I had planned on wearing my new-to-me leopard shoes (these ones) with this dress, but when I tried all of it on yesterday, they didn't work. I put them on with various pants, skirts and dresses, and just Did. Not. Like. Them. So off they go - to the giveaway pile. I'm not ashamed to admit when I made a shopping mistake.
They're way too high for work...but since it's dead in the office these days, I'm not running around in them at all. Doable! Now I can enjoy my red dress.
I love the row of ruffles running down each side.
The sleeves are see-through, but the body of the dress is lined.
Masked up - duh, of course, it's leopard.
Outerwear - we're in for a hot and sunny weekend (yay!), but today was a mix, including a thunderstorm warning.
You know I had to wear my leopard coat!
I can only wear this hat when it's not windy, or it blows off (it's just a smidge too big). It's great in the rain.
- Hat - vintage, thrifted, Vancouver
- Wool gloves - Roberta's Hats
- Mask - Lazy Susan's
- Belt - Talbots, thrifted
- Earrings - Biko, consignment
- Klimt ring - consignment
- Ring - c. 1996
Flashback: Steve Madden Leopard Shoes
I bought these "pony hair" leopard pumps on a weekend vacation trip to San Francisco in October 2006, at DWS (Designer Shoe Warehouse), for around $70.00, which felt like a fortune at the time. I love buying clothing/shoes/jewelry when I'm on vacation.
I have had the Dr. Scholl's leopard insoles in them since I got them, as that's a four-inch heel. These are not comfy shoes, but they were much more doable for me 10+ years ago than they are now.
This is the first time I wore them at my old job, in April 2008.
Another boring brown skirt in May 2008.
I had this apple green ruffled cotton blouse for years - it was Esprit, from when we had a store here.
I briefly toyed with fluffy hair (working with my hair's natural curl), here in September 2008.
This is in February 2009. As you can see, I've always been goofy. I can kick!
In March 2009 - this is the same red sweater as above (I've always been a fan of red + leopard). I still have that scarf, which is from 1999-2000.
Another one of my since-upgraded Best Red Dresses, this one in July 2009.
If I look self-conscious here in March 2010, it's because this was the first time I'd worn skinny jeans in a LONG time.
This is June 2010. My hair's a mess because I used to carry all my clothes to walk the 6 km each way to work every day, and then get dressed again when I got home at night for my pictures.
My coworkers at my old job called this "fancy" - oh, they should see me now, ha ha! This was in September 2010.
I've always liked wider-leg trousers - this was in March 2011, just after I started my current job.
A rare picture from my early blonde phase, in April 2013. 2012 was my year-long wardrobe challenge, and these shoes didn't make it into any of my capsules.
This cream satin high-waisted skirt was a favourite for many years - this was in June 2013.
This yellow skirt - seen here in February 2014 - is still my wardrobe.
This is my current leopard belt (which I paid a dollar for) worn over the same black stomacher as above with the chartreuse dress.
I still have this ruffle-hem leather skirt, seen here in July 2015.
The same leather skirt in July 2016, worn with my Fendi belt.
And this is the last time I wore these shoes, in November 2017.
Mathy stuff: Including today's outfit, I've worn these shoes 19 times over 15 years, which is $3.68 per wear. They were worn a lot more when I (and my feet) were younger, so they live in my Archives now, ready to spring into action if I need them...like I did today.
Do you consider leopard shoes a wardrobe essential? How are your feet with heels these days? Yes, no, or only short heels?
One last thing to add. In the past couple of years, I've taken my coworker Zeudy's teen daughter Bella shopping multiple times. Bella and I get along great, and it's been fun shopping with her and helping her gain an appreciation for vintage/second-hand clothes, as well as teaching her how to find clothes that really suit her.
Well, she just graduated high school and mom Zeudy sent me some pictures.
I encouraged Bella to wear Converse (her favourite shoes) for grad, and according to Zeudy, "She was so happy and comfortable, not worried about having to walk funny on high heels that she will never use again."
Way to go, Bella! I'm so proud of you, and so glad I had a tiny part in your grad.