Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I Need More Shoes (cough, cough)


Black leather, pyramid studs, chunky wedges- oh we've been here before. And I'm still in love. I'm thinking this studded leather trend has got to wear itself out soon, but that didn't stop me from drooling over these beautiful/fugly Sam Edelman wedges from UO. And how much for these super-trendy-dead-in-a-minute wedges? A "mere" $198. And yet I still did not bat a lash. You will be mine. Oh, what about that pesky shopping ban you've put yourself under? Bah. They are worth it! Okay, well, don't you have those awesome black Jeffery Campbells that you just forked over $148 for a few weeks ago. Yesssss, but...


photo courtesy of jugsi.com

Okay, yup. That'll do it. Perspective. I have 20+ pairs of shoes already, and I want to spend $200 for another pair?! $200 dollars would probably pay for at least 4 shoes via Toms Shoes (buy a pair, give a pair) and roughly 600 pairs of flip-flops (real rubber ones) for people who have about 20 fewer pairs of shoes than I. Does any body know how to get hundreds of flip-flops to kids who have to wear coke bottles on their feet?

Well, in the meantime. . . goodbye, Sam and helloooo Tom.

LL

31 comments:

Ike said...

wow. that really does put things in perspective.
Tom's shoes are great though :)

greenjeans said...

Thanks for the bday wishes! How about you guys get me the mac, and I'll get you guys tons of shoes when I'm rich and famous...

Winnie said...

Wow. I feel like I don't need any more new shoes for a long long LONG time after seeing this image. Definitely a reality check!

miss a. said...

I really like the concept of Toms. It really speaks to the humanist in me (which lives buried deep beneath the superficial fashionable layer). But let's face it: the shoes are kinda ugly. I'm really frustrated with the idea that in order to be a humanist, you have to sacrifice good fashion sense, design, and oftentimes hygiene. (Why do we have to turn into a stereotypical hippie to care about the earth/its people/human suffering, etc.?!?!) Photos like these are definitely humbling, but I think that if you donate your time & energy or maybe even gently used clothing to charities, then nobody should guilt you for wanting to spend some money for yourself.

Actually, I saw those shoes today at UO.com and fell in love with them, too, but balked at the price. I mean this is Sam Edelman, not even Miss Sixty. How dare you, Sam?!?! Maybe if they were on sale, they'd be more readily purchasable for both of us. ;)

Cammila said...

I was JUST lusting after this style -- and dying of conflict over how ridonkulously trendy it might be -- this very morning! I feel your pain. Not the pain you may feel from that crazy arch, but just in general.

Seriously though, can't wait to see you rock them. Post pics!

Hanako66 said...

ah, those are amazing!

isn't it great what toms does?!

Sal said...

I'll have to print out that photo and hang it in my closet so that, next time I decide I NEED new shoes, I can remember that everything is relative.

issa said...

wedges are hot! but yeah.. toms shoes are equally cool if not more so!

Chester said...

Those shoes are pretty cool.

The Clothes Horse said...

Wow. Those shoes are gorgeous. I am so in love with studs and wedges make everything seem more wearable to me.

bonjouritsjinah said...

I think you make an excellent point. Ugh I feel so guilty for buying/wanting things lately considering the recession and how the other 90% of the world lives.

But that being said, those shoes are so. good.

Oh and I think I will be able to take a peek at the street market on Sunday morning at the Inman Park festival! It's a shame I don't get more weekends off.

indigotangerine said...

you're right, it really does put things in perspective. What toms does is great, but i can't make myself like the design of the shoes
-indigo

LaMimi said...

Yes, I do think about it all the time...how we have so much and always want more...and they have pretty much nothing...
Thank you for creating more awareness about this...
xoxo
Mimi

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-a great post which does put things in perspective.....I do like those studded sandals though!

yiqin; said...

I know what you mean. At our age, it seems that quantity really is more important than quality! Maybe when I am older I will start investing in shoes!

Allie said...

What if you got those Alice + Olivia x Payless heels and did a DIY version???!? :D I have to find the link for the pic and send it to you. It could work maybe??

Asianmommy said...

If you're looking to donate shoes, try Soles4Souls: http://www.soles4souls.org/index.html

michelle said...

Hey, these are kind of close, except for the color of the wedge: http://shoes.smartbargains.com/go.sb?pagename=prod&sp=All%2BProducts%252f%252f%252f%252fShoe%2BBargains%252f%252f%252f%252fWomen's%2BCasual%2BShoes%252f%252f%252f%252fAttribSelect%253dShoe%2Bsize%253d'7.5'%252f%252f%252f%252f&dk=Women's%20Casual%20Shoes&deptid=1094&catid=1547&prodid=1311510736&t=Cat-Refine.dept-1094.cat-1521.prod.11

michelle said...

In case the link above doesn't work, it's the Matisse Lotto studded ankle wrap sandal on Smartbargains.com for $39.99.

Dream Sequins said...

I just heard about that Toms concept. So cool. So so cool. It was Earth Day recently and it's nice to keep it in perspective. You go girl :)

Shin said...

You know, I always thought a girl can never have enough shoes but donating or buying shoes for less that what we paid half of a pair of shoes can really make a difference. xxoxoxoxo

[Tara] said...

I know...I go through talking myself out of things all the time. These shoes have been on my radar, as well. But, like you, it seems ridiculous to spend that money...

First Lady of MADE said...

great post very eye opening and real!

Lesley said...

Donate donate donate! :-)

Miss Emma Kitty said...

I love those shoes too ! Hopefully they will go on sale.

Savvy Mode SG said...

oh cough cough... i need a pair of louboutin wedge. : ) cough...

ZombieLace said...

Psshhh, you sound like a girl who needs a bedazzler kit... I think those go for well under the $200 line these days, and how easy would it be to DIY yourself some leather and studded jewels?

susie_bubble said...

Those wedges have been on my hitlist for a while now...the price is still a bit ouch for me tho...

xs said...

what an introspective post. consumerism is deep within all of us isn't it? i think this picture puts things in perspective for me as well.

TheSundayBest said...

Good choice for sure, but if we always bought was necessary, or did what was good for others, then...uh...

hmmm.

Crap.

Eleh said...

that last picture is an eye opener.