WIW to shop for shoes I don't need

Yes, I ended up buying shoes. They are a low-heeled pump with an ankle strap. I'm thinking of them as my version of the ever-popular Sam Edelman Okalas that Angie and so many YLFabbers have.

I rarely wear pumps, but I like to have them on hand for times when I want to dress up and really need a dressy shoe. I'm excited to have a pair that is light-colored (my other go-to pumps are black), and a low enough heel that I might actually wear them for non-dressy occasions. (We shall see about that; I always think that about pumps, and then I don't wear them.) I like that the heel is closed. The ankle strap hits me in a place that works for me (above my ankle bone), and it's actually long enough to go around my ankles. Ooh, and look! You can move the buckle to the side or the front (photos 3 and 1)! I love that feature!

I don't know how AGL does it, but they manage to make a rather dainty-looking shoe that flattters my high-volume feet. That's why I have collected a few pairs of their ballet flats--AGLs are the only version of that style that I really liked both the look and feel of on me.

The shopping outfit, with the new pumps, and with the shoes I wore shopping:
1-3: dark skinny jeans (Mother, the Looker, "coffee tea or me" wash); light green tee and long cardigan (Halogen); light blue prism-print scarf (Nordstrom); nude ankle strap pumps (AGL, Claire).
4-5: the outfit with taupe oxfords (Paul Green, Dale); navy trench (London Fog); gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your comments and suggestions.

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  • bonnie replied 4 years ago

    I really like the whole outfit. The new shoes are perfect.

  • replied 4 years ago

    The new shoes are so gorgeous. You look great in them. I think the colour's quite versatile.
    Love your shopping outfit. The long cardigan and matching tee need to be in my closet :D

  • torontogirl replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love the long line of the cardigan on you.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    (The title of your thread cracks me up).

    Those new little ankle strap pumps give me the jollies. Killer. LOVE them on you, Sharan. Sooo pretty.  Your Spring outfit today is Killer too. 

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    Well, whether you needed them or not, the shoes look fantastic on you. I love the two toned beige and I think it will be very versatile with your wardrobe. Your shopping outfit is perfect too - I love to wear long sweaters for such occasions as you can be relaxed and comfy while looking stylish. 

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    I LOVE the shoes!!! They look perfect in EVERY POSSIBLE WAY! I really like the chunkier heel.

    Real fabulous Spring outfit too, Sharan. Relaxed, comfy yet polished. YLF!

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    FANtastic! Love the shoes!

  • annagybe replied 4 years ago

    Great shoes. My AGL ballet flats are so comfy, so I get where you're coming from.

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    The pumps are so gorgeous! I like your whole outfit very much. The soft green is lovely on you.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! When I found the photo of these shoes on the website, I realized I wouldn't have noticed them, had the salesperson not brought them to me. I like them so much better in real life and on my feet than I do in the photos. They are a happy find for me.

  • Sterling replied 4 years ago

    Wow.  I love this ensemble.  You look so classy and elegant.  

  • krishnidoux replied 4 years ago

    It's a great buy. You won't regret it. You'll find that you will often reach for them, and it will renew many outfits in a refreshing way. On your foot they are delicate and elegant. Very cute outfit too! I like how you rolled the pants to show off the ankle strap. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shoes. I love the colours.
    NOW is the time to start wearing them for non-dressy occasions, while they're still new!

  • Bijou replied 4 years ago

    I hope you wear these as they look beautiful and perfect for warmer weather.

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    I have the same conflicted feelings about pumps as you do, Sharan. I know I can dress them down with jeans, I just never do it! So no more buying pumps for me. :-)

    These look really great on you, and if they are comfortable, that's so much the better. I can see them being very versatile. Wear and enjoy!

  • Summer replied 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shoes that you didn't need!  That heel height looks very wearable, too.
    Your whole outfit is lovely.

  • Debbie replied 4 years ago

    Love the shoes love your outfit!

  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    As always you look stylish, polished and easy.  You never miss a beat IMO.  And -- LOVE LOVE LOVE the new pumps.  Collected/enabled!

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    Those look fantastic on you! Wow, great choice. I love the entire outfit, in fact. And of course you needed those shoes!! 

  • replied 4 years ago

    What fab shoes! Those were most definitely needed. :)

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love the new shoes. You did so need them!

  • JAileen replied 4 years ago

    They are reminiscent of the Okalas. I bought them but had to return because of the 3 inch heel. I just couldn't wear them. These look lovely, and also more wearable.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    I'm laughing at (with) all of you who confirm that I needed these shoes.
    Smittie, I like your thinking--now is the time to get in the swing of wearing them. I'll wear them this week!

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