Shoes shoes shoes! Thinking outside or better yet...inside the (shoe) box.
I have been thrifting for years and until recently never looked at shoes. I had these preconceived notions of grossness, and the chances of them having my size were slim to none (I wear a size 12...and before you go and judge my gigantor feet please keep in mind I am over 6 feet tall...now you can judge my giganticness in whole).
Back to shoes. I love them. LOVE THEM. My size is available at Nordstrom and Payless and that's pretty much it...with the exception of online. It all started with wanting some loafers and oxfords. I posted on them a while back, you can revisit it here and here. One day I thought...why not look in the men's shoes?
The selections are much smaller and neater, and I cannot tell you how many Allen Edmond's, Dr. Martens and Bass shoes I see there. All three are so on trend right now, but fairly expensive retail. So at least scope it out for your men/man or yourself and do something fun with them!
Like this: add some fancy shoestrings.
These were $8.98. I added lace shoestrings and lace to the heel. When I get bored with them I'm thinking gold spray paint and glitter!
The possibilites are endless!
If you have children you have even more of a reason to look at kids shoes. My kids can grow out of shoes in 3 months. Even worse, they can tear up a pair of shoes in a matter of minutes given the right conditions. These are some of the shoes I have found for my own stinkers this past year.
Seriously? Could you ever pass up Minnetonka Mocassins?
Converse are great for boys and girls. Those black ones will be washed and put away for my daughter.
I also bought tap shoes...I had a lapse in good judgement...but she sure does like them.
I couldn't say no. My son however had no problem saying "no way"!
Bottom line: Don't forget the shoes! Have an idea of the style you are after. It makes it less daunting and easier to scan the racks. Look for the shape and style first and think outside the box. I have yet to pay over $10 a pair. Kids shoes are typically $2-$5. If you need inspiration go to Pinterest. Nuff said.