I know some of you have seen the “save versus splurge” type posts. They will show you a picture of an item, and then show you another picture that looks pretty similar, and then you have to guess which item cost the most. Sometimes it is hard to tell, especially from a picture. When you get to feel or touch an item, then the quality will usually be apparent.There are many items that I will go for the savings, versus the splurging. Anything that is considered to be trendy, you can pick a cheaper quality product. Since it is a trend, is doesn’t need to last you for years and years. After two to three years, a trend is gone by the wayside.
There are items that I refuse to compromise on. I want a nice quality handbag and a good pair of shoes. But, what happens if your handbag is cheap? Does it still hold your wallet and phone? Does it function as it is supposed to? The answer to all those questions is, yes. While I prefer a nice quality handbag, it is not a necessity.
However, the same can not be said of shoes. Yes, a cheap pair of shoes will cover your feet and let you walk from point A to point B, but you might pay the price later on. In my younger days, I might have even told you that quality in a shoe meant nothing. That was when I was young and dumb, or at least younger and dumber. For those of you who have issues with your feet, you know why quality is so important.
When Nina shoes contacted by to see if I was interested in doing a post, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Had they read my post, “No Frumpy Shoes Allowed?” I love Nina shoes, and I have shopped them previously at Belk. I went to their website and was overwhelmed at all the different shoes they carry. Besides carrying your normal sandals, pumps, wedges, and boots, they also carry a wide variety of wedding and gala shoes.
It took me several days, looking daily at their website, to finally narrow a choice down to a coupe pairs. I finally gave up, and showed Joe my two choices. He made the decision in a couple of minutes. This pair is from the Nina Originals category under Island Weekend. When I saw the name of the shoe, I knew it was the right choice; Virginia. Is that a sign, or what?This shoe is perfect for so many occasions. I have chosen to style it with long pants, but the next time I can pair it with capri’s, shorts, or a dress. I can envision these shoes being the perfect go-to shoe while you are on vacation. You need to pack light, so packing a pair of shoes that can go from day-time to night-time, or from shorts to dresses, is a real space saver.The versatility of this shoe is exactly the reason I chose it. I know I will wear this shoe all summer long, and for many years to come. What I didn’t know, was that it would actually be comfortable. The first time of each year when you wear a strap between your toes, it is usually uncomfortable, until your foot gets used to feeling the strap. I put these shoes on, wore them all day long, and was not worn out of hurting in any way. Truthfully, I was a little shocked. There is no padding on this pair, it has a leather sole, but somehow the 1.5″ wedge heel is just enough added height to make for easy wearing.The two tone suede, with the black piping, is striking. I thought about getting the blue pair, but practicality won out. I wanted the pair that I would get the most wear out of. I hate being practical, but when practicality looks so cute, I can live with it.In my mind, I was going for the “Riviera” look. I have never been to France, so I probably failed miserably, but this is the look I had in mind. “Casual elegance.” I wore these linen pants earlier with white, but today I wore the matching tank top. The linen palazzo pants and matching top are by New Directions, and I bought them at Belk. The cocoon cardigan is from Cato’s and I purchased it last year. Here is a similar one. The belt came with a dress forever ago, but I wanted to gather the top in, it was too flowy otherwise. My jewelry is by Chloe & Isabel, (necklace, earrings, bracelet) with the exception of the large bangles. Both bangles were bought at vintage fashion shows.
If any of the Nina shoes strikes your fancy, enter in the code “Tania” to receive 20% off your order. That code is only good through Monday night, so don’t put it off too long. Also, I sized up a 1/2 size for this pair, you might want to check the sizing charts if you order.
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