Trusty old shoes. And life as an ectomorph.

I took a picture of my pre-owned SAS Siesta work shoes while waiting for the subway on my way home today.  These shoes are arguably really ugly, but there’s something unconventionally charming about them.  I’ve found myself reaching for them daily ever since it got cold in New York.

Here’s what I love about them:

  1. They’re comfortable for long periods of standing at work.
  2. They make me look taller without feeling like I’m wearing heels.  (SAS makes taller versions as well).
  3. It’s top to bottom black, even the metal shoelace holes and stitching are black.
  4. They are great for autumn weather and rain.  No need to buy a separate pair of rain shoes if you have an umbrella for downpours.
  5. They come in a gazillion width sizes. (These are “slim” or extra narrow!)
  6. And you can find pre-owned versions all over the internet for less than $30, although they are worth a lot more ($130)!  I got mine on eBay for $26.
  7. The design has been around for decades so you know you’re getting something tried and true and can replace them easily when they wear out.  Plus they are still handmade in America.
  8. They make your feet look two sizes smaller and hug your feet (unlike Danskos which were always too wide and clunky for me)
  9. And lastly, they’re humble and smart looking, and go with literally everything I wear to work.  Socks that peak out look fine with my more cropped trousers, at the expense of looking like the nerd that I am (something I embrace wholeheartedly).

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outfit: linen, oxfords, and socks

nisolo oliver oxfords elizabeth suzann eileen fisher outfit

Maybe I should sit down for all outfit posts?  I re-arranged furniture in my living room again this weekend (no surprise!).  After rearranging things like 10 times, I think finally, the layout is right.  The space feels open and airy.  Good feng shui all around.  My money tree is nice and happy in that corner soaking up sun.  In the all the rearranging though, I lost my white wall for outfit posts, so you’ll be seeing me with different backgrounds from now on.

I found a great deal on a pair of like-new oliver oxfords from Nisolo this week.  I was stalking these shoes for a while in preparation for fall/winter.  I thought a simple classic oxford that could be worn with socks for the fall and winter would be nice.  And had heard that Nisolo makes comfortable soles, which is surprising given how thin they look on the outside.  There’s quite a bit of cushion in the toe box and a strip of raised leather along the arch as well.

I ventured for a half size up, which makes the shoes a little roomy for thick socks in the winter time.  With regular socks, my narrow feet swim around in them a bit so I’ll have to put sticky arch inserts to fill them out.  I’ve been using these leather stick on arch inserts from Amazon.  They really stay put and don’t look ugly.

The rest of this outfit feels relaxed.  I’ve been pairing linen pants with linen tops a lot lately, mainly because its been hot and humid here in NY.  I think socks that are a shade lighter than the color of your shoes looks good.  I found these socks made out of re-used yarn at Muji.   They come in lots of different colors.  I like their socks because they have a 90 degree angle at the heel so there’s less fabric to bunch up at your ankles.  It’s a minor detail, but I love thoughtful little details like that in the design of clothes.

Anyone know what they want to dress up as for Halloween?  This year I think I’m going to go for something happy and cheerful.  The world is already a pretty scary place as it is.

[outfit:  eileen fisher linen top*, elizabeth suzann tilda pant in midweight linen, muji reused yarn socks, nisolo oliver oxfords*,  * = pre-owned]