The Bad Buy Book: August 2017-Sandals

Welcome to August’s edition of The Bad Buy Book! The theme this month is Sandals!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. Together, we wanted to establish something fun and new. We had both talked about our Sitting Shoes and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those Sitting Shoes, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items! And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item? And why do you dislike it now? And why not share them with us? We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet. Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about your Bad Buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 10th of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your Bad Buy can be emailed to or Please put Bad Buy in the subject line.

Let’s take a look at our Bad Buy Sandals!

First, my co-host Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. (By the way, this photo of Nancy is magnificent!  I adore this woman and her fabulous sense of humor!) Nancy says this about her Bad Buy Sandals:

“These are all sandals that I bought as for lack of better. The toe sandals are really to painfull, and the others are just so boring! I absolutely have to try harder not to buy for lack of better!”

Next up are Charlotte and Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style wearing the same sandals. Jodie says:

“Do I have a pair of sandals for you!! These even went through 2 of us, before they were given away!! You can see in the first photo, that my mom is wearing these white sandals. She bought them at Target and tried to wear them for a while. But the straps just weren’t comfortable on her feet!”

“So she passed them down to me since we have basically the same size shoe!! Well I tried to wear them too! You can see them in the next photo of me!! They weren’t even that high, but for some reason they just hurt when I tried to wear them all day!”

Anne of SpyGirl has joined us this month. (I am loving her outfit, by the way! Her style always makes me smile!) Anne’s Bad Buy sandals are from a few years ago and she has this to say:

“My most expensive bad buy sandals continue to taunt me and I SHALL subdue them! I call them the torture clogs.”

And now my Bad Buy sandals! I am sharing 2 pairs today.

This first pair. Ugh. So cute. And so awful to walk in.

“I bought these Steve Madden platform slides recently at DSW and I love the look of them. They weren’t really even that comfortable in the store, but they were on super deep discount so I snagged them up. I wore them to walk through the mall one time and I was presented with the harsh reality that these are definitely “sitting sandals”! They tore the life out of the top of my foot!”

And the second pair.

“These block heel slides by Christian Siriano for Payless filled a need in my closet for a plain black open toe mule for summer. They are not terrible, but they definitely start slicing open the top of my toes after too much walking!”

And that’s all we have for this month’s edition of The Bad Buy Book: Sandals.

Won’t you all join us next month for Bad Buy Skirts! Skirts are sort of my sartorial nemesis as I can rarely make them work. Every now and again, I hit the jackpot and manage to style a skirt in the most fabulous way. But mostly, I buy cute skirts and can never make them look as I want them to. So I should have plenty of bad buy skirts hanging in my closet to choose from! Be sure to submit your entires by September 10!

Thanks to the fabulous ladies who joined us this month for our silly little project! We hope to see more of you next month.

Keeping it on the edge,


Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.


I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

20 Responses

  1. I have to admit, that I love this series, because it makes me feel normal!!

  2. This is such a fun idea! I recently did a closet purge and got rid of a bunch of “bad buy” shoes but I did have a few that belong in that category. I think comfort can be unpredictable sometimes and if a shoe isn’t comfortable I just won’t wear it.

    • Thanks so much, Shea! Well, during your next closet purge, take some photos of your bad buys so you can play along! I hear you on comfort. Walking a lap or two around the store is not a proper indication of comfort either! I hope you have a wonderful week.


  3. Great post, it makes me a little bit smile. Everyone of us own probably such shoes. Hurt or boring…..:)

    • Tina, I am glad we could make you smile! You should submit a bad buy skirt for next month (if you have one)! It is a fun series to do. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!


  4. I know I’m getting “old” when I need sandals with arch support. Bye bye cute flip flops; I’m all about being able to walk by the end of the day! Visiting from No Rules Weekend party.

    • Victoria, thanks so much for stopping by! Comfort is definitely key when buying shoes at my age, too! But I still keep getting these “bad buys” in my closet! Ha. I hope you are having a wonderful week.


  5. Nothing like feet that hurt — the whole world looks unhappy! I have a “devil” of time finding comfortable shoes anyway. I giggled my way through this fun post. I feel much better now! Ha!

  6. This is such a fun series and that photo of Nancy is awesome! It’s so hard to find shoes that fit all three must have categories: cute, comfortable and affordable! It’s a shame those Steve Madden’s didn’t work out!

    Doused in Pink

    • Jill, thanks so much for stopping by! I agree with you on everything! Nancy’s photo is so great! It is difficult to find shoes that meet all three criteria. And I am bummed about these Steve Madden sandals…although I do still wear them as long as I am walking too far!


  7. Thanks for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party with your post. My bad buy were some Chelseas. They were uncomfortable like hell.

    • Oh no, Nicole! Shoes that hurt like hell are definitely no good! Do you have a bad buy skirt? You should submit a photo for next month. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic day.


  8. Shelbee, you really don’t want to get *me* started on shoes! With my AAAA (sometimes I can make a AAA work, with a little padding here and there) feet, I have a lifetime of shoe stories! To all those who can just go out and buy a pair of shoes anywhere, I say “Cry me a river!” 😀

    • Oh no, Jean! That must be awful! I guess I shouldn’t complain too much then that I can buy shoes off the rack that fit. And wearing a size 10 or 11, I usually have tons of luck finding really cute shoes on super duper clearance, too. I know quite a few women who have to specially order their shoes because of very tiny, very narrow, or very wide feet and I very much sympathize. Being a shoe addict, that may very possibly drive me mad! Are you familiar with Laurie of Vanity and Me? She wears a size 5 shoe and often shares some really great online sources for women who need smaller and specialized shoe sizes. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.


  9. Thanks, Shelbee. I’ll check out Laurie’s site.

  10. This makes me feel so much better about the 10+ shoes that sit in my closet in worn because they hurt my feet. Why is it so hard to find cute sandals that don’t give you blisters? Xx

    • Amethyst, sandals are the worst! I still have yet to find peep toe shoes that don’t tear my feet up. And I wonder if you paid $500 for a pair of shoes if they would still hurt! I am glad our bad buys have made you feel better about yours! Hahaha. You should join us next month if you any bad skirts. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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