I am in desperate need of new shoes. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but let me tell you, it sure doesn’t feel like one. I did a little Spring closet-cleaning over the past couple of days after bringing home my Ann Taylor winnings (YAY by the way) – moved my sweaters to the back, pulled my shorts out of their hiding place, tried on all of my jeans to see how they’re fitting these days (still all too big – I need new jeans too, ugh) – and do you know what I discovered? I don’t have a single decent pair of casual sandals. The couple of pairs that I had pretty much been living in for the past few years, (okay, 5… 5 years…) have all officially died. Unwearable. Un-donateable. RIP, cute shoes… you lived a good long life.
So, I took a giant bag of clothes that I knew I would never actually wear again but had been hanging onto in case of an acting emergency to Buffalo Exchange, and I came out with a whopping $21.50.
Then, I walked across the street to the Urban Outfitters Surplus store and bought a pair of synthetic Kimchi & Blue blush/iridescent colored t-strap flats for $19.99. They’re super cute and they do fill a void in my closet, (neutral colored flats that I can wear to work) but my sandal problem remains unresolved.
Here’s what I wish I could buy:
Vienna Sandal – Arden Wohl x CDC
I really think that they might be the perfect shoe for this season. I love the mid-heel height, the ankle strap, the combination of black and tan (goes with everything, amiright?) Plus, I’m a sucker for anything lucite (including furniture) because it’s so retro-trying-to-be-futuristic, which I just find to be really endearing. Not to mention the fact that they are 100% vegan and ethically produced. However, all of this coolness comes at a price… $320 to be exact. Which, if you’re used to buying designer shoes is actually a steal, but for a gal who hasn’t been able to buy new shoes for about 5 years, they are beyond unattainable. Sad times.
The good news is that I’m finding a lot of inexpensive vegan alternatives:
Georgia Getaway Heels – $37.99 – ModCloth
Design Thesis Heel – $34.99 – ModCloth
Industrial I Need Heel – $49.99 – ModCloth
Sculpture Garden Party Heel – $34.99 – ModCloth
Poise Sandal – $59.99 – ModCloth
Block Heel Sandal – $59.90 – Zara
Sandal with Metal Ankle Strap – $59.90 – Zara
High Heel Sandal with Buckles – $89.90 – Zara
HEARTBREAKER 2Part Heel Sandals – $45 – Topshop
Must-Have Buckled Sandals – $32.80 – Forever 21
None of them are quite the total package like the pair by Arden Wohl x CDC, and I hate to think of how many years they will
not last me, but considering how ridiculously broke I am right now, I think I’ve got some pretty darn good options. What do you think? Are you jumping on the mid-heel-ankle-strap-sandal wagon this Spring? Have you found any inexpensive vegan options that I might have missed? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Happy (cruelty-free) shopping!