Shoesday Tuesday: Ecote Woven Leather Platform Sandal

 
 

     My style influences are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. If it looks like something Jimi Hendrix might have worn, chances are I'll at least try it on. And yes, I own two pairs of cowboy boots. But I never let myself go too far in one direction, rather mixing classic pieces with my more outrageous things to make an outfit all my own. Usually, I wouldn't think that wooden platform shoes are subtle enough, but I was immediately drawn to these Ecote sandals and haven't looked back since.

     First of all, whatever you put them on with will instantly become more chill. Boyfriend jeans and a white tee? These bad boys make that look perfectly Americana. What about a maxi dress and floppy hat? 70s inspired in the best way. I have worn my Steve Madden Nonstp heels into the ground and was looking for another casual, leather heel that could transition into fall. These are absolutely perfect for that description.

     Now, I know the amount of clunk in the platform isn't for everyone. There is really nothing streamlined or minimal about these sandals, so if that's your vibe then I totally understand not wanting to try these out. But if you tend to go for a bit more bohemian or vintage styles, these shoes could become your new best friends.

     Structurally, the wood is going to show some wear and tear. Personally, I like to think that adds character, but a lighter colored wooden platform shoe might not show as much damage. The leather is great quality for the price and doesn't pinch my foot uncomfortably at all. Because of the amount of holes in the ankle strap, a variety calf or foot widths could easily fit into these shoes. The wood is a bit heavy, but it adds to the durability and ease of the heel. I consider these to be true to size.

      I don't have many complaints except for the potential for the bottom to be quite slippery and the pressure the wooden platform puts on the balls of the feet after a long day. As far as heels go, though, I would choose these for all day wear versus most of my other pairs.

     I actually surprised myself with how much I love these shoes. I've already worn them with quite a bit of things in my wardrobe, but for fall I can't wait to wear them with a variety of denim shapes as well as with tights and long socks for some warmth with dresses.

Oui Mon Cheri

 
 

     I don't know a lot of people who can resist the sale section at J. Crew, especially with an additional percent off. And the student discount. I typically go for the basics but this time around I found something a bit punchier. Typically, pieces that are trying to overtly French turn me off a bit, but the graphic sweatshirt reminded me of my Y'all sweatshirt that I wear so much that I went ahead and snatched it up.

     I'm sure this outfit could have gone a very different, very preppy direction. I'll probably layer it up with button ups in cooler weather, sure. However, I appreciate the sporty, street style aesthetic more so than new wave prep. It's not even something I would necessarily consider "my style", but sometimes it is those random impulse buys that can add visual interest and variety to a wardrobe.

Little Upgrades

 
 

     I tend to go for extremes in my style. Either I'm wearing a white shirt and black bottoms (all the time) or a full length, floral dress. I admire those who can adopt such a cohesive personal look, but I will simply never be that person. There are too many influences that I admire to dedicate myself to one direction, so my aesthetic is certainly an amalgam.

     However, I have found that I usually like to stick to fairly basic shapes and styles when it comes to my clothing. Rather than spend a lot of money changing up my look, I tend to go for accessories that will change the vibe of my outfit. A white shirt and jeans with Nike Frees? Minimal and street style inspired. But with a pair of wooden clogs? Total 70s babe.

     With the accessories I picked up along the way, I turned this outfit from minimal chic to a more urban preppy feel that I can totally get behind. The bracelets I'm wearing together struck me as such a good combo that I was pretty bummed when I thought I had lost one while shopping later in the week. Fortunately, it had just fallen in my purse and the pair can still be BFFs.