. . to my newest friends, the Chacos.
After 24-ish months of watching Mr. S. wear them and love them, and then a few months
agonizing over researching on the Chaco website, plus a little Twitter Q&A with happy Chaco owners, I finally bought a pair of my own.
A few things held me back. First, the price tag. $100 for sandals is nothing to sneeze at. But eight days in? Absolutely worth every last dime.
And then the strap arranging. Unlike my other footwear friends — flip flops — these seemed like a bit of a science project to adjust.
So, naturally, I asked Mr. S. to lend a hand. Do it yourself, he said. It will make you smarter.
The verdict is still out on whether I’m smarter or not, but I’ve been tweaking the straps each day for optimum comfy-ness.
And my final fluster . . . how/with what/where do I wear them?
Fashion challenges, for me, are just that: challenges. So I tend to pick forgiving pieces. Sarah circa 1998 chose corduroy overalls (yikes). Sarah circa 2012 chooses things like skirts and cardigans and dresses that need little dressing up. Life is tough enough without being nervous about attire, know what I mean?
The most pleasant surprise is how these Chacos match with so many things. Not matchy-matchy and that’s a good thing. Although I’m still taking suggestions, friends. When you Google “how to style Chacos,” not much comes up. So far, I’ve loved them with jersey skirts, casual dresses, shorts and t-shirts. Any other ideas?
I have a feeling these new sandals will be making many appearances this summer. They’ve already taken me on a mini roadtrip, down city streets, to the zoo and out for an evening.
Do you have a pair? What’s the weirdest/coolest item in your wardrobe that has been a pleasant surprise?