When I worked as a stylist, I was always puzzled when I visited a client with a wardrobe full of lovely, current, perfectly-fitting clothing and a tiny mound of outdated, weather-beaten, unloved shoes that in no way align with their owner’s style. To me, appropriate, interesting shoes are an integral part of an overall look and I believe that knowing your preferred shoe types is absolutely essential to building personal style.
But not everyone feels that way. Despite the stereotypes about women and shoes, I think that many of us struggle to track down styles that suit our tastes AND lifestyles. Shoes get worn harder than clothing in most cases, and that makes buying them far trickier. A dress has to work with body shape … but shoes have to be comfortable, affordable, stylish, AND work perfectly with a multitude of outfits under a multitude of circumstances. So cultivating a lasting, useful, beautiful collection of shoes can be quite a project, and some women would rather focus on objects of style that require less versatility and research.
Originally posted 2010-10-15 05:15:00.
Long, long ago, mamaspeak popped this request into the suggestion box:
I would love to see some posts about building shoe and jewelry collections. I’ve gone through the relevant tags that you have and got some great ideas, but I’m starting from very bare-bones and am nervous about buying more shoes/necklaces/etc. that look nice in the store, but don’t seem to match anything, are actually uncomfortable-in-disguise, get very little use, etc. It would be nice to see something about basic items that are good base pieces …
Originally posted 2010-09-22 05:06:00.
I own plenty of pumps and sandals, but consider boots to be my favorite type of shoe. This is partially due to the fact that I am much comfier when I can wear socks, and boots make that possible. But more than that, I feel my sassiest, sexiest, and most powerful when I’m wearing a fabulous pair of tall, heeled boots.
So I make damned sure to keep that sassy, sexy, powerful feeling going all summer long. Who says that every summer day must be a sandal day? Not I!
However, I think that wearing boots – especially tall boots – can be a bit tricky during the summer months. No one wants to look all summer-on-top, winter-on-bottom, right? So here are some tips for keeping your boot-based looks seasonally appropriate.
Originally posted 2010-06-01 05:29:00.