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Weekly Roundup: Summer Shoes and Dresses

This week’s list of top picks is short and sweet. Pickings are usually slim at the end of the season, but this year has been exceptional. There is lots of good stuff to purchase if you’re in shopping mode and your Summers are long. 

This week highlights a footwear brand called Earth that generally makes very comfortable footwear for regular and higher volume feet. Their styles are often too wide for me, but I keep on trying. Sometimes I order half a size down when the toe box looks long enough hoping that they create a better fit. One day, one of their styles will fit because all good things come to those who wait. Fabulous dresses are still going strong because it’s the best dress season ever. Browse all the colour options and read the rave reviews.

  • Earth Masio Loafer: A comfy loafer with a sporty and casual integrity. Comes in six lovely colours. These might stay on feet with narrow heels. Solid and polished.
  • Earth Juno: A sandal for narrower heels and wider toes. Quite good arch support and with a manageable heel height. Our forum members rave about them.
  • Vince Camuto One Shoulder Ruched Top: Alluring yet reasonably covered. Needs a strapless bra, and might run a size big unless you’re broad-shouldered. Long in the torso so not for petites. Form-fitting yet the ruching is forgiving.
  • Vince Camuto Side Ruched Jersey Midi Dress: Fitted yet forgiving. Flattering, easy, and a super duper length. Suits a range of body types and is machine washable. I wish it came in a colour other than black.
  • Vince Camuto Ruched Stripe Tank Top: This top is not as long in person, but it’s just as form-fitting. The diagonal lines do an excellent job of straightening curves and camouflaging lumpage and bumpage. And they’re just as good at adding shape to a straighter figure. Fab on a larger bust or broader shoulder line.
  • Vince Camuto Chateau Floral Side Ruched Body-Con Dress: A WOW dress. Shaped in all the right places to create a streamlined silhouette yet magically forgiving. Might run a size big. If you wear a US0 and need a narrow fit, get an XXS.
  • Naturalizer Amabella Slide Sandal: Fabulously trendy and looks like they come straight from COS. But they’re Naturalizer, so a LOT more comfortable, and healthy for your feet. Comes in regular and wide widths, and a few colours. I vote WHITE.
  • Banana Republic Stripe Handkerchief-Hem Ponte Dress: SUBLIME dress on a curvy body type. Works deliciously well on wider hips and thighs because of the flattering effect of diagonal lines. Works well on petites. Elegant length and great drape.
  • Lucky Brand Ginger Bermuda Shorts: Flattering, comfortable, easy, versatile, and works on a range of body types. A streamlined fit and even wash add a polished touch to these fab denim shorts.
  • Banana Republic Pointed-Toe Robin Ballet Flat: I couldn’t believe my luck when I tried these pretty darlings. Pointy-toe ballet flats are hard to fit because they fall off my feet, feel too flat and unsupported, and squash my toes. These are perfect. Very comfy and cushioning, have room in the toe box and a substantial sole, and stay on my feet. VERY dainty and quite dressy on the foot. For low-volume/narrow feet only. They earned a place in my wardrobe and I’m thrilled with them. Colour is more saturated in person.
  • Sanctuary Samba Midi Tank Dress: An elegantly casual midi for those who like to showcase their midsection. The ruching is forgiving, but it’s still quite clingy so consider yourself warned.
  • Vince Camuto Venue Block Stripe Ruched Body-Con Dress: A streamlined midi that’s as forgiving as it is tailored. Comfortable and easy. Wow on those who can fill it out. Armholes aren’t too wide either.
  • Earth Hibiscus: Chunky sandals for higher volume feet. The straps create diagonal lines across the vamp of the foot which is visually attractive – especially on wider ankles.
  • Earth Tierra: Happy rainbow sandals that are pretty and solid on the foot. Must be able to fill out the broad straps. Comes in three colours.
  • Earth Sunflower: A chunky sandal for higher volume feet. Modern and simple. Flattering on wider ankles. Looks great in black in a ’90s type of way.
  • Earth Allegro: A substantial ballet flat. Euro and classic. Best on a wider foot and heel.
  • Earth Venus: A more avant-garde style for high insteps. Looks great on wider feet.
  • Earth Shelly: An interesting d’Orsay flat that looks better on the foot than in the photo. Very cushioning and soft. A little boho and arty.
  • Topshop Bath Stripe Straw Tote Bag: This adorable casual tote looks better in person. Soft straw, good size, lightweight and comfortable handles. Nice for the Earthy Casual.
  • Madewell Folk Fortune Bali Rattan Top-Lid Bag: A super cute rattan crossbody binocular bag in a good size that does not scratch. Fun lining and a trendy classic. Practical top lid opening too. Great with cognac footwear. I want it.

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Your Complete Guide to the Shoes That Are Perfect With Skinny Jeans

They’re a wardrobe staple—a second skin—yet from time to time, our skinny jeans throw us a sartorial curveball when it comes to which shoes to pair them with. There’s not much in the footwear department that doesn’t go with a spray-on silhouette, but sometimes it’s the wash of the denim and the height of the heel that can make all the difference.

A little turn-up here and a lighter shade there can take you from outfit frustration to outfit success. How do we know this? Because one look at some of the most stylish women out there revealed as much. From the queen of skinny jeans, Kate Moss (who must sleep in hers), to street style superstars, we’ve scanned their best looks for the ultimate skinny-jean recipes. Scroll for your complete guide on the shoes to wear with skinny jeans.

Style Notes: Classic white lace-up sneakers have proved that they’re here to stay, and this is music to our ears. As seen on petite fashion influencer Monikh Dale, there’s plenty of proof that this can look absolutely amazing when you’re not a glamazon. They’re skinny jeans’ new best friend.
Available in sizes 5 to 13.
Style Notes: An off-duty model is all we need to show us that loafers—even if they’re on the scuffed, vintage side—and skinny jeans are perfect for trekking around a big city in style. Pack a pair (we’re obsessed with the Olsens’ offering at The Row) on your next mini break, and wear them on the plane—your feet will thank you.
Available in sizes 4 to 12.
Style Notes: Skinnies and trainers go together like bread and butter. But as London-based fashion guru Irina Lakicevic proves, the coolest combination for now lies in chunkier-soled, sporty kicks like these classic Nikes.
Available in sizes 6 to 15.
Style Notes: It worked for Audrey Hepburn all those years ago, and it still works today. Flat, pointed shoes elevate a pair of figure-hugging jeans to no end. A color-popping style like these cult Aquazzura lace-ups adds further interest.
Available in sizes 4 to 11.
Style Notes: Pernille Teisbaek often wears her sharp-pointed courts from Balenciaga with skinny jeans—and you can see why. They elongate your legs to no end, meaning you can balance out a cosy sweater very nicely.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.
Style Notes: If flats are too flat, heels are too heeled, and sneakers feel just plain wrong for you, then the solution lies in cute midi-heeled block pumps. Glove shoes like Maria Alia’s (worn here with socks) are the perfect, comfortable, elevated option.
Available in sizes 6.5 to 10.5.
Style Notes: There’s nothing like minimalistic strappy sandals to add a dressy edge to a pair of casual jeans. British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a pro at styling hers. Follow her lead and make sure that yours stop just above the ankle straps of your shoes.
Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5.
Style Notes: She made skinny jeans a wardrobe essential around the world, so it’s only right that we look to Kate Moss for how to style them. And the answer is yes, you can wear them with sandals—even jet-black denim. Note how the supermodel added a little turn-up to hers to avoid them scrunching around the ankles—a definite no-no when going for skinny jeans and sandals.
Available in sizes EU36 to EU39.5.
Style Notes: The Hadids and Jenners like to tuck their skinnies into sock boots, and the idea has caught on for the rest of the world. You can wear them untucked, but ideally the hemline needs to sit just above the top of your boots.
Available in sizes 6 to 9.5.

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The important reason why people are leaving shoes around cities

The #MillionsMissing campaign wants to give a voice to the thirty million people worldwide who suffer from ME

Words by Je Banach

If on May 12th, you find yourself out and about in Amsterdam, Boston, London, Chicago, Edinburgh, or one of approximately 95 other cities around the world, it is likely that you will encounter a plaza or other outdoor area populated with pairs of shoes.  At first glance you may assume that you have stumbled upon the scene of some conceptual or performance art, but the uninhabited footwear is intended to catch the eye of passersby—and the world—as part of #MillionsMissing, a global campaign including a series of in-person and virtual advocacy events meant to call attention to the millions of people around the world suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis.

#MillionsMissing

The debilitating condition, also known as ‘ME’, causes pain, nausea, extreme sensory sensitivities, post-exertional malaise, and many other severe symptoms that leave the majority of those who suffer from it unable to work or resume the activities of their previous lives, and many more bedridden. The shoes represent those individuals who are unable to attend events in person due to the severity of their condition—people of varied age, gender, and race who often go unseen both literally, due to the restrictive nature of their symptoms, and figuratively, in terms of the lack of proper recognition and care they currently receive within the global medical community.

The campaign, initiated in 2016 by the ME Action Network, is intended to raise awareness, build community, and, most importantly, move governments around the world to assign proper and much-needed funding for research. While the condition affects a stunning fifteen to thirty million people worldwide and leaves its patients with a poorer quality of life than many of the more highly-funded conditions, funding for ME research remains woefully (some might say disgracefully) low. As a result, patients are forced to become their own activists and advocates while coping with the condition’s devastating symptoms.

Jennifer Brea, co-founder of the ME Action Network, directed an award-winning documentary about her own experiences with ME from her bed and advocates on a regular basis both in person and online. Jessica Taylor Bearman, a young woman featured in Brea’s documentary who has suffered from a severe form of ME since she was fifteen, maintains a blog that captures the reality and complexities of life with ME and recently published a book inspired by her own experiences titled A Girl Behind Dark Glasses. Anil van der Zee, a former professional ballet dancer with Introdans, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Bern Ballet, forced into early retirement by the condition, created #art2CureME, inviting those with ME to choose a song from Unrest that they can sing, dance to, or otherwise perform and share online in an effort to draw a larger audience to the film, to increase awareness and further educate the greater public.

