A recent stroll through the shoe department at Target has me coveting a few pairs. Like many others, I have a bit of a shoe problem. To me, a shoe can make an outfit. But buying shoes is hard for me. As I mentioned in my last post, my feet are on the wide-ish side by American standards, so shoe shopping can be challenging. As a shorty, I want the height of heels. But I also don’t want to kill my feet. (Limping is so not sexy.) I want something that’s both cute and comfy. Is that too much to ask for? Sometimes, it seems like it is. I have wasted so much money buying shoes only to find out they don’t fit right and hurt me. At least Target’s price point makes it easier to justify taking home a new pair.
Block heels are in right now. This is good news for me! I like them for the practicality of a more stable heel. The two below are from Target’s Merona house brand. I’m in love with the look of this first pair. The denim fabric and cork heel say, Hello Summer! At 2.25″ tall, the heel height is manageable. I tried them on in the store and they seemed comfortable. However, the shoe is made out of man-made materials, and I fear the strap across the toes would remain stiff and cause blisters.
Here’s another pair with a fabric covered heel. It comes in four colors. These seem like such a good staple. They get good reviews online, though one reviewer with wide feet said they were too narrow. While looking these up online, I just discovered there’s a version in black with a shiny gold heel. Swoon!
dv is Dolce Vita’s more affordable line at Target. These boots seem like they would go with everything.
I really like the look of these dv high top sneakers, too. They would instantly make your weekend morning coffee runs more stylish.
They also come in white. While the footbed seemed comfortable, the zipper was really hard to zip. You can see in the photo that I couldn’t even get them zipped up all the way. Too bad it’s such a cheap zipper. I don’t recommend them for that reason.
So, I’m seriously debating getting the denim pair. But I also live in a climate where it’s often not warm enough to wear sandals. And then there’s the durability question. When it comes to shoes at Target, often the look is spot on, but the comfort or quality is not. That’s to be expected at their low price point. I’ve had a lot of misses with their shoes, but the hits have been so good.
My absolute favorite pair of Target shoes was the Isaac Mizrahi for Target Amanda strappy gold wedge sandals. I scored them on clearance too. They became my go-to wedding shoes. I wore them to death — until the leather soles fell off. Literally. Then I bought another pair off Poshmark. I even found a black version on eBay with a different strappy design, but the same wedge. For whatever reason, the shape and angle of the footbed on these shoes worked for me. I could dance all night in them — even with a 3″ heel and with a man-made vamp. When the soles fell off my second pair, I took them to a cobbler. He thought they were vintage. Sadly, the soles fell off again upon next wear, so I had to say goodbye.
I have since replaced them with this much more pricey pair by Klub Nico in champagne leather (FYI: that’s an affiliate link). Thankfully, they are as comfortable as my dearly departed Target ones. Rest in peace, favorite shoes.
UPDATE 12/10/17 – I’m trying to be better about making ethical shopping choices, so I’m updating posts with info about where and how things were made. I didn’t check the tags on these shoes to see where they were made, but all the Target shoes I own were made in China. Target was named an ethical company in 2010 by Ethisphere Institute.