I haven’t worn my ivory Vince Camuto booties in a while, dear readers; they are the definition of fair weather footwear…and not meant for rainy Vancouver winters, that’s for sure!! But with the sun making an appearance once again today, how could I possibly resist including them in this “casual chic” denim and neutrals look??
In my humble opinion, no single item will make or break an outfit more quickly than the quality of your footwear. I don’t know about you, but I can spot a cheap-looking pair of shoes or boots a mile away…and scuffed, peeling, poorly executed imitation leather always devalues an otherwise “I made an effort” look.
Now please note that I’m calling out cheap looking footwear, not “inexpensive” per se. I’m not for a moment suggesting that anyone needs to spend money like a millionaire when it comes to shoes…or any other wardrobe item, for that matter. I love, love, love shopping – especially for shoes! – but I’m pretty sure I can count on a single hand the number of times that I’ve ever forked out more than $200 for anything in my closet.
I am a firm believer that you can find good quality pieces in lower price ranges; and that paying higher prices does not necessarily guarantee you’ll get better fabrics or fit. When it comes to footwear, though?? What those shoes and boots are made of can matter a lot. Our feet – and what we wear on them – frequently take a beating; and in my experience, genuine leather simply looks better right from the get-go…and stays nicer looking longer than any other material. Leather stretches and breathes; and small scuffs that instantly ruin the finish of faux-leather can often be polished right out of the real thing.
Do you always choose genuine leather shoes over synthetics too?? Or have you found a faux fabrication that looks as chic (and feels as comfortable) as real leather does?? I hope you’ll take a moment to share your footwear secrets!!