We leave for NYC in a mere ten days. AAHHH!HH!!
I am already having a panic attack over what I will pack. I basically have 9 days of fun clothes to pack and 3 days of work clothes. and shoes. I have a tendency to overpack and to spill on things the first time I wear them. Therefore, Tide pens are a travel must for me. I am attempting to actually think about and plan what I will bring rather than throw a bunch of clothes in my suitcase an hour before I leave (the usual plan).
Admittedly, I am not one that NEEDS much in the way of shoes and/or clothes. However, I tend to buy shoes that are on sale and I don't ever really think about comfort. There are two exceptions to this: Boots and Running shoes. I actually have researched and sought out nice black and brown boots since they are somewhat of a staple. Same for running shoes.
SOOOO Nate warns me that NYC will be a lot of walking. (Read: Don't bring any shoes that will cause you to whine to me that your feet hurt). Again, besides sneakers, I don't really have any shoes that fall into this category. So... I was looking for was a pair of black shoes that were comfy to walk in but still stylish enough that they could "toe the line" (pun intended) of dressy/casual the way that sneakers cannot. Again, my newfound love of Land's End provided a few options that I was interested in. AH also confirmed that she in deed had a few Land's End shoes that she was in love with. I tried a few on at the inlet but wasn't that sold on them. I have difficulty finding flats that actually fit my foot. My foot is long and thin - so I need a size 10 but often they are too wide for my foot so then they a) are not comfortable and b) look bad. I felt like many of the land's end shoes made my feet look enormous.
Then HC came to the Badger game wearing these cute Puma shoes in a perfect grayish/brown color. SOLD! I wanted to buy them ASAP. They were at the Puma outlet but again - the size 10 fit the length of my foot but was way too wide. Not Sold!
After a few other attempts, I ended up going with a pair of Clarks. Seriously - I shopped for my Clarks with the 82 year olds and bought not one but two pairs. A pair of patent brownish/purple mary janes (photo below) and a pair of black leather skimmers (couldn't find a photo). Both were comfy and because it was the outlet, I got a good deal. My footwear for NYC/Philly is complete! (Although I may have to sneak in just ONE crazy pair ha ha ha).