#100wears: Arcopedico wedge ballerinas

#100wears is the most beloved garment section where I show off the longevity of items I’ve worn at least 100 times and urge to elevate the rather low #30wears aspiration. Basically, a love song, a poem, a “there are some garments so good I can’t stop wearing them”… My Arcopedico wedge ballerinas is one of those.

In comparison with other #100wears pieces, these shoes is a very recent acquisition. My mom was visiting last March – so not even a year ago – and we left Arcopedico store with three pairs of shoes, one for me and two for her. They are vegan, made in Portugal and quite comfy. My only complain, as it often happens with my feet, is about sizing: I bought them in size 39 and the shop ladies swore they would not stretch. Yeah, right! They ended up being a full size too long and hard to walk in, as the constant movement caused blisters. After an extensive online search on ‘how to make shoes smaller’, and ended up with silicone straps that stick to the heel and reduce friction (like these but from my local pharmacy). That’s how I went to Kristīne’s wedding, and it has worked like a charm since then.

Mazmežotne, August 2017. You cannot see the shoes because of all the grass, but there they are!


Athens, August 2017. These are my formal conference shoes now!


But, as with the gray cardigan, the #100wears is due to the fact that in normal weeks these shows live at work. Yes, I’m the Eastern European that cannot stay in street shoes when indoors, so my morning ritual at work is storing my lunch in the communal fridge, changing shoes, washing my hands and putting on the kettle. Hence these shoes haven’t got much street time but have been in use for many hours. They are prone to smelling (or are those just my feet?), so they rest with lavender baggies inside overnight and occasionally come home for a hydrogen peroxide drench. The next challenge for them (and me!) will be a Spanish midsummer wedding this June, let’s see if I can pull that one off in chunky black shoes because at the moment is either these or the birks… but maybe the right dressy sandals or ballerinas will cross my way in the next swap?


Is there a type of garment that you have keep wearing throughout the years? What pieces easily reach #100wears in your wardrobe? What are the items or materials whose functional superiority you have had to admit despite your genuine preferences pointing you in another direction?



  1. I have a pair of leather boots that I wear around 2 times a week, from October until March, each year for the last 5-7 years. Also, my 2013 city backpack surely is over 100 wears.
    I do not like to take photos of me, so I don’t know when I bought most of my clothes(only last year have started to keep an excel with additional info for what I buy so that I can keep track of clothes I tend to buy over and over, things that do not work out and maybe notice a pattern there)

    • Hi, Dori! That’s the thing – with the garments we wear most, 100+ wears come easily. And you don’t necessarily need photos to pin down the approximate age of your things, seasons in life are usually linked with clothes we have been wearing. And excels help immensely, of course, if you are fond of tracking! And remembering to enjoy your clothes always works.

      • I’m always fond of numbers(they always surprise you in some way). I did prepare an excel, but included only what I can remember.
        Once a day I’ll put in the numbers and include new clothes once they are worn and notice they are not in the excel yet.
        I’ll see how it goes, and how it looks after some usage

        • Great, you’ll get a lot of info out of this! Especially when seeing which garments will be the last ‘forgotten’ ones not included…

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