Ugh! Poshmark. Staaaaaaaahhhhhhhp. Look what you’ve done to me! I promised myself I wouldn’t purchase anything, but my word. I’ve never seen so many pretty things at such prices in my life. It’s a struggle, guys.
I have wanted a pair of Tory Burch flats for… forever. I’m a ballet flat kind of girl. They’re my go-to nearly every day. Now, I have to preface this post with the fact that I never spend more than $20 (and that’s steep for me…) on a pair of flats. Ever. EVER. No, seriously, I won’t do it. Why? Prepare to be grossed out-I was blessed with hyperhydrosis (fancy name for your feet sweat like you regularly walk on coals… not flattering… thanks a lot, dad!). So, guess what happens to all of my adorable little ballet flats? They become filled with puddles. Yep-disgusting. After a season of flats I throw those babies out and feel no shame.
I somehow became rather addicted to my cognac colored pair. They go with black, white, navy, you name it… can’t go wrong! They dress up, they dress down, they always look classy with whatever they are paired with. Thanks, Target… you rock for carrying them for years! And yes… I do now have them in nearly every color they manufacture…
Alright… now that you have the weird background of my ballet flat obsession, here’s where a used shoe Purchase comes in. When I began my Poshmark closet, I made a pact with myself. I said, “Self, I will NOT purchase any used clothing. If I find a GREAT (and I mean this has to be the deal of the century) deal on an item that is new with tags, I will THINK about making a purchase”.
Now, I have had my eye on Tory Burch flats for years, but would never dare pay $250 for a pair. Are you kidding? They would be filled with a puddle in 30 seconds and I would cry because I practically gave my first born to pay for those shoes. No, sir. I eyed several pairs of NWT (new with tags) pairs of Tory Burch flats on Poshmark and even countered an offer, but no dice. I stopped checking out the listings for a few days and out of the blue the former Roomie shoots me a text: “What do you think about these shoes on Poshmark?”. Well, they’re used. That was my thought. Used shoes? Then I took a look at them. Sam Edelmans. They looked BRAND NEW. For $38. Hmmm… you know, not everyone creates puddles while standing. There just may be something to this. I shot her a text back and said I don’t do used shoes, but they’re in amazing shape and you’ve wanted those shoes for a long time… buy the shoes.
Reluctantly, I opened my Poshmark app to take a look at new Tory Burch shoe listings. There. They. Were. “Used” Tory Burch flats in my beloved cognac color. $100. I thought “uh huh… bet those things look like they’ve been through WWIII”. I took a look through the photos. These things looked brand spanking new. Ughhhh… ok. I “liked” them. A few hours after liking that pair I received an offer: $75 with free shipping. After selling a few pairs of jeans I’ll never fit in again, I have around $15 credit on Poshmark that I was considering just withdrawing for cash, but if I were to apply it to this purchase, these shoes would be about $60 even. Not. Bad. Alright, I don’t even know if these things will fit! I decided to look at some reviews. Most people complained that they’re snug and said to size up AT LEAST half a size. I asked the seller what her opinion was. She suggested looking at other reviews, but from her experience they fit very true to size. Dang. I give in. Shoes ordered. Anddddddd I wait.
The shoes shipped very quickly, were packaged with such care, and were absolutely perfect. These shoes looked like they had been worn no more than once. Indoors. Such minimal wear on the sole, no scratches or visible wear on the leather, and so adorable. Now, to see if they fit. The moment of truth, y’all. I put some no-show socks on so I don’t ruin the poor things within 5 seconds of trying them on with my puddle producing feet.
Well, I do believe the reviews were correct. They are snug. After having babies my feet grew and never quite returned to their size 8 status. They’re now more like an 8 1/2 almost 9 most days, so overall these aren’t too far off from true to size. However, since they haven’t been broken in I’ll have to say, they just may be the most uncomfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. They darn near bruised my poor feet the first day I wore them. They are so stiff from not being broken in I think me and the Torys will need to spend some quality time while I’m home and wear them with some very thick socks to do some leather stretching. BUT… would it even matter if they were so small I couldn’t walk? Nope. They’re too darn cute!
After wearing them more they’ve stretched a significant amount. I also don’t wear no-show socks with them any longer because I believe that may have been exacerbating the problem. Exacerbating? Did I just use that word? I need a nap, guys… I did, however, invest in a pair of Gekks.
What are Gekks you ask? The most amazing no show socks EVER. They are seriously life changing for flats, heels, and loafers. I found them from a Facebook ad (don’t judge… I know you’re judging) and they were a little pricey, but with my sweaty feet problem I’m always willing to give options a try. I have to say, they live up to the hype. They have made my shoes so much more comfortable and I don’t feel like I’m completely ruining every pair of shoes I own.
After being so used to my cheap Target flats I have to say these flats are VERY well made. The leather is beautiful, the Tory Burch medallions add such a great touch of style without standing out too much, and they’ll go with literally anything. These were a great purchase at an even greater price.
So, of course after I found these I HAD to keep looking at Tory Burch shoes. Well, I also found an adorable pair of Tory Burch wedges I had to have. I got them for $40 and I know these have never been worn. The soles are pristine and the canvas isn’t stretched or discolored in the slightest.
You know, if you have great shoes, you then need other awesome accessories. It’s kind of like “If you give a mouse a cookie” or “If you give a moose a muffin”. Don’t pretend you don’t know those books… by the way, Amazon Prime Video has an “If you give a mouse a cookie” series, guys and it’s adorable. Play it for your kids! Ok… I digress.
Tory Burch earrings and a Kendra Scott necklace completed my collection nicely. I have wanted a Kendra Scott necklace for a long time, but never really wanted to pay the (according to me) high price for something so simple. They never go on sale, so I figured I was out of luck. Until Poshmark! I scored an Elisa necklace for $30.
When I started Poshmark I promised myself I wouldn’t purchase anything, let alone used shoes. Well, I broke my promise. Poshmark, you’ve made me a believer!