Arielle Charnas, the creator of the popular fashion blog Something Navy, has a shoe closet to envy. With Isabel Marant, Christian Louboutin, Chanel, The Row and many more labels on her blog and Instagram account, you’d think the social influencer would have ditched her more affordable shoe options. But she hasn’t.
“Shoes for me are the best part of an outfit,” she told Footwear News on Monday while at the 27th Annual Financo CEO Forum in New York. “With that said, I was never able to splurge. That only started to happen in the last two years because of the jobs I was getting. Before that it was Steve Madden, Aldo and Same Edelman. I still do keep a lot my favorites. I think there’s a misconception on affordable shoes. They last longer than people would expect. I still have a bunch.”
With nearly 1 million followers on Instagram, Charnas has found something to splurge on as her influence and career on social media continues to grow: shoes.
She said, “My first big purchase was a Proenza Schouler pump. My older sister took me to that store Kirna Zabete [in New York City]. My sister said, ‘You need to stop spending your money on a bunch of Forever 21 pieces and splurge on really amazing pieces you can have in your wardrobe forever.’ I never understood that because as a blogger I always needed new things all the time. So that was my first big splurge.”