The $2 loafers I can't stop wearing

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When I was a little kid, I was annoyingly spoiled and sulky. I didn't kick or scream or anything like that (quite the contrary) but I had a certain Wednesday Addams charm that I'm happy to say I've almost fully grown out of. From that young age, my mom tried to convince me that penny loafers were classy shoes worn by classy people (always a good thing). I rolled my eyes, of course, because at the time, all the 90s kids were wearing cool sneakers with lights or jelly sandals with a scandalous 1-inch heel. Loafers felt like something an old man in the 1800s would wear.


Well. Somewhere along the line, I turned into an old man from the 1800's. To be more specific, back in March, I went to a Church rummage sale and as with any thrift or flea market I attend, the first thing I do is check out the shoes (and bags). These Dexter ones immediately caught my eye despite my 7 year old self giving me some major side-eye. These days, I'm older and wiser and quality is so important, so as soon as I felt the butter soft leather, I had to have them.
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If you've been following me on instagram, you might notice that these loafers have made a ridiculous amount of appearances in all my "from where I stand" photos. They are the perfect color to go with everything I own and honestly, I've just never worn a pair of shoes that have been so comfortable. This makes me want to search every thrift store and flea market and yard sale to hunt for barely-worn good quality shoes because you just never know what you're going to find.
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I don't know if it's just coincidence or what, but I always seem to find good shoes in towns where older people reside (and have donated their items to local thrift shops, for example) or in towns where there aren't a lot of people who share my same style. I also try to search during a week day when there are less shoppers and when it's likely that new items have recently been donated. It might sound obvious but I find that rummage sales or flea markets offer a lot more variety since many groups of people have donated their stuff. It's also important to be familiar with designer brand names and don't even hesitate when you see "Made in Italy" or "Made in Spain" items because they're usually great quality.

Now that I own these loafers, I definitely understand the classy feeling you get when wearing them. They're timeless and practical. Definitely two words my 7 year old self did not know the meaning of.
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  1. They are beautiful! What a great find. It's such a good idea to go to rummage sales with a specific idea in mind ... it's often easy to get overwhelmed otherwise!

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    1. I know, right?! If I don't have something specific in mind, I just quickly scan the area and leave.

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