and helps people
- there is a whole world of comfortable & stylish shoes
- I wanted to look like I had a life even when I'm being a bum
- that annoying flop noise!
Don't get me wrong I still wear bummy shoes, my last pair of Converse had a hole worn in the sole and I will always love my sky high heels; I guess my point is fashion doesn't preclude comfort and your style shouldn't either.
This treatise on footwear has been brought to you by 3am insomnia.