…yes you read that right – preloved Chanel pumps for £100!!
How on earth??
The answer is Vestiaire Collective + vintage + a trip to the cobblers.
These little guys needed a tiny tad bit of love in the shape of a new sole..that’s it! I always find it crazy that people shy away from buying something with such an easy fix as a new sole. But I really don’t mind because it means more bargains for me.
These beauties are vintage from the 80s/90s and barely worn. The heel needed to be re-done and for some reason, the old owner didn’t invest the £15 before they put them up for sale. Most designer shoes need a re-heel pretty quickly, I have even had to bring a pair of boots in that I had only worn for half a day before the little rubber bit on the heel came off.
They are very similar to the Chanel pumps you can see in shops now, only the heel is thinner and they have a tiny little platform (great for slightly vertically challenged people like me). They are timeless, very comfortable and make me feel like a chic Parisienne.
Coming in at £100, November’s shopping is a fairly frugal one. I guess it will leave me more budget for my December item…or Christmas gifts.
It is my birthday in December, so I haven’t really decided if maybe I should treat myself to something really special? I will also have gone a full year only buying one single item each month.
I’m trying to think of something a little bit more indulgent that I might need. But to be honest, my wardrobe is pretty well-rounded by now. So it would be more of a want than a need… but that’s ok now and then too.
Ha, it really hits me how far I have come when I read the above sentence back to myself. If you would have asked me a little over a year ago, I would have been able to give you a list of at least 10 things I was dying to purchase. And now, I’m just content. It’s like I finally found my way around my own wardrobe and fashion. All the pressure is off, it’s only fun, creativity and expression left.
I don’t shop to feel good anymore.
I have other ways of making myself feel great instead. My self-care routine is way better and these days I enjoy the process of deciding what I will buy each month more than the actual purchase itself.
…except for maybe this one. Since it was a bit more of an impulse buy. (And I did do a really ugly happy dance in my kitchen once my offer at Versitiare Collective was approved). I mean a pair of preloved Chanel pumps for £100… It is a find of a lifetime.
It’s all about making a small wish list of truly tieless pieces that you don’t mind waiting possibly even years to own. But keep on checking in on pages like Vestiaire Collective (Europe + US), The RealReal (US) and similar, where they authenticate products for you. And when you find that special item, be quick and celebrate accordingly.
What is the ultimate super bargain to you ? A Max Mara coat? A Saint Laurent bag? Maybe a piece of fine jewellery? Preloved Chanel pumps for £100? Please share in the comments!
I’m wearing a timeless Blazer from Avie , organic cotton jeans by Theo+George (gift + affiliate link), pre-loved Saint Laurent belt and Chanel pumps from Vestiaire Collective and jewellery by ethical jeweller Winsor Bishop.
Photo – Ida Zander.