I reviewed the Collins Tortoise Loafer last week and they were basically a bust because of the gaping that occurred when I stood and walked. Lucky for me, and YOU, my Insta-gal fleurdelijs found a copycat at Asos.

~ Minkie Loafer ~


I have yet to try these but she reports that they are comfortable and needed no breaking in. AND! they are priced way way less than the Collins.


It’s always great when you can find something that is a perfect duplicate to a higher priced item, don’t you think?

Go check out the Minkie Loafers in Tortoise, Brown or Black. And go follow Fleur de Lijs on Instagram. She’s a pretty stylish gal!

I was browsing for some shoes and came across these Melanie Slip-On Sneakers by Frye. They looked like a great alternative to a ballet flat and less bulky than the slip-on sneakers.


I ordered my normal size 7. I tried them on as soon as they arrived. But when I slipped my foot in, without any struggle or using my hands, they were the most dreamy comfortable pair of shoes I think I’ve ever owned. They were a little snug across the top of my foot but within minutes the leather seemed to stretch out. I would stick with your normal shoe size because they will stretch.


From the outside, it looks like these Slip-Ons have no support but the inside is all leather and well padded. There must be memory foam or something in there. I wasn’t going anywhere but these shoes didn’t leave my feet the rest of the evening.


I bought them in black as well and as soon as I see MamaBella, I’ll make sure she likes them before getting her a pair too.


You have to get a pair. I’m not kidding. If there ever was a single pair of shoes to own, the Melanie Slip-on Sneaker is it. And, they come in a array of colors and styles.

I live in these shoes right now. I could almost get rid of all my other shoes and wear these forever. Almost.

Today for Shoes-day, I have the Collins Tortoise Loafer.


During the “buy more/save more” promo I felt these looked nice enough to order and try on at home. They are a beautiful darker patent tortoise color than some other styles I’ve seen. They fit me true-to-size in my normal size 7.




I didn’t feel they fit tight anywhere, especially at the widest part of my foot. The toe is really pointy, maybe even more exaggerated than some might like.


I had been trying to think of a good reason to keep the Collins Tortoise Loafers because I really really liked them. I walked around for a few minutes once more on carpet and found they started stretching or widening on the sides. And this is only when I stood. When I walked they were more pronounced and felt a bit uncomfortable.  That was a deal-breaker for me and I ended up returning them.


I really like the Colette Tortoise Pumps, but I don’t think I’d wear them very often. I’ve added them to my wishlist in case I can get them on sale.

What do you think of the Collins Tortoise Loafer? Have you tried any of the other Collins Loafers?


Out of all the J Crew shoes new arrivals, aka #ShinyPonies, the Leopard Bow Gladiator Flats were the ones I wanted to try on the most. I knew my store would not get them so I was happy to see the tiered promo that didn’t exclude anything. But I don’t think these will get a whole lot of love once ladies start trying them.


The silk/wool upper in the leopard print is lovely at first sight. When I slipped my foot in the shoe I thought they ran just a little loose in my normal size 7 but once I was zipped in they were fine. There is still a little gaping so I think a 6 1/2 might have worked for me as well.


But, oh this top bow strap gave me grief. Anyone with “normal” legs will have an issue with these straps. This Leopard Gladiator Flat zips up the back so they are not adjustable. The bows are cute and seemed to be pretty sturdy. They were just cutting right into my skin.



You’ll need thin legs to wear these as well as the Velvet Bow. No amount of stretching would fix the straps issue.



They are so pretty otherwise. I know the lone reviewer of the Velvet Bow said the glitter stuck to the velvet. I have plenty of leopard print shoes so I’m not too heartbroken that they didn’t work out for me.

What do you think of the Leopard Bow Gladiator Flats?

Though I have plenty of room available, I turned over my closet to Fall and Winter wear. It was getting a bit overwhelming seeing everything I had as well as trying to figure out what to wear. Now, getting dressed is a little easier and I can also see what I’m not wearing so I can get rid of it. For Fall/Winter, I’ve noticed I really don’t need a whole lot but a few accessories and shoes would be nice to jazz up what I do have.

Anthropologie has some great dressy, casual and boot selections right now. I want all of these and more!