Credit: #MEAction

Many doctors and researchers – such as Professor Ronald ‘Ron’ W. Davis, Director of the Stanford Genome Technology Center at Stanford University, whose son suffers from a severe manifestation of the disease – also perform regular advocacy work, which necessitates long hours and exhausting travel in addition to their regular daily work in the field. All share the goal of helping to shed light on a misunderstood and puzzling illness in order to create a public narrative that more closely approximates the real and devastating experience of life with this illness: a truer narrative that would almost certainly lead to adequate funding for research and, ultimately, a cure.

The #MillionsMissing campaign is only one example of coordinated events and action taking place during the month of May in order to bring attention to incurable chronic illnesses. The entire month has also been designated as an international awareness month for fibromyalgia (which shares an official awareness day with #MillionsMissing), Lyme disease, and other chronic immunological, neurological, and endocrine diseases. The overlap is a notable one. While advocacy and research efforts in these areas were previously compartmentalized, chronic illness patient-advocates are now, in greater numbers, helping to bring awareness not only to the condition or conditions from which they suffer, but to ‘fraternal’ and similarly misunderstood conditions—conditions that also lack sufficient funding for research.

Credit: #MEAction

Brea and others suggest that those suffering from ME as well as conditions including but not limited to chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, MCAD, Endo, and POTS would benefit from uniting in their advocacy efforts. On Twitter, Brea recently shared a logo of a snake split into segments labeled with the names of several illnesses along with the phrase ‘Join, or Die’—a visual that hits home the dire need for collaboration and cross-over among patients, doctors, researchers, and activists.

Open Medicine Foundation—comprised of a dedicated team of Nobel laureates, National Academy Science members, and medical dynamos led by clinical laboratory scientist and founder Linda Tannenbaum devoted to researching ME, fibromyalgia, and chronic Lyme disease—recently announced that they sense a meaningful shift taking place as public conversations about and more truthful media representations of these conditions increase. At the start of 2018, widespread public conversations around the release of Brea’s film Unrest combined with media attention and lobbying by academics and others allowed the ME epidemic to catch the eye of the philanthropist known as ‘Pine’ of The Pineapple Fund, who subsequently donated $ 5M to Open Medicine Foundation—proof that the correction of misleading narratives about these illnesses (such as the idea of ME as a basic “chronic fatigue syndrome” that only leaves one “tired”) and the dispelling of popular myths (like the notion that a disability must be ‘visible’ in order to be real) have a significant impact on progress, actually speeding increases in funding and improvements in care for those suffering.

Some of the #MEAction team in Birmingham last year. Credit: #MEAction

Stories of the tireless activism of patient-advocates and others in the chronic illness community – perceived as ‘inspiring’ and “motivational’ – are often spun into feel-good narratives about human will and empowerment presented for public consumption. In reality, their required activism is an immense burden that puts further strain on bodies already under attack. Advocacy work should not be left only to those who suffer and their families and caretakers.

Fundraising for research is an absolute necessity, but those unable to give can also help simply by participating in #ConversationsforCures – that is, any dialogue that helps to bring much-needed attention and awareness to these conditions and the suffering of those living with them. These conversations that will almost certainly lead to greater funding for research, a better quality of life for millions suffering around the world, and, quite possibly, cures.

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How to Clean White Mesh Shoes in 5 Steps

If white shoes notoriously attract dirt and mesh shoes absorb virtually any substance they come in contact with, then white mesh shoes are the perfect storm. Fortunately, keeping your favorite white mesh shoes clean may be easier than you think. From your favorite summer slip-ons to the latest athletic footwear, all you need is a few simple materials to keep them looking good as new. Learn how to clean white mesh shoes in just five simple steps.

Using a soft shoe brush (a soft-bristled toothbrush can also do the trick), gently brush away exterior dirt. Use light, simple motions, and be sure to use a softer degree of pressure than you might with a heavier material like leather.

In a small bowl, combine warm water and a small amount of gentle laundry detergent. The consistency should be lightly soapy but not overly frothy or sticky. When cleaning white mesh shoes, it’s important to avoid bleaching agents since these can cause discoloration or damage to certain types of material.

Using a soft cloth, apply your cleaning solution to the shoes in gentle, circular motions. If you’re dealing with difficult grass stains or embedded dirt, it’s perfectly acceptable to bring your brush from step one back into the picture. Keep a second bowl of clean, warm water handy to periodically rinse the cloth to ensure you don’t spread existing stains on the material of the shoes.

When cleaning white mesh shoes, it’s important to fully remove all excess cleaning solution. Simply wet a second soft cloth so that it’s damp (not soaking), then wipe down the exterior of the shoes. Avoid fully dunking the shoes in water since this could affect their shape (and certain adhesives used in shoe design don’t respond well to this level of moisture).

Choose a cool, dry spot out of direct sunlight and allow your shoes to fully air-dry. If they got especially wet during the cleaning process, it might not hurt to fill them with paper towels to better retain their shape as they dry.

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The Best Commuting Shoes in 2018: Stylish, Comfortable, AND Practical?

best commuting shoes for women 2018Reader D wrote in, asking us to update our older post on the best commuting shoes — so let’s discuss, particularly since the weather is finally getting warmer! Here’s her question:

Can you please update the ‘The Best Commuting Shoes‘ post? I left my Born Crown Collection nadine’s at a hotel by accident a few months ago and I’m so devastated!! They are no longer available and I loved them so much. Please share updates…….I’m searching for a replacement and need help! Thank you!!!!!

Interesting. (The shoe she mentions is sold out, but you can see it here if you’re curious. This option looks pretty similar, FWIW…) A few notes on what I think makes for the best commuting shoes in 2018 (particularly so you don’t look like the sad model in the stock photo at top)…:

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  • It maintains your hem length. This only matters if you’re wearing full-length pants, which are coming back in style (particularly in flare form) — you cannot wear flat commuting shoes with shoes that you also intend to wear with 3″ heels unless you’re ok with the hem dragging on the ground (or your pants being hemmed too short). To that end, if you’re into flared, bootcut, or even straight-leg pants that are full-length, you may want to check out some of the fugly-shoes-with-height kind of options — FLY London, Eileen FisherBørn, Earthies, and Gentle Souls are all good bets.
  • For the most conservative offices (or the most stylish women), you may want to look for commuting shoes that are comfortable, but cute enough to pass as your “look for the day” if you bump into a colleague on your commute. If you’re going to feel uncomfortable meeting the VIP partner or CEO in the subway wearing your flip flops or weekend sneakers, you may want to look for other shoes. It’s also ok to consider what your commute actually looks like here — if you just want to be able to walk outside the networking event, put on more comfortable shoes while you’re standing outside hunting for a cab or walking a block to the subway, those little foldable flats like Yosi Samras may be A-OK for you (and maintain your style) … whereas on the mornings or nights when you actually mean to walk for 30-60 minutes over city streets, you make a different choice.
  • Finally, give some thought to your family history: if your mother and grandmother have/had problem feet (fallen arches, bunions, etc), do not proceed to walk for miles in heels or flip-flops because you’re in your 20s and feel fine…  your feet are going to hurt when you’re 30 and you’re going to smack yourself in the head for all that walking you did in your 20s in shoes that weren’t even labeled comfort. Signed, the girl who walked for miles in 3″ Steve Madden shoes when she was in her 20s. (And they weren’t. even. cute. Gaaah.) It doesn’t mean you have to wear sneakers or geriatric sandals — just try to respect your future feet by giving your choice of commuting shoe some thought. For me that would mean any commuting shoe has to have arch support as well as laces/ankle straps because I tend to walk out of flats anyway because I have a wide forefoot and narrow heels — but your issues may be different. (If you know problem feet run in your family it probably isn’t a bad idea to make a visit to a podiatrist anyway and see what she or he recommends!)

Where to look for the best commuting shoes in 2018:

  • If you have problem feet, go to a specialty shoe store that specializes in comfort shoes. In NYC I’d recommend Tip Top Shoes (on West 72) for a good mix of stylish and comfortable shoes along with knowledgeable salesmen.
  • Usual suspects: brands like Clarks, Børn, Sofft, Naturalizer, Aerosoles. I just got these Clarks shoes earlier this year ($ 48 and eligible for Prime Wardrobe) and I’m really happy with them. (For a much broader survey of comfortable heels and other comfortable shoes for work, check out our regularly updated Guide to Comfortable Heels.)
  • If you find classic flats comfortable: readers love Rothy’s; I’ve also heard good things about Everlane’s loafers and Nisolo’s smoking loafers, oxfords and sandals. If you want an upgrade on sneakers but still want laces, these Cole Haan shoes are crazy lightweight.
  • If you must do flip-flops for your commute – I’ve walked for miles in these Reef flip flops with arch support (like these); readers have also turned me on to OluKai. Note that this is one of the stupid decisions from my youth that my feet and I regret — but flip flops are so lightweight and comfortable in the moment that even now I walk more places in them than I should.

Over to you, readers — what do you think are the best commuting shoes in 2018? What’s comfortable for long distances? What’s acceptable for the office hallway? What strikes you as a stylish commuting shoe? 

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Calling It: Everyone Will Be Wearing These Shoes for the Next 6 Months

Spring weather is finally set to hit (any day now—we’re sure of it), and we couldn’t be more excited because it finally means we can break out our favourite 2018 shoe trend. Yep, mules. While some savvy street stylers have been braving it through the chilly months by layering theirs with cute socks, it finally feels like the time to free our ankles and for full-on mule season to take over. And judging by the flats, stilettos and kitten heel mules we’ve already spotted from the likes of Saint Laurent, Mansur Gavriel, Zara, Topshop and more, what a season it’s going to be.

