Yesterday I saw a picture of a girl somewhere online wearing some old Bass sandals and immediately I decided I had to get me some. I have a history with Bass shoes so I recognized those old lady sandals right away.
You see, when I was around 19 or 20 years old I worked at the Bass Outlet Store in New Braunfels, Texas during my summers at home. I was in college at the time and spent my summers living with my folks. I would work all summer, often two jobs at a time and lived rent free with my parents. One summer in particular I remember well. I was 19 and had just finished my first year at Southwestern University. This was around 1987. My brother was 16 and still in high school. That summer I worked days at the Bass store and nights at Mr. Gatti's, delivering pizzas.
I saved up as much money as I could all summer long to contribute to my college funds. But I still managed to buy shoes. I had these:
I wore them constantly the next year at school. I wish I still had them but I know for a fact that I wore those shoes until they died. At least they were well loved. We called those shoes "Bucks," though on the website they call them the Enfield shoe now. My best friend Lorri had a pair of plain tan Bucks, without the leather insert. I also had a plain pair of grey ones and a pair of black penny loafers that I got with my employee discount. I chose the black penny loafers (officially named "Weejuns") because those were the ones worn by John Cougar Mellencamp in his videos, natch.
So back to the old lady sandals I mentioned at the beginning of the post. I've decided I want some. Now, we sold these in the store when I worked there, but I thought they were the old lady shoes. And they were, I guess. But lately I'm totally into the old hippy sandals from the 70s and 80s. The kind of old-fashioned ones. I did a bit of research yesterday, and these shoes are still around! So very soon I'll be buying some of these lovelies for myself:
Or maybe these:
I like both styles. They come in a ton of colors on the website- white, tan, this cinnamon color, black and I even saw some in pewter! I'm leaning towards this rich brown color they call cinnamon, though. I have tons of black, I'm not a huge fan of white shoes, and I think the brown ones would go with everything.
To tell you the truth, I wish I had had these sandals today to wear with my newly dyed-by me yellow hippy skirt:
Here's the details:
Men's Shirt: Belongs to Amos, Ralph Lauren Thrifted
Skirt: Old Navy from several years ago, dyed yellow by me
Shoes: Target from a couple of years ago
This past weekend I finally dyed a couple of clothing items that had turned into a dingy shade of off white. I now have this yummy yellow skirt and a buttery yellow short sleeved cardi. Success! An interesting tidbit about this skirt is it's a size 6. Crazy, I know. I actually was about a size 6 or maybe an 8 when I bought it. It has this drawstring waist that allows me to still wear it now. I just wiggle it up to wear it's comfy and VOILA! Still wearable, even over these hips.
But how cute would this outfit look with some of those old sandals? Again, I return to my past for fashion inspiration.