When I was quite young I never thought I would be into fashion. I especially thought I wouldn't be into shoes. I would watch the perfect women on TV squealing over shoes and wonder what they saw in the deadly stiletto stilts they would attach to their feet.
Even 6 years ago when I was developing my alternative fashion sense I didn't get shoes. I had a few pairs of comfortable plainish shoes that pretty much matched with everything. I'm not sure what changed between then and now, but somewhere along the way I realised that a good pair of shoes can make or break an outfit.
I now own a lot of shoes. I'd estimate I'm getting pretty close to 30 pairs. Like I said before, shoes can make or break an outfit, and each pair of shoes I own serves a different purpose (mostly changing the shape or colouring of the outfit)
The shoes I wore today are my latest finds. Every time I go thrifting I check out the shoe section, fall in love with a bunch of shoes, but leave them all behind as they are almost always several sizes too small. Not this time. These shoes were fabulous and they fit my size 9 feet (it's not that my feet are freakishly large. People who donate shoes just have freakishly small feet :P) Now, let me be clear, I have some very high standards when I thrift for shoes. They must pretty much be unworn, and they can't have a smell (lucky for me, all of the shoes that fit have beet both of these things!)
I was especially lucky with these shoes. I'm entirely sure these have never been worn. The soles have no wear, there are no scuff marks and no signs of fabric deterioration. The material they're made from is a sort of short velvet. They're also super comfy and easy to walk in (all of the height is in the platform, not in the heel. If you chopped off the platform, these shoes would be kitten heal hight)
Most of the shoes I've been attracted to recently have been shoes with a platform. I like the extra high they give without sacrificing the comfort of my tootsies. I also love the sound they make. It's a loud confident clip clop sort of sound. I've always associated that sound with strong important women, and as silly as this sounds, when I wear shoes that make that noise, I feel like a strong important woman.