Now if it’s your first foray into mules, fear not; we’ve already compiled an impressively thorough guide to the best outfits to pair with mules of all styles. You’ll also be glad to know they’re one of the most versatile footwear trends your wardrobe will ever see. From midi dresses and jeans to work-ready co-ords, you can be sure there’s a mule style that’ll work with all three. Whether you’re shopping for your first-ever pair or are simply expanding the collection with a new-season update, we’ve got the ultimate pick of 2018 mules you need to see ASAP. Keep scrolling to see the 13 pairs we’re dying to add to basket right now.

A pastel that’ll go with everything in your wardrobe. Available in sizes 6 to 9.5.
The color. The embellishments. We love these. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.
So great with spring denim. Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5.
We’re seeing these with cropped denim. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
So cute. Available in Italian sizes 36 to 41.
Just fabulous. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.
An easy way to bring in some yellow. Available in sizes 4.5 to 11.5.
These are selling fast. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.
Super sleek. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.
We’re all about that buckle. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.
We’ll be wearing these with everything. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Team these with polka dots for a pop of color. Available in sizes 5 to 11.
Jeans or dresses; these will elevate any outfit. Available in Italian sizes 35 to 41.

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J Crew Factory Jumps in the Tech Polo Ring, USA Made Dress Shoes, & More – The Thurs. Men’s Sales Handful

Sales that deserve some attention heading into the weekend or a bit earlier. Might not be some massive once a year event, but still worth a look. Those are what make up these handfuls. Five of the better sales, one for each finger, are below, plus bonus sales if need be. Included are a few picks worth pointing out. 

 

J. Crew Factory: 50% off (suiting excluded) + New Arrivals

J. Crew Factory

What have we here? “Performance” polos from J. Crew Factory? Ordered. And don’t worry, the annual polo palooza is fast approaching. Last year wasn’t the best polo crop. There are some good ones this year. Fingers crossed these make the list as a winner.

 

Brooks Bros: $ 100 off $ 300, $ 200 off $ 500 w/ SP18BC

Brooks Brothers

See what we’re doing here? We’re using socks from the sale section (at post time this is working) to trip the $ 300 threshold. At $ 300, use the $ 100 off $ 300 code SP18BC and you end up with Goodyear Welted, made in the USA shoes for just north of $ 200. Not bad being that they aren’t 2nds quality.

 

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants – $ 24.99

Target: Goodfellow & Co. Oxford Cloth Pants

So the site says these things are “poplin” but… it sure doesn’t look like it. Big thanks to Ryan N. for the tip who saw these in person, in store. Available in either slim or straight fit. Could be perfect for those hot summer days. Also, I don’t know what the “printed” distinction means on these pants. They just look like they’re heathered/chambray-ish/oxford cloth-y. Beats me.

 

 Allen Edmonds Anniversary Sale ends MONDAY

Allen Edmonds

How’d tax day shake down for you. Good? Got some money back? Y’know, that’s actually not good. But. I totally understand how it makes one feel. Anyway, sock that return away in the emergency fund. But if you just can’t stand it, there’s the big AE sale.

 

Massdrop: Seiko SKX – $ 169.99 FINAL

Seiko SKX

Well look what’s back on Massdrop. It’s worth noting that while $ 169.99 is a fine price for a Seiko 007 or 009, they’re final sale. If you want the ability to return the thing, head over to Amazon or JomashopThey’ve got much of the SKX series for $ 179.99. BUT… and this is a big difference from most Massdrop products, THIS time Massdrop actually has these in stock. No waiting. Ships in 2-3 days.

 

BONUS  Huckberry: LeviMoon is back!!! – $ 239.98 ($ 289)

LeviMoon Lamp

Good God that’s a lot of money ($ 240!!) for what amounts to a small lamp (if that, depending on how much light it casts). But… good grief I want one. Levitates thanks to magic. Or, magnets. Magic or magnets. I dunno. I didn’t major in the science.

 

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Outfit Formula: High-Low Dress and Trendy Shoes

A high-low dress has an asymmetrical hemline — short in front and long at the back. The overall length varies greatly, as does the difference between front and back hems. They can be dressy or casual, fitted or fluid, oversized or tailored, patterned or solid, sleeved or sleeveless, knitted or woven, simple or complex. Some are ruffled. Some are belted. Take your pick.

 

You can wear a high-low dress with all sorts of footwear. Heeled sandals, wedges, espadrilles, heeled ankle-strap pumps, booties, sandal booties, and slingback pumps are great classic and more expected pairings. This outfit formula is about pairing the dress with trendy shoes.

High-Low Dress + Trendy Shoes 

I bought a high-low navy eyelet dress this season and am very excited to wear it.

It’s a calf-covering midi length in the front and almost ankle grazing at the back. It’s casual but in the dressiest way, tailored, crisp, and awfully pretty. I LOVE the way it moves when I stride. The signature “swoosh” of the high-low dress is part of what makes it magical and fun to wear.

I shan’t be wearing the darling with dressy heeled footwear for comfort and aesthetic reasons. I like the juxtaposition of wearing the dramatic style with an “unfussy shoe”, and flat/low-heeled footwear is more current these days. I’m looking at loafers, Euro sandals, mules, strappy flats, and ballet flats. I might throw in my low-heeled pointy-toe slingbacks and sneakers too. Here are the exact shoes from my wardrobe that I’ll wear with the dress.

Here are five more ways to pair high-low dresses with trendy shoes:

1. Slides

For those who loved the ‘90s, wear open-toed slides with the dress. Think flat, low-heeled or flatform. The ones shown here look a little dressier in metallic with leather soles. Slides with low block heels are fab too. The low-contrast colour elongates the leg line.

Slides

2. Flat Mules

Mules are closed-toe slides with open ankles. The ones shown with this high-low dress are flat. Feel free to go as high as one inch on the heel. Their low-contrast colour and pointy toe elongates the leg line despite the lack of heel.

Flat Mules

3. Broad Strap Flat Sandal

A simple flat sandal with minimal broad straps, one buckle, and a leather sole are what I call “Euro sandals”. A classic in Europe and having its fashion moment. Although not shown here, a flat or low block-heeled ankle-strap sandal is another option.

Broad Strap Flat Sandals

4. Heeled Mules

Mules with low or higher heels look very fresh. A good option if you need to look a little dressier for the office. The mules here are low contrast, but high-contrast mules can look fab with darker dresses, or when you have black hair.

Heeled Mules

5. Fashion Sneakers

Sneakers are THE shoe of our fashion era. It goes without saying that you can wear the frock with sneaks. Non-athletic sneakers that are less chunky look best to my eye like the white ones shown here, Converse, or slip-on styles. But bulky athletic sneakers with huge soles are being shown with these types of dresses too. Personally, I don’t like the pairing but it’s fashion-forward nonetheless. I’m sticking to pretty and dainty shoes.

Fashion Sneakers

I don’t have visuals for high-low dresses worn with loafers, oxfords and ballet fats, which are three more trendy options. Birkenstocks are another way to go. But if none of the trendy options tickle your fancy, stick to the classics because they are always in style.

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The Word Is Out: Never Wear These Shoes With Leggings 

There is no denying that leggings have become a streetwear staple to the wardrobes of nearly every It girl in existence. Remember the great debate of whether or not leggings were pants? Well, that’s been put to rest, as celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Chrissy Teigen not only wear them on the regular, but they style them in ways unthinkable. In case you weren’t aware, Gigi and Chrissy have the same stylist, Monica Rose, and during a three-day trip hosted by Reebok, I had the opportunity to interview the genius herself.

Curious to pick her brain on all things legging- and sneaker-related, I first asked Monica what the best sneakers to wear with leggings are. She said, “I think a [Reebok] classic leather is good to wear. I just think it’s such a comfortable shoe. When I wear them, I’m excited for work and excited to be comfortable. But for leggings, I think any sneaker really goes with them.” If you aren’t familiar with the Classic Leather sneakers Monica speaks so highly of, don’t worry, we shopped out the best colors below.

In addition to the best sneakers to wear with leggings, I asked Monica what the one item was she would never style with leggings. Without hesitation, she clearly stated to consider leaving your thigh-high boots at home. If Monica Rose, the mastermind behind some of the most memorable looks in fashion right now, says she would never put thigh-high boots with leggings, that means the powerful clan that is Monica’s clients won’t be wearing that boot style with leggings anytime soon.

Go on to shop the sneakers Monica Rose says look the best with leggings, including the Reebok Classic Leather style.

Up next, find out how to find the perfect swimsuit, period.  This press trip was paid for by Reebok. Editors’ opinions are their own.

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Museum exhibit proves shoes can be high art

Nearly everyone, in every culture around the world, wears some kind of slipper, sandal or heel to shield the soles of their feet from the earth. But an exhibition opening April 20 at the New-York Historical Society shows that beyond protection, shoes provide power, prestige, sex appeal and liberation. “Walk This Way” highlights 100-plus pairs…
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Nordstrom Roundup: Comfy Closed-Toe Spring Shoes

Closed-toe footwear is great for mild Spring weather, and the collection below showcases some of my favourites in Nordstrom right now. I’ve included a few boots and boot hybrids too. Many of these were recently winners on clients, and the online reviews are excellent. Most of the shoes are very comfortable. Be sure to browse the abundant colour options, because you might like the shoe more in another colour.

