Friday, June 10, 2016

Shoes My Husband Hates: Black Wedge Sneakers

Hello, and welcome to the last day of...


...a series that I'll be running all week, featuring - you guessed it! - shoes my husband hates. Go here to read the previous series from 2014. 

Now, a couple of things before the fun begins.

L and I have been married nearly 20 years. He in no way ever tells me what to wear, what to buy or even suggests anything to do with my appearance unless I ask him for his opinion (and he is honest when I do so). He is definitely biased by what styles were classic when he was a teenager, so pointy-toed pumps are the ultimate feminine shoe in his eyes, and he knows what he does not like. You may disagree, or you may agree, but either way, let's play nice here. 
Because chunky shoes contrast nicely with uber-girly stuff.

  • Shirt - Tommy Hilfiger, thrifted; last seen here for Star Wars day in May
  • Skirt - H&M, thrifted; purchased here for $15.00, but its (also thrifted) twin was last worn here with a hole in it
  • Shoes - Ash, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) for brunch in May

Overall, I like this outfit, but compared to the last time I wore this skirt, it's nowhere near as good. I think it makes a big difference having bare legs - I know I would definitely wear a longer black half-slip (I have about 6 of them) under it next time. It felt very short.
However, it was fun for a Friday, and how will I keep evolving if I don't keep experimenting?

And really, it was all about the shoes. You know I've saved the biggest "Crime Against Shoemanity" for last...
L loathes these. Let's see just how much, shall we?

These shoes are relatively new to Sheila’s wardrobe, but I doubt the horror and revulsion I feel for them will fade over time. High-heeled velcro sneakers. This shoe goes best with vinyl leggings, halter tops and bad decisions. This is a shoe for bad haircuts, Nickelback concerts and chewing gum with your mouth open. This is a shoe for looking tough enough to hang outside the 7-Eleven and not get hassled by dorks going in to buy Mountain Dew, but sexy enough to bum smokes from older guys in suits. This is the preferred shoe for the girl who likes to get "right-hammered!" for a night on the town for two reasons. First, the added support means she’s less likely to twist an ankle than when she wears her scuffed black pumps with the broken heel. Second, in the morning when she wakes up still drunk, these shoes are easy to do up (thanks, Velcro!) so she can walk home along the freeway (having spent her bus fare on that last round of shooters). 

Yee-owtch! Maybe that hits a little too close to home - I may have been close to that girl back in the 80s/early 90s, heh heh.

A big round of applause and thank you to my dear L for telling it as he sees it - his reward will be the cherry on top on Monday, of Shoes My Husband Loves. Aw, I think he deserves it after having to look at all my "awful" shoes all week.

Back to regular business. The stuff:
Are these really that bad? I like them, but I do kinda feel like I've done what I can with them in my wardrobe. I only paid $19.99 for them and I've worn them 3 or 4 times, so it's not like I spent a lot. I'll have to think about it.

Shiny bling:
First wearing of my $2.95 thrifted leather belt.

  • Belt - vintage 80s, thrifted
  • Pin - late 90s, The Bay
  • Bracelet - Ellandemm
  • Earrings - Jacob
  • Death Star ring - Soul Flower

I went for a quick thrift shop at the WIN Warehouse store after work with one of my work-friends, and the Velcro on my shoes came in handy. I found a new pair of shoes!
These are black fabric on the toes, faux black patent on the heel cup, and the strappy part is a faux snakeskin textured blue.

They're flat.
Really flat. I like that these are a pretty modern style  - someone must have really disliked them, to have donated them so quickly!

They're by Aldo, and as you can see, they were maybe worn once or twice.
And only $18.95! Sweet! Can't go wrong with that! 

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! I have a quiet one planned: chilling and gaming tonight with L, Winesday tomorrow, and a movie out on Sunday. Sounds like a recipe for fun. See you Sunday!


  1. I really like these shoes! Although like you I don't think they have a lot of longevity in a wardrobe, which is why I never bought a pair despite being tempted now and then when they were super trendy a while back. Every now and then I'll see a pair on a blogger and contemplate them again...

    1. Thanks, Mica! I like them, but I don't love them, so I think they are done for me.

  2. I like how you used these shoes to punk up a frilly vibe. I haven't quite got on board the wedge sneaker train yet; give me a few more months when the trend is firmly on its way out and I'll probably be all over it.

