Friday Shoe Shenanigans at DSW

Published in: Fashion, Just For Fun

Welcome to my safe place…the shoe department

I couldn’t concentrate my way out of paper bag this afternoon, so I left Tabs a note and took the afternoon off! 🙂

I wrote the words, “fashion emergency,” but what I meant was, “I desperately need to look at shoes, and I need to look at them NOW.”


I don’t know. Footwear. It just soothes me.

I headed to the DSW about a half a mile away here in Novato. Since it’s finally warm enough to bust out the sandals and put away the boots, and because my current casual shoes all look like Tabs has been using them to test his claws (he hates anything that isn’t haute couture), I went with the goal of finding a cute, comfy pair of shoes for spring.

Soon as I got there (my safe place!), I tried on a pair of mint flats by Steve Madden.

Adorable! — but my toes were sweating within 30 seconds. Pass.

So cute! So sweaty! Mint patent flats by Steve Madden ($39.95)

Then I stumbled on these striped flats by Dr. Scholl’s…

These $49.95 striped cuties by Dr. Scholl’s are the comfiest flats I’ve ever worn!

Feelin’ extra short…

I loved the bright, cheerful stripes, and when I slipped them on, I felt like I was floating on a cloud…

Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure about the buckle, and that sort of put me on the fence about them, so I messaged my friend Jen for advice.

She liked ’em, too, but there was that buckle… I mean, I just couldn’t get over the buckle. The more I looked at it, the more it looked like the Green Bay Packers logo to me.

So I passed.

Go Pack!

After I put the shoes back on the shelf, I wandered around some more and waited for inspiration to strike.

Bright shiny yellow heels by Audrey Brooke ($39.95)

The floral version

Cute print on these $59.95 Audrey Brooke heels

The leather on these black $59.95 Calvin Klein Sandals felt so soft…

Rampage polka-dot heels ($39.95 each)

$49.95 polka-dot espadrilles by White Mountain

Not Rated polka-dot heels ($44.95)

Love this bow…

Um…that’s a lot of stripes, but I could fit Tabs in this Poverty Flats bag

A starfish for my beach babes! DV Dolce Vita sandals ($39.95)

I’m getting a Greek goddess vibe from these DV Dolce Vita sandals ($49.95)

Love the braiding on this silver pair…

Cute turquoise accents on these Ann Marino sandals ($44.95)

When inspiration struck, I was looking at these platforms by Franco Sarto ($59.95, which isn’t too bad)!

Come to mama!

The leather felt nice and soft, and the heel wasn’t too high (I think the platforms make them seem taller).

Score! 🙂

Now it was just a matter of deciding between the sassy teal number or the practical nude…

After much deliberation and careful thought, I went with the teal. I figured they’d jazz up plain jeans and dresses pretty well.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

I wonder if Tabs will like them. What do you think? 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Michelle says:

    I agree, the teal was the perfect choice!
    I’m in looooove with those coral, black and white heels from Not Rated. Need.

  2. Jen says:

    I love them! Teal is so perfect for spring and surprisingly versatile.

  3. meredith says:

    Enjoyed the virtual shoe shopping. Great choice, love the teal plats!

  4. Chelsea says:

    Cute wedges! I just got the most gorgeous ballet flats from Zara, I need to buy a backup pair (and a pair in another color) because I love them so much.

  5. Sarah says:

    Did you mean to type: SHOEnanigans?? Waka waka!

    But seriously the stripey stripe are TOO cute!!

    By the way, I <3 you and your little Tabs!!

  6. Anne says:

    Hi Karen, I love love love love posts like this…did I say I really love it? Thanks for the virtual shoes shopping. I love the teal too. Now am gonna see if my local dsw got any in stock for me. Have a great weekend!!

  7. Chris says:

    Thanks for the post! I’ve been wanting to hit up DSW for a pair of spring shoes. 😉
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  8. Katherine G says:

    I love those teal shoes! Great choice! I love crazy shoes because they can dress up jeans or a little black dress, and are a good pick-me-up.

  9. LOL thanks for taking us with you on this shopping spree! Good choice on the teal. Shoe therapy is the best, and grr I have that problem with Steve Madden flats a lot of the time (so cute, but just not comfortable). I just bought a couple pairs of shoes from Aerosoles, they’re my favorite for comfy-cute wedges and sandals, although sometimes you gotta really dig through the store to find the cute stuff.
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  10. Agata says:

    What an awesome post! I love shoes and shopping for shoes so thanks for inviting us on your shopping trip. The teal wedges are super pretty and I like the striped flats with a buckle a lot too.

