Tip #1 Try to avoid buying shoes online
I used to do a lot of online shopping and with online shopping it's basically a hit or miss in terms of quality and sometimes sizing. And I usually find that when it comes to shoes there are more misses than hits. Most of the shoes I've bought online are either the wrong size, are really bad quality or not very comfortable. So now I've really been put off buying shoes online. I think with shoes, you really need to try it in person for size and comfort and not buy a pair of shoes solely based on the design/looks. So unless there are great reviews on a certain online shop in regards to their shoes, try to avoid buying your shoes online!
Tip #2 Expensive shoes are worth it in the long run
When I say expensive I don't mean that you have to spend 400-600 dollars on branded shoes like Ferragamo, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo etc.. Expensive means 80-100 dollars. Of course sometimes you can get good quality shoes for around 20-30 dollars as well but it also depends what country you are buying those shoes from. For example; if you paid 20-30 dollars for a pair of shoes in Australia, it's probably super shit quality or you are super lucky. But if you paid for 20-30 dollars for a pair of shoes in Malaysia you can get some really decent shoes. In the long run, the money is worth it because good quality shoes last longer!
Sometimes it's so frustrating when the bow on one of the shoes fall off or the shoe just fall apart completely etc. Good quality shoes will not do this! But the plus side of buying cheap shoes is that when they fall apart it's not very heartbreaking. However, you might as well spend 100 dollars on a pair of good quality shoes rather than 3 pairs of 30 dollar shoes that break after a few months.
Tip #3 Comfort should be highly regarded
Doesn't matter how gorgeous the shoes are, when you try it on in a shoe store and they're already killing your feet when you are only walking around the store then DON'T BUY IT! A lot of times I end up buying shoes that are really gorgeous but are not comfortable at all and I talk myself into getting it thinking the pain is worth it. It's NOT! Those shoes end up just being "accessories" on your shoe racks and collect dust. Trust me!
Shoe Shopping in Australia
My favourite shoe shop in Australia is Novo. However, I don't really like buying shoes in Australia because they are so much more expensive than shoes in Asian countries and the designs are so-so.
Shoe Shopping in China
Not really recommended because the quality is really bad unless you buy shoes from shopping centres and those shoes are not very cheap (around 100aud) but at least you will definitely get good quality ones.
Shoe Shopping in HK
I haven't really had time to go shopping in the actual shopping centres because I spent almost everyday in Mongkok buying clothes but I think you can find some pretty shoes in shopping centres in TST and Causeway bay.
Shoe Shopping in Japan
Expensive but almost everything is good quality and style! However if you are lucky, sometimes you can come across pretty cheap shoes but their quality is almost guarenteed good! Japan is my shopping haven full stop.
Shoe Shopping in Korea
I don't know if I went to the wrong places but I couldn't find any shoes that I liked in Korea!! And I was desperate to buy some as well since I only took 3 pairs on my holiday and one of them broke while I was clubbing in Korea... But nope... Couldn't find anything I liked. Clothes and shoe shopping in Korea is just not my cup of tea! However my bestie who lived there for a year managed to find a lot of nice shoes so maybe I just went to all the wrong places?
Shoe Shopping in Malaysia
I quite like buying shoes in Malaysia because everything is really cheap in comparison to Australia. Especially the boots! Normal shoes range from 40-70RM and boots range from 60-100RM. A lot of their styles are really nice and the quality is not too bad. Of course it's not like super great quality but most of them are comfortable and you can get a decent amount of wear out of them.
Shoe Shopping in Singapore
I've pretty much only shopped at Charles and Keith in Singapore. Most of their styles are quite mature and not really the cute style but I did end up finding some nice stuff from there! The shoes that I bought are surprisingly comfortable and definitely good quality! So definitely recommend CnK! There are quite a few CnK stores worldwide so check out their official website to see if there's a store near you!
Ok here are some Snaps of my life so far in Penang which pretty much consist of all food pics! lol
Photos all taken with my phone so don't expect awesome quality =P
Malaysian style home cooked meal by my bf's mummy
Shopping day! Bought a LOT of cosmetics and skincare etc. Will blog about it next!
A&W Root beer with ice cream!
Famous Penang Char Kway Teow!
More Char Kway Teow and Kway Teow soup
Movies are so cheap in Penang (10RM!) So we watched a lot of movies!
Recommend this one! Love is the only answer 人约离婚后
Malaysia fruits! Love Mango Steen! Too bad Mango steen season is almost over =(
I LOVE lady fingers! They are super expensive in Australia!
劲抽福绿寿 Super funny! Recommend!!
Yay Jap magazines~~ and Tsubaki!
MacDonald's GBC burger, they only sells this for two months every year for Malaysia's Merdeka day! So yummy!
Pappa Rich My green tea ice cream with red beans is sooo nice! The Green tea is super rich and yumm
New area Strait Quay in Penang
Hainan chicken rice and white curry mee
Welcoming iPad 2 to my Apple family~
Dry style bah ku teh! Soo nice!
Ok til next time~~ xx