Today’s post is all about these brown peep-toe booties! I’m teaming up with a group of five other bloggers to start a new monthly collaboration where we showcase our thrifted items. I never really used to thrift, but ever since I was introduced to the world of thrifting—after stumbling across the perfect Calvin Klein dress for my first high school dance at a consignment shop—I’ve been hooked!
Technically, these wedge booties aren’t actually “thrifted” in the sense that they didn’t come directly from a thrift store. But, on a whim, a good family friend allowed me to try them on (she was planning on donating them to a thrift store) and what do’ya know, they fit! My lucky day. And really, I think receiving hand-me-downs is just a different form of thrifting.
I knew these lattice peep-toe booties (would you consider these booties? Or are they sandals?) would be the perfect transitional piece for summer to fall. And as soon as I heard the Thrifty Six collaboration theme for this month would be pre-loved shoes, I automatically started planning outfits around these brown wedges!
I feel like peep-toe booties are a special kind of shoe in that there’s a very narrow window during which you can wear them—those crisp autumn days where it hasn’t gotten too chilly and is still warm enough to show some toes. While my outfit isn’t quite fall-material yet (it’s still too hot!), I tried to stick with fall colors by wearing darker jeans and a green and brown patterned blouse.
I actually wore this top back in 2012 when I sold my art at a kid’s arts and crafts fair. I very distinctly remember one customer saying, “I love your blouse! And it would be so easy to make—just fold over chiffon fabric and do 2 stitches down the sides to make the sleeves.” Now that I know the basics of how to sew, I can’t stop thinking about making more of these tops on my own! But anyway, that’s clearly a project for another day. I haven’t worn this blouse in quite some time (I’ve almost had it for so long that it could be considered thrifted from my own closet, ha), so it was fun to break out an old favorite. I think these booties would look just as cute with white jeans and a brown sweater for another fall transitional outfit.
I love thrift shopping because it’s often more affordable, you can find fabulous and unique styles, and, most importantly, it’s so much better for the environment. Now check out the other lovely bloggers of the Thrifty Six below to see how they styled their pre-loved shoes and to get some inspiration to shop secondhand!
Emma of Style Splash: “I bought these shoes in a charity shop for just £1! They’re really good quality and super comfortable. I’m guessing they were quite expensive new so I got a real bargain!”
Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade: “Cinderella’s Diamond Slippers…I found these beautiful gold and diamond party shoes on eBay and it was love at first sight! A while back, I wore them for a really glitzy night out and I felt like a princess…I stayed at my friend’s house but the next day I had to work and in my rush to get ready, I left one shoe behind. I was devastated when I realized it was missing but all was not lost…My friend’s brother (who I fancied like mad) drove all the way to my house to return the shoe. And guess what – he asked me out on a date! We had a few dates but sadly he wasn’t my prince charming – good Cinderella story though, eh!”
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style: “I actually bought these boots especially for the kick off [of the Thrifty Six collaboration]! Because I didn’t have any pre-loved shoes! I was a bit afraid of wearing them, but these are not worn! Haha, yes I am a daredevil! They are from Tamaris, my favorite shoe brand! And I think they are real sitting shoes! And having said that, the circle is round as this series is the third that Shelbee and I host, and we started off with sitting Shoes, 3.5 years ago!”
Lucy of Confessions of a Montreal Styling Diva: “Bling is my thing- so when I saw these cute (brand new for $7!) Aldo mule-booties at my local charity store, Nova – I just had to get them! And then I remembered having a little silver gem of a dress in almost the same shimmer! The dress is vintage late 60’s and super cute. This glitter girl is super thrilled with the combo.”
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge: “I recently found these adorable combat boots at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. They were $5.99. The brand is Vito Rossi which is an Italian men’s shoe line. But they were my size, the price was right, and they are so darn cute, I couldn’t resist. Other thrifted items in this outfit are my white denim skirt and my snakeskin bag.”
Do you like thrift shopping? And what’s your favorite/best item you’ve ever found in a secondhand store? That’s a tough question for me to answer, after getting so many beautiful $1 dresses at a store in Vegas last winter!
As always, thanks for stopping by today’s post, and I hope you enjoyed this fun new collaboration.
Miles of smiles,
Green Blouse: JCPenney, $16, last worn here | Skinny Jeans: JCPenney, $25, last worn here | Brown Peep-Toe Booties: Hand-me-down, originally from Dress Barn | Rust-Colored Clutch: Francesca’s, $20, last worn here