    L's writeup made me laugh! Of course! I do think he's thinking of suede Adidas with the white stripes on the side - these shoes have heels in them, harder for staggering.

    1. If you're interested, I can ship these over to you!

    2. Hahaha! Thanks for the offer but I'm not quite there yet. All my heels are shrinking!

  3. Love the skirt but I'm afraid I'm with L on the shoes I really don't like them.

    I don't like trainers at all and only wear a pair for occasional walking. I am in my sixties though and trainers are something I only became aware of in the 90s when my kids were old enough to want the expensive types and which cost me an arm and a leg....


  4. Sheila, I read your blog in my email, but I had to come over today to show L my allegiance with his opinions on this shoe. This sheaker? Snoe? Snootie? is so hideous that I have to avert my eyes. I cringe with embarrassment for you when they show up. Quirky fashion is good. This shoe is not quirky. It's hideous. What's with the gray part? Is it just filthy, or was it designed that way? Oh, how I despise these shoes. Rant over. Carry on.

    1. Ha, I love "snootie"! That's awesome. Don't be embarrassed for me - I'm the one wearing them! The grey is supposed to be that colour.

  5. Ha, I have to agree with L on these ones. I cannot get on board with wedge sneakers of any kind. The skirt is adorable, though.

  6. Hi Sheila I had to pop in here to offer my support for these shoes. I think they look great, and a lot of fun. If I could wear heels (and I can't) I'd love to pull off a pair of these. And strangely enough I don't see L's comments as that negative... His quip about 'crimes against shoemanity' was funny, but the comments today I think are a compliment to the 'bad girl' attitude of these shoes. How much fun are high-heeled sports shoes! Really! If you had to invent the most practical heeled shoe, this would be it...

    1. Aw, thanks, Sue! Yes, L isn't mean-spirited about any of my shoes.

  7. Heck Sheila, I don't think I can lie. I'm really not keen on these at all. I was supportive as I could be when you got them, but I'm afraid I'm with L on these now. You're too cute to wear these, too quirky to wear such dull boots, too clever to waste your time trying to make them work. Heck, Sheila, did I really write all that rather than just think it?
    Anna x

  8. I rarely comment because I read you on my phone and it is a pain to type a comment from there. I love this series! L is hilarious. I don't agree 100%, except for the last pair. Not a fan of the sneakers, but I love that you're adventurous enough to try them.

    L needs to do a series on the clothes of yours he hates too.

    1. Hey, you don't know if you like something until you actually try it! Hmmm...I think I'll have him stay away from my clothes. Thanks for commenting!

  9. Generally, I love, and lust after, the shoes you wear, and apologies in advance for dissing one of your shoe choices, but in this case, I have to agree with L's description (which was a wonderfully witty and enjoyable read). I have never understood the wedge sneaker, and in my neighbourhood the girls who are wearing them pretty much fit his description.

    1. Oh, no worries, Shelley! Not everyone likes the same things!

  10. Hi, I have to jump back in to this discussion! (I'm following the thread). I think it's because L's dislike for the shoes - and other people's - seems mostly to do with their trashy reputation, that the way Sheila wears them is cool, because she gives them an ironic spin, and wears them for what they are - great runaround shoes. She is clearly far-removed from Kardashian Trashion territory, so IMHO this is what makes her wearing them a flip around of their distasteful origins..... Anyhow I realise they are going in the 'giveaway' bag Sheila, I just find it funny how controversial they are :-))!

    1. I don't hate these shoes because they're trashy. I don't care about trashy, and I think we can all agree that Sheila isn't trashy. I just hate them because they're hideous. I wonder where they started? Maybe Sporty Spice? I've never seen an adult wear a pair until now. I'm a middle/high school teacher, so I've seen students wear them. Anyhow, whether they make me uncomfortable or not is irrelevant, right? Isn't it fun to talk about fashion?

    2. Sue, thanks for responding again! It doesn't bother me that others hate them (many of my shoes, especially chunkier ones, are quite divisive). I dress for myself first, others second, and I still like these shoes!

      Carla, I remember high-heeled sneakers being a thing when I was 11-12 years old, so in the late 70s. They had Pepsi and 7-Up logos on them - oh man, I wanted them so bad...These are probably me having a little throw-back to that girl who couldn't have them! And yes, it's fun to talk about fashion! Thanks for being here!


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