Wolverine, famous maker of men’s workboots, has a pop-up store on Elizabeth Street through the end of February, and they’re stocking a few ladies’ styles from their vintage-inspired 1000 Mile collection. These Evelyn boots are super comfortable, made in the US, and come with a satisfaction guarantee (you can return them even if you wear them!) I might spring for these as my everyday walking/adventuring shoes if I had a better history with leather soles. Still, it is tempting.
My quest to find the perfect pair of oxfords for fall continues. Here’s what the UPS man brought today (clockwise from top left):
1) Camper 21454 Pump - These are bluer than I anticipated but they’re so cute and comfy that I’m on the verge of saying I don’t care and rocking them with my predominantly black winter wardrobe anyway.
2) Frye Lois Oxford - The best-looking and most expensive of the bunch, but they feel like clogs due to the hidden platform soles. These will definitely clop-clop on the sidewalk and I need my approach to be stealthy. Might have to return them.
3) Faryl Robin Gabby Oxford — They’re on sale and they’re RED. Keepers!
4) Bass Howston Oxford — I haven’t owned a pair of Bass shoes since the 80s (they were saddle shoes) but I love the preppy witch look of these. They seem big around the heel though so I’m hoping a smaller size will do the trick.
The Chie Mihara Fall 2011 collection makes me think of the French term jolie laide, but of course if I were a rich lady I’d own a bunch, because they’re unique and well-made and don’t hurt my feet. Maybe I could justify getting a cute pair of functional black heeled oxfords? If I wore them every single day? Yes?
Are toe shoes the new Crocs? Because I am seeing them everywhere and they are spectacularly ugly. I tend to pay attention to a person’s choice of shoes, and I just have to wonder what the hell is going through someone’s mind when they slip these on and head out the door.