When the very stylish Michael of globalgarcon.com tagged me to share my shoe story, I was really excited considering how much I love my shoes. So many of my shoes have a story but these 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes really stand out in my books.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM PAGE LOAFERS, 2012
I first saw these shoes in an issue of Elle Magazine back in 2012 and it was love at first sight! There was a photo of this fabulous editor wearing a black rabbit fur vest and printed pants. All I cared about was her amazing shoes!
For the next few months I stalked Ssense and Shopbop on the daily looking for this shoe. I didn’t know what they were called. I just knew that Phillip Lim was the designer. Five or six months later they finally arrived at Shopbop.com and I nearly died. I ordered them right away and regretted it right after. I’d just paid the equivalent of 1 shoe in customs and duties. Ugh. When I finally got my order, I had every intention of sending them back because I felt so foolish about the import fees. But I didn’t. I had waited half a year for these shoes and they were finally mine! I couldn’t let them go!!!
The first day I wore them I was so happy but OMG did they ever hurt! Every step I took was brought on by sharp pains on the sides of my feet. I was crippled after wearing them for a couple of hours and I could still feel my feet throbbing later that night while in bed. To make a long story short it took a couple of years, (yes years!) to break these beauties in. Even now I can’t wear them for too long because they will eventually hurt but I do love these damn loafers! Between the wait, the absurd import duties and the pain, it was all worth it.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM QUINN LOAFERS IN GUNMETAL, 2013
Before Instagram I was a magazine junkie spending way too much money and time going through issue after issue trying to get my fashion fix. I think I saw the metal Phillip Lim Quinn loafer in an issue of Flare and my jaw dropped open. I ran to the computer to order them online. Ssense was sold out of my size but there they were on 31philliplim.com. UGH. More important fees!
For the next couple of days I obsessed with finding them through a Canadian retailer (with no such luck) in hopes of avoiding custom fees. I also googled the hell out of “silver shoes street style” to make sure that I was making the right choice for my closet. I ordered them and it was heaven until I wore them. What is it about PL shoes?! The Quinn loafers hurt for a short while but I persevered. I felt like a rock star wearing my silver loafers and I needed to break them in fast!
I’m so glad I got them because Phillip Lim hasn’t released this colour since. The Quinn style gets carried over season after season but the finishes are always different. These have become one of my favourite pair of shoes and I totally mean it when I say every girl needs silver shoes.
My Phillip Lim collection now includes three pairs of shoes and two handbags.