  • Ron White Nell Slip-On Sneaker: Beautifully made sturdy slip-on wedge sneakers with fab texture. The patterned versions are great too. Best on higher volume feet, a quality item, and super comfy. More supportive than expected.
  • Ecco ‘Soft 7’ Cap Toe Sneaker: A repeat style and ongoing favourite with clients across a spectrum of colours. Works best on regular and higher volume feet, and can fit an orthotic. Loving the gentle earth tones for Spring. Extremely comfy.
  • Paul Green Roxy Espadrille: If ballet flats slip off your feet – try these. Quite supportive, well made, and works on higher volume feet. Size down half a size for lower volume feet. The white looks particularly fresh.
  • Hispanitas Yakira Mule: A dainty and pretty mule in a delicate lilac (or tan), that fits a regular volume foot. Made in Spain and a quality piece. Very comfy. Buttery leather.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto Ayers Loafer Flat: A loafer-sneaker hybrid with extremely good reviews. Fun streamlined sporty vibe. Runs big so size down.
  • Paul Green Sheri Ballet Flat: Elegant and classic ballet flats that stay on your feet because of the subtle elasticated top. Quite supportive and very well made. Works on higher and lower volume feet. Lover volume feet size down half a size.
  • Hispanitas Mariel Slingback Pump: Dainty slingback with a hard edge, so quite unique. Elegant on the foot, made in Spain, and best on lower volume feet. A quality item and very comfy if your feet are narrow.
  • Linea Paolo Waylon Western Mule: Fun and very trendy cowboy mules that add pizzazz to outfits. Works best on higher volume feet.
  • LEWIT Cara Mule: Buttery soft mules that work on a variety of feet. Good on high insteps. Comes in neutrals too. Quite maximal on the feet, so consider yourself warned. Lower volume feet can try sizing down.
  • Leith Gillis Stretch Bootie: Fun refined floral boots for low volume feet and narrow ankles only. Higher volume feet – stay away. Quite comfy if you can manage the heel height.
  • Aquatalia Emmaline Embroidered Loafer: Beautifully made white loafers with asymmetrical embroidery detailing. A little jarring on the feet at first, but stunning after five seconds. Works on an range of feet. Comfortable.
  • Loeffler Randall Lulu Block Heel Mule: Flattering on the foot, unique metallics, and read the rave reviews.
  • Me Too Zara Block Heel Mule: A fab substantial casual mule that works well with jeans and cropped pants. Good on regular and higher volume feet.
  • Topshop Jolly Flared Heel d’Orsay Pump: A synthetic and affordable white pump for lower volume feet. Read the rave reviews.
  • Free People Sienna Ruffle Mule: You have to get used to the exaggerated length of the mule because it completely covers the vamp of the foot. A little avant-garde and best on longer feet. Comfy.
  • Munro Durell Oxford: A very comfy chunky oxford that comes in a variety of widths and colours. The white soul and heel makes the shoe pretty and modern. The perforations are ventilating.
  • Pelle Moda Dezi Pump: An elegant and dainty classic that works on low and regular volume feet. I vote navy. Slam dunk with dark ankle pants.
  • COACH Bowery Tea Rose Cutout Chelsea Bootie: A bootie that’s best on lower volume feet and narrow ankles. The shaft might cut into your shins depending on how you stride.
  • Naturalizer Blair Bootie: Clean, crisp, polished and comfortable. Comes in wide widths. Might be a little wide on the ankle in larger sizes, but not too bad.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto ‘Jolette’ Penny Loafer: A repeat style in its third or fourth season – they are THAT timeless, fab, comfy and quite affordable. I have four pairs: tomato red, blush and two pairs of white. They are my go-to shoe in Spring and Summer because they work with every outfit. Very comfy, dressy and a modern classic. Works on a variety of feet. Size down half a size, and read the rave reviews.
  • Hispanitas Mina Loafer Pump: Extremely elegant on the foot. Beautifully made in Spain, and a quality item. Comfortable. A tad maximal despite the soothing colours. Make sure you like the two-toned effect when you style the shoes in outfits. Works for both lower and higher volume feet.
  • MARC FISHER LTD Charly Western Bootie: Super cute Western shootie to wear with bootcuts, flares or ankle pants. Works on a range of feet.
  • PIKOLINOS Royal Water Resistant Derby: Extremely comfortable and quite playful. Less chunky than it looks in the photo. Works on both higher and lower volume feet. Both the blue and gold are fab.
  • Naturalizer Simonette Mule: The style of the mule encloses more of the foot which makes them feel more secure. They don’t “cluck,” and are soft and cushioning. Elegant, refined and dressier than most mules. Available in WIDTHS, so low volume feet should order a narrow size. I have them in a narrow in white, and they are AMAZING. A quality item.
  • Naturalizer Emiline Flat Loafer: You can almost always count on Naturalizer to cover narrow, regular and wide shoe widths, and I’m thankful for that. These loafers are heavenly comfortable on the feet in the solids and metallics, and are well worth the rave reviews. The navy and blush metallic options are unique. If loafers fall off your feet – try these.
  • Madewell Brady Block Heel Bootie: Well-made cut-out booties for higher volume feet. Comfortable, crisp and polished.
  • Hispanitas Melanie Pointy Toe Pump: Very comfortable and well-made teal floral pumps. Quality item. Best on low-volume feet.
  • Hispanitas Carmela Loafer Pump: Beautifully made heeled loafer for regular and lower volume feet. Crisp and dressy. Looks cleaner than the ubiquitous Gucci to my eye.
  • MATISSE Half Moon Ankle Strap Loafer: Great backless ankle strap loafers for wider feet. Comfy and quite unique. They were too wide for me, but super cute on the foot.
  • Free People ‘Royale’ Pointy Toe Flat: A fun futuristic boho-lite style for high volume feet that comes in many colours. Read the rave reviews.

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Steal Alert: Sperry for J. Crew Boat shoes for $42

Sperry for J. Crew – $ 41.99 w/ TAKE2030 ($ 98)

So you either like Boat shoes or you don’t. Personally, I’m not a fan, but here’s example #1,243 that this site isn’t, and shouldn’t, be about me.

It’s just about boat-shoes season, and J. Crew appears to have some left-overs from last year kicking about in their sale section. These are a collaboration with Sperry, made from “top quality leather” and are partially lined in chambray.

J. Crew has started a new “buy 2 select items take 20% off, buy 3 select items take 30% off” tiered promotion, but what’s lost in the shuffle here is that at least for now, the TAKE2030 code knocks an additional 30% off sale items. And you don’t have to buy multiple items to get the extra 30% off.

You do have to shell out for shipping (unless you’re doing more shopping and trip the $ 150 free shipping threshold) but even then, these should qualify as a steal for most boat shoe aficionados. Sizes are a bit scattered at post time, and I wouldn’t expect them to last that long.

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Fab Finds: Tops, Shoes and a Bag

There’s a lot of good stuff out there at the moment, so much so that I’ve finished my own Spring and Summer refresh two months earlier than normal. My clients have been pleased with the more feminine, dressy and less oversized looks in stores, as well as the larger assortment of dresses with sleeves and hem length. Here are some items that have been winners on my clients recently.

1. White House Black Market Floral & Lace Twinset

The photos do not do this great look justice. The high-low blouse paired with the cardigan in the same pattern was SO fab on my client last week that I squealed in the dressing room. Leave the cardigan open in front. Nice quality, unique, easy, pulled together, crease-resistant, flattering and does not need a camisole. Smart casual or business casual. Fluid and tailored in the right places. The blouse is available across petite, regular and plus. The floral cardi is available in petite and regular. Size down.

2. Michael Stars Boat Neck Shine Knit Top

This is a GREAT tailored knit top. Flattering, comfortable, crisp and easy to launder. It’s more like a very light pullover than a tee. Much neater, dressier, and more pulled together and structured than a T-shirt. The fabric is substantial. Sleeve length is excellent. It layers beautifully under jackets, but looks good on its own because of the shine, fab fabric, and good fit. The boat neck is surprisingly bra-friendly. The size range is unfortunate since it comes in two sizes only. The XS/S will fit a US0 to 4, and the M/L will fit a US4 to 8. It runs true to size, and works well on a straighter or curvier body type. It’s long, so not good on petites and short waists unless it’s hemmed to a shorter length. Don’t try the top if you’re self-conscious about your midsection, because it might cling.

I don’t wear T-shirts and stick to blouses, shirts and and knitwear for tops. Very occasionally, I’ll find a knit top that ticks all the boxes, and this one did just that. I bought the white and the stripe to wear with jeans and Summer skirts both untucked and semi-tucked. The neckline works well with my chunky pearl necklaces. I love the subtle shine and the tailored fit. The XS/S is a more fluid fit on me than on the model. All the colours are nice.

3. Madewell Chambray Tops

A chambray top needn’t look like a menswear or cowboy shirt. Madewell has good chambray tops at the moment, and they’re versatile. The fabrics are not stiff and denim-y either. They’re soft, tencel, or cotton/linen blends.

The Wrap Top is fabulous with skirts, and best on those who can fill out the bust and/or shoulders. I looked awful in it because my narrow shoulders, long neck and regular size bust could not fill it out.

The Central Ruffle Sleeve Shirt has more structure around the neck and shoulders and looked much better on my body type, despite the oversized fit. The flutter sleeves also broaden my frame and I like the effect. The fabric is GORGEOUS and drapes very well, and it may have followed me home. Size down a size.

4. Cosima Circle Bag

This bag is very cute. It can be used as a crossbody or satchel. It’s faux leather, well made, relatively affordable, lightweight, and roomier than it looks. All the colours are nice, and not as bright in person as in the pictures.

5. Hispanita Footwear

I can’t rave enough about Hispanita footwear. Made in Spain, the aesthetic is Euro and somewhat Mediterranean. Refined and dressy, and with many walkable heel heights and silhouettes that are a little different to the norm. They are beautifully made, and most of the styles are very comfortable. Super soft leather, a cushioning footbed, enough support, and room for an orthotic if your feet aren’t too wide. The styles can fit both a higher and lower volume foot if you go up or down in size — the cut of the shoe is that good. A little pricey but you’re getting a quality item. I bought a pair of floral oxfords last year and they’re smashing. I always have my eye on this brand.

