Since shopping on TheRealReal.com, I have learned a few valuable lessons, particularly when it comes to footwear:
- Americans have enormous feet. A couple numbers get lost in translation when buying Italian and French footwear. American sizing does not directly translate so while a 39 may show up as “9” on a chart, you are a 10… or 10.5. Sad, but true.
- I spend more money re-buying crappy shoes than I would purchasing one pair of high-quality shoes.
- I can better identify my style preference and proactively learn about brands that cater to my aesthetic vs. being told what is fashionable by social media and fashion magazines. Example: I love Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten.
I bought a pair of Dries Van Noten booties, and when they arrived I was overwhelmed with the artistry, the quality and the attention to detail. This shoe was an artistic endeavor and owning it felt similar to joy you feel when purchasing authentic artwork instead of the mass produced waxy giclée you get for $9.99 at Home Goods. And, despite being a full size too small, they were also extremely comfortable (when sitting and shuffling around my apartment). I admire the fact that he does not advertise but remains successful because of the superior quality and unique “ethnic-eclectic” style. [pull_quote align=’left’] Dries, Van Noten, a designer who has never bowed to convention. [/pull_quote] He is not gaining popularity through political advantage and media incest. He produces products with integrity. Since I will never be caught browsing through the racks of full-retail apparel at Barney’s, I would have never been able to find, fall in love with and afford this designer if it weren’t for this unique discovery engine. I prefer to take my own way in regard to style and theRealReal can lead you to what you like and filter out the noise of what’s in and what’s out (unless you need that sort of thing to make purchasing decisions).
Specifically when it comes to footwear, the Dries Van Noten style exhibits a muted flamboyance that fits in perfectly with my taste. It’s loud enough to keep you entertained and well outside the bounds of something like Ann Taylor LOFT, but practical enough to wear with khaki’s and black jeans. Because of the limited color palette, you won’t have to build your entire outfit bottom-up, starting with your shoes. He is tailored and preppy, but mixes fabrics, prints and rugged eclectic elements so that you don’t feel as though you’re selling your soul to a garden party in the way you do when you wear Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Stubbs & Wooten, or Charlotte Olympia.
Here are example of Dries Van Noten’s style, all available on TheRealReal.com:
Sources: The Independent