I’m breaking up my NZ Fashion Week posts with a really haul from Melbourne. I bought three pairs of shoes during my trip there and I finally invested in a pair of leather boots.
Check out my shoe haul below.
I’m not one to spend money on shoes. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I’m into thrifting/opshopping so I’m quite cheap with fashion and I rarely spend over $40 on one thing.
This changed during my trip to Melbourne when I stepped into Wittner. Wittner is an Australian footwear brand and I wish they have stores in NZ. The pair of boots pictured above are the black Elly boots.
Usually, I wouldn’t even consider buying a pair of shoes for $199 and even more so in Australian dollars but I knew it was about time I get proper leather boots that will last a long time.
I opted for the Elly pair because it was simple and I know it would go with a lot of outfits. It’s not completely flat either but the heel is low so it’s still comfortable. I tried it on and fell in love. The leather is quite soft and the elastic gusset makes it easy to put on and take off. It also has a padded footbed to add comfort.
I have worn this pair so much since getting it and I don’t regret the purchase one bit. I even got the price down because I got it in Chadstone Shopping Centre and you get $10% if you have the Tourism Passport.
Simply show your international passport to the customer service desk and they will give you the passport booklet with discounts to brands in the shopping centre. It was great.
I was so tempted to buy more shoes in Wittner but I had to be practical. If I can go back, I would have also bought the Quincy Flat and Vanora shoes.
If I didn’t buy the boots above, I would have bought this in a heartbeat. I actually still dream about this because it was so comfortable. This was probably the most comfortable pair of flats I’ve ever tried and after a few days of walking in Melbourne, these were heaven on my feet. I wish I got it but I knew I wouldn’t use it yet as it’s more of a summer shoe. The leather on this pair is so soft and it is a dream to walk in. I can’t stop raving about it. I will get this one day.
This style was also hard to resist but the shoes below is similar style so I didn’t really need it.
The next pair of shoes I bought during my trip was this New Look brogues/oxfords. To be honest, I don’t know what the difference is so if you do, enlighten me. I got them at Payless Shoes for $14.99. This also came in brown which was the initial pair I wanted but when I went back to the shop the next day, my size in the brown was gone so I settled for the black instead. Same with the Wittner boots, these are quite comfy and goes with most of my outfits.
As I said at the start, I bought three pairs. I didn’t take a photo of the last pair but it’s just a simple black ballet flats also from Payless Shoes.
The Wittner boots and New Look brogues are actually the two pairs of shoes I wore to NZ Fashion Week. I was on my feet most of the day and the two pairs were lifesavers. My feet still hurt towards the end of the day but it’s more because I walked heaps, carried a lot of heavy stuff and the floors in the Viaduct Events Centre is concrete so they were very hard on the feet. I lasted pretty well on them and they still went with my NZFW outfits. I was comfy and I didn’t have to result in wearing sneakers. I’m so glad I bought them.
Before I finish this post, I just want to say that my Witter boots has made me realise that investing in more expensive shoes is worth it. Back then, I wouldn’t have thought of buying shoes over $100 but I now appreciate quality. Previously, I’ve just been buying cheap shoes (see these Winter Wardrobe, Kmart and Rubi shoes hauls of inexpensive boots) but ever since Melbourne, I’ve only considered buying shoes I know will last a while.
I have turned a new leaf and although it’s bad on the wallet, I’m hoping I’ll be buying less shoes over the years and will opt for quality over quantity.
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8 thoughts on “Melbourne Shoe Haul”
Every now and then I’ll think that I’m adjusting splendidly to New Zealand life, and then I’ll be reminded of Australian gems like Wittner and think “ugh, take me HOME!” I *love* their shoes, and you’re totally right, quality-wise, I think they’re pretty superb 😊
You picked some amazing styles, and I’ve loved hearing about your time in Melbourne!
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I looked on their website and Wittner has been around for a very long time. I’m surprised they haven’t expanded to NZ. I hope they do in the future because if I could get shoes from one store only, I’ll buy from them. I think it’s reasonably priced for quality too. Like Overland is too much for me but there’s no equivalent of Wittner to a NZ brand that I know of.
Thanks! There’s plenty more of my Melbourne posts to come 🙂