They are not the nicest shoes I own, nor the most expensive (not even close), but they are the irreplaceable ones.
I never predicted when I picked them out from Modcloth three years ago that these simple quilted flats would become such a vital part of my wardrobe. All I remember thinking was that they looked like Chanel but were a hell of a lot cheaper.
Soon, though, I found myself reaching for them more often that I did for any other shoe in my collection. Not only do they fit my feet perfectly, they go with almost anything. I wear them with straight leg jeans and silk dresses alike. These shoes do no discriminate. They love everything I pair them with, and they love to go anywhere I take them.
These shoes are troopers, and they've put up with a lot of wear and tear like true champs.
However, their leopard lining has come loose several times and had to be re-glued, not a serious repair but a reminder that they are indeed not Chanel and will probably eventually wear out beyond repair.
This is the thought that haunts me at night. I become possessed with fear of the day I won't have these perfect flats to fall back on, and I rise from my bed in a cold sweat to scour the internet for anything that might serve as a replacement.
But, alas, nothing compares. Even most Chanel flats I see tend to have those horrible bows on them. I despise those bows. I like simple, clean lines . . . I like my flats and no others can replace them.
So, for now, I'll just have to keep re-gluing their lining, and hoping they hold up. Sheer will can keep shoes from wearing out, right? . . . Right?
(All photos - including those above - link to full outfit posts)