Need I say more?
OK so my beloved Ariats must continue to linger in the “someday” column (thinking about making them a birthday present for myself this year) for now. I can’t really afford them, and I can’t really justify buying boots in April (except if they were on sale, but they’re not so it’s a moot point)
But that’s alright, since it’ll be summer soon and I really *need* (no, srsly – need. Not want. Need.) some new work shoes.
Right now I’m on the 4-pair system (1 black pair for pants, 1 black pair for skirts, 1 brown pair for pants, ….) but with only 3 pairs.
Yeah, I need something to wear with my brown skirts and other “brown-ish” outfits.
They don’t necessarily have to be brown, they just need to work with brown-ish skirt things.
I didn’t see a whole lot that I liked in the Born s/s09 collection, but I *am* really feeling the Keen love right now. My question to you all is – are Keens too casual for my “casual-business-casual” workplace? Jeans are pretty common attire here, (I don’t wear them all that often, but there’s no rule against it) and my standard uniform usually follows the solid colored shirt + casual (non-jean) pants or skirt + knitted scarf or shawl formula.
But still – even the dressier Keens are really…sporty…aren’t they?
I absolutely *adore* these:
(Keen Calistoga). But would they look dumb with a knee-length skirt? (They also come in “Port Royal”, a deep red that’s OMGyummy!)
OK what about these?
(Keen Sienna ballerina). I dunno about the suede for summer, and I think from the side they look kinda weird. And the reviews aren’t any good. And they don’t really have that Keen “look”, yanno?
I lurvelurve these ones:
(Keen Sydney II). But they’re probably right out, aren’t they? Too casual, right?
I mean, would these shoes make my feet look big and clunky, worn with skirts?
So then I was looking at the Borns on Zappos and found these:
(Born Pinot) and yeah they’re really cute and I like them, but they’re sooooo close to my black Born flats, and I don’t want to be one of those people, IYKWIM.
(Born Simi) They’re cute, no? But are they too boring or something? I dunno.
Maybe I’ll just persuade Jeff to hit up TJMaxx with me on the way home.
PS>Why am I sticking to Keens and Borns? Because I ❤ them and they meet all 3 of my shoe requirements: 1)Quality
If you’ve not yet been instructed in the way of Keen or Born, hie thee to Zappos!