Goodies for Two Shoes

Goodies for Two Shoes

Could there be a better way to get to know our new neighbors here in Paris than to stage a photoshoot in which I precariously hang outside my 6th floor window shooting shoes dangling from the shutters? I can't think of one. Enchanté! Hi and howdy! We're the couple who always smells like bread. 

Anyway, there are trendy shoes that periodically catch my attention. Sometimes it works out and I enjoy these shoes beyond their window of trendiness. Other times, I end up regretting my purchase as I did with these cool on paper Brother Vellies that never quite do what I need them to.

My happiness in this photo does not correspond with the frustration I usually feel resulting from this furry footwear. Photo Krista Anna Lewis for Man Repeller. 

My happiness in this photo does not correspond with the frustration I usually feel resulting from this furry footwear. Photo Krista Anna Lewis for Man Repeller. 

I've not sworn off trendy footwear forever but in trying to be mindful of what I buy, I've noticed myself feeling more comfortable buying classic shoes I know I'll wear for a long time. This has practically manifested in my establishing a semi-exclusive relationship with Manolo Blahnik, whose satin pointed-toe heel is effectively my sole mate (eek! apologies for this low-hanging fruit of a pun). To vary things up, rather than resort to buying new shoes, I've been experimenting with embellishing what I got. For example: 

Pin a pair of clip-on earrings to one shoe and tie a velvet ribbon around the other. Slip the ribbon under the arch of the shoe or the arch of your foot, tie a bow, and voila! 

Pin a pair of clip-on earrings to one shoe and tie a velvet ribbon around the other. Slip the ribbon under the arch of the shoe or the arch of your foot, tie a bow, and voila! 

A pair of clip-on earrings adorns one shoe, while a silver brooch adorns the other.

A pair of clip-on earrings adorns one shoe, while a silver brooch adorns the other.

Today in sustainable styling, match your footwear to your flora while simultaneously ensuring you don't drop your potted plant on a neighbor's head. I've pinned an oversized white flower to one of the shoes and left the other shoe out of the picture for fear of the aforementioned tipping of this potted plant. You only need a flower on one of the shoes anyway! 

Today in sustainable styling, match your footwear to your flora while simultaneously ensuring you don't drop your potted plant on a neighbor's head. I've pinned an oversized white flower to one of the shoes and left the other shoe out of the picture for fear of the aforementioned tipping of this potted plant. You only need a flower on one of the shoes anyway! 

Did you think I forgot about posterior shoe real estate? NEVER. Add a clip-on to one of the backs, and tie a bow around the back most part of the arch that meets the heel.  

Did you think I forgot about posterior shoe real estate? NEVER. Add a clip-on to one of the backs, and tie a bow around the back most part of the arch that meets the heel.  

Asymmetry is awesome, but fret not if your heart is guiding you towards an embellishment that leaves your shoes in the state they're supposed to be in: matching. 

Asymmetry is awesome, but fret not if your heart is guiding you towards an embellishment that leaves your shoes in the state they're supposed to be in: matching. 

We haven't even gotten to the holy grail of shoe styling: the ankles!! Coming at you soon. 

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