Monday, January 14, 2013

'Good buys' V1: Saltwater sandals

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.


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?


  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

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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 :)

  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! :)

  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.

  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

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

  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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