I am often asked where I get my shoes. I have a few vintage pairs, a few Clarks, some Dansko sandals, and the occasional one off, but I’d say 75% of my shoes come from the brand Sofft.
Sofft is not a new brand, and they make comfortable shoes. But even better – they make comfortable shoes that are cute and vintage inspired! Why am I telling you this? Because right now 6pm.com (Zappos outlet site) has a great selection of them dirt cheap. They usually cost $100 or so a pair, but I just got 3 pair for that amount – I love a bargain! Here’s my review on the ones I got (I wear a size US 8. I have really high arches that sometimes cause pain, a normal sized foot, and a narrow heel (thus I never wear anything with a back strap.)
I bought the black patent/black suede combo above. These are really cute – a vintage look with a medium heel (I am so tired of only seeing flats or 3+ inch heel!) They don’t show any toe cleavage (I don’t actual mind if they do, but I know some people do.)
These remind me of dance shoes I have worn. They’re really comfortable – even more than the first pair. The strap is elasticized, but not in a cheap way if that makes any sense.
Since I have high arches, I am always looking for flats that aren’t totally flat (I get foot cramps from really flat shoes.) These have a tiny heel. I will probably use an arch insert in these anyway. They go are a little higher cut than they look. You’ll probably see these on me a lot! They do run a bit small – I ordered an 8.5 and it pretty much fits.
And… the pairs that I already own which are on sale.
I get so many compliments on these – I love the bright red patent finish! They are extremely comfortable – I wear them to walk all over, and have never had any issue.
I wear these all the time – you’ve probably seen them in lots of my photos! The buckle gives them a bit of a 60s/early 70s look. These don’t have as much arch support as some of the others, so I wear a small insert with them.
I bought these last winter, when loafers were in. I wear them with jeans. These actually run a bit narrow in the toe box I think – I had to break them in. Now they are fine. They do show toe cleavage, but I like that since it tones down how conservative loafers are!
Cute, but only in the brown. I won’t lie, the black looks orthopedic to me (I tried it on at Dillards.) Something about the type of leather they use for the black is off. The brown though? Super cute, especially with brightly colored tights.
Finally, I have to say that the Steffi boots are really, really cute in person – but I don’t own them because I have skinny calves, and I can only buy boots that are sized by calf width. These are too wide for me.
I have others, but they’re not on 6pm yet. I also really recommend the Serafino t-strap sandal, which I have in black patent – totally adorable and my favorite shoe with jeans this summer… just not on sale yet!
(No, I’m not being paid for this… I just really love this brand, and some of these shoes are on sale for $25 a pair – I never see them that cheap!)
Admittedly I don’t have really “out there” taste in shoes – I don’t wear a lot of sandals, and I totally dislike the aggressive, angry shoes that seem to be going on (don’t get me started on the open toed bootie, or booties in general for that matter… I don’t like them, and even if I did they only make my legs look even skinnier.) And I’m not willing to wear painful shoes either. Plus most of my shoes have to be piano friendly (I do play in heels, because I’m used to it, though some of my past piano teachers would flinch!) My other current favorite brand is Seychelles… not as comfortable, but really cute! Some of those are on 6pm as well.
I hope that helps someone out! I’m spending today sewing my dress. I may have failed at matching the print, but oh well… so do expensive dresses sometimes, so I will live.
Happy 4th of July to the Americans – I’m going to wear my Tara dress and make some Avocado mangoritas!