Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spotlight on Shoes

Amazing shoe selection at the Arlington, VA Goodwill on Columbia Pike
There is something incredibly enticing about new shoes. Mind you, my definition of "new" varies considerably from the norm. When I say new, I mean simply new to me, not necessarily NWT (new with tags). Thrifting has been the perfect outlet for me to finance my shoe obsession; rarely any of my shoes cost more than $15.00 per pair. At prices like this, you can have a closet full of trendy shoes and never feel that post-shoe binge guilt. I thought I would share with you my recent thrift finds in the shoe department but my intention in putting a "spotlight" on shoes reaches far beyond my personal love of footwear. Read on if I've peaked your interest!

Here are the products of my recent thrifted footwear frenzy: 

J Crew Heels 

 $9.99- Thrift Store Center- Alexandria, VA- Patent cheetah print and a peep toe, what more could you want from a shoe? These are definitely my new favorite.

Aldo Strappy Sandal

$12.99- Thrift Store Center- Alexandria, VA. Red leather with a dark brown stacked heel. These are perfect day to night shoes and I must say it only looks like they've been worn once or twice! Total steal.

Cole Haan Black Pump

$11.98- Goodwill-Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA. These came to me in fantastic shape. They're black basket-woven style leather. Just enough heel to make you feel like a woman but still functional when running around the office.

Marc Jacobs Flats 

$9.98 Goodwill Columbia Pike- Arlington, VA. These are black velvet with a pointed toe; absolutely chic for a casual night out. The toe features a delicate bow detail. I bought these for a friend because they were two sizes too small for me; who would pass up Marc Jacobs for $10?

"Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world" 

                          --Marilyn Monroe

In my current thrift adventures, I am on the hunt for a pair of size 10+ brightly colored women's heels. An odd request, you might think; but I have a mission for these shoes. Each year the appropriately named organization, "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," provides communities with resources to raise awareness about issues surrounding sexual and domestic violence. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event team works with community leaders to organize a walk where men of all ages band together and walk a mile in women's high heels. After the men walk their mile, they are joined by the rest of the community of supporters and survivors and together, they walk in support of bringing awareness to an issue that is often swept under the rug. Although I have not yet participated in my first walk, I absolutely love the idea of pairing a fun and inviting event with advocating for community awareness of such a sensitive and pertinent issue. I cannot wait to experience the sense of community that emerges from this walk.

I will be participating in my first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on April 7, 2013 at St. Mary's College. If you are a Southern Maryland reader, I would encourage you to join me in walking for this cause; together, we can begin to foster community discussion about sexual violence and make steps in our area to create a open and comfortable environment to address this issue. If you are not a reader from Southern Maryland, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a nation-wide campaign and their calendar of events can be found here

Finally, if any readers have a special pair of size 10+ heels that they would like to donate, please send me an email at I would be happy to take your shoes along and gift them to the walkers in my hometown.

As always, thank you for reading!

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