Behind The Butter

September Favorites: Shoe Edition


Today I shall share with you my love and passion for all things shoes. I love shoes. I love flip-flops, flats, heels, wedges, boots and strappy things. I don’t discriminate — in my mind, all shoes are created equal. Well…almost all shoes. If a shoe is super duper cute but uncomfortable, I will never buy it. To me, comfort is key. No one wants to be tending to an awful blister at a concert, now do they? Shoes can brighten up any “blah” outfit and always fit…no matter how many salted fudge brownies you ate the night before!

Here are a few of my current favorites!

Exhibit One. The short suede wedge. From Tar-jay {Target} and only $29. I believe they are Merona brand. I love the neutral taupe color and the way they go with absolutely everything from jeans to dresses. I think they are the most comfortable Target shoe I have ever walked on. Seriously! I feel like I could walk for days in these and they are short enough to minimize my risk of face-planting in airports and grocery stores. I just love ’em! They also come in a very pretty dark blue shade {which you can see Kate wearing here} as well as black.

Moving on to these short, leather ankle boots. These are the Zipcode boots from Madewell. They are ridiculously comfortable and my favorite way to wear them is with a dress. I used to think all ankle boots were unflattering on me, but then I discovered that it’s all about the cut of the boot. Boots that are cut right below the ankle are way more flattering than boots that are cut right above the ankle. Get it? I really like these but they are not Adam’s favorite. What’s with guys and short boots?

Patent leather burgundy heels. These are Franco Sarto and I got them at TJ Maxx last year. They are also very, very comfortable and I just love the seasonal color! I like to wear these with jeans and a back or white top. They make any outfit fun!

Yellow suede pumps! I found these on clearance a few months ago on the Urban Outfitters website and snagged them because I’m obsessed with mustard color anything. They still have them {but they are not on sale anymore- boo} and I highly recommend these shoes! They are comfy and cute…plus, the color is so fun. I always get compliments when I wear these. I love how different and unique the heel is. They are very cute with cropped jeans!

Tan flats. These are from Banana Republic and have some sort of memory foam cushion in them that makes them perfect for those days when you’re on your feet from morning till night. They are a neutral color and go with everything. Perfect for throwing in your suitcase when you travel!

And finally, my very favorite: cowboy boots. These were a “I-just-published-a-book-gift” to myself. The last time I bought a pair of cowboy boots I was 18 and having some fun on Ebay so I figured if I average a pair every ten years, I’m in good shape. Truth be told, I fell IN LOVE with these Corral Vintage boots when Rachel had them on during our trip to Oregon last month. And like any intense relationship, I fell hard…fast. I just couldn’t stop thinking about them. Finally, I manned up and asked them out {aka ordered them online from a little Western store in Chicago}. Since then, it’s been butterflies and roses.

We are definitely enjoying our life together.

Goodbye for now!


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  • Sonal
    September 18, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Wow I love all your shoes! They are fabulous 🙂 I must say I also love mustard anything and those shoes would catch my eye! I also reallyy like the patent burgandy heels 🙂

  • Poetesswug (Deb)
    September 18, 2012 at 4:23 am

    ^_^ I love your shoes! And I love that you did a post about them. I feel closer to you now. ^_^ I did a post about mine too a while back. I LOVE SHOES!!! LOL

    By the way, those boots are FABU!!!! 🙂

  • Anne
    September 18, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Those. boots.are. to. die. for!
    I adore shoes as well, they can take a simple outfit to a whole new level in a half second. I’m a fairly frugal person, but shoes are one thing I’ll splurge on 🙂

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    September 18, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I love boots for the fall!!! I wish I could wear more heels, but they bother my feet. That’s okay–there are some really cute flats out right now!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    September 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Love love love those mustard pumps AND the target wedges… I was planning on shoe shopping this wk and you just made things easier for me. 😉

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 18, 2012 at 4:54 am

    I will admire your shoe collection since mine is limited d/t a cranky right knee. I could do those BR flats though!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    September 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Ok, the Franco Sarto red pumps: AMAZING!!! And totally hot too! I love all brightly coloured shoes and have developed quite a collection, but no reds yet. Need to fix that!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}
    September 18, 2012 at 5:28 am

    A great pair of shoes makes a woman feel like she can conquer anything – whether they be gorgeous sleek heels, warm cozy boots, or a comfortable pair of running shoes. I love this post, it’s total eye candy for my shoe-loving self; the red pumps and cowgirl boots are my favorite!

  • Faith @ The Cheap Girl's Guide to Chic
    September 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

    I love those yellow suede pumps. Such a fun pop of color! I’m just so excited that it’s boot season – I have a pair of vintage Gucci riding boots that I snagged at a thrift shop in NYC that I CANNOT WAIT to bust out.

  • Courtney
    September 18, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Shoes are totally my weakness and like you, I appreciate a good, comfortable shoe. These are all very cute shoes!

  • Heather @ Girlyeverafter
    September 18, 2012 at 6:19 am

    LOVE the cowboy boots! Santa will be hearing about these for sure:)

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    September 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Love those boots! I’ve never owned a pair of cowboy boots nor am I sure that I would get enough wear out of them, but they sure are beautiful.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 18, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Ooh…I’m absolutely loving your shoe collection. I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect black pump for a wedding I’m in next month. Might have to check out some of these stores!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 18, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Love those cowboy boots! I actually need a pair for a barndance that I’m going to. Maybe I’ll bite the bullet and get myself a pair like that … 😀

  • Kristen @ The Chronicles of Dutch
    September 18, 2012 at 6:29 am

    The boots are KILLER!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    September 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Love the wedges – they’d be so versatile!

