January 30, 2015 Crystal Phuong 0 Comments

Hi everyone,
After blogging about fashion for almost three years, this will be the first time I show you a part of my dream shoe closet. Although, it's still in the decorating process, I'm so happy with how it looks right now and I can't wait to share with you. It's not only a shoe closet to me, but also my pride, my hard work, inspiration, and achievement. I'll tell you why.

Where I came from originally, people had no idea what designer shoes mean. Although, I was born
and raised in a city, I have never thought of buying any pair of shoes that cost more than $50. Like most people in Vietnam, I believed shoes are just the wearable items to protect your feet. I never bought any expensive shoes because they would get dirty and worn out after a while. Besides, spending $100 on a pair of shoes was such a waste.  The truth was, I couldn't afford branded shoes, and I couldn't understand why somebody could spend so much on them. I carried that thinking with me for more than 20 years. I would think twice before I spent more than $100 on shoes because I thought they were the last item to pay attention to. A thousand dollar shoes? I could buy many other things with that amount of money.  

Things changed when I started writing this blog and stepped into the fashion industry, I took an effort to learn and appreciate more designer items. The materials, the craftsmanship, the incredible designs made me understand why people would spend thousands of dollars on their feet. Then, I began to wonder (and wish) "When can I afford to buy a pair of designer shoes?". Neither I came from a wealthy family nor had a rich boyfriend to support me. I was raised to be independent and to chase for what I want. So I made a goal and a promise to myself: "When I earn enough money, I'll buy ONE expensive pair of shoes for myself." 

These Chloe Susanna studded booties were the first designer shoes I bought in 2013. I was extremely excited that I couldn't sleep the first night I had them. I wore them many times, and they are still in a perfect condition because I take care of them so well. They are like my babies! 

After Chloe, Valentino was the second brand that landed in my closet. I've been talking about these studded sandals for a year, and finally I decided not to talk about them anymore. I went to the store, tried them on. The next thing I knew, they had a prime position in my closet. 

First, I only aimed to achieve one pair of shoes in my goal list. Now, it looks like I have exceeded my goal 50 times or more. The latest "babies" have joined "Crystal's Closet" family are these beautiful fruity sandals (on sale) from Rene Caovilla. I was so obsessed with these shoes that I kept thinking about them for two days. I did my mind a favor by bringing these shoes home so that I didnt have to think about them too much. 

There are many other shoes that I've collected over the past two years. 

Gianmarco Lorenzi hexagon heels 

Cesare Paciotti sandals (old)

It's no doubt that I have changed, from a girl who didn't care much about what she wore on her feet to somebody who can recognize each brand's signature design in a pair of shoes. I've come a long way. I have no interest in buying luxury items to show off to people or to prove anything. I guess, it's more about personal satisfaction, reward and achievement to me. A few years ago, I made a goal and worked extremely hard for it.  Every day, when I come back home, looking at this DIY shoe closet, I feel proud, motivated and inspired. I have made my little dream come true. 

Do you have any dream with you? How do you achieve it?