the shoe with the ruffle

Fri 18th, Feb, 2011

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Yeah yeah I know this is meant to be a blog about polka dots and stripes and cottages.

But man.

I had to show you my shoes.

I mean these are not only wedges.

in a kinda mushroomy putty


but they have a ruffle.


they even have a name like

Flicky Cloud

I mean hello!

I mean they have my name all over them.


You see


when my lovely husband forgot Valentine’s Day

the next day I just so happened to find myself at the mall…

whereupon some strange force

magnetically pulled me into shoe shops

even though I was at the mall to buy stuff for stinky teenagers

just as I was passing

Flicky Cloud

whispered my name

I tried her on.

She enveloped me in buttery leather and hurt like hell.


On bringing her home.

I pranced in her

Preened in her.

Styled her

And loved her.


I cooked the dinner in her.

hoovered with her

cleaned the toilet in her

I put her on with my pyjamas.

and tucked her up in bed


I mean

what kinda Valentine’s present

makes you do that?

Yours in putty ruffles

p.s I am having a fun little BC Giveaway next time…
leave me a comment on my shoes tho & I’ll throw you in the hat already
p.p.s. no I wasn’t drunk the day I hoovered & cleaned the toilet & put Flicky Cloud in my bed
p.p.p.s if you see my husband, don’t tell him about the shoes I pretended they were really old
shoes : Wittner door : side of road suitcase :  Vinnies (thank you lg) crochet blanket : thrifted
edited to add:  shoes from Wittner & yep they ship internationally

blogged for WW, thanks


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146 Responses to “the shoe with the ruffle”

  1. Karen Hancock says:

    omg… shoe porn…

  2. Sarah, I love Flicky Cloud…these are adorable!! Loved your cute story as well and such pretty pictures! Us girls and our shoes…so worth it! ;)

    Hugs to you,

  3. marylou says:

    Karen H. said it best;-)



  4. Ann says:

    I LOVE these shoes! Gorgeous colour and the sweetest post. You made me smile. Beautiful photographs…

  5. Lorraine says:

    Sarah I loved your “Flicky Cloud” shoes so much I had to order a pair for myself. They arrived today, cannot wait until I get home from work to try them on. :-) xox

  6. Stephanie says:

    Love love love! Must get me some!

  7. Alice says:

    I’m not much of a shoe girl but damn those shoes are gorgeous! The colour is just pefect too…. Lucky you! Love the photos too! Sigh…

  8. kristi says:

    i absolutely love the shoes and i have to say maay favorite pic is the one with you wearing them too cute, i would never do that in the dead of winter, no one would dare want to see these legs i don’t care how cute my shoes were..lol…i love your blog and your style..keep it up for us to enjoy!ps i painted an old suitcase white the other day, turned out good, you always have good ideas, thanks

  9. Vanesa says:

    Love love love them!
    I love shoes!!!!!

  10. those shoes are adorable! and so you. and i would do the same thing…. tuck them away into the bacof the closet, “oh, these old things?”

  11. Laura says:

    Gorgeous shoes… gorgeous pictures… I want your life…Humph… Okay, I’ll just take the shoes?? Lx

  12. Patrice says:

    Well, of course things named Flicky have to come home with you! I think it’s a rule or something. :)

  13. Kim says:

    Miss Sarah~Those are some very Sweet Foot Candy going on.Love, Love, Love the Ruffle! I buy my own gifts always so I get just what I want.~Cheers Kim

  14. I think Wittners should be paying you for some mightly fine advertising me thinks ;)

  15. Mary Kaeding says:

    Wow – the color! the wedge! the RUFFLE!! Adorable!

    Thanks for sharing your Valentine joy!

    Mary in MN

  16. Ashleigh says:

    I have a minor shoe obsession so I totally enjoy living vicariously through your purchase! To die for!

  17. your shoes are gorgeous and I’ll be looking for some of those mushroom toned beauties!
    I wear a 6 and love how much smaller my shoes look in ballet flats!!!

