I have been looking for the perfect pair of brogues for about a year and a half now. Last week Melissa (junking extraordinaire) and I were scrounging around the Salvation Army when she found these. I was heartbroken that I didn't find them first. She paid for them and off we went. Two days later she called and said they hurt her feet and that she was giving them to me! What a friend. They fit me perfectly. They were made in Spain by Pedro Garcia a 3rd generation shoemaker. Judging by similar oxfords on his website, they probably retailed for at least $450. They are barely used and she paid $3. I adore these shoes and have only taken them off to sleep (a slight overstatement.)

The Sartorialist


  1. They're gorgeous Janet! I swear the Salvation Army is never a disapointment! And I admire you for not only admiring these beautiful shoes, but for wearing them as well. I buy some stylish shoes from time to time but then I never wear them! I always default to my Dansko clogs : + But you've inspired me to break from clogdom! xoTrina

  2. This is what blogging does to me. I'm on the hunt now. You lucky girl.

  3. Oooh, I love them! What a find! Alas, our little local Salvation Army never has anything. Oh well.


  4. Hey, thanks for stopping by. I turned the digital camara around and turned the flash off in front of the bathroom mirror.

  5. What a find! Those shoes are fantastic!

  6. This just proves my theory of thrifting....things come to those who you wear them with tights or socks? or both?

  7. Hi Leslie,

    I have been having so much fun with these shoes. I've worn them with dresses and skirts and black tights. I've worn them with jeans cuffed and uncuffed w/o socks and also with a pair of slim black Theory pants w/o socks. Thanks for asking.


  8. Lovely shoes Janet - and what a bargain find too... and that is my favourite Sartorialist photo aswell - what a coincidence!

  9. I came looking for you... you never come and see me anymore. I loved your next door neighbor post, so pretty. I have a grandson now...

  10. Hi Janet, I have a pair of shoes like yours and others like them but a little darker. I am delighted with them. Kisses, Ana

  11. Fun! Love, love wing tips. On girls and boys. My husband had an awesome, banged up pair when we first met... when no one else was wearing them. He totally won me over with those shoes!

  12. So jealous !! they are so great - and by the way , so was the baked tofu ! did I already tell you that? I'm making it again tonight.

    Thank you

  13. Hi J, these are so cute. I always think about your wardrobe and and how you make do with limited storage space!! How is your garden? It is raining nhere which is great for the seeds and plants that we put in yesterday xxxxx

  14. This is what is know as "thrift karma." Congratulations, and continue to enjoy your new acquisitions!

  15. Hi Janet,
    I just found your blog and I am so happy I did! I absolutely adore your home and your style--I've just spent a couple of hours going back through your posts. In looking back, I have a couple of questions if you don't mind me asking--it looks like you did end up painting your armoire in your living room, if so, would you mind sharing the process and the color you used? I have a very similar pine armoire that I would love to do the same to. Also, I love all of your white curtains--can you tell me where you purchased them?

    Thanks for sharing so many photos of your home and so many great looking recipes--you are an inspiration!


    P.S. Love the shoes too!

  16. Hi Kelli,

    So glad you found my blog. I'd love to share any information about this place that you need. That is why I am blogging.

    I've had this armoire for many years and finally got the guts to paint it. It was not cheap so I didn't want to ruin it. But I'm so glad I did paint it. It only took about an hour to do. I just used a flat black paint from Home Depot,nothing special, and just brushed it on. It took 2 light coats.

    My curtains in the living room I purchased from Target. They were so inexpensive I wish I had bought more. They are super thick and hang really well. I have not seen them there since. This was about 2 years ago. The kitchen curtains are still at Target. I believe they are called Casual Home or something like that. They have tab tops that I just folded over and clipped onto the rings. I also got all the black curtain rods throughout the house from Target. They look way more expensive than they were. The sheer curtains in the bedroom also came from Target and they still carry them. They are a sheer with a stripe running vertically through them. These were really cheap like the kitchen curtains. Seriously, like $12 for a pair. I just recently purchased some black and white Waverly Toile curtains from Lowes for the bedroom. This house does not have any insulation and it was getting pretty cold at night with the sheers. I will be doing a post on them shortly. It's much warmer in there now with a thicker curtain covering the window. Even the drapes in the office came from Target and they still have those too.

    I hope this answers your questions.

  17. Hi Janet, I love guy stuff for gurls!
    So cool. If you had not scored those shoes I would have tried.
    It may be our generation or something, but I love any thrift store goodie/used object stores anywhere, anytime! I bought jeans in High School from a place in Long Beach called Jeans Euphoria!
    Jeans on drugs! My mother was so appalled!
    My favorites were the ones worn by cowboys evident by the cigarette burns and tobacco chew circles embedded in the pockets.

    Beautiful as usual


  18. Sweet! I bet you look adorable in them!
    Great find, congrats!
    xx, j.

  19. these shoes!


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