Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sheila's Shoe Shine #4

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For Shoe Shine #4, I'm featuring one of the most comfy pairs of shoes that I own. They're flats, they're ethically-produced and they are well-loved.
I bought these lovely Chie Mihara flats new, nearly 2 years ago (here). They were in the special clearance section of a local boutique - it looked like they had been worn, as they had pieces of moleskin on the inside back of the heel (which I removed). They were marked down drastically.

Chie Mihara shoes run around $300 - and I don't mind paying that for shoes when I know they are made by hand, in small batches, by workers earning a living wage. However, these were marked at $90, and they fit, so I snatched them up.
Unfortunately, they KILLED my feet the first time I wore them - that moleskin should have warned me! They had slightly ruched elastic along the sides near the heel (you can see that in the picture from when I bought them). Well, I'm not wasting $90 on a pair of shoes I couldn't wear. And so I took things into my own hands: I cut my shoes open and removed the elastic with a hobby knife (check it out here).

And now, these are treasured and a go-to pair of shoes when I need to baby my feet. No rubbing or anything. 

Now, join me! Shoe us the shoes that rock your world (or feel lovely on your feet)!

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  1. Great surgery on those shoes, Sheila. They are so fetching too.

  2. I love those shoes! Great find...since I am pretty much forced to wear flats after foot surgery years ago, I am super excited about all of the stylish ones on the market now. This was a great find, Shelia!

  3. Beautiful shoes Sheila. Love the color and the adornment.. I've never owned a pair of handmade shoes. There's always something to look forward to!

  4. Way to go Sheila, making it work! Very cool shoes, but then you'd expect nothing less from Ms. Shoe Shine of All Time.

  5. You always find the best shoes:
    Its so great that you were able to work your little magic and intelligently cut the elastic and have had a great pair of shoes through these years.


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