  18. Angie says:

    I totally love them…had a pair of Sam & Libby Flats with a big leather bow that I absolutely felt the same way about. Remember if they hurt waltz a few rounds in the house with socks on till they break in..

  19. i have never ben a shoe person, until just recently, i gotta say though these look delightful. such a pretty colour too

  20. kari says:

    I do not know you as of yet, but your personality is just so damn cute I want to meet you….

    Us gals and our shoes, nothing compares to finding a great pair.

    ♥ your blog,

  21. Sally says:

    1. Love the shoes’ name.
    2. Love that you cleaned the toilet in them.
    That is all.

    =) Sally

  22. Bianca says:

    do you realise that reading this post is very dangerous for me. I am a bit of a shoe addict and showing me such gorgeous shoes doesn’t really help ;) They are absolutely adorable, amazing, awesome! I’m not going to run to the shop though… I just spent that money on a holiday ;) someone tie me to the desk please…

  23. Zsuzsa says:

    Love your shoes! So shic!!!!

  24. Susan says:

    so pretty… my dear husband is lucky I have ginormica feet or we would seriously have NO money.

    I’m a bag freak…….. much to his despair.

    I love your pretty shoes…… I’m sure they looked gorgeous with your jammies

    Susan XX

  25. *Tasiaa says:

    I know *this strange force* too!

    Your shoes are so pretty – soft – chic!!!


  26. Kelly Ash says:

    What awesome shoes! They can be dressy, but also kinda earthy! I love all shoes, but I especially love the ones that can go with anything! When I find shoes that I love I keep them like … forever.

    I have these leather simples that are about 17 years old that I still wear …. even though the inside looks kinda worn & grimy …. and even though the outside leather is scraped all over … and even though I’ve had to replace the laces about 5 times. My husband wants me to get rid of them, but guess what?! I found a local place that repairs shoes! Whoo hoo for me!

    So when I say I have a love affair with shoes … it may be lifelong! :) And ‘Flicky Cloud’ shoes are beautiful!


  27. pamela says:

    Love your new shoes and love their name. You are so much fun, love reading your blog.

  28. Tammi says:

    Ooh la la, me likes those shoes!!!
    Their name is so whimsical :)

  29. Tiff says:

    Seriously cute shoes Sarah. Nice legs too!!!

  30. Melissa says:

    I LOVE them!!! Cutest shoes ever!!

  31. Bex says:

    I bought myself some shoes very similar to yours but no wedge, they are the same gorgeous mushroom putty colour with soft ruffled suede material covering them, but unfortunately as you know in Blighty there are only a couple of weeks a year you can wear pretty pumps!!
    They do however need a bit of wearing in so I’m going to use your idea of doing the housework in them and that kills two birds with one stone, as they say!!
    Thanks x

  32. Jane says:

    How heavenly, Sarah. Thanks so much for sharing – I was Googling it, quick as a flash. On my wishlist now, for sure. So are they more comfortable to wear in than your ballet shoes? J x

    • sarah says:

      the ballet shoes are a dream now I have broken them in!

      so much so I bought another pair

      so I am hoping this will happen with these too…with this kinda leather I think so :-)

  33. carol says:

    the shoes are beautiful, I must have a pair! :)

  34. mrs hojo says:

    I think you should blog all your shoes :)


  35. Claire says:

    Thanks Sarah for making me laugh (& smile at the pics of your sweet new BC shoes). It feels nice after a challenging week and an exhausting day teaching my little kindy class. My hubby forgot valentines day too! I love visiting your blog, and seeing your beautiful, cheerful styling & surroundings.
    I can’t believe someone loves bringing home new shoes as much as me, & gets all domestic in them just as I do! (Kinda relieved there is another out there that I can relate to on that level..). When I bring home something new that I adore, I can be found at times simply sitting & staring at it in wonder, and love waking up with it next to my bed in the morning-lol… even if it’s just a bunch of $5.00 supermarket flowers!
    You are a gal after my own heart.
    Cheers, from Claire in QLD.

