If you were to epitomize the 80s with one single fashion item of clothing, what would it be? For me, it would be killer pumps.
If I look a tad bedraggled, it's because I got soaked walking in home in the unrelenting downpour. Some sun would be nice. Just a bit. Just to get the dampness out of my bones.
But I wore blue sky on my feet!
I saw these pumps on the way home from work last week and they called to me. They are the shoes I loved all through the 80s; I had this exact shape in a bright yellow in 1985, but they were a size too small. I also had them in red canvas, black satin (with removable toe puffs), and pearlized blue plastic (those were actually murder on my feet, and man, they were sweaty, ha!). The heel heights varied slightly but the pointy-toed pump is near and dear to my heart.
All day, I had the feeling like I was in Grade 12 again, which was probably because, like my long-gone pumps, these shoes killed my feet, even with the foamy Dr. Scholl's inserts. But it wasn't nearly to the extent that my shoes destroyed my feet back in the day (memories of toes wrapped in bandaids, and bleeding heels). I have to remind myself that back then, there was nowhere near the plethora of shoes available that there is now. If you wanted the killer pumps, maybe you might only get one opportunity to ever buy them...and it might be in a size too small or too big, just so you could get them. No internet, of course, to make things easier.
Take a gander at these bad boys:
Right, the rest of the outfit. Well, I do love brown with blue, and even better is orange and blue! Especially when the richness of the orange tweed (it has tiny flecks of blue) balances the brightness of the blue. I kept the blouse simple in chocolate brown, and finally was able to wear this gorgeous neck scarf I got on holiday last summer. Love the details on this bracelet and the texture in the earrings.
Blouse (Mexx), cami (InWear), skirt (no label, consignment), shoes (Anne Michelle, consignment, $20.00), scarf (thrifted), bracelet (Lucky Brand), earrings (The Bay? Plum?)