I’d like to introduce a silly (yet effective) method that my BFF and I use to somehow justify giving in to what we are sure is a shoe addiction. It’s essentially the idea of calculating cost-per-wear to get the most bang for your buck.
For me, there’s no need for shoe math when it comes to basics that I truly wear until they fall apart: a basic sneaker, cognac boots and/or booties, flip flops, and rain boots. Beyond that, most purchases (for me) need to be thought out to use for several outfits and justify that “It’s totally worth it!”. It’s simple. You take the cost of the shoe and divide it in half every time you wear it. Once you are at a number below the cost of your favorite latte, it’s basically free, right? (No not really, but it’s fun so just go with it.) Enter today’s installment of shoe math: Sole Society’s Nelmaeya Bootie.
I had been eyeing these booties for awhile and even had a link on my home screen to keep checking on them periodically. You know, admire them from afar… “hey pretty!”. Too weird? Sorry. Anyway the moment they went on sale I was all over them. They retail for $99.95 and I snagged them for $69.97. They are soft leather, have a low and comfortable heel, and are beyond comfortable. I have a really good history with this brand in particular and have never had a pair from them that wasn’t high quality and wear-all-day comfortable. These were no exception! I chose the “Tornado” color as it was different than anything I already had in my closet. In person, it’s a greenish-gray and is a fun alternative to the typical neutral boot.
Let the love affair begin!
This is a look I’d wear any and every day. Grocery store, preschool drop-off, target run, whatever! I treat the booties as a neutral, pairing them with a brighter, balloon sleeve sweater and fleece-lined jeans that are rolled twice at the ankle (I think of rolling my jeans as creating a pedestal for my shoe to stand out.).
Shoe math: $69.97/2= $34.98.
I would wear this as an everyday outfit as well, but truth be told this was my Thanksgiving look this year. Enter the tunic length top and stretchy pants! These are jeggings from Express many years ago (linking similar here), but you could do the same look with any black leggings. The tunic top is by Volcom and was purchased from a friend’s shop in Lavallette, NJ. If you’re ever in that area, check them out!
Shoe math: $34.98/2=$17.49
Back to the basic cuffed jean and bootie combo on this one. The difference here is I went with a much more casual top than earlier. Dressed down but still works! This top is unbelievably soft and very inexpensive!
Shoe math: $17.49/2= $8.75
Date night! Pairing the booties with a black body conscious dress. with or without the scarf gives them an edge that I’m a big fan of. It’s a bit unexpected, but that’s why I like it so much. The scarf is from Madewell last year, but I linked similar here.
Shoe math: $8.75/2= $4.37
Now we take our booties to dinner with the family! A simple gray sweater dress (sold out but linking similar here) gives it a polished yet on-trend look. Black tights would be a nice addition as well!
Shoe math: $4.37/2= $2.18
Last but not least, I take my booties to work! The same black ponte pants as earlier and a black floral blouse. The all black, conservative, outfit allows for a more statement bootie for work (as long as business casual works for your office like it does for mine).
Shoe math: $2.18/2= $1.09
My favorite latte is about $4, so now the shoes have paid for themselves in the warped logic I use to justify my purchases. I know it’s silly as anything, but it’s a nice way to make sure I really wear the shoes I buy and not just admire them sitting in the closet. Do you use shoe math? Something like it? Please share and let’s justify fun with fashion together.