  36. love a ruffly wedge putty coloured buy-for-oneself pair of wedge heels…

    love that old suitcase from lg…aren’t girl friends the best!

    and frangi’s are my fave and my best flower….imagine an old jug of aussie frangi’s & english peonies…heaven!!

    melissa x

    • lg says:

      I was only responsible for strongly encouraging the purchase! But yes having a girlfriend like Sarah is super cool. I am so lucky! Do you think it goes against the girlfriend code if I purchase the exact same shoes? lg xxx

      • sarah says:

        well lg…who’s the lucky one huh?

        I am thinking that would be me girlfriend ;-)

        …you be the rockin’ salt cellar thrifting girl

        I’ll lend you the shoes…we can timeshare…seeing as we have the same size feet an’ all


        • lg says:

          i would probably get the shoes in orange anyway – and the salt/tea canister/vases are PERFECT with my wonky hand-made yellow vasey thing. Lucky you still like me even though my style is not vintage or white or beachy! (maybe that’s why???)

  37. Sherry says:

    Those shoes are super cute and you wear them with such grace and style. How could Mr. BC not love them too!!! ~~Sherry~~

  38. Bev says:

    you had me at ruffle !!!!

  39. Sue Meddings says:

    Ooooh, they are me…do tell where you bought these from, pleze?

  40. Angie T says:

    luv, luv, luv them! great color!

  41. Deborah says:

    Oooo they is nice x

  42. Diana says:

    Shoes can change your life…………………….just ask Cinderella

  43. Jo says:

    Fab! I have a pair of silk, leopard print heels that I have been known to wear out in the yard to collect the eggs.

    TDM x

  44. cherrie says:

    Anything with frills is totally acceptable. Hope they don’t still hurt.

  45. Lovely shoes!!!!!! I am so In Love with the ruffles, and honestly I Heart the name Flicky Cloud More!!!! So adorable!!!!!

    Michelle Torres

  46. Jessica says:

    So adorable! The color is perfect and the lovely ruffles top them off wonderfully! I love bringing home “old” shoes, too! ;)

  47. Jamie says:

    Lovely, lovey, lovely shoes! It is only fitting that your feet should match your lovely home!

  48. Mary says:

    The shoes are beautiful! Hope they still don’t hurt like hell! I have a few pairs of ‘old’ shoes in my closet currently waiting for the snow to melt.

  49. Marcia says:

    I love your shoes! I actually have a pair very similar to them, and they absolutely KILL my feet each and every time I wear them. I keep thinking I just have to break them in, but they are so stinkin’ cute I really don’t care!

  50. Love love love the shoes. And especially love that you admit to cleaning the toilet in them. Anything to make that chore feel sexy, right?

  51. Shar Y says:

    Love those shoes! I like shoes because that’s the one thing I can always count on to fit, if you get my drift! I hope they sell those in the good ‘ol U.S.!

  52. Maureen says:

    Love the shoes – the color, the shoes, and most definitely the ruffle! Who knew there were shabby chic shoes in the world!

  53. should my heart be skipping beats? oh yes, i think so.

  54. Lori R. says:

    Beauties! Would love a pair myself.

  55. alex wijnen says:

    Oh, I totally know how you feel about your shoes: I found a pair with pleats in the front and a little buckle across the top last summer while visiting my sister in the Netherlands. Little wooden heels and black suede made the shoes absolute perfection! Enjoy your new little darlings, you deserve them ;)

  56. Pam Keener says:

    OMG!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE those shoes.
    Love & Hugs,

  57. Tracey says:

    As a HUGE fan of putty myself, you’re killing me with the dotty oilcloth and now the shoes!!! Both WONDERFUL!!!
    I’m beginning to think that having your lovely hubby forget Valentine’s Day was a stroke of luck!! ENJOY!! ;-)

  58. Callie says:

    I LOVE those. I’m very into wooden healed wedges lately. And the RUFFLE?! Love.

    p.s. your husband couldnt’ have done better than these wedges had he remembered Vday.

  59. Vicki K says:

    The ruffle is killer!