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What Makes Italian Shoes Different From English Or American Footwear

What makes Italian shoes different from English or American shoes? When you educate yourself about shoes, you’ll encounter Italian shoes, English shoes, American shoes, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, but no one really explains what that means.

Let us delve into the different style hallmarks, as well as the construction of Italian, American, and English shoes.

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 Hallmarks Of Italian Shoes

Italy has a long-standing tradition in craftsmanship and specifically, in leather goods. Because of that, you can find lots of shoemakers still in Italy, as well as many shoe factories. Italian bespoke or custom shoes are very different from Italian factory made shoes, so let’s take a look at bespoke first.

Beautiful patina and custom medallion and buckle on a bespoke monk strap shoe by Ugolini

Beautiful patina and custom medallion and buckle on a bespoke monk strap shoe by Ugolini

Even in Europe, Italy has probably the highest density of bespoke shoemakers you can find. It’s the same with tailors, shirt makers and other crafts especially related to menswear. One thing that always struck me about Italian bespoke shoes is that even a shoemaker in a small town has a very good eye for an elegant last. If you go to a smaller town in Germany and every bespoke shoe made, it will fit very well, the quality and construction will be very good, but the style will always look a little old-fashioned.

Goodyear Welt Construction

Not so in Italy; the construction you find in Italian bespoke shoes is usually a hand-sewn Goodyear welt. Sometimes you can also find the Norwegian welt which is called Norvegese in Italian and it’s more visible, it is more time consuming and not many other shoemakers are so much in love with that welt as Italians are. The problem with bespoke is it’s very expensive, it’s very time consuming, and because of that, it’s not an option for most men out there especially ones outside of Italy.

Now, factory-made Italian shoes have been quite popular in the US and just think of brands such as Santoni or Tods and they’ve been around for a while, they have a good reputation, at the same time, they’re also quite pricey. With the advancement of the Internet, we’ve seen a lot smaller companies in recent years producing goods that they sell directly to consumers cutting out the middleman and saving you as a consumer on the purchase price.

One of those companies who did it very successfully is called Ace Marks. They’re based in the US but they exclusively produce shoes in Italy and sell them directly to their consumers either by their website or by a Kickstarter project. In fact, they have the two most popular Kickstarter campaigns ever raising over a million dollars.

 

 

Ace Marks Penny Loafers

Ace Marks Penny Loafers

Are Ace Marks The Best Italian Shoes Money Can Buy?

Absolutely not, however, that’s not their focus. They try to sell a shoe that is fairly priced with a very high-quality level and an extremely great value level at a lower price. So let’s have a closer look at Italian made factory shoes such as Ace Marks.

Burgundy Wholecut from Ace Marks in Burgundy Diablo Antique with burnished tip

Burgundy Wholecut Oxford from Ace Marks in Burgundy Diablo Antique with burnished tip

It’s All About The Leather

Italians are very good tanners and because of that, most Italian shoes are made of Italian leather. Unlike in other countries, you can find entire towns dedicated to leather tanning and it’s just a joy to see that that craft is still so very much alive in Italy today.

So when you look at quality Italian Shoes, they will likely have a hand burnished patina with either something darker areas and lighter areas which makes the shoe more lively, easier to combine, and it simply looks much better than a plain colored leather shoe.

Blake Rapid Construction

Blake Rapid Construction

Shoe Construction

Most quality Italian shoes are either Blake-stitched or Blake rapid stitched. You can see here in these diagrams how that stitch is different. One has two stitches, one has just one, overall, Blake rapid is superior to just Blake and very similar to Goodyear in the sense that it’s more complex but with Blake sometimes you also have the issue that the thread will transport water from the wet street directly to the inside of your shoe which can be quite uncomfortable.

Blake Construction

Blake Construction

Shoe Quality

In terms of costs, they’re all very similar to each other including the machine-made Goodyear welt. In terms of quality, many would rate Goodyear welt on top of the bunch however, that’s not necessarily true. A Goodyear welted shoe just has different characteristics than let’s say a blake rapid shoe.

In general, a blake rapid stitch shoe will have a much thinner sole that is also more flexible than a Goodyear welted shoe which is generally a little thicker and harder. Now some people if they have issues with their feet just don’t get along with Goodyear welted shoes simply because they are too hard on their feet.

Ace Marks - Blake Stitched Shoe with Hand Burnished Patina

Ace Marks – Blake Stitched Shoe with Hand Burnished Patina

Personally, I own hand welt Goodyear shoes, machine-made Goodyear shoes, as well as Blake and Blake rapid shoes, the difference is really not that big. With the Goodyear welt, you get a little bit of cork on the inside which you usually don’t get with Blake Rapid or Blake construction.

Ultimately what matters more is the design of the last and how it works with your foot. When it comes to heel height Italian shoes have been all over the place. In the 70s, you saw really really tall heels but today, you can mostly find a moderate heel which is perfectly suitable for every kind of man.

Overall I would say that Italian shoes are always a little more fashion-forward, they have lasts that are longer, maybe a little rounded, maybe a little more extreme, they’re usually very stylish, and always put emphasis on elegance.

What About English Factory Made Shoes?

In my experience, they’re generally a little stiffer which means the uppers are a little stiffer, the soles a little stiffer, and that’s because they use the Goodyear welt method, machine welted almost exclusively in every factory I’ve ever seen. Now the leather is not super hard, it’s just a little harder than Italian shoes typically.

I’ve also found that all my English ready-to-wear shoes are much heavier than my Italian ones. Interestingly, bespoke shoes from England are generally much lighter than the English factory-made shoes. The lasts you can generally find in England are a little more traditional in Italian ones, they are very timeless and classic. They’re a little less flashy and less elongated as Italian lasts. The English also produces different kinds of shoes such as boots with triple or double soles and a rougher broguing that’s ideal for country wear, for example.

Allen Edmonds Fifth Aveune Cap Toe Oxford with Broguing on the toe cap

Allen Edmonds Fifth Aveune Cap Toe Oxford with Broguing on the toe cap

What About American Shoes Such As Allen Edmonds or Aldens?

Just like English shoes, they’re machine Goodyear welted and their lasts are generally a little more old-fashioned. Some people may call it clunky but overall, it’s just a different type of last.

Overall, I say American shoes are more similar to English shoes than Italian shoes but obviously, that’s a generalization. You can always find exceptions to the rule.

Wholecut in Antiqued Cognac Brown Leather on an elegant rounded last by Ace Marks

Wholecut in Antiqued Cognac Brown Leather on an elegant rounded last by Ace Marks

Which Type Of Shoe Is Better?

Honestly, there is no right or wrong. Personally, I own Italian shoes, I own German shoes, Austrian shoes, Romanian shoes, and everything in between. Now all of them have placed my wardrobe and for certain outfits, I prefer Italian, for others, American and then again, English for others.

For example, for a stylish double monk, I prefer the Italian silhouette because it’s a different last, it’s elegant, its unique, and it’s not clunky. If you want to go for a traditional classic cap toe Oxford, the English maybe with my first choice, at the same time, the Italians have also figured out to do it quite well.

That being said, when it comes to heavy leather boots, I go with English shoes no doubt about that. Now I’m very happy with my American Spectator shoes from Allen Edmonds, however, if you want a cordovan shoe, Alden is probably the most prestigious brand for that.

Now when it comes to loafers, a big fan of Italian shoes. Usually, they’re very elegant last, they’re stable in the foot, they don’t slip out and very happy with tassel loafers as well as penny loafers. Just look very different than American penny loafers or English penny loafers. Usually the longer last is a little more flattering in my opinion but again, each to his own.

Ace Marks - Basic 4 Shoes

Ace Marks – Basic 4 Shoes

CONCLUSION

At the end of the day, you have to figure out what works for you. If you’re a really heavy guy with 400 pounds, a thin soled Italian leather shoe is maybe not your best bet. At the same time, if you want an elegant shoe that is thinner soled for events with black-tie for example, as a whole cut or maybe just as a business shoe around the office, I would totally recommend going with Italian thin sole shoes rather than thicker Hungarian style or American shoes.


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Weekday Wardrobe: Aurora James Knows Good Shoes

“I have a couple hundred pairs of shoes,” a claim that most fashion fans dream of one day sharing, is just another part of the life and work of Aurora James. As the founder and creative director of Brother Vellies, James not only has an enviable footwear collection but actually designs many of the shoes herself. Her initial inspiration, she notes, came after traveling through Africa. “I met a lot of artisans along the way and wanted to find a way to keep them employed,” she says, “so I began creating collections that utilized their unique skills.”

Since starting the company in 2013, James has earned the notice of peers, editors, and industry insiders alike. She won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2015 and is currently a member of the CFDA Fashion Incubator, but it still feels like James and Brother Vellies are just getting started, like there’s much more ahead.

As for any woman who owns and runs her own business, James has no defined 9-to-5 schedule, no two days are alike, and there’s a certain unavoidable blurring of personal and work life that occurs. Luckily, James’s sense of style lends itself to a world constantly in flux. “I don’t see a difference between on- and off-duty style,” she says. “I think there is so much about Brother Vellies that I have rooted in my own actual lifestyle that everything sort of blends.”

Of course, it’s impossible to work in the fashion industry without being acutely aware of the way women choose (and want) to dress. For James, this proximity has come to inform both her own way of dressing and her design choices. “I am more interested in personal style than trends and more interested in shoes you will own for a lifetime instead of just one season,” she notes, adding that working in the industry has encouraged her to build her own closet slowly instead of shopping fast fashion. “The best dressed people in the industry,” she says, “are those who are very aware of their own style and build on that.”

There’s a common thread between the way James dresses every day and the shoes and bags she creates for others. When asked to describe her personal style, James offers a response that could easily carry over as a descriptor of the Brother Vellies aesthetic. She views how she dresses as a reflection of how she sees the world: “romantic and whimsical and bold and full of texture and color.” Read on to see James’s weekday wardrobe in full.

