Monday, January 14, 2013

'Good buys' V1: Saltwater sandals

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Saltwater sandals // Lady Pinwheel // $92

This year Brendan and I are really trying hard to save for a house and  an overseas holiday. This means that there is a lot less money available for clothes, shoes and other accessories. To combat this I am drawing inspiration from people like Vanisha and Rachel who are both on similar missions to make timeless wardrobes, concentrating on quality over quantity. 

Since I am going to have a much smaller budget for clothes I really want to make sure I invest in versatile, high quality pieces and I really and to support local buisness. Overall I want to think more about my purchases rather then buying on a whim (I cant promise that the shopping bug wont bite every once and awhile though). So I would love to share with you, the good buys I make this year and hopefully not too many bad ones.

My first 'good buy' was these saltwater sandals which I have had on my wishlist for over 6 months. I went for the tan color because it is really versatile and goes with virtually my whole wardrobe. Some people buy staple colours of clothing and then bright accessories but I think I am the other way round - bright clothes and tamer accessories.

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These shoes are so comfortable - I have literally worn these every day and they were comfortable from the first moment I put them on - which is rare, no need to break them in. I have worn them on the beach and down to the river and a good shake gets the sand out and they clean really easily. Plus these babies are made of leather so you don't get that lovely summer sweaty shoe smell.

I was a bit worried about buying these online as I always have the worst luck with sizing when I buy shoes online. However Hayley from Lady Pinwheel was super helpful - apparently you need to size down for Salties and the smaller size fits me like a glove.

I definitely recommend a pair of salties if you want some durable sandals for the Summer and they have lots of fun colours so go crazy and be braver then me! Have you got a pair of salties or is there another sandal brand you would recommend?

42 comments:

  1. I love projects like this and I am glad to see yours is going well! :) I will look forward to seeing what else makes it onto your 'good buy' list :) I am doing ok with my closet project too but had a bit of a wobble at the weekend, I couldn't find anything to wear! I know... I know... silly, but I think we all have those moments. I ended up ordering a couple of basic dresses to try and combat that urge to buy loads of new things! :)

    Love, Rachel

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  2. I've been trying to do the same with my wardrobe too, I like the idea of buying quality though, I've been doing it with my shoes for a while and having them last so much longer is definitely worth it.

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  3. These are cute, good colour choice! We are going to motivate each other this year and be amazing savers, I can feel it! xx

    P.S. you leave the nicest blog comments, totally made me smile!

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  4. What cute sandals. To be honest I haven't even heard of the brand Salties - but am keen to keep an eye out for them. I like the idea on focusing more on quality rather than quantity, however I know myself too well to even attempt that. lol.

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  5. I haven't tried Salties but i've had a similar experience with Witchery and Betts. I've had my Witchery flats since 2009 so i think i've certainly worn my bang for bucks :) It's nice to see that you are aiming for good buys :)

    I am the opposite of you though. I like my clothes neutral and my accessories with more colour (that is, when i accessorise)

    xo Stephanie :)

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  6. I've always wanted a pair of saltwater sandals too and I'm pretty sure I'd choose the tan colour too. Much more versatile for mixing and matching! :)

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  7. I just went to the website and I really like the ones that have neon mixed in there--the "mash ups." <3 People really love Saltwaters! They look cute on little kids, too.

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  8. Love the saltwater sandals. Need to find a shop where I can buy them here in Melbourne! Did you try walking in the saltwater with them? Curious to know if they really "survive" that? Kristina x

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    1. I haven't walked in water with them - I need to test them out!

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  9. I love Salties! I bought fake Salties in Melbourne, because I couldn't find real ones and I adore them.

    I've always been more about quality rather than quantity. I don't have many clothes, but what I do have, I love and it's good quality and will last. It's so much better than getting blisters from cheap (and often smelly!) shoes, or wearing out cheap clothes in a few weeks.

    x Jasmine

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