Do You Have a Go-To Pair of Shoes?

Sydney based Smaggle writer Bek and friend at Cali/Cale launch 

A few weeks back, I had to say good bye to what had been my go-to shoes for at least three years. Being as I have dodgy feet and tend to wear the insides out of every pair I own, having them for this long was quite an achievement, and, conversely, having to let them go was quite devastating a development. I might have actually cuddled them a little bit when I had to throw them out.

It’s a beautiful thing, the relationship between a woman and her go-to shoes. Mine were sandals (flats), brown leather, with (and this was the really, really good thing about them) good arch support. Aghast as I am at the fact that I just wrote ‘arch support’ as a positive factor in a shoe purchase, I am just so over clomping around like a newborn calf in kicks that have about as much cushioning as two breadboards strapped to my feet. 

 Anyway, my go-to shoes got me all the way around South America for a month and didn’t finally give way until landing back on Aussie soil. They wanted to come home to their final resting place. Still, they say a door never closes without another one opening, so when I got to attend the launch of Cali + Cale’s new season collection ‘The Journey’, I was cautiously hopeful. I’ve always been a fan of Cali + Cale because of its neutral designs. I love some fancy footwork, don’t get me wrong, but there’s nothing more elegant than a well-made, neutral-toned strappy number to tie an outfit together.

 ‘The Journey’ collection didn’t disappoint. Amy Castle, the designer and creator of Cali+Cale created the collection of ‘leather sandals that take feet from the city to the beach and everywhere in between.’ I love this. Being a Sydney (and a beach-loving) girl I live in summer footwear, and due to the aforementioned dodgy feet condition, ordinary thongs just don’t cut it for me, sartorially or otherwise. I nabbed me a pair of Queens leather sandals in white at the launch and a pair of Shelly leather sandals in black online after the event.

The jury is still out on whether they’ll replace my beloved go-to shoes, but I’ll tell you now, my feet are happy.

 What about you? Do you have a pair of go-to shoes you just can’t live without? And have you had a beloved pair die that you’ll never forget?


  1. Liv 4 years ago

    Ohhh this is the first I’ve heard of Cali + Cale and I have to say I’m impressed! My go-to shoes were a delicious pair of grey suede Steve Madden boots that got me through three Melbourne winters before kicking the bucket. I miss them to this day!

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      Bek 4 years ago

      I actually saw a girl wearing a similar pair and considered chasing her to see if she purchased them recently! I know what you’re saying!

  2. Brenda 4 years ago

    I have just parted with a very nice pair of black boots. I have extra wide calves where I look like Popeye after he eats his spinach! I’m not feeling the effects yet, cos we’re heading into summer but I need to replace those babies before next winter or I will be completely lost!
    PS: Just got your BB cream! Thankyou – I’m a bit excited and hoping to look bewdiful!

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      Bek 4 years ago

      ‘Popeye after he eats his spinach’–awesome analogy! I know the feeling! xx

  3. Sarah Rooftops 4 years ago

    Funnily enough, I blogged about mine a couple of weeks ago (here: It took months to find a decent replacement.

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