  • cait
    September 18, 2012 at 6:45 am

    omg those ankle boots and the brown flatts from b.republic are the best! super cute girl 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 18, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Especially love the wedges and the mustard suede shoes! Also loving your cowboy boots even though I would never have the opportunity to rock those anywhere.

  • Laura
    September 18, 2012 at 6:59 am

    You sound like me–sometimes i plan an entire outfit around my shoes! Love these picks!

  • domonique @ a bowl full of simple
    September 18, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Love your favorites! I’ve been eyeing a pair like the tar-jay ones 😉
    glad SF went well. i was sorry to miss it.

  • Annalisa
    September 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Cute post! I love shoes but am not always the best at getting the most comfortable ones. So they end up sitting on my shelf. I need to work on finding comfort and style. 😛

  • Carla
    September 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Good decision on buying the cowboy boots. They are seriously SO cute and I’m kind of envying them right now.. bad me..

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    September 18, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Those boots are killer – They remind me of the Western Booties from Chloe that I’d dying for! 🙂

  • Krista
    September 18, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Love your boots noticed in your post during your first book signing what site did u order them from I would love a pair!

    • jenna
      September 18, 2012 at 7:14 am

      You can order them directly from the link I supplied, but I got mine from a store called Alcalas in Chicago!

  • Julie
    September 18, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Ah! I’ve been on the lookout for cute AND comfortable flats (I feel like all the ones with cushy support look blah, haha) Though, the bf might not like them (he’s over a foot taller than me and appreciates heels 🙂

  • Katie
    September 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Love the shoes, but you left out your FRYE Melissa Button boots!!! I love those ones. 🙂

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    September 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

    I love this post and love all your shoes – especially your boots! They are awesome – love the pops of turquoise that shine through!

  • Karen
    September 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I enjoyed your book, so was really surprised by poor reviews on Good Reads. Chin up, Jenna! 🙂

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    September 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Those cowboy boots are to die for – love them! Did you order them from Alcala’s? I live in the area and that is my absolute favorite place to buy boots!

    • jenna
      September 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Yep! They are fantastic over there!

  • Caroline L.
    September 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

    All of these are so cute, but those cowboy boots… dang it girl, those are so killer!! Love! Reminds me of the rodeo in February when all the girls where cowboy boots and sundresses, ha!

  • Charul @ Tadka Masala
    September 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I love the second one and the red ones and the flats and.. Okay all! I love them all.

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    September 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Love those wedges and those cowboy boots! Really, I kind of love them all…I’m a fellow shoe addict. 🙂

  • jenna k
    September 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

    funny that you say that, because i actually did make salted fudge brownies last night. super yummy and SUPER easy!
    i need to check out those wedges. i love wedges, but all mine are open-toed, so i should probably be more appropriate sometimes.

  • Sharon
    September 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I am still coveting the Frye Melissa button boots that you have for fall…hmmmm those Madewell’s are cute too though…

  • Julie B.
    September 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I love the red pumps and the brown flats from Banana Republic. Franco Sarto makes some comfortable shoes and I have several pairs but I need to make my way to Banana Republic and look at their flats.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    September 18, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love shoes but really don’t like wearing heals. Give me the Banana Republic flats or boots and I’m in love!

  • Diana
    September 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oh! Those booties from Madewell and those cowboy boots? LOVE! <3 Lol.

    ps. totally with you on buying shoes that are comfortable. unhappy feet are no fun. 🙂

  • SavoryandSavage
    September 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I love the cowboy boots!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    September 18, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Love the wedges!

  • Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings
    September 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Oh Fall shoes, how much I love them. You are definitely encouraging me to go shopping, and I don’t need encouragement 🙂 Those cowboy boots are so cute, I love the turquoise detailing!

  • elle | nutritionella
    September 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those cowboy boots & suede pumps. I have major shoe envy now!

  • Beverly Aragon
    September 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Totally LOVE the yellow pumps!

  • Addy@The Journalist
    September 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    I so have those taupe suede Target pumps too, and love them! They really do work with just about everything. I was also loving those yellow pumps from UO, the chunky heel is super-cute!

  • Lia
    September 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    So cute! I love the boots the best for sure and I’m not usually a cowboy boot kind of girl! I always have liked your tastes.

  • Kate
    September 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    thanks for the mention! LOVING your yellow shoes!!!!

  • Alissa
    September 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I LOVE shoes, especially boots! I need to find a good pair of ankle boots stat.

  • Brent
    October 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Hi, this is Brent with I’ve created a special promo code just for you eat, live, run readers. You can use promo code ELR2012 on to get $10 off the Corral boots that are showcased in this post. The promo is valid through the end of October 2012. Enjoy!

  • Amy Hyman
    March 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love your cowgirl boots, but the link is no longer active. What brand are they?!?

    • jenna
      March 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      They are Corral Vintage 🙂

  • rachel
    September 23, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I just bought a new pair 😉

    I think we need a visit together so you can drool over a new pair!

    I hope you’re still loving them <3 <3 <3 xoxoxoxoxoox

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