Posts Tagged ‘shoes’

Thrifty & Chic: Plastic Sandals


I love jelly shoes. Back in the day when they first came in style I’d wear mine every day (much to my parents’ chagrin). My dad hated the fact that I wore them on nature walks. “They’re not real shoes,” he’d always say. I wore them anyway.

I found these plastic vintage babies a couple of weeks ago. I got them for $3, which isn’t much of a steal as you can buy brand new ones for about that much anyway. Meh, $3 for a pair of shoes is pretty darn awesome. I do love the sweetheart shape of the peep-toe (not sure that’s what you call it, but that’s what I’m going to call it). They originally had ankle straps, but the ankle straps were for someone much smaller-boned than me. That’s perhaps why there were LOADS of the same type of shoe in a big pile at D.I. They probably couldn’t sell them to normal people with normal ankles. Only Barbie-ankled people.

No matter. Since they’re one solid piece of plastic, I just snipped them off with some sturdy scissors. I plan on using the buckles (if I can get the rivet part off) for a pair of saltwater sandals that I want to make. We’ll see if that happens or if the buckles will gather dust for a year before I throw them out.

Have you scored any killer deals lately? Please share in the comments! If you have pictures, share those too. I’d love to see!!!

Thrifty & Chic: New Gold Shoes


Again, I’m talking about shoes.

My friend Susan texted me the other day to see if I wanted these beauties. Of course there was no thinking involved, I made her buy them for me. Who wouldn’t want brand new GOLD keds for $4?

The only downside is that they’re a size 6. I’m a 7. They sorta fit. Barely. I figure if they hurt my feet too much I can give them to my younger sister who will babysit for shoes ;). I think I need to wear these shoes, my gold helmet to match (safety first!), my most hipster clothes & cruise around town on my fixie. I think my coolness would spike 10 points if I did that. Don’t you?

Just for fun, I thought I’d include an image I took while playing around with my new Gary Fong Lightsphere. Pretty artsy fartsy, hu?

Thrifty & Chic: Week 1


I’m starting a new column here on IS•LY dedicated entirely about finding awesome things on the cheap. I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I’m excited about sharing it with you.

Many of you who know me personally, know that I’m a very thrifty person. A lot of this comes from my mom; she’s the quintessential frugal woman. She learned as a stay-at-home mom while my dad was in school to make do & stretch every dollar. Even when the success fairy bestowed my parents with a comfortable living, my mom still made it a point to keep spending at a minimum and saving at a maximum.

I remember being so embarrassed when my mom would take me thrift shopping for clothes, etc. I just wasn’t as creative back then, and now I’ve made a complete 180! I just itch for any chance to go and peruse the aisles for hidden treasures. This Saturday I went with Susan on a sans-kids thrifting excursion. She was looking for a desk, and I was looking for a side table. Neither of us were successful finding exactly what we were looking for, but we still scored some awesome goodies anyway.

These shoes might be the reason why I’m starting this little column. I am so excited about them, I’d make up any excuse to share them with you. These shoes are all leather, made in Brazil (my favorite country ever), remind me of some shoes my mom used to have AND they were $3. Score? SCORE!

Are you the type of person to gossip to all of your friends about the good deals you find? If so, please consider me your closest friend and best listener. I want to hear all about it!

Tie Your Shoes Guest Post

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The husband introduced me to Ian’s Shoelace Site a while ago, and I’m sure the cool train left a while ago with crazy lacing . . .

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