WIW: new oxfords!

Yes, I finally bought and kept a pair of oxfords--the Naot Kedma style in a color called "gray shimmer." The shimmer is very subtle, with a slightly gold tint, over a textured medium gray leather, kind of suede-like, but a little harder or rougher feeling. The Paul Green Addly style in truffle (a medium gray-brown, or taupe) was very tempting. But I was drawn to the more casual style of the Naots, and they are, to use one of Angie's terms, "insanely comfortable."

A fun little story about picking up the new oxfords: When I got home from the marathon SSIF day on Saturday, absolutely exhausted, I had a phone message that the shoes were in (I had to special order them in this color). The store was closed by then. And I was working the next day. And heading to the SSIF cocktail shindig after that. But-- the shoe store closed an hour after the store where I work on Sunday, so it was, perhaps, physically possible to get there, though not especially practical. My DH arrived at home mid-day, after being out of town. When I got home from work, I told him I had gotten a call that my shoes were in. I had that look on my face, I know, a kind of lost puppy look, and I was about to explain the predicament of not having enough time to get them till Tuesday! Without a second's hesitation, he said, "Let's go get them!" So we did. He drove, so I could go get the shoes while he parked. Is he a keeper, or what?!

I wore them to work on Monday and for a day off today.

The outfits:
1-3 (for work): marbled print light sweater knit peasant tunic (made by me); charcoal ankle pants (Classiques Entier); gray shimmer oxfords (Naot, Kedma); black travel coat (Cole Haan); black satchel.
4-6 (for day off): gray scroll pattern burnout tee (made by me); gray and cream stripe ribbed cardigan with shawl collar (Eddie Bauer); dark wash skinnies (Lucky, Charlotte Rail); same oxfords, satchel, coat.
7: I tried the jeans rolled. What do you think?

Thoughts and suggestions welcome! Thanks for looking!
And thanks everyone for your comments and ideas and help on previous threads re: the oxford search (most recent previous post is here).

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  • replied 5 years ago

    Oh Sharan, you got them! How sweet of your dear hubby. I remember you talking about these, and I think Angie's friend Mary Ellen had on the Paul Green ones. I need to try both of these on; I'm all for insane comfort!
    Your outfits look great; I don't know how you did all you did this weekend and went to work on Sunday! You have amazing stamina and style! :)

  • Staysfit replied 5 years ago

    Wow, the shoes are just excellent, and I'm glad you finally found a pair that you like. Your DH sounds like a lovely person, and it was so nice of him to help you out and he most definitely is a keeper. You are lucky to have him, and I'm sure you tell him that as well. I really love your outfits. My favorite is 7. I love the jeans rolled because it shows off your new shoes, and the entire look is perfect for you. The other looks are also fab as well.

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    Great oxfords, it is immediately clear they are the ONES you've been missing all along.  I like #7 rolled!

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 5 years ago

    Love this color and gotta love DH for that one!

  • Aubergine replied 5 years ago

    Yay! Glad you found them, and they just look like they're meant to be yours. That color is amazing.

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous new shoes! I like the color. And the tops you made are spectacular!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Wow, those are perfect! (And so is Mr. Firecracker). 

    They look almost like oxidizing copper with their green interior!  No wonder they look so amazing with that absolutely drop dead gorgeous tunic in #1. WOW! What a beautiful fabric! You find the best patterns and colour combos. And know exactly what works best. 

    I like the Paul Green ones, too, but these are extra special. Great score and good for you for maintaining PPP. 

    Oh - I'd wear the jeans rolled, for sure! (In the right weather, obviously.) 

    I personally might not wear them this way with a longer sweater, simply because of my own figure flattery hangups. (Short legged here). But the basic idea seems totally workable to me. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Great choice and great DH! I love how they work with the color of the first tunic. I like the lower roll in #7 (you may not have meant them to be different - this happens to me all the time).

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Love those oxfords. They look like they will play well with many of the outfits.

  • Cerinda replied 5 years ago

    They look pretty darn cute; glad they fit.  Love the print tunic.  Another vote for the roll in #7.

  • christy replied 5 years ago

    So glad you found the oxfords you've been looking for! They seem perfect for your style - and comfy to boot? Score! I love that story about your husband...I'm lucky enough to say that I *think* my husband would do the same! ;) 

    I think the jeans look great rolled in #7. I'm loving the roll for this great fall weather we're having. It feels more breezy and lightens things up a bit before we head into the colder weather and everything will be covered up! I'm amazed at your sewing skills. I've tried my at knitting sweaters for myself, but they just never seem to work out quite right - always look to "home made" vs. "hand made" KWIM? Scarves and socks have made the cut though! :)

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    (You are a huggable, glam, arty cutie. End of story. xo). 

    Yay. You found your oxfords, and they're fabulous. #4 and #7 are especially great. 11 out of 10. 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks for your kind comments, everyone! I appreciate your sharing my excitement about finding just the right pair. These photos don't really do them justice, but there are more photos in their future, for sure.

    Glad to hear you I prefer the look of the rolled pants, too!
    Shevia, you are right--I intended to roll both legs the same and then noticed they weren't, when I saw the photo. Ha ha!
    Claire, thanks! I think Mary Ellen's were different, not the Paul Greens. I was admiring them but I don't know what brand they were.
    Christy, I know what you mean about handmade items. It's the ultimate test--and compliment--if they come out looking store-bought, yet unique! A tall order, huh?
    Suz and Claire, the Paul Greens are soooo nice. Either pair could have worked for me. My choice came down to the more casual vibe, a slight preference for the gray color of the Naots, which seems almost chameleon-like, and the fact that they have a touch of the metallic I'm so obsessed with.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Aw, thanks, Angie!

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Oh yay the Naots look perfect for you! I'm glad you ended up with a metallic, I was pulling for that 0:} I'm sure you'll be able to work these into all kind of outfits. Am particularly fond of the second outfit, and both rolled/unrolled work for me.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    Sharan it looks like all the searching was not in vain.  The shoes look great and have an interesting texture.  I think they work well with your style.

  • Jenava replied 5 years ago

    Lovely!  I just got mine today in the two-tone burgundy and THEY ARE FAB!  So, we are shoe twinsies!

  • Aziraphale replied 5 years ago

    Great shoes! I love oxfords. I particularly like those with your pants rolled.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Aida, yes, I'm glad I found a metallic, too! It makes them really versatile as well as fun.
    Jenava, I'm glad! The wine shades are so pretty, and they'll be great with the colors you wear.

  • MsMary replied 5 years ago

    Love the shoes, love the outfits, LOVE Mr. Firecracker for taking one for the team in such a chivalric manner!  :)

  • Lynne replied 5 years ago

    Worth the wait!  They are fab, and FWIW, I prefer the jeans rolled.  You have made some beautiful things, Sharan, and you have a great eye for what suits you.  Your hubby deserves a special YLF award :).

  • Jjsloane replied 5 years ago

    Keep that man - he knows his priorities! Love the shoes, they work great for you and look comfortable. I also prefer seeing more ankle with them like in 7. 

  • Carole replied 5 years ago

    Wow, love the oxfords, but your husband...now, he's a keeper! What a great guy...you did good! But back to the shoes, love the color and can see how these will become indispensable. They make everything look good!

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