If you've been on Twitter at all the past few days, you'll have seen many a tweet all in a flutter about how finally, FINALLY Zara has put up an online store. Zara has got to be one of my favourite affordable retailers, hands down. I've even told Mr. Artist that he could probably walk in with his eyes closed, pick something up and chances are that I'd like it. I've always found my Zara purchases to be instant closet favourites and while I have heard of others having quality issues, I haven't hit any bad luck with mine yet.
As you can imagine, I was quite excited to check out the site when it debuted a few days ago. Strangely enough, it wasn't as thrilling as I had hoped. Maybe it's just that each page is SO LONG, or that the model they used looks half-dead most of the time. After scrolling through what feels like hundreds of images of her deadpan face and clothes-hanger posing, you kinda start to feel lifeless too. To be fair to her though, I suppose if you had to try on every single piece of Zara's massive collection you wouldn't be "smizing" too. The end result of all this was that I felt underwhelmed. While walking into a Zara store fills me with an urge to lighten my wallet, the online store lacked any zing at all in favour of a utilitarian aesthetic.
Dutifully though, I worked my way through dresses, shirts, skirts, blazers, and coats before finally hitting upon shoes. Thank god for shoes. I've never purchased any Zara shoes before - mostly because they are snatched up so fast - but here online one can be assured that you can peruse shoes at your leisure without having to dig around on the floor trying to find the last pair of size 5s. From your sky-high power heels, to casual and cute weekend shoes, Zara's online selection is quite amazing - and all at their affordable prices.
Here are just a few of the beauties I found:
I love these classic black heels. The pointed toes add a bit of sassy elegance, while the mesh cut-outs tone down the formality and provide touches of sporty edginess that is spot on with current runway trends. Perfect for walking around in skinny jeans, or with your Saturday night best, it's guaranteed that you'll wear these shoes to death.
These simply titled, "medium height" sandals are simple and sleek. I think these would be perfect as a go-to summer heel that looks great with shorts, pants and skirts. Although typically I would avoid thick ankle straps since they tend to chop off your legs, I think the nude tone of this one would help prevent that problem and I like how the minimalist design of this sandal elongates your foot.
If you know anything about me, then you know that polka-dots are kinda my thing. These adorable ballerina flats literally jumped out at me and squeaked "buy me!" when I saw them. Too bad the smallest size is only a 6!
Similarly, I found myself instantly drawn to these studded nude pumps. Pumps are difficult things for me to find as not only do I have quite tiny feet, but I also have very narrow feet. Most pumps I try on are either too big, or too wide and when I do find size 5's a lot of the time my toes will be cramped to death, while my ankles swim at the back. Thus, when I spotted these gorgeous nude pumps, with its delicately studded ankle strap, it seemed like someone out there had finally heard my prayers. I am very, very tempted to buy these!
Last, but not least, are these velvet slippers, or smoking shoes. I've been looking for a pair of this type of shoe for a very long time and am quite tempted to buy these as well. Besides the bordeaux shade shown above, these puppies also come in black. I think the black would be the winner here if it had a gold trim to break up the plainness, but with such a simple design, having a vibrant color just calls out to you so much more.
Any item purchased (with the exception of undergarments) can be returned, or exchanged, at a physical Zara location (unlike at stupid, shitty American Apparel!!). As well, shipping is dirt cheap for Canada at only $4.95, but you don't even have to pay that if you ship your purchases to a store, or if you spend over $50, which you know, is very very easy. Really, there's no reason why not to try out the Zara online store, so what are you waiting for?