If you are going to splurge on one thing you wear, be it shoes. Shoes are the catalyst to incredible outfits.
Vintage or not, of everything I buy I am most thoughtful about what I put on my feet. They must be comfortable. They must be well-made. And they must make me very happy when I look down at them.
The outfit above was inspired by the shoes (close-up photo below). The pastel blue and distinctly pointed toe lead me to choose the wide legged peach-colored pants, which then lead me to select the white and yellow striped duster (also known as the 1970s Sunshine Duster now available in my shop *wink*). The white vintage sunglasses just topped off the look perfectly. The more unique and colorful your shoes are, the more they inspire incredible new outfits! John Fluevog is my favorite shoe designer for this reason. Fluevogs are always innovative and sometimes edgy, never lack incredible color options and do not follow traditional fashion trends each season. Let's just say that John Fluevog might be my spirit animal.
A personal note on these particular blue shoes: I sort of knew all along that I wanted to wear Fluevogs on my wedding day. But as usual, I was open to fate. Working downtown Seattle I often walk past JF on my lunch break "just to look". Well this one day I walked by and I spotted these beauties in the window and my heart skipped a beat. You guys, it was the first day they were put on the sales floor- they weren't even online yet! (And, they are named Vivian! I'm a sucker for 'V' names for obvious reasons.) So.... I listened to my heart, went inside, tried them on......gave it the ole' time test....and bought them a week later. At that point my wedding was still 8 months away. I just couldn't stand for them to sit in the box until then, so I've been wearing them around the house, and for photo shoots :)