I’m so excited about spring, and I have slowly been updating my capsule wardrobe. After writing A Lesson On Zero Waste With Quality Shoes, I’m thrilled that I found great high quality sandals. I ended up purchasing these sandals on Etsy. These are vintage sandals considered old “new” stock as they are brand new, never been worn, and from the 1980’s.
High quality sandals often have leather straps, a leather sole, and of course amazing craftsmanship which has the ability to be repaired and will last a long time. After looking over all of the amazing reader recommendations and messaging a few sellers on Etsy, I felt optimistic about my search. I then decided to actually search “leather sole sandals” on Etsy and that is when I found the pair that I purchased.
These quality sandals are minimal in design, the perfect shade of brown, and are surprisingly comfortable.
The day that they arrived, I took them to the shoe repair to see if they were the quality that I believed them to be, and also to see if the straps could be taken in to fit my narrow feet. “Now this is a quality sandal!” My cobbler spoke with enthusiasm. I couldn’t help but feel relieved. The back straps were taken in so subtly you can’t even notice the work, and they fit perfectly!
I currently have six pairs of shoes in my capsule wardrobe, and most of them are vintage and purchased off of Etsy.
Shopping for shoes on Etsy has become my norm, yet not every shoe purchased has been a winner. I did not always understand exactly how to translate the measurements of the shoe provided for the measurements I needed for shoes, as well as exactly what to look for. This process has been a learning curve.
Narrow shoes just aren’t sold in stores like they used to be. I have found it easy to find a listing of secondhand shoes in narrow on Etsy since most of my capsule wardrobe is either vintage or from a consignment store. I don’t always see shoes that I love, but I just check in sporadically. I often have to get shoes adjusted or altered in some form or another as well so I have learned a bit more about what works for this and what doesn’t.
One thing that I learned over the past few years is to look at clothing and shoes with the perspective of possible alterations for the perfect fit. Having your attire customized even in the slightest really helps with looking put together. It may seem as if it will cost more overall, yet if you purchase quality secondhand clothing, you will still spend less than if you bought the item new. Zero waste clothing shopping saves you so much money in regards to the inital purchase and alterations. That’s how I now have my favorite red dress!
Having a great tailor and cobbler is everything!
(Image by Dawn Michelle)