When I was 16 I bought my first pair of luscious, favorite, to die for shoes. They were from Nordstrom in Seattle, olive green lizard skin Italian loafers. They cost about $230. This was a long time ago. Like 1985-ish. I loved them, wore them forever(re-soled them twice), until they got too wet from the rain. Moldy and ruined, I finally had to toss them. They were 8 years old. RIP.
I can count the shoes I have loved like that on one hand.
There was a beautiful, expensive pair of black grosgrain ribbon, pointy-toed flats from Fred Segal in Santa Monica that I got in 1987. They were perfect. PERFECT.
Then the J.Crew pointy toed black leather flats that I owned for 5 years that got me through a spring in the UK, Barcelona and Paris during a very difficult time of my life in 2006. Back in California, my landlord's evil puppy ate one of them and it was a very sad day.
Here are the UK Flats (on me at West Wittering beach in the UK)
me in those J. Crew flats in Barcelona
me in the J.Crew flats in Paris
Also in Petersfield, Hampshire that spring came my most favorite-of-all-time black suede heels from L.K. Bennett. Yes, pointy toed too. A lovely gift. I adored them. They are completely worn out, but I can't bear to part with them because I think sometime I will stumble upon a fabulous cobbler who can re-make them if I keep them for the pattern and measurements...
Another fabulously favorite pair of shoes have worn out and I have spent the last TWO YEARS trying to find them. They are NineWest, size 6.5 and they were used when I found them on ebay many years ago, here they are now
Same story. I kept them so I could have them re-made sometime. They are great shoes. They go with everything, especially fancy jeans and are more comfortable than any other shoes I own.
BUT HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS!!!! Many, many, many searches later (ebay, contacting NineWest, etc)I found a pair that are a pretty darn good match:
don't you think I got pretty lucky?
Prada.Size 37.5- for cheap. On ebay. I mean really cheap. I couldn't buy a new pair of NineWest's from Macy's for this price. Sometimes a girl just gets lucky.
Maybe Dayna knows of a good cobbler...or Marci. In any case, these two girls are the limit of my insider shoe knowledge. You should check them out.