  60. Cathy says:

    Ohh… they are beautiful – isn’t it a wonderful day when we can find a great pair of shoes :)

  61. Mary says:

    LOVE, Love, love your shoes. They are darling and absolutely beautiful. I am excited for you and hope to find shoes like that… They remind me of all things simple and nice. Kinda like Anthropologie style. sorry I keep going on but thank you for sharing. Also, I love your blog it has the BEST style and makes me appreciate the simple things in life.

    Thank you!

  62. tami says:

    I personally feel that Household chores become practically enjoyable in a pair of shoes like that, Sarah. They’re perfect for a “Beach Cottage Domestic Goddess” xoxo tami

  63. Stacy says:

    Love the shoes, love the color, love that wore them just because.

  64. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I’m a new follower. Your home is GORGEOUS and I love your blog!!!!!

  65. Tovah says:

    the ruffle makes the shoes. Score.

  66. Tami says:

    You… are just darling m’dear. Just darling.

  67. pamelajane says:

    Love the shoes, love the ruffles, love the dancin’ through the housework :)

  68. Jill says:

    Those are the cutest shoes ever! I can just see you working your way through the house in them, which had to have been more fun than usual! ::Jill

  69. Kerry says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn’t be able to stop looking at them if they were mine; the colour is perfect, the wedge is perfect and oh, that ruffle…. !

  70. indiansummer says:

    The shoes are adorable. I’m so glad you gave them a good home. ;-)

  71. Julie says:

    OMg-I do the EXACT same thing with new shoes-hoover in them, walk in them with pj’s on etc! I LOVE shoes!!!!!

  72. Sally says:

    Just had to tell you that I love and heart your blog Sarah!! Loved your post today and Good Golly Miss Molly….I love the shoes!
    Have a fabulous weekend. Sure would like to have a pair of them myself!


  73. Lori-Anne says:

    I shouldn’t admit this, but at first I didn’t think the shoes were all that. At first, I thought they looked like something my grandma would have worn. And then I saw the pic of them ON and, seriously, they’re sooooooo cute and flirty! My lack of imagination when shopping is a huge handicap, obviously!

  74. tammie says:

    I LOVE IT: I shop the same way… and i love that you hoovered, pranced… and danced and wore your pajamas in them. :-) Happy Valentines Feet!

  75. Swede Collection says:

    Isn’t it amazing how those magnetic forces work?
    A husband who forgot V Day!!! Oh my.
    If mine did, the force would drag me into a Swedish antique shop.
    Very cute story and very cute shoes.

  76. Lisa says:

    Lovely lovely shoes!

  77. Stephanie says:

    Oh what a lovely pair of shoes and perfect for pj’s too, what more could you ask? In my world for every perfect shoe, there is a perfect pair of boots. Oh yes sometimes I say they are just an old pair I am revisiting!!

  78. Krista says:

    Oh, you made me smile with this post. :-) I’m so glad you found something that makes you so happy. I feel the same way about the tights I found in purple, fuschia and turquoise. I can’t help but be happy when I wear them. :-)

  79. KRISTI ESSMAN says:

    It really does look much cuter in your photos. Good job! Makes ya wanna run right out and get a pair! Think I could get away w/that for an excuse to take a trip to Australia?! haha!!

  80. Kristen says:

    I just discovered your blog and I am in love with it! Also, I adore these shoes. Off to google “Flicky Cloud” and see if I can find myself a pair. :)

  81. Deneen says:

    I love the shoes and all your pictures! You make them look more beautiful!

  82. Bren says:

    Your funny!!

  83. Suzanne says:

    Please tell me where you got them!! I need a pair. NEED!

  84. Katherine says:

    oooooh Sarah!! What beautiful shoes. They are georgeous!
    I don’t think I would be “allowed” to wear something as spunky as that – my podiatrist would say “not”! Boring orthapedics for me I’m afraid – with limitations too!! It’s not fair – but LUCKY, LUCKY you!
    PS Don’t let the toilet cleaning bleach stain them!!!!!!!

  85. Amy says:

    Girl….you sure know how to make a pair of shoes (which are fantastic in thier own right), look UNBELIEVABLE!!! Your photography ROCKS!

