I don't remember the name of the etsy seller who first turned me on to obi-style wrap belts (unfortunately, she is now inactive), but I clearly remember the belts themselves: neat lines, intricately patterned Japanese fabrics printed in blacks, browns, reds and golds with sakura all over them. They seem very forgiving of all body types, as the wrap style allows you to adjust them for a very snug fit (and will hide multiple pooches).
Until I can afford to throw $900 on a pair of shoes, I suppose I'll make do with what I have, with a little creativity.
I'm not saying I can, or even will try to, attempt making stuff like this. There must be a reason why these pieces normally retail for $1300 - $4000 apiece (they're between $400-$800 today on GG). But it sure makes a girl dream.