As a reward for surviving retail hell, I went across the street to Target where aisles have labels and the employees don't stare at you like cows when you ask where to find the under bed storage bins. I wasn't planning on getting any shoes, but this pair caught my eye and I tried them on:
They don't make my feet look like hooves (a common ankle bootie problem that you'll notice everywhere now that I've pointed it out). The quality seems decent - they're not a shoe I expect to wear for years, and I'm not looking to invest $79 - $150 in a comparable style. However, I need a little inspiration and some closet shopping time to convince myself to keep them. [10/9/13 Update: I've decided to take these back after wearing them around my house. The angle of the wedge hits my foot in an odd place. The hunt will continue!]
Here's the first part of that process:
image via Lands End Canvas (not current)
At the moment, I think these little boots will be a cute addition to my dark denim, gray, black, and olive green maternity pants (how versatile!) and a great alternative to ballet flats and smoking slippers this fall. Plus, my office is casual, and any of the outfits above are more than adequate. Purchase justified?