“I wear a lot of long dresses with our Unity boots. It’s a bit of a ‘pretty punk’ vibe, I guess. But more so, it’s just comfortable and girly, which is an ongoing theme with a lot of how I dress and design.” While Mondays may qualify as a stressful, uninspired day for many, James uses the start of the week as an opportunity to make a statement. Pairing unexpected pieces like a flowy maxi dress with rough-and-tumble boots starts things off on a fresh foot.

Working in a creative industry has allowed her to build a fairly fluid wardrobe, and her footwear designs reflect the same flexibility. Her boots could just as easily be worn with jeans as they could with a bohemian dress, and other styles follow the same rule. “The Holiday Bow Pump is really great for the office with a linen or navy pinstripe or polka dot dress,” she notes. “On the weekends, though, you could pair it with athletic socks, jeans, and a sweatshirt. I like shoes that have a duality to them like that.”

Winter in New York can leave even the boldest dresser uninspired, but the Toronto native manages to bring texture and a sense of playfulness into her wardrobe even on a practically frigid shoot day. “I have had these plaid McQueen pants for six years,” she notes about her Tuesday outfit. “I love wool pants in the winter; they’re the best way to stay warm. A shearling crossbody is like a little heater also. This is definitely a very winter look.”

James has a unique ability to take her shoes, in this case denim loafers with crystal embellishments, and build an outfit around them that is unexpected but inspired. The key takeaway: Don’t be afraid to mix and match the standout styles you love.

While it’s not uncommon for James to travel for work—“Los Angeles, Paris, Morocco, Italy, and Ethiopia are the typical destinations”—when she’s working in NYC, jeans are in heavy rotation. “You can usually find me in jeans a vintage shirt at least three times a week,” she says.

But James has a knack for knowing how to pair casual and more formal pieces together in a way that feels neither sloppy nor stuffy. “You have to take luxe and pare it down sometimes. These Black Palms Pumps have been glued to my feet since the day I designed them,” she says. Styled with eye-catching shoes, jeans are anything but average.

If there’s anything close to a uniform in James’s closet, her Thursday look would be it. “This is my basic go-to for years,” she says, “an easy skirt with a statement shoe and bag with some vintage on top.” The addition of more trend-forward accessories, like a leather beret and statement earrings, give even the most worn items an instant refresh.

Notes James, “I always start with the accessories and build from there. What shoes do I want to wear today? If you have great accessories, they will completely transform jeans and a white T-shirt even. The world is your oyster with a Palms Pump and Beret!”

While James notes that athleisure is the one thing she’d never wear while working, some sporty elements have become staples. “My boyfriend works with athletes, so I have this weird habit of integrating gratuitous sportswear into my outfits,” she says. But, despite her ability to easily pull off a jersey, you probably won’t catch her watching a game on the weekends. “I’m that girl on the street that gives a blank, confused look when someone says something like ‘I love the Chicago Bulls’ and I’ve totally forgotten A) what that is and B) that I’m wearing a Chicago Bulls vintage T-shirt.”

While James has already seen success as a businesswoman in the fashion industry, she notes that she’s looking to the future, not her past accomplishments. “I get inspired by thinking about different things women will do and accomplish while wearing Brother Vellies—running for office, being a mom, just kicking butt in general,” she says.

If her own trajectory is any evidence, Brother Vellies’s shoes aren’t simply made for walking, sitting, or even dancing—they’re made to change the world.

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Steal Alert: Allen Edmonds Shoes $150 – $195

Nordy Rack: A.E.s (2nds?) – $ 150 | Shoebank: Select Styles $ 195

Thanks to the recent bump in full retail price for a pair of Allen Edmonds, many of us are keeping a strong, focused eye out for deals on this American Made, Goodyear welted shoes. And there are two options for sub $ 200 AE shoes this weekend:

 

#1.: Nordstrom Rack: Extra 20% off Clearance Styles

I think (think?) all of these are factory 2nd options. But boy the price sure can’t be beat. Shipping is free since it’s over $ 100, and unlike the recently, re-increased $ 25 restocking fee for at the shoebank, returns by mail here are just $ 5.95. Now, it is a clearance, so some funky styles are in there, but there’s some real potential all the same. Head here for more about the Fairfax, and head this way for the dead simple Kenilworth lace up. Pretty sure this extra 20% off expires Sunday night.

 

#2. Allen Edmonds Shoebank: Select 2nds for $ 195

Was just the Liverpool and the Fifth ave. for awhile there, but the Shoebank has since thrown the sub $ 200 doors open to a few other, very popular models. Again, it appears that they’ve once again jacked the re-stocking fee BACK UP TO $ 25 for returned 2nds that get sent back through the mail (what gives AE?) But under $ 200? If you get a pair that doesn’t have a hugely noticeably defect? That’s a hell of a deal, especially with the latest price increase on firsts.

So, you’ve got options. Either Nordstrom Rack or the Allen Edmonds Shoebank.

That’s all. Carry on.


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Don’t Expect Fashion Girls to Give Up These Shoes

Dressing for cold weather means different things for people in different cities. Still, no matter the temperature, residents find a way to master the trends and expertly style the pieces they love. This year, we’ve seen fashionable women figuring out how to wear mules in the winter in climates that range from temperate to freezing. While, in some places, forgoing socks works if the rest of the outfit offers warmth, in other locales, it’s all about keeping the toes cozy. Below, we’re rounding up 12 ensembles that prove you can wear mules when it’s chilly outside (great news, we know).

Style your mules with a cozy sweater and flowy dress for an evening look that feels just fancy enough.
Jeans make a dress and mules much more appropriate for chilly weather.
Try layering tights with jeans and mules to add an extra layer of warmth. 
Open-toe shoes may feel a bit daring for chilly days, but for days when the weather permits, style with a jacket and you’re good to go.
An option for those shoes that are too good to give up: Add socks.
Try sticking to layered neutrals (and relaxed jeans), then finish off with a pair of statement boots.
Classic mules can go with anything and everything.
Try color coordination from head to toe.
Mules instantly dress up casual denim.
Dare to try contrasting colors, like adding a bolt of bright pink with your shoes.
Heeled mules add a touch of dressiness to a casual sweatshirt.
Love the minimal look? Try styling simple mules with a tonal ensemble, finished with a shearling jacket.

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Steal Alert: Allen Edmonds 1st Quality Dress Shoes at Brooks Brothers for $223.50

Brooks Bros. Extra 25% off Select Sale Accessories (exp 2/14)

Are shoes accessories? In the eyes of Brooks Brothers they are. And that means their collection of on-sale, USA made, slim rubber soled Allen Edmonds shoes are dropping under $ 225.

They’re also first quality and not final sale.

Brooks Brothers x Allen Edmonds

Only difference between these and their sold-by-AE counterparts is the Brooks Brothers branded slim, grippy sole (which some of us really like, and you’d normally have to shell out extra for the v-tread at AE) and a slightly different “Poron” footbed at the heel.

Other than that,  they’re the real deal. Not bad considered that with the recent Allen Edmonds price increase, these things would list for over $ 400.

Big thanks to Jarrod L for the tip. Free shipping kicks in at $ 250, so, consider picking up something less expensive if you’re good with trading an extra goody for “free” shipping and a bit more final cost.

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Jimmy Choo Creates Bejeweled Shoes for Gènavant Collection

CAMBRIDGE COUTURIER: In an unconventional fusion of stilettos and sapphires, pumps and pearls,  Jimmy Choo has added fine jewelry to his repertoire with Gènavant.
Choo has been working with his godson Reggie Hung on the collection, which was the subject of a one-day exhibition at the Cambridge International Art Gallery on Friday.
He and Hung unveiled a glittering selection of bejeweled shoes — and shoe-inspired jewelry — during the event, which drew clients, friends and family including Choo’s daughter Emily.
The shoemaker talked about the importance of craftsmanship and said Gènavant was created to keep the skills of fine jewelry alive.
“The main reason I’m here is for Reggie. The most important thing is the skill and I want to keep supporting the crafts and the craftsmen so they can create more beautiful things,” said Choo.
The shoes and jewelry on display were done purely for the show, and the exhibition is set to travel to London, Milan, Shanghai and Beijing.
The artisanal pieces were meant to evoke grace, peace and elegance, according to Choo. Heels were embellished with rubies, pearls, sapphires and other stones, making for some weighty shoes — with price points to match.
He said prices will range from 1 million pounds to 4 million

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Survive the winter with these $13 cleats that attach to any shoes or boots

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A lot of people think that they can slap on any old pair of snow boots and they don’t have to worry at all about slipping on the snow or ice. Yeah, that’s not the case at all. Snow boots give you better traction, sure, but they’re nothing compared to Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats. These awesome rubber straps fit over any shoes or boots and metal coils on the bottom give you excellent grip as you trek out into treacherous winter weather. They start at under $ 13 and go up to $ 15 depending on your shoe size, and they could be the difference between a quick walk to your car and a serious injury.

Here’s what you need to know from the product page:

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  • Lightweight and affordable slip-on traction cleats to reduce the risk of falls when walking on snow or ice to work, school, or even to the mailbox
  • Made of abrasion-resistant 1.2 mm steel coils with zinc coating to prevent rust; secured to shoes with durable Polyelastomer outer band
  • Provides 360 degrees of traction on cold surfaces for all-direction stability
  • Highly elastic outer band with heel tab slips easily slips on and off of shoes; perfect for pedestrians, professionals and the elderly
  • Tested safe from breakage in temps as low as -41 degrees F; available in XS (Extra-small) S, M, and L sizes to fit most shoes

Yaktrax Walk Traction Cleats for Walking on Snow and Ice, Medium: $ 19.80

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There’s an 80% Chance You’re Wearing the Wrong Shoes for Hiking

If you’re at all an outdoor person—and this may be especially true if you live in a place like L.A.)—you’ve gone on your fair share of hikes. But there’s a big difference between going for a casual walk through your local park and climbing over boulders to reach a mountain’s crest boils—not all hikes are made equally, and the same is true of the shoes you pick out for such an activity.

