DSW Haul: April 2017 (Part 2)

Seeing double? Don’t worry. You don’t need glasses. It’s truly another DSW shoe haul. Remember my last DSW adventure? Well, I ended up going to a different store in another town the following weekend. I guess that’s why I stopped shopping at brick and mortar stores a long time ago—it gets so addicting! *Sigh* Who am I kidding? I am just as bad, if not worse, when it comes to online shopping. I hunt promo codes like its a shopping safari, no lie.

This time around, I wasn’t necessarily looking for anything in particular, but I managed to find two pairs of shoes that made my trip well worth the effort. The best part? I got them each for under $30 (pre-tax). Am I wishing they’d only been $20 each? Probably, but I know not to be so unrealistic. If only! I still feel as though I got a great deal in comparison to their original prices though, so my mission was accomplished.


Okay, so I may have stretched the truth a little bit. I was low-key looking for something in particular, but I didn’t expect to really find it. It was simply something I’d been keeping in the back of my mind just in case I stumbled upon it. I have been trying to find the perfect chestnut brown shoe for the longest time now. Last summer, I picked up a gorgeous (and huge) chestnut tote bag. Although I usually don’t focus on matching my handbags to my shoes, this was a bag I really wanted a match (or near match) for. I can’t explain what my fascination was with matching it, but I refused to wear it until I’d found exactly what I had in mind. I’ve picked up a few shoes from the same color family since buying the tote, but they never seemed to be a good fit. Luckily, I found the ideal pair hiding on one of the clearance racks.

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G.H. Bass & Co. “Ella” (in Chestnut)

These oxfords are just too cute. Yes, they’re a very simple design, but the simplicity is what I love so much. First things first, I am glad that they’re leather. Well, mostly leather. The lining and soles are made of synthetic materials, but I give them extra credit for otherwise being leather. With smooth rubber-like bottoms, these shoes have considerable grip to them. You definitely won’t slip and slide all over the place in these. The stitching on this shoe is really nice as well. The thread is free of loose ends and there’s no visible glue anywhere. Some shoe companies (including ones with much higher price points) are loving glue a little too much these days, which I’m hardly a fan of. So, kudos to these for not looking as though they are apart of a child’s art project.

I found these to be true to size, but I did go up half a size due to not seeing any in a 7.5. These fit snugly around the sides of the foot, with plenty of room through the toe box. Due to the close fit, I don’t think I’ll be wearing socks with these (not that I intended to) unless they are very thin. The inside of the shoe is lightly padded, which is going to help absorb the shock while walking. There’s considerable give throughout the top of the shoe too, helping them form well around the foot. As for comfortability, I am really pleased with them. They will be great to walk around in.


Fortunately, these are nearly the perfect warm color to match my bag. I’m already dreaming up outfits to pair these two beauties with. They’d definitely be cute with a cream colored lace skirt, a ruffled blouse or dark denim. Nordstrom has these oxfords in patent black as well as other suede options. I particularly love them in olive suede—dreamy! I’d definitely like to get my hands on those as well.

My current pair were on sale for 70% off of $89, bringing them to only $26 and some change. Would I throw down $90 for an olive pair? Honestly, yes. These shoes are really well made, so I believe they’ll last for many, many years to come. I believe their value is spot on, but if you can get a discount on them like I did, I sure wouldn’t snooze on the opportunity!


The oxfords were actually the second pair of shoes I found while perusing the clearance racks. The first pair were mules. Yes, mules. Okay, here’s the deal with me when it comes to mules: I don’t know jack diddly about them. I’ve never owned a pair of mules in my entire life nor did I think I ever would. I mean, my idea of a mule was one of those grass eating donkey things. Nothing in my being ever imagined that I would put a mule style shoe on my foot and proceed to bring it home. If you don’t already know, mules are one of the must-have shoes this season. I truthfully wasn’t feeling (much less understanding) this trend until I came across these.

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Aldo “Resplandina” (in Beige)

I think what really caught my eye with these was the color of the suede. Though Aldo is calling them “Beige”, I think they are more griege/taupe when they are on the foot. I’m such a fan of neutral colors when it comes to clothing, so this sandal is giving me so much life. Something else that I love about these is that they don’t look like your grandmother’s slip-ons (no offense, grandma).

I particularly appreciate that these feature a squared off peep-toe because A.) I love any shoe that lets me show off my toe polish and B.) The squared toe gives the shoe an ultra modern flair. I also love that these mules aren’t flat. Their block heel is 2 and 3/4 inches tall, which is perfect for me since I can no longer wear super tall heels. *Sob* And thanks to the texture of the suede, it really leaves the door open to add a chic element to casual wear. Another cool detail is the elasticized slit they placed towards the inner side of the shoe. This gives you additional flexibility and comfortability while walking. These are true to size and have a reasonably good fit around the foot. It’s not too loose or too tight, but just right.

One thing that I am not impressed by is the plastic cap on the bottom of the heel. I mean, I get it—they wanted it to match the black trim along the underside of the shoe. In all fairness, no one will notice it, but I know it’s there and it irks me. Just say no to plastic. I also wish that the bottom of these shoes were less slick. I have only tried walking in these on carpet and hardwood, so I’m not entirely sure how good the traction will be on other surfaces. I didn’t have a problem during my “test runs”, but the plastic cap doesn’t have the best grip. Just something to keep in mind, I guess.

They sell this style online at DSW in red and black for $59.95, which is a bit more than I purchased mine for. At 50% off, I only paid $29.97, which I think is more than a fair price for such a darling style. Would I pay full price for a black pair? Meh. I’m not entirely sure. What I’ve noticed with Aldo is that their prices often reflect the fact that they carry cute, on-trend styles. When it comes to the price accurately reflecting the quality of their products…this is more hit or miss. Don’t get me wrong, I love Aldo. I simply don’t know if these are $60 shoes. $45? Okay. $60? Now you’re pushing it. If you can get these at a discount, I think they’re a really cute shoe worth adding to your spring shoe collection.


Don’t be entirely surprised if you see yet another snippet about DSW sometime this month. I’ve recently acquired a gift card that I would hate to let go to waste. Though I can’t think of a shoe I particularly need in my collection at this point, I’m sure I’ll be able to find something I want. ‘Til next time, golden girls -XO





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