  11. Laura T. says:

    As a Packer fan, this post was fantastic! I do love those Dr. Scholl’s flats, though… Might have to snag a pair!

  12. Sunny says:

    Gaah that pair with starfish is super cute!

    Love your choice! That’s some pretty bright color!
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  13. Vineetha says:

    I loved the teal one but knowing me i would have gone for the nude one haha.. 😉
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  14. Alison M says:

    I need those Rampage polka dot heels!! For reals! The shoe department is also my safe place. Shoes never let me down!
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  15. smoore says:

    thanks for taking us on a field trip! i love the franco sartos you chose!

  16. Erin says:

    LOVE the teal! Thank you for taking us shopping with you!

  17. Patty says:

    I love the floral version by Audrey Brooke! Cute and very feminine.

  18. Yelena says:

    the aubrey brook peep toe heels are adorable! I want those! haha

    the teal wedges you chose are adorable! I would love to see a follow up post with what outfits you would pair them with. I’ve always wanted a pair of teal shoes/flats for a pop of color but I would have no idea what to mix them with.

    Thanks for this post! I have been at home sick with the flu for the last 2 days and I’m living vicariously through you! haha


  19. Daanielle says:

    Yay! You got the teal ones!

    They are a little sweaty in summer, but I have those Madden ballet flats in black and I’m on my third pair. They are SO comfy and easy to slip on. I’m hunting down those mint ones…

  20. Christina says:

    The teal ones are cute! I love those Not Rated polka dot heels too..I think I have the perfect red dress for them! The teal ones look really good with your coloring too! I loved this post! I’m a shoe addict, so this was like candy to me 🙂

  21. Christina says:

    I can’t wait to go shoe shopping for my wedding 🙂 17 more days! My aunt was talking about dyeing shoes I already have(!!!)…no!..I want to find the perfect shoe to go with my dress.

  22. Great choice! I’m heading to DSW for the striped flats–I’m ALL about the buckle!!
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  23. Monica P says:

    Loved the Not Rated polka-dot heels!

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  24. Iris says:

    I think you made the right choice with the teal ones. Love the pop of colour.

    I didn’t know Dr. Scholl’s made such cute shoes; I’ll be on the lookout for those.

  25. Stephanie Smith says:

    The teal wedges are what I would have chosen! The yellow heels are singing to my soul though, I’ve been in a yellow mood!

  26. Gina Bullard says:

    The teal ones are fantastic!

  27. Vanessa says:

    You’re all so lucky — if you like shopping for shoes. I have so many foot problems, it’s a nightmare. I dread shopping for shoes like nothing else.

    I went to DSW recently too and I was tempted by the Dolce Vita braided sandals. Just… why can’t the sole be more padded? I just don’t get it — they probably would have had a sale right now if they had been 🙂

  28. Wanda says:

    OMG, I was just in my DSW and I didn’t see the Dr. Scholls nor those teal ones. I will have to get both of them or order online. Thanks for taking us shoe shopping. Please do this more often especially with spring and summer is coming up. Helps us spend our money!!

  29. Daya says:

    Those are all cute! I like the teal and the Dr. Scholls. Great pick on the teal!

  30. Jenn S. says:

    I did NOT need to read this post, lol. I need another pair of shoes like I need a hole in the head! I flipped for the striped Dr. Scholl’s flat sand I love, love the buckle!! I think they lack pizazz w/out it. 🙂 And the thongs with the turquoise stones??? Be still my heart! I feel a trip to DSW coming on, courtesy of Karen. If only your encouragement came with the funds to pay for the temptations!!!! 😉

  31. Liz says:

    you… you put those striped flats back?!?! but they’re SO. CUTE. I must have them! but they’re not online. 😕 omw to dsw, stat!

  32. jess says:

    I love all these shoes! Glad you got teal, they’re lookers! I might need to check ’em out! I want that big striped bag you had! I adore nautical anything!
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  33. KalaVN says:

    I kind of want the stripe flats, I live in Wisconsin and wonder if anyone would think packer logo lol super cute all of them especially the Not Rated polka dot heels!

  34. Deena says:

    I love the shoes you picked! I must remember to go shoe shopping by myself, otherwise I get a lot of complaints from the people that come with me. You can’t rush shoe shopping!

  35. Kim says:

    They’re cute! The logo on the first pair kind of reminded me of but I like your shout out to the Packers. 🙂

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