  86. JoAnne says:

    Hi Sarah – shoes with a ruffle – soooo cute!! And your post about them is just as cute and creative. Loved it! BTW – I spent 2 weeks in Australia about 17 years ago – a beautiful place! Loved it too!!

  87. LOL you are so funny!!!!! I totally hear you on shoes. You see I have a thing for boots :)
    I love your shoes and they are very you and fit your blog perfectly!!
    :) Hope you’re enjoying them this weekend!!

  88. Alima says:

    Loving these shoes!! Can we buy them online??? I NEED a pair!
    I googled but came up with nothing!

  89. Barefoot Liz says:

    Love the ruffles!

  90. Patti says:

    I luuuve ‘em. but then, I have a thing about shoes.

  91. Nicole Kemer says:

    Please, do share the brand name of these shoes. They are perfect for Spring.

  92. jerikay says:

    love. love. love these adorable shoes! do tell where you found them! i need a pair!

  93. Trisha P. says:

    That is the best – finding shoes that make your heart sing!

  94. You are too funny and cute Sarah.
    Those shoes are the shizzle.
    x Marnie

  95. Jennifer says:

    I love the shoes…. and I just discovered your blog…. can’t wait to read more!


  96. Nancylee says:

    I love, love your Flicky Cloud. So pretty and adorably cute like you!

  97. kathy h says:

    Yes, it’s funny how buying shoes…or anything for matter… can temporatily make the world a better place!

  98. jodi p. says:

    Your V-day shoes are fab! Will keep it a secret from hubby! Loveeeee your blog out in So Cal! Keep up the great work! Please throw my name in the hat! Many thanks!

  99. pamq says:

    I still haven’t figured the thing out about shoes yet.

    I own no heels.

    Tennis shoes for me, please.

    But that ruffle really is rather cool………..


  100. Deb says:

    Oh ny…to die for! When I saw them..I scoured the internet looking for something similar I could buy here. The ruffle is just so perfect..I mean just how cute will your feet look in these even in your jeans! Polka dots, stripes and ruffly shoes. I would be in heaven!

    Enjoy – they are fabulous!

  101. Sara-Lynn says:

    Super adorable shoes… I feel like they would go with everything in my wardrobe. I’m new to your site here, but having a fabulous time looking around. My sister is living down under while I inhabit a coastline way up in the great north (Canada). Thanks for sharing!

  102. Camilla says:

    Those shoes are perfect for you! So very pretty. Not something to wear here…would be awfully wet and cold right now. Envious!

  103. Rachel says:

    Nice. Ballet flats but on wedges. Flats are not flattering for shorty like me. These are brilliant!

  104. Annie says:

    I for one love your shoes. I can’t let my daughter see them or we will have to get a pair …. that would be a nightmare as she already has several closets full of shoes!!!

  105. catheine says:

    love the shoes. how would they look in a 10 ?

  106. Anne-Marie says:

    These shoes are so you Sarah.
    Perfect colour and height too!

  107. Elisabeth says:

    Love anything with a ruffle!

  108. Lois Gibbs says:

    I LOVE the shoes! Thay are soooo you. Color, style, and photo ideas. Great! Shhh. Don’t talk too loud. It’s our secret.

  109. Christina Aiton says:

    Love love love these shoes – and what a cool name!

  110. Missy Scordino says:

    Your blog about your shoes reminded me of my daughter.When she was little and recieved a “new pair of shoes”….as I checked on her before bed she would have her new shoes on under the covers as she lay fast asleep:)

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  112. Rebecca says:

    Cute shoes – love the ruffles!

  113. Melinda says:

    Love the shoes! They fit so perfectly with the Beach Cottage lifestyle…but I think they would be equally at home with me in the country : )

  114. Lindsay says:

    Love the shoes! Wonder if they sell them here in Hawaii?? Aloha!

