What I Wore: Tin Man

Jacket: ASOS (similar) | Tee: Old Navy | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Bass “ELY-3”

It's nice to take a break from heels every so often, but finding flats that fit is hard for me.  From years of toewalking, I have thick padding on the balls of my feet and high arches so my feet are… not really wide but tall/puffy.  My pinky toes fall out of most flats because they are so short, my feet don't curve like most shoes so Chucks and loafers cause pain after a couple hours, and lace-ups are usually too streamlined and hurt the top of my feet.  I've tried on dozens of oxfords and brogues and none of them fit feet like mine.  So when I saw these shiny silver ones from G.H. Bass & Co I had to try them.  I've had luck with Bass shoes in the past, and was pretty excited that they had them in a finish that was more my style.  Finally, oxfords that fit!  They took a day to break in, but now they're quite comfortable.  So comfortable, I think I have a new pair of concert shoes.  I've worn them to work peeking out from under a pair of trousers, but this more how I wear them on the weekends. I'm looking forward to wearing these in, while they're fun now all shiny (Karl calls them my Tin Man shoes), I think they'll look pretty great come spring weathered and worn.

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24 Comments

  1. February 7, 2014 / 3:40 pm

    Super cute!
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  2. January 31, 2014 / 9:46 am

    I’m glad that you found a pair of flat shoes that work for you – and bonus! They’re super cute. I love the whole look of this outfit, as well. Those jeans look awesome on you, and I’m a sucker for an edgy leather jacket 🙂

  3. Emily
    January 30, 2014 / 5:30 pm

    Ah these are great! I really like how you’ve styled them with the cuffed jeans – reassures me that people that aren’t 6’2 and built like a stick insect can still look great in cuffed jeans with oxfords 🙂 Out of interest, I noticed you’ve posed sideways, how do the shoes look front on? I have been looking for the perfect brogues for a while and sometimes think they look great from the side but then somehow from the front they’re clown-like and stumpifying…

    Really like the whole look though – it feels very you!

    • January 30, 2014 / 5:33 pm

      Ooh good question! Darn, I edited these on my laptop at home so don’t have any outtakes here, but I think they look pretty decent, not too clown-like. I’ll try to get a picture and share it here later!

      • Emily
        March 26, 2014 / 3:25 pm

        Thanks for this! Thought you might like to know I splurged and bought a pair in the end 😉 (went for these snazzy ones http://www.russellandbromley.co.uk/loafers-lace-ups/abacrombie/invt/122671 )
        Still getting the hang of styling them (mostly the socks thing! Mine are quite low cut..) but so far having some success with cropped trousers and skater skirts. Just need to stop panicking that I look butch….

        • March 27, 2014 / 9:02 am

          Super cute! And such shoes are so versatile now, it’s all about how you style them for what effect they give! I have only found one pair of socks (at Ross) that are hidden with mine, definitely need more for summer!

  4. January 30, 2014 / 2:22 pm

    Those shoes are adorable! I’m glad I’m not the only one that has designated concert shoes (mine are big platformy black combat boots that I’ve had since high school – gives me an extra inch of height and it doesn’t hurt when someone inevitably stomps on my foot!)

  5. Carolina
    January 30, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    I LOVE that jacket and just bought the “similar” from the link 🙂 We have a “biker” themed party in a couple of weeks. This will look great at the party AND be a good wardrobe piece 🙂

  6. GoddessMel
    January 29, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    OMG, those shoes are divine!

  7. Patti_NotDeadYetStyle
    January 29, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Great shoes with personality!

  8. January 29, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    Cute look! Very funky. I’m all about flat or low heeled shoes these days (how the mighty have fallen!). I still wear medium heels to work but my daily life requires me to be able to walk!

  9. N. L.
    January 29, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Cool look as Love always and the shoes are to die for. I hope you wore an extra something on top since it’s cold out here in DC. 🙂

    • January 29, 2014 / 5:01 pm

      Yep, this jacket is faux leather so it has become more of a blazer in my wardrobe than a jacket. All about my Lands’ End parka these days!

      • N. L.
        January 29, 2014 / 5:06 pm

        I think I’ll need to wear some of my leather jackets as blazers. (Sorry for the typo. I type way too fast and hit send before checking my work).

  10. Kathryn
    January 29, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    I just started reading your blog a month or so ago and I love it! Sorry to ask this sinec I’m sure you’ve written about it before, but where did you get your glasses? They are so great!

      • Kathryn
        January 29, 2014 / 3:40 pm

        Thanks! I’m going to have to buy them for myself. I’ll be clicking on the ad, too!

        • January 29, 2014 / 3:43 pm

          Oh darn Google changing ads for the topic on the page! I hope they’re still in stock, and check out on the top of the page there’s a deal for your first pair free. These may not be included but it’s a super great deal and nice always to have a backup pair!

          • Kathryn
            February 2, 2014 / 4:18 pm

            Thanks again!

  11. DC Celine
    January 29, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    i ADORE Bass shoes – was so excited when they started these more fashion-forward lines. the look is so very you, tin man.

  12. lexalemmy
    January 29, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    I have had my eye on the gold ones for a while…LOVE.

    • January 29, 2014 / 12:34 pm

      It was hard to choose between silver and gold, but I decided to go with what matches my cuff!

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