My shoes had a rough today. I typically wear more comfortable walking shoes for commuting to and fro, but I had a walk of just a few blocks to my destination the day I wore this outfit. Just like any city sidewalk, the one I walked on that day presented many obstacles (a.k.a. grates down to the El, Chicago’s subway system). I live near the portion of the El that travels underground so I walk over these grates quite frequently. But today, my heel snagged the grate, sunk briefly, and ripped off a good chunk of the back of the heel on it’s way out. Sadness ensued because I really like these boots. I even had to go through a bit of a fight to get them.
Quick tangent ~ the conversation I had with my co-worker the day I first brought these shoes to work and tried to put them on my feet:
Me (sitting at my desk struggling to get the right shoe on my foot): Oh my gosh, I just tried to put my shoe on the wrong foot. I can’t recall the last time that happened.
Co-worker: Hmmm. That seems odd (blah blah – not relevant)
Me (trying to put the other shoe on my right foot): What?! This one doesn’t fit either? I got two left shoes?!!
Co-worker: Hahahahah (and me rolling my eyes because now I had to deal with returning or exchanging them after they sat in my closet for over a month without being worn – due to unexpected seasonality issues – and wondering if the matching right shoe was still floating around Nordstrom Rack somewhere).
I didn’t end up finding the matching shoe at Nordstrom Rack. I originally bought a suede pair in a very similar style. While one pair of that shoe (presumably two right shoes) floated around that store according to their inventory system, it was nowhere to be found. No worries, I walked out with a pair in leather instead. And I think these better suit the weather in Chicago anyway since walking through rain and snow and slush would certainly ruin a pair of suede boots before destroying leather.
On another note, below you can see how I wore this skirt previously and paired it with a shirt with a much different style. As other bloggers (like Audrey) have discussed in great detail, mixing up the way in which an article of clothing is worn can create great versatility in your closet. In this case, I wore my brown shirt tucked into the skirt and my gray and white shirt untucked and over the skirt. The fitted bottom on the gray and white shirt helps to keep the untucked look clean.
I think I like the proportions of this particular skirt better with the gray and white shirt. I have other skirts, like my black Tahari pencil skirt (a frequent visitor to this little site), that I prefer to wear with a shirt tucked into the skirt. But this little red number shall buck that trend. Add that to my lessons learned to carry into future style decisions!