Yesterday, when talking about "the shoe that got away", we noticed a twist in the story. Something we didn't mention when we were articulating our love for the Peter Pan shoe by Sigerson Morrison was that, the season prior, we had purchased a flat loafer from the brand in the same grey, suede. The loafer served us well and we would have bought them a second time, had the shoe not been discontinued. When, the next season, we saw a peter pan shoe in the same grey, suede, we put the loafer we loved so dearly, to rest. So, yesterday, when making a reference to Dolce Vita's rip-off of the vintage peter pan shoe (we know, it's a bit confusing), we noticed another rip off that makes the story all the more interesting (well, at least to us). There, on the Dolce Vita site, was the grey loafer, the exact grey loafer that prompted us to find our true love, the Sigerson Morrison peter pan shoe, masquerading at a Dolce Vita design. Dolce Vita gets ripped off left and right so maybe this is their retribution? Well, look ladies. The Sigerson loafer, the original version of this particular shoe, is no longer. If you like the Dolce Vita version, we don't blame you. We just thought you might like to know where that little guy came from--just West of Bowery, thankyouverymuch.
If you can tell us where these shoes are from, we'll marry you. Yes, we'll marry you. Because these are high stakes and you deserve a substantial reward for such wisdom. You ready? They're from Payless. We know, we were as surprised as you. For twenty-four-ninety-nine (we'll spell it out, it's so little) you can snag the eggplant (also in black) oxfords from the comfort of your office desk. No need to let the less-fashion forward Payless offerings take away from the fact that this particular shoe is neither a rip-off nor for your average affordable option. Paired with a pair of cigarette trousers, we're pretty sure no one would know the difference. The question, in these circumstances, is what your reaction will be when people inevitably ask where you found such chic little oxfords. We're big fans of the contextual reaction. If it's your best friend, you'll take her arm and whisper the answer in her ear, and if it's an acquaintance at a cocktail party, you tell her something like 'Oh you know these things they're everywhere really'. In other words, double speak your way out of it sister, she'll figure it out in her own time.