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Recently, WhoWhatWear posted the “ultimate basics checklist.” Fashion magazines always recommend that you spend more on basics, as these are the pieces you will wear time and time again. Because my clothing budget is significantly smaller than it was before, I will not be buying any designer clothes from Barneys these days. So I went in search of some designer basics on my favorite consignment sites. Because the checklist is long, I decided to break this up into a series of posts. You can read my first post on Jackets/Sweaters here, my post on Tops here, my post on Accessories here, and my post on Bottoms here.
Now for the best part of the series: Shoes! Once again, all these choices are from TheRealReal, but I’ve also found great deals on shoes on eBay. If you want to purchase something from TheRealReal, you can sign-up here, and get $25 off your first purchase (Note: The links are in the headings):
Christian Louboutin pumps are a classic for a reason. The shape is beautiful and you just feel great in them. These ones are black suede and cost $295. While that’s still a lot of money, it’s significantly less than retail. (Plus, TheRealReal is constantly running a 20% off promotion, so they are actually “only” $236.)
Honestly though, my favorite pumps were always the Perfect Pump from Ann Taylor. They wore out after a season, but were super comfortable. They were my go to shoes for things like court appearances, depositions, and interviews. They’ve changed something about the shoe in recent years, however, so it’s no longer “perfect.” If they ever bring the original back, I’d much rather buy these than the more expensive designer shoes.
I’ve written about my love of Lanvin flats before. TheRealReal usually has a few pairs – like the ones above – although they tend to sell out fast. If you want a pair, you’re actually better off creating a sale alert in ShopStyle. While the black ones rarely go on sale, I’ve purchased awesome pairs in other colors for less than $200, like this one. If Lanvin flats aren’t right for you, you also can’t go wrong with a pair by Repetto or Chanel.
I just love these slip-on sneakers by Celine. They are way too expensive, however, especially since they are pre-owned. I’ll probably just stick with Tom’s, but if you have a lot of disposable income, go for it.
I’ve become obsessed with ankle booties in recent weeks. I purchased this pair from Reiss on sale and just know I’m going to purchase another pair at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. TheRealReal has a fantastic selection of designer ones. Besides the ones above, I also love these booties, although Rag & Bone’s Newbury bootie has to be one of my favorites right now.
I’m actually not that in to strappy sandals right now. I’m sick of wearing shoes that hurt my feet. If you’re into them, there are obviously a ton of great options for you. Personally, I am in search of the perfect “fancy” flats instead. I’m looking for a great pair – probably in silver – to wear to more formal events. This way, I can dance without having to drink too much wine to numb the pain of my feet. That is NOT my idea of a good time. (Well, the wine is. The sore feet are not.)
Surprisingly, boots weren’t on the list. A great pair of boots are most definitely an essential for me. I bought a pair of flat boots by Loeffler Randall about five years ago. They were the most expensive shoe I ever bought, but I probably wear them at least twice a week in the fall/winter. I’ve had to get them resoled, but they’ve otherwise held up. You, however, can purchase the pair above for significantly less.