You know how sometimes you just fall in love with something in your closet. Once in while it’s love at first site, but often times, at least for me, the affection grows over time. Then one day, I realize just how much I love that piece or that pair that have been patiently hanging out in my closet for some time.
Today, I have just such an example of this. In fact, I’ve had these shoes for over a year so I’m darn sure they are friggin’ awesome!
The super awesome shoe… the Air Bacara by Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan. I have them in purple (of course I do, everything I own is purple…). They come in about eight billion different colors and can be found in lots of different online and brick and mortar shops.
Why do I love them you ask? Simply, they are unbelievably versatile and comfortable. I can wear them casually with shorts, dress them up a bit for a date night, or even wear them to the office as part of a business casual outfit (provided the rest of the outfit is ‘fancy’ enough to not dress these ladies down).
Beyond working with a good portion of my closet, I can walk ten miles in these things. Living in the city, I have no choice but to have at least a few pairs of shoes fantastic for long walks. I could wear a pair of white, clunky tennis shoes with everything and look like a ‘tourist mom’ (with comfortable feet undoubtedly) but I’ll pass on trying to blend in with that crowd.
To set expectations, when I pulled them off the shelf at Nordstrom Rack (from the designer section – we’ll discuss that shortly), the woman next to me said “Oh, I have those and they are awesome! So comfortable.” Ok, I thought, unsolicited praise – must be genuine. I ended up buying them, wore then once or twice, and my feet hurt (the blister scenario). I continued to wear them occasionally, and after paying not two bits worth of attention, realized they never hurt my feet anymore and I actually loved the heck out of them. It really only took one or two wears to break them in perfectly.
I mentioned I found them in the designer section, so as you can imagine, they aren’t cheap. But this highlights a perfect example of “you get what you pay for”. I paid just under $100 for mine. The retail price seems to range from $150 – $175 or so depending on the color and finish (sparkly, matte, etc…).
As I mentioned earlier, you can find them in A LOT of places. So long as you’re not TOO particular about the color you want, I suspect you can find them for about $80 – $90. Just type in “Air Bacara by Cole Haan” in your search engine and see all the places to shop for the best price and color.
Continue to search for coupon codes, use ebates or Bing rewards, and maybe sign up for the email list from the store where you want to purchase them if they offer a discount on your first purchase (you can always unsubscribe after you make your purchase) to make them even more affordable. I know $80 – $90 for a pair of flats may be a hefty chunk of change to fork over for one pair of shoes. If that’s out of your budget, that’s entirely understandable. But if it’s not, or maybe you’re considering investing in one pair of really awesome flats instead of a few pairs of cheaper, less comfortable shoes, consider these as an option. They really are my favorite shoes.
On a side note, you know after my Get Redressed collaboration that I favor investing in fewer long-lasting items than lots of cheaper, low quality items that won’t stand the test of my washer and dryer or a battle with some Chicago bad weather more than a few times. This style preference also helps me keep a more organized closet with fewer items. No worries if you’re not on the same page; I’m not here to judge (100% serious), maybe just to lightly encourage (40% kidding, 60% serious).
If you do end up snagging a pair for yourself, let me know in the comments what color, where you got them, what you paid, and how much you love them. I’d love to hear if others have the same experience I did.
If you’re looking for something a bit more work appropriate, the Air Monica has a nice bow and no ties on the back, so it’s slightly dressier but very similar with respect to fit and comfort. I’m really contemplating investing in a pair of Air Monica’s though I have yet to bite the bullet.
And one more thing ~ Mom, don’t forget my birthday is in just a few weeks. I’m a size eight and a half. Just sayin’…
Shirt – Target; Shorts – Old Navy; Shoes – Air Bacara by Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan (via Nordstrom Rack);
Bag – Coach; Sunglasses – Avoce; Necklace – gift from MIL; Earrings – Stella & Dot