The biggest difference between my old life in Portland and my new one here in LA is the weather. It's so much nicer here but it still gets a little bit chilly and it rains sometimes. So I do need one pair of sturdy closed toe shoes for this season. I was thinking oxfords but I couldn't really find a pair that I totally loved, they all seemed so manly. Then my friend Lauren sent me a link to these and I totally fell in LOVE. The color is perfect, it will match everything. They are Borns, so- totally comfortable. But the best part is the ultra girly black velvet laces! The perfect compromise between a fashionable shoe and an everyday stalwart. Buy them here.