Fancy Footwork: Fall Shoewear

Fluevog boots clawfoot heel closeup

This season, fall shoewear is taking a serious vacation. From what, you might ask? A vacation from the norm. In consignment, there are some years where everyone is on the hunt for classics. Customers might ask, “Can you put me on the Wish List for a good riding boot? No frills.” Other years, it might be all about a simple, minimalist ankle boot in solid black or camel. But this year? Things are getting a little crazier…and we’re definitely okay with it.

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Of course, we will always carry the classics in our stores ( and we’ll wear them, too). But the real fun of consignment is not only the thrill of the chase, but the ability to expand your wardrobe. And when we say expand, we don’t just mean in volume. By expand, we also mean in personality. Every trip to our stores is just another chance to discover your alter ego, or find that really fun side of yourself that you didn’t know was there. And with the wild shoes we’re seeing on the runways, in the magazines, and on our shelves, Portland’s sidewalks are about to get a lot more playful.

Victorian with a Twist: Quirky Heels

Fluevog boots clawfoot heel closeup

One thing the runways were packed with this season were some seriously unique heels. While spiked or stacked heels will always have a place in our closets, the flood gates have opened up in favor of something more. The 1970s are back in platform form, and there’s even a little room for gothic Victorian, too.

Alternatives: Two-Fer Footwear

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Another thing we’re seeing more and more of lately is the idea that you can get a two-fer when it comes to your shoewear. We’re seeing convertible boots, removable straps, and more. In favor of versatility, these boots convert from a taller calf to a fold-down ankle style. And while we’d definitely agree that such options are a very practical choice, the rich color pretty much guarantees that you’ll be 0% boring when choosing it.

Double Trouble: Twice the Zippers

Double Zipper Bed Stu boots zipper pulls

Double Zipper Bed Stu boots toe to heel sideview

Functionality and fierceness have joined forces this season, too. We’re seeing more zippers, ties, straps and laces than ever. We couldn’t really explain why, but there’s something about buckles and zippers that just adds a little bit more edge to your everyday boot.

It’s All in the Details

Fluevog boots clawfoot heel sole design

 

If our stores’ shoes were classified as a whole, we’d have to call them one serious bunch of overachievers. They not only have playful heels, luxe leathers, bunches of buckles, but a cute lining or sole to boot. Going from ordinary to extraordinary invites the element of surprise to the table. So in the words of this wise pair of boots, exceed your own expectations and come see what surprises we have in store for you!

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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