The common idea for hiking is that sneakers work best, and seeing as we wear sneakers for all other forms of exercise, why wouldn’t they be ideal for hiking as well? Actually, according to Stacy Taniguchi, Ph.D., a professor of recreation management at Brigham Young University, wearing sneakers on a hike may be putting you in unnecessary danger. Extreme conditions like dry, dusty trails, or muddy grounds make it that much more likely that you’ll slip and fall, especially along inclines. The fact is sneakers just provide enough traction.

The best shoes you really should be wearing on a hike? Heavy-duty, high-top hiking boots. Some details to look out for when purchasing the correct shoes are thick soles, heavy treads, ample support, and waterproof material, depending on which type of terrain you’ll be exploring.

Go on to shop the hiking boots that are tough enough for any terrain, and keep reading to shop our selection of luxury “hiking-inspired” bootsbecause we know you’re a fashion girl at heart.

Available in sizes 6 to 11.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.
Available in sizes 6 to 11.
Influenced by streetwear, these boots will add an element of toughness to your looks. Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
We have a feeling that Veronika Heilbrunner, our Street Style Star of the Year, would pair these shearling-trimmed boots effortlessly with a floral frock. Available in sizes IT35 to IT42.
Somewhere between a hiking boot and a combat boot. Available in sizes 6.5 to 10.
Pair them with an utility-style coat for an on-trend look. Available in sizes IT35 to IT42.
Contrast laces and silver eyelets and hooks are what make this pair authentically “hiking-inspired.” Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
The subtle heel gives you just the right amount of height. Available in sizes 5 to 10.5.
We could see the street style set wearing these on repeat. Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
With brogue wing-tip detailing and stacked heel, these boots have a menswear feel to them. Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
From the ski slopes to the street, this pair will be your winter go-to. Available in sizes IT35 to IT41.
Get the hiking vibe in a bright color that’ll make your whole look pop. Available in sizes 6 to 10. Going on a hiking trip? Here’s what one editor packed.

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Wedding shoes: Styles for the fashion-forward bride

Say yes to the dress (and the heels)

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There’s no denying that your wedding dress is going to be the sartorial star of the day, but your footwear is where you can add a dash of personality to your outfit. There’s a lot of things to consider when it comes to your shoes (colour, style, comfort and more) and we’ve rounded up what we think are the best wedding shoes, combining classic cool with statement pieces fresh off our SS18 fashion trend report.

Gone are the days of the staid blocky heel, with both affordable high street retailers and luxe fashion brands jazzing up footwear for fashion-savvy brides. There’s all manner of styles for both the shoe-obsessed diva and demure princess and we’ve also thrown in a number of different heights depending on your comfort level – after all, you’re going to be standing around for photographs for an awful long time.

Low-key brides can’t go wrong with simple classics by L’Intervalle or Jimmy Choo, while jaw-dropping heels by Gianvito Rossi or Charlotte Olympia will have you looking runway ready in no time.A pop of colour is always a welcome touch as well, whether that comes in the form of a romantic scarlet appliqué, subtle floral detailing or something blue.

Spending big bucks isn’t a necessity either as ASOS, New Look, Topshop and Next have really turned things out this season with snowy shades and soft metallics dominating the colour palette. (Plus, high street wedding dresses have really stepped up their game in recent years.)  Check out some of our favourites below.

Flat wedding shoes

Rene Caovilla 10mm Embellished Straps Silk Satin Flats, £605, Luisaviaroma

Channel your inner royal with these grand satin flats by Rene Caovilla. With a cross strap crafted from real Swarovski crystals and imitation pearls, it’s naturally got the iconic Rene Caovilla glitter sole for a bit of extra sparkle on your wedding day.

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The Row Flora Leather Mules, £760, NET-A-PORTER

If you can’t stand the thought of standing around in heels all day but still want a bit of lift, these gorgeous wedges from The Row are a sleek take on the style. Crafted from Italian leather and a thick wooden heel, they’re a pair that’ll go beyond your wedding day – pair it with trainers and a slouchy winter coat and you’re well into fashion blogger territory.

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Wedding shoes in silver

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GRETAL V-Cut Block Heels, £49, Topshop

The saving grace on these show stopping shoes is the thick block heel – vital if you’re the kind of bride who’s going to tear up the dance floor after being on your feet all day. With a dramatic V-cut and fierce pointed toe, these wedding shoes are definitely a shout for the edgier bride.

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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 70mm Heirloom Embellished Satin Pumps, £591, Luisaviaroma

When it comes to shoes, in SJP we trust. These beautiful ivory wedding shoes from her line are a wedding classic, with a minimal crystal detail and a bolt of periwinkle on the heel for extra luck.

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True Decadence Satin Ankle Tie Barely There Heeled Sandal, £28, ASOS

A tie fastening on a heel always adds a dash of sexiness to any outfit and these white wedding shoes are bang on trend. With a high 10cm heel, satin uppers and and open toe to show off your fancy pedicure, it helps that they’re incredibly affordable so you can splash out on the dress.

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Pale Blue Suedette Pointed Court Shoes, £17.99, New Look

These airy blue shoes will have you walking on clouds all day. With a suedette finish and three inch stiletto heel, it’s a simple silhouette ideal for ladies with a more dramatic dress – plus, they cost less than £20.

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Wedding shoes in gold

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Strappy Open Toe Sandal, £49, CHARLES & KEITH

A metallic heel is always a great shout and we’re particularly in love with these strappy standouts from CHARLES & KEITH. Blink and you’ll miss it – the pearl detail on the stiletto heel is everything.

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With this edit of the best high heels, pumps  and flats, there’s no excuse for footwear to be a bland afterthought. Whether you’re wearing one of the most popular wedding dresses on Pinterest or striking out on your own in a bold coloured gown, these are the best wedding shoes that’ll see you through whatever your outfit choice. And be prepared to make these babies work hard – we fully expect to see you cutting a rug on the reception dance floor.

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Victoria Beckham’s “Dorothy” Shoes Are the Pretty Party Heels You Need

Leave it to Victoria Beckham to design the perfect, modern version of the infamous ruby red sparkly shoes worn by Dorothy in the musical classic The Wizard of Oz. But while the magic red slippers of the past featured a low heel and bow detailing, Beckham’s version is slightly more streamlined, with a pointed-toe front and a slender stiletto heel. Aptly named the Dorothy Pumps, the shoe style is from the designer’s exclusive Tuxedo Collection capsule.

Here, Beckham styles her Dorothy heels with a pair of slim-fitting tuxedo trousers, a long tuxedo coat, and a simple cream-colored top. By sticking with a more monochromatic color palette, Beckham ensured all eyes would fall onto the two statement pieces in her outfit: the sparkly red pumps and the matching clutch.

So if you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect party heels, consider slipping into these Victoria Beckham glittery pumps. Compliments are guaranteed, and heel-clicking is optional, though encouraged.

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The First 5 Dress Shoes You Need to Start a Shoe Collection

When you start a wardrobe, versatility is key because every item has to work with one another. That way, you get the most combinations possible with the fewest items in your wardrobe which save you money. Of course, the same is true for shoes.

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Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection of shoes and today, I have probably several dozens in my collection, however, when I started at zero, things were quite a bit different.

Don’t Get Lured In By Sales – Buy The Shoe Style That Is Right For You

I remember being lured into buying a pair of the Lottusse Goodyear welted dress shoes, they were black, and I thought it was a staple, and after all, they were Goodyear welted when they were on sale.

The problem was their sole was extremely stiff, so it was very uncomfortable to walk in them and they were also a little on the big side but I thought I was getting a deal and so I bought them more importantly, stylistically, they were kind of odd because they were a derby shoe which is more casual than an oxford and they were wingtips with full broguing. At the same time, they were black so it was really hard to combine them and I ended up not wearing them, so it was an inferior investment.

By the way, all of these shoes are from Ace Marks, a supplier of handcrafted Italian men’s dress shoes and I liked them because they are hand burnished and they provide an excellent value under $ 300. I’ve had their shoes in my closet from the beginning, and I liked them quite a bit because they fit me exceptionally well. Are those the best shoes money can buy? Heck no, but they provide a remarkable value that you won’t find otherwise in this price category.

5 Dress Shoes You Need To Start Your Collection

1. Black Oxford Shoes

It’s an all-time classic, especially as a captoe. You can wear it for business, you can wear it to the funeral, and you can wear it for any formal event out there. Also, unlike brown, black comes just in one shade, and so you don’t have to invest in dozens of black shoes, but one is a staple that you must have.

How Do You Wear A Black Oxford?

You can wear it with two-piece suits, three-piece suits, particularly in navy, charcoal, and grey, and any other business appropriate suit. It’s also good with blazers, maybe a navy blazer with gray flannel slacks or you can wear it with your tuxedo for Black Tie events, your dinner jacket, alternatively, also for a white tie or formal morning dress. Probably the most famous black oxford is the Captoe Balmoral style without any form of broguing, however, if I could just invest in one pair, I’d go with the black oxford whole cut because it’s impeccable all around, there are no seams, no extra cap toes, no broguing, and because of that, you can wear it even with the most formal ensembles such as white tie.

The Wholecut Is The Most Versatile Black Oxford

A whole cut is called that way because it’s made from one piece of leather. If you go with bespoke models, sometimes you’ll find a piece that has zero seams off the rack models always have one seam and it’s in the back so it’s very subtle and it’s a very clean silhouette that works for classic, stylish people, as well as minimalists alike. With a black whole cut Oxford, make sure you avoid the medallion on the tip of the shoe that way, you can honestly wear it for all occasions that are formal. This Ace Marks model whole cut has five eyelets which are very classic and an elegant long last with a timeless round toe.

