If I could, I’d wear heels all the time because love them so much. But we all know there are many situations where that kind of footwear is completely impractical. Walking around an arboretum would be torturous in heels! However, I don’t let long walking trips deter me from wearing stylish shoes. In my opinion, comfortable flat sandals are always better when compared to flip-flops. I opted for these tie-up gladiator sandals by Pour La Victoire (found at TJ Maxx about 4 years ago) because they have substantial cushioning in the sole and, once tied, they’re very secure on the feet. They were a great choice; my brother and I walked around for about 3 hours and my feet didn’t complain! Plus, they really pulled the outfit together.
I spotted these gorgeous MICHAEL by Michael Kors Molly sandals at TJ Maxx yesterday. They’re absolutely stunning in person, delicate and statement-making at the same time. The tan patent leather works really well against tanned skin because it lengthens the leg and creates a barely-there look while still holding the foot securely. All the extra straps make the shoe very easy to walk in and extremely comfortable! Unfortunately, as tempting as they were, they didn’t follow me home because they aren’t in my budget for this month. Perhaps if the shoerendipity gods are on my side, I’ll catch them on clearance in a month or so. If you love them, check your local TJ Maxx! Or if you’re a size 8.5, they’re still available in black on Amazon, and if you’re a 9.5 you can get them in tan on 6pm.
Black has always been the traditional go-to color for a neutral shoe. When all other options fail, a black pump or flat is guaranteed to work with your outfit. Every woman has at least one pair of black pumps in her closet. But the fashion world is always changing, and a “new neutral” is always popping up each season. Last year, the nude shoe was huge because it works with every color, and has the added bonus of leg-lengthening properties. And this year, the fashion world is inducting white shoes as a wardrobe staple.
White shoes finish off an outfit in a clean, fresh way. No longer a relic of the past, the newest generation of white pumps and shoes look sleek and modern with minimalist single soles and new shapes. They look stunning when worn with an all white ensemble, pair perfectly with black, and add a touch of sophistication and elegance to busier outfits with a lot of color.
With the official start of summer not too far away, it’s safe to bring out the whites. While I was never one to follow the “no white after Labor Day” rule, I do feel that white shoes, especially strappy styles, are more appropriate for the summer.
Sometimes wearing white shoes can be tricky – the words often bring to mind weddings or tacky stilettos – but I’ve put together a list of tips to help steer you in the right direction:
Reserve satin fabrics and gemstone embellishments for formal occasions.
Details like this are too formal for day wear, particularly in the summer when a relaxed look is favorable.
Wear white shoes in the spring and summer.
While white pumps and booties can be worn outside of the summer season if styled well, reserve your sandal and wedge styles for the summer.
Don’t overdo your tan.
The contrast between white shoes and your skin will make you look tan, even if you are on the paler end of the spectrum. If you’re very tan, a cream or tan color will look less tacky next to your skin.
White shoes will compliment fabrics featuring white details.
There are no strict rules to pairing white pumps with your clothes, but if you’re nervous about the trend, try pairing white shoes with a dress that features white in the pattern, such as white polka dots or stripes.
Never buy cheap white shoes.
White is a color that will showcase ever flaw if the shoes are not made of quality material. Avoid patent styles; a soft buttery leather will look more elegant.
Clean your shoes after wearing them.
White obviously gets dirty very quickly. In order to keep your white shoes in pristine condition, don’t wear them in situations where they might get dirty. And if they do, clean them immediately after wearing them.
A lot of my shoes have a story, and these are no different. Last summer, I bought this pair of gorgeous sandals by Elizabeth and James even though they were far out of my budget. When my boyfriend saw them, he convinced me to return them. I thought “Okay, maybe I’m not meant to have them at this time” and with my boyfriend by my side, I returned them to the store. But I came back the next day after work to see if they were still there (and hoping they miraculously went on sale.) Unfortunately they were not there, and it seemed to be a case of non-shoerendipity.
Fast-forward a month to my birthday. My boyfriend had moved for work, but he called and told me to look in a specific box in my storage closet to find my present. To my surprise, I found the very pair he made me return! During the whole month that I thought of them as “the shoes that got away,” they were sitting in my apartment patiently waiting for me to discover them. Turns out my boyfriend snuck out the morning after I returned the shoes and bought them again. It was an amazing surprise and one of the best birthday presents.
I’m really happy about the black and white trend for this spring. Patterned or color-blocked shoes in black and white are extremely versatile because they’re neutrals that go with any outfit. I saw these shoes at DSW for $69.95, and I’m mad at myself for not getting them the moment I saw them because they’re now sold out in my size thanks to recent DSW adds which featured this shoe.
The Ambre has super cushioning in the ball-of-foot area, and the straps keep your ankle stable. If you’re lucky, you can still snag them on the clearance racks for even less. They also come in gold. Funnily enough, the shoe is still available online at DSW under Bandolino Alelia for $69.95, however, it’s made of different materials. In stores, the Ambre is labeled as having a leather upper, while the Alelia is labeled as faux leather online. So what’s this phenomenon all about? I did a little research.
Scuba shoes are definitely trending, and these Denton sandals by Jimmy Choo make the material look quite chic and sporty, especially with the added pop of neon. Though not quite my style, I think merging a sporty material with a dressier silhouettes gives these sandals a great casual-chic look.