I’ve been thinking about my summer wardrobe lately. More precisely, what I would like to add to my existing summer wardrobe. And the first thing on my list was a pair of casual walking shoes. (By the way, this is NOT a sponsored post)
As you know, my ‘look’ is almost always based on my accessories; I might even say I wear clothes to complement my favourite accessories rather than the other way around. This is how I can create a collection of ‘mini capsule wardrobes’, in different styles and for different purposes or seasons, each built around a set of (more or less) matching accessories.
However, accessories – particularly handbags and shoes – take up a lot of space, at home and in the suitcase when I travel. Therefore, it would make sense to have accessories, or at least shoes, that go with just about anything.
So, what my summer wardrobe really needs is the ultimate pair of comfy, athletic shoes to wear with everything. Of course, to maximise wearability, the shoes should be white or neutral, and classic enough to last more than one season yet trendy enough to be cool. And that’s exactly what I set out to find.
Long story short, I came home with these:
Right… mustard yellow suede. Clearly, I’ve lost my mind.
For starters, I hate suede. It is probably the most impractical material ever. And mustard yellow… Let’s just say it’s one of those colours I would never, ever wear next to my face (take a closer look at my face and my natural colouring and you know why).
So, this may turn out be one of those purchases that will (a year from now) make me wonder what the hell I was thinking. Or it may be just what my wardrobe needs right now. And since I’m focusing on the short term (i.e. this summer), I’m determined to see these shoes as complementing the reddish-brownish tones I’ve been adding to my wardrobe these past couple of years.
But, just to be sure, I wanted to see if the shoes go with some of my favourite summer accessories, and my go-to colours and staples. In my book, anything that works with red, or stripes, is a keeper…
What are you planning to add to your summer wardrobe?
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I love them – I suspect they will become a favourite pair ! I have been there so many times – flares, pattern mixing, colour clashing – all seemed crazy to me at first xx Maria
Thanks, Maria! Well, experimenting with new things is good, isn’t it? I seem to be an impulse shopper; I have an instant crush on something and buy it. Usually it works out, too.
I think these are a winner! I agree about suede being not very practical, but you should still have fun styling them for quite awhile!
Thanks, Kimberly! Yes, suede is so impractical (but I do have another pair of suede shoes I wear quite a lot), so the first thing I did was to spray these with protecting spray.
Oh my gosh! I think they’re awesome and they look great with those colors! I predict total devotion. 😉
Thanks, Lisa! For a while now I’ve been drawn to these sort of colours: earthy, rusty, reddish-brown. I think these shoes may be the missing piece in my ‘new’ colour scheme.
Love them! I can’t WAIT to see what you come up with!
Thanks, Deb! It may be while, though: there’s no way I’m exposing these shoes to the snow and slush we have to walk through every morning this time of year. But hey, bring is just around the corner, right?
I think they totally rock your style, as mustard works nicely with all those burgundy and earthy colors you love!. It’s a golden mustard, quite subtle, and totally a neutral in my book!. You can pretend it is a tan or beige shade and it will work perfectly!
Probably suede is not the most sensible choice, but nowadays they make it in a more resistant finish. Time will tell!
(I’ve recently bought a pair of white sneakers, which was a shocking decission as I’ve never liked them. Who knows!?)
Thanks! Yes, I think this colour will work in accessories (I tend to go for cold-toned colours in clothes as they suit me better), especially with red and blue. So there’s a chance I will actually wear these shoes.
White sneakers sounds good (that’s what I was looking for, too, when I ended up with this pair). They will go with a lot of outfits, and once you get used to wearing them, you’ll probably never want to wear anything else. That’s the problem with shoes you an actually walk in; they make you ignore pretty but less comfortable shoes…