|Out and about in my pennies|
I have Gemma (Retro Chick) to thank for my penny loafer habit; in 2014 I won some Debenhams vouchers on her site, bought my first pair of pennies, and the rest is history. Last year when I needed shoes I bought some brogues as well as penny loafers, and loved those too. They seem more formal, and possibly more blokey, but they're comfy and look great with trousers. They were a bit slippery, but last time I had them resoled Timpsons put grippier soles on them too, so they're even better to wear now. (Since spraining my ankle a few years back, I've been terrified of doing it again.)
For a while I would look at my feet and feel sad for two reasons: I wasn't wearing pretty shoes like everyone else seems to like, and they weren't really 'vintage' enough. Those are stupid reasons to feel sad about anything. The shoes I bought were plain black, so of course would be more practical than pretty, but there's a world of loafers and brogues out there, I don't have to stick with black. Silver. Patent burgundy. Mustard. So many colours to choose from. As for not liking the same thing as everyone else, that was all in my own head – surely liking something a little different is part of personal style. We all want personal style, right? All those people I'd lumped into the 'everyone else, who all wear pretty shoes' group have very different styles anyhow, from Cate's dainty deco shoes to Vix's saucy boots. I should stop assuming that the things I like are inferior just because no-one else seems to be wearing them. No-one I know dresses exactly the same as anyone else.
You are your best you, and only inferior when you try to be like someone else – because the original is always the best.
So, I'm sticking with the boyshoes. I'm going to explore different colours and materials, and fun socks. Given the amount of blues and navy I wear nowadays, I really fancy some navy mock-croc or fake-snake pennies. What do you reckon? Sound good? Or should I go completely off the wall and get a completely different colour? Sky blue brogues appeal...