  115. Karen says:

    Well, the shoes are awesome and the rest of your site the same. Bu the shoes set the stage, definitely. What I am finding out and wondering about is why so many cool people that I’ve met online recently are from Australia AND live in beautiful vintage cottages? Makes me want to move there. What a treat to find you Sarah! Take care, Karen

  116. lisaroy says:

    I love them and the ruffles are so charming! I have to admit I’ve done similar things in new shoes out of pure excitement! I think I’m as excited about your flicky clouds as you are! :)

  117. They are so cute! You shop the way I do – spontaneously and, perhaps, erratically but that’s all part of the fun!

  118. Those are stellar shoes and you are a laugh riot!!!
    :) Smiling from ear to ear after reading your post!

  119. Little Nan says:

    Oooohhh! They are gorgeous! They remind me of my wedding shoes.
    Love Kelly , love reading your blog too!

  120. I think I’m in putty ruffle heaven!!!! ♥

    xoxo laurie

  121. I LOVE shoes, but I love being barefoot just as much…I am such a mess :)

  122. Sue says:

    Your shoes are SO pretty! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. They would go with anything! Actually, I almost exclusively purchase my shoes at thrift stores. And your shoes are the reason. I love unique, pretty footwear (and I’m cheap/I mean thrifty) , but I don’t want to pay the price. Quite the situation! As a footnote, I do sanitize them. I’m so happy that women get tired of their shoes, sometimes rather quickly.

  123. Jenn says:

    Cute shoes!! I just popped over to say thank-you for commenting on my blog and am so glad I did! Your blog is beautiful! Can’t wait to look around some more! Your newest follower, Jenn :)

  124. Mary says:

    Oh they are beautiful shoes…I have numb toes at the moment from wearing high heels for 12 hours yesterday at my sisters wedding!

  125. Ainslie says:

    oooh, they are really nice shoes!
    I think it’s only fitting that you took some beautiful photos to share with us.
    ~ and I love the idea of cooking dinner in them!

  126. Jennifer G says:

    Putty ruffles=perfection. Love them!!

  127. Jennifer says:

    CUTE shoes! I LOVE ruffles. I awarded you the stylish blogger award on my blog today, just wanted to let you know :)

  128. I am not even much of a show person . . . but your shoes are ADORABLE.


  129. Robynne says:

    Dear Putty Ruffles, you’re hilarious! Love the shoes…..they should be really worn in by now….just hope you had some clothes on when you were prancing around in them! Have bought a couple of pairs myself lately. Didn’t even get out of U.K. and bought a pair of red ballet slippers at Heathrow, then another red pair…sandles this time in Sorrento, Melbourne. Gotta stash them in my case so hubby doesn’t realise!! Robx

  130. Abby says:

    Love the color and the ruffles! There’s nothing like a fabulous pair of shoes!

  131. Tismemimi says:

    Just wanted to let you know that those are really cute shoes. I think though they would be better for me in the Lower States as ballerina flats, but the ruffle is exactly the right size for shoes. Not too big, not too small…jussssssssssssst RIGHT. Lovely. I hope you do enjoy yours, and I’m having a little SHOE ENVY here in the south. I could wear those here this time of year also, our weather is 80 degrees today. Lovin’ it and your shoes Honey. Hope you really……really…………enjoy. Hey, don’t feel bad, your hubby was not the only one that left you hangin for Valentines Day. Mine too. Just doesn’t know how much it’s gonna cost him in the long run…he would have been way better off doing something himself. LOL today and every day til then………….. Thanks also for all your ideas, you would think you lived on the southern coast of the STATES like we do. Same great ideas, and many of the same looks. Keep it up and keep it goig Girl. Smilin on you>>>>>>>.

  132. Susan says:

    Those are adorable! I’m going to keep an eye out for something similar…too cute!

  133. Deb says:

    I’d like to meet Flicky Cloud. Being resingle (divorced) :(, I hear my name whispered a lot as I walk through the mall. ‘Grand’ wason close out & needed a desperately needed a home & ‘Cain’ was just so darn cute!!!

  134. kerrie says:

    I ‘heart’ ruffles…and wedges are the only type of heels I wear these days. I’m a flip flop, maryjane birkenstock kinda girl. These are adorable. xx

  135. Cute shoes! And a funny story!