3 pairs of shoes I do not regret buying + a review

Hi! It’s been a minute since my last post. My cold + feeling uninspired has really made it difficult to sit down and write something that might be interesting or helpful. But I’m a believer that inspiration will strike when you least expect it to and it did for me yesterday. I was attempting to take a photo of three pairs of shoes that I’m really glad I bought and it hit me that I should turn it into a post instead. So here it is. I will be rating each shoe based on fit, comfort, and frequency of wear. I will also talk about why I bought them.

Without further rambling, here are 3 pairs of shoes I do not regret buying in chronological order:

1. Repetto Cendrillon Ballerina

These are so incredibly expensive for a pair of black flats. After years of ogling these and buying “dupes”, I finally decided to buy them. These are so beautiful in how simple and classic they are, and they go with everything. They make me feel like I’m a bit more dressed up even when I have jeans and a t-shirt on. It also helped that I bought them during a Shopbop sale.

Fit: This was a tricky one and took me forever to figure out my size. I usually wear a US 7.5 and the EUR 38.5 fit me perfectly in these. I also have wider feet but these aren’t restricting at all because of how soft the leather is.

Comfort: These are really comfortable. I wouldn’t recommend wearing them through a day’s worth of cobblestones and city streets though. The only reason I say that is because the soles are leather and would probably get damaged much quicker if they were worn through city streets all day, every day. I don’t have any problems getting it repaired though…I’m not there yet but I should soon.

Frequency of wear: I wear these almost every chance I get when I know I won’t be walking for miles. They look good with jeans, skirts, and dresses so it’s a pretty easy shoe choice.

I do have to bring them to the cobbler though because NYC streets are not very kind to shoes.

2. Loeffler Randall Carter Booties

I wrote a whole blog post here about how I lost sleep over these boots because of how expensive they were. Without being overly repetitive, I bought these because they’re so easy to “dress up” an outfit without being heels. They give just the right amount of height.

Fit: I’ve tried on a pair of Loeffler Randall sandals before in a US 7.5 before and they were too narrow so I decided to size up to an 8 in these and they fit perfectly. My wide feet also have no problems with them.

Comfort: I could probably wear these comfortably all day long. Like I mentioned before about the trickiness of leather soles and city streets, I probably wouldn’t wear these through miles of walking either. This is the major downside and I really wish shoe brands would make their soles more sturdy especially since it costs so damn much. I also really need to send these to the cobbler so I can have peace of mind every time I walk around in these. I’m serious when I say that NYC streets are not kind to shoes. They’re not damaged as of now but if I don’t get the soles reinforced then I’d essentially be playing with fire. Too dramatic?

Frequency of wear: Since I’ve gotten them a few weeks ago, I’ve worn them less than a handful of times. Not because I don’t want to wear them but because I’m so nervous to ruin them. I will say though with every wear, I’m getting less and less concerned about ruining them. Not sure if that’s a good thing though.

3. APL Techloom Phantom Sneaker

I bought these because I didn’t feel like settling for another pair of okay looking workout sneakers. I also figured if I liked the sneakers I was wearing then I’d be more motivated to go to the gym. Or at least it makes me hate being at the gym a little less. That’s a win for me. These are also the only sneakers I own so I figure if I’m going to have one go-to pair, it should be one that I love.

Fit: Got these in a US 7.5 and they fit me perfectly with or without socks. These days I prefer them without socks because it’s just easier to slip on.

Comfort: Really comfortable. Finally ditched my Vans slip-ons for legitimate sneakers when I workout and my feet are very happy about it.

Frequency of wear: I wear these every time I go to the gym, which is about 1-3 times a week. I would wear these more often if my life was a bit more active. But if there was a sporty situation in my life, you bet I will be wearing these.

I singled out these three because they are definitely my most expensive shoes. In the past I would’ve found something “similar” and more affordable. But after being disappointed every time I did that, I decided that I would rather wait until I can get what I want than settle for what I do not want. As I get older, I’m also prioritizing comfort and well-made shoes for my feet. After all, my feet and my wallet will probably fare better in the long run.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading this post.

See you in my next one!

Sophie 🙂


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