I love simple sandals with a block heel, toe strap, and ankle strap. They just look so grounded and low-maintenance. A block heel makes taller shoes easier to walk in because you don’t lose your balance as easily.
Laser technology allows for intricate detailing in the production of many goods, and I’m glad it’s being used more often for shoe design. Designers can craft styles with really unique shapes and patterns, turning shoes into works of art. The geometric detail in these Brian Atwood sandals makes them a great statement piece.
Even though I wasn’t a believer when wedge sneakers were first introduced, I’m most definitely obsessed now. I think I just needed to get used to the idea of a casual shoe with an extra boost of height. The best thing about wedge sneakers is that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort if you find the right pair for you. There are thousands of different wedge sneakers out there, but not all of them are comfortable. I find that styles with a three-inch heel or less are easier to walk in for long periods of time. Ones that lace up also allow for a more customized fit. And don’t forget to factor in flexibility and padding, which is paramount to a good sneaker whether it’s flat or heeled.
I plucked these Ash Cool sneakers off the cluttered shelves of Ross in downtown Philly just before Christmas. Originally, I wanted a pair of Bowie sneakers, but I found them less comfortable and more narrow. I really lucked out with these because I found my size mixed in with larger pairs and they were the last left! But don’t worry if you can’t get to Ross, you can also find these on Shopbop, The Outnet, Zappos, and Amazon.
I first spotted these amazing pumps by Elizabeth and James back in August at Marshalls. They were on clearance for $79 at the time, which is quite a bargain compared to the prices you find online. Even though they are considered “past season,” these pumps are suitable for any time because of the modern, simple, and elegant style.
Metallic shoes can sometimes look over-done and too industrial, but these are quite stunning! I think the fine mesh with solid gold piping creates a stunning, delicate effect. The style of this particular pair is also very simple, sleek, and versatile. Although metallic can be tricky to pair with, these could really be worn with anything and still look great! You can find these at Shopbop, Zappos, Saks, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus.
If you’re looking for a statement-making ankle boot, this is it. There’s nothing that I don’t love about these; the grid cut out design, pointed toe, and perfectly straight heel all add up to a seriously stunning shoe. The best bit? They can function for any season! You can find these at Piperlime, Zappos, and Shopbop.
These asymmetric cut-out pumps from Elizabeth and James are perfect for fall footwear. The style covers enough of the foot to avoid looking like a summer shoe, yet it’s open enough to show some skin or fun tights. They also have extra cushioning in the ball of the foot, so they’re quite comfortable! I found these lovelies at Marshalls with a yellow-sticker, meaning end-of-season-lowest-price-you’ll-get clearance. However, they had to go back. The fit is true to size and the leather is a beautiful matte black, but the ankle strap hit my bone at an awkward place, which started to hurt after about 15 minutes of walking around in my apartment. I was quite sad to return them, but hopefully they’ll find a home with another shoe lover. You can scour your local Marshalls or check the clearance racks at DSW (I saw a few pairs in silver) for these shoes on sale. They’re also available on Amazon, ShopBop, 6pm, or Saks but they cost quite a bit more.