I'm trying my best to save money, but if I had money to splurge on, one of the few things I wouldn't feel guilty about is a good pair shoes. I've never really been a brand-only buyer, but I do love Dr. Martens. They're affectionately nicknamed "docs" by many.
My first and only pair were purchased in 2006 with my first paycheck from one of the best jobs I've ever had. I was fortunate to have worked with my former boss, innovative graphic designer, punk rocker, John Shih. He helped to shape the career that I have today whether he knows it or not. I admire his work ethic and professionalism. He is also an all-around cool guy! He wore the classic Dr. Marten boots to work (sometimes with plaid pants). I think in a copy-cat effort to become "cool" I bought Dr. Martens also. I was hoping that the coolness would seep in through osmosis starting from the soles of my feet all the way to the tippy top. I'm not exactly sure if it worked, but during my effort, I was able to find a pair of sturdy, reliable shoes and fit it into my personal style. Dr. Martens has a reputation of being tough on the outside but feel like a cloud on the inside. If you've never owned a pair, save up some money and buy some. You'll thank me later.
You always know when to throw out a pair of shoes. The soles get worn out or sometimes they rip or get holes. Not Dr. Martens. They're built to last and frankly I think they are too proud to allow themselves to get worn out to that degree. Five years and thousands of steps later, my docs feel different. The leather is stretched out, the padding is chewed up, my feet ache. I imagine my docs whispering "I'm tired and its time to go. Thank you for the memories Sarah". I hate good-byes but I know its time. Fare thee well!
Here are some past adventures:
That's me standing next to a missle!
Me and my boyfriend on a battleship!
For weeks I've been trying to find a replacement pair. I don't think they make the exact ones that I have anymore. I've tried on similar ones but they don't feel the same. Impostors! I'm taking this as a sign to move on.
I fell in love with a pair recently. I think this time around its an unrequited love and you'll see why.
THESE AWESOME BLUE BOOTS!
These are so cool! I would be willing to wear them even if they were uncomfortable. And that blue... what a difficult color to wear as a shoe. But I am in love with them and I almost don't care.
Let's be reasonable. I would gladly take these home but they must meet four vital conditions:
1) I must be able to afford them.
2) They have to truly feel comfortable. Not, "I'm sure they'll feel comfortable once I break them in a little".
3) I must be able to wear them with at least four outfits.
4) They don't make my legs look short and stumpy.
I'm developing my own style, so I think it helps to find inspirational photos. Here are some images I found on Lookbook where these girls have bold-colored shoes and wear them well!
The most practical thing to do is buy a sensible pair in black or brown but the only problem is... they aren't blue!
Or maybe... I can think of another idea...
I'm interested in hearing what you think. And also would you own or have you ever owned a bold pair of shoes?