2. Brown Derby Full Brogue Wingtip

A derby is less formal than an oxford. The derby has an open lacing system, and because of that, it’s more flexible, so when your feet are tired, and they swell and get bigger, it’s a more comfortable shoe than an oxford. Because of that, I like it for traveling. I would choose a medium brown color such as this antique brown cognac from Acemark; it’s very versatile, and because they are hand polished and hand burnished, you see different shades of brown at the tip of the shoe than for example at the bottom. The holes you can see in the shoe is called broguing, and it just gives a shoe a much more casual character.

How Do You Wear The Brown Wingtip Derby Shoe?

Basically, you can combine it with anything you know with suits, sport coats, corduroys, slacks, chinos, denim, you name it.

3. Casual Loafer

It’s a slip-on shoe, it’s relaxed, it’s an entirely different style from the other two, yet it’s a timeless classic. It’s straightforward to dress up or down, and they come in different variations; you can have tassel loafers and sometimes people think they’re old-fashioned yet you can actually have them quite young looking and modern but if you don’t like that, go with a penny loafer because they’re really classic and they’re called that way because you used to be able to put a little penny in the front opening.

For versatility, I’d go with a different shade in brown than you chose for your derby wingtip. Ideally, something maybe with a reddish undertone or something medium brown, in any case, it’s something different.

How Do You Wear The Casual Loafer?

It’s an excellent shoe for non-formal outfits; you can also wear with seersucker, or in summer maybe without socks and you should only avoid them with double-breasted suits.

I chose this model from Ace Marks in medium brown because it has a lovely patina on the front, it has also a very nice last that hugs my foot in the middle and that way my heel doesn’t slip out when I walk which is extremely important because you don’t have a lace-up system that keeps things in place.

 

4. Reddish Double Monk Strap

I’d invest in a double monk strap in a reddish color because it’s very versatile, it’s stylish, and it’s young, and it’s just different than all the other shoes that you already have in your wardrobe at this point. This model from Ace Marks comes in a brandy antique brown which means it was hand polished and hand burnished to achieve different color tones. It’s made on a very clean last, there’s no broguing, no cap toes, and the buckles are exactly in the right place and I find the shoe extremely attractive.

Unlike with black, with brown, you want different shades of the same color even though they’re very similar because sometimes one shade pairs a lot better with a suit with some pants than the other. Because you are just starting out, make sure the new brown tone of your shoe is different than the ones you already have in your shoe closet.

How Do You Wear Double Monks?

You can go just with jeans, or with slacks, maybe polo shirts, some people even just have a t-shirt, maybe sweaters, or cardigans, but it’s also very good with a suit; either a three-piece suit, two-piece suit or a sport coat combination. If possible, get a belt in the same color and also try to get a buckle that matches the color of the buckle on your double monks. In this case, if you buy this Ace Marks double monk straps shoe, you can also get the matching belt out of the same hand polished leather with a silver buckle, so it’s immaculate and dapper.

5. Medium Brown Half Brogue Oxford

Here I have an Ace Mark shoe in a lighter antique tan which is once again different than all the other brown tones in my wardrobe. It has a captoe with nice broguing, a medallion, and it’s less casual than the full wingtip derby shoe. I’m adding it to the collection because it’s an in-between the more formal oxford and the more casual derby.

It fits right in between because it doesn’t have a wingtip but it has broguing, yet at the same time, it’s an oxford and not a derby. I had a model like this, and I wore it extensively when I was a student because it would always go with everything I had at the time in my wardrobe.

How Do You Wear The Half Brogue Oxford?

It’s a super versatile shoe that you can wear with almost any suit. It is dark enough to be worn to the office, it’s brown enough to be worn with tweed, and everything in between. In my opinion, it’s a great spring summer and fall staple, and you can even wear it during milder winters.

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

Hand burnished captoe half brogue Oxford by Ace Marks

CONCLUSION

So if you invest in these five shoe styles, you genuinely have an incredibly versatile dress shoe closet, and you can hold off on investments and maybe spend on other parts of your wardrobe. If you’re interested in a quality shoe with a flexible sole made out of a soft Italian leather, I urge you to take a look at Ace Marks because they have the classic styles in a very elegant last that is very attractive, timeless, and it won’t break the bank.


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These Are the Most-Searched Handbags, Shoes and Sneakers of 2017

Over the course of 2017, the shopping data experts at global fashion search platform Lyst have been keeping tabs on the handbags and shoes — namely, sneakers — that its users have searched for again and again. Lyst monitored the shopping habits of its 80 million users worldwide and …

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With the “extra savings” that apply to many items in Nordstrom’s big sale, there are a ton of great deals today on shoes for work. In particular, heels, boots, flats and more are steeply discounted. Some favorites, after the jump… prices as marked are today’s prices; they may go back up tomorrow if/when Nordstrom ends the extra 20% discount. Note that if you’re buying a lot, you may want to declare today your “personal 10 points day”(!). (Also, check out our workwear picks from the Nordstrom Thanksgiving Sale, which are also an extra 20% off today as well!)

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Above, $ 63-$ 76: burgundy suede block heel / d’orsay (several colors!) / lace detail / two texture block heel

Above, $ 71-$ 238: ankle strap (5 color options) / grommet wedge (several widths) / wine d’orsay / suede rounded block heel

Stylish Flats for Work

Above, $ 51-$ 89: fringe detail / navy ballet / pointy toe / leopard / ballet

Booties for Work

(See our latest discussion on booties for work!)

Above, $ 63-$ 107: low velvet bootie (6 colors, including suedes) / suede block heel / block heel / buckle detail block heel

Tote Bags for Work

Two observations of note: first, there are a TON of discounted Tumi bags in the sale! Second, unfortunately the “extra 20% off” barely applies to the bags — still, lots of great selections.

Above, $ 19-$ 320: faux leather / navy / black / cobalt

Wallets, Card Cases and Other Little Gift Ideas

Above, $ 23-$ 61 – black card case / red card case / lanyard / wallet (7 colors!)

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The Shoes You Will Wear to Every Single Holiday Party Are $35

With the month of December but a couple short days away, we think it’s appropriate to say that holiday party season is officially in effect. After all, we’re betting that, like us, you probably have at least one to attend within the next week or two, with countless others on the horizon—right? We thought so.

Naturally, the next order of business is what to wear. Aside from outfit ideas we’ve already culled from Instagram and will continue to bring you throughout the month, we’ve also got you covered, of course, with shopping picks. Kicking it off today is the one item that will make dressing for every party a breeze. Obviously, we’re talking about shoes, but not just any shoes. Our very own Who What Wear Corin heeled sandals at Target will get you through the season with minimal effort and spending but maximum effect. Coming in at just $ 35, the on-trend frayed-edge showstoppers come in three colors, so you can plan all your festive outfits around them.

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Available in sizes 6 to 11.
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The epic sneaker battle between NBA stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant has claimed another casualty. Under Armour — whose Curry 4 basketball shoes have been dogged by manufacturing delays, even as they have gotten slammed by poor reviews — said Peter Ruppe, who had headed its footwear business for nearly three years, has left…
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Ever dreamed of walking in a celeb’s shoes? Quick, now’s your chance to bid for them while helping children out of poverty

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This year, Kate Moss, Emma Watson and Poppy Delevingne are just a handful of the celebrities who have stepped forward to donate their most treasured pair of shoes to be auctioned off for the Small Steps Project. With previous celebrity donors including Helena Christensen and Oprah Winfrey, this is an unmissable opportunity to get some celebrity-endorsed footwear.

The charity was founded by former showbiz journalist Amy Hanson, who quit her job to launch the charity after a life-changing visit to Cambodia seven years ago.

‘I had just turned 30 and was looking for something more meaningful to contribute in life,’ says Hanson. ‘After seeing so many homeless kids scavenging barefoot on rubbish dumps filled with broken glass and sharp objects on Cambodia’s largest landfill site, I was heartbroken and an idea just came to me. I thought, perhaps I could use the experience and contacts I have through my job to make a positive change to their lives.’

And from her bedroom in north London, the world’s biggest celebrity shoe auction was born.

Today, Amy spends her time travelling between various Small Steps projects in Nicaragua, Romania and Laos to oversee how the funds are spent. What began as just giving out shoes, has developed into providing children with what they need to make the small steps out of poverty and into education, breaking the crippling cycle of scavenging for survival.

‘Thousands of Manolos could have been gathering dust in celebrity wardrobes all over the world, but instead they’ve helped fund nurseries, mother and baby units, medical, nutrition and education programmes and really transform lives,’ says Hanson. ‘And we’re just getting started.’

Celebrities from all walks of life have been sharing their reasons for contributing to the project. Legendary fashion designer and eco-warrior Vivienne Westwood has voiced her backing for the Small Steps auction, saying, ‘I am proud and happy to be on board.’ Ed Sheeran added, ‘I am really proud to be able to support such a great charity that is not only close to the hearts of Glastonbury but to myself and the many artists that take a small step to help children with no shoes at all.’

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Here are just some of the celebrities who have taken part in previous years:

Kate Moss: ‘I’ve donated these mother of pearl heels because they are special and precious like the children that London charity Small Steps Project help. I love to support charities that are close the my heart and home.’

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Natalie Portman: ‘These are vegan sneakers you can hike or play soccer or dance in – all my favourite activities.’

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Sienna Miller: ‘I am happy to be donating my shoes once again to such an amazing charity that really makes a world of a difference in the lives of less fortunate children and their families.’

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Helen Christensen:Small Steps is a wonderful organisation to be an ambassador for. I’ve been donating shoes for years. This year, I’m donating my favourite red Miu Miu heels.’

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Fab Finds: Shoes, Tops & Jewellery

Here are some items that have worked well for my clients recently. Some of them are simple and basic. Sometimes, we overlook how effectively simple silhouettes can be when they are dressed up and down, layered, amped up with accessories, or making a statement piece shine. They may look “boring” or