Two Stylists, Two Looks: Oxblood Cutout Heels


My friend and fellow stylist Carly Gatzlaff and I have extremely similar business models for consulting with clients, but we also have very different personal styles. Naturally, we put our own preferences aside when working with clients and focus on their tastes and needs, but we definitely bring different ideas and techniques to the table. So we thought it would be fun and interesting for us both to take items from our personal wishlists, style them into outfits, then post them side by side.

And since the two of us are collaborating on a workshop – How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe – this series will focus on footwear. During the workshop we’ll discuss footwear trends, talk about how to pick shoes for your outfits, and reveal each of our top 10 picks for timeless shoe styles. Today, we’ll look at one of the pairs on Carly’s wishlist, the Sam Edelman Zachary Ankle Cuff Pump.

Carly’s Look


Details on Carly’s set here

CARLY’S THOUGHTS: I have been loving the look of cut-out heels for fall and this oxblood beauty by Sam Edelman recently caught my eye. Though they would be fabulous for any fun night out, I choose to instead style them for the office. Since this is a sexier heel, I wanted to tone it down with a fabulous midi length dress, ending past the knee. To make the sleeveless dress more office-friendly, I showed two jacket options. On the left, I styled for a more on-trend, business casual office, with a fabulous fitted denim jacket and layered gold necklace. On the right, the outfit is made more business formal with a fitted tweed jacket and statement necklace. Regardless of how you wear them, this is a fabulous colored heel, since it works as a neutral while still being a ton of fun!

Sally’s Look


Details on Sally’s set here

SALLY’S THOUGHTS: My own style is starting to morph a bit, shifting toward juxtaposition and rocker-ish looks, so I ended up taking these dressy shoes in a casual direction. With a high, dark, thick ankle strap like that, I know that these will interrupt the leg line on all but the darkest of skin tones, so I opted for distressed boyfriend jeans instead of a skirt or dress. As long as the jeans are cuffed an inch or so above the shoe, you’ll still see a sassy little curve of ankle. I love the look of oxblood with stripes, so I nabbed a classic Breton and threw on a long crystal and brass necklace to soften the look a bit. Add a chunky watch and a bracelet or two, sling a minimalist cognac tote over your shoulder, and voila! You’ve got a look that juxtaposes dressy and casual, traditionally feminine and traditionally masculine.

Which one suits your taste? Or would you wear both?

Join us for our workshop,
How Shoes Work Within Your Wardrobe!

August 24
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Mall of America Executive Center, Boundary Waters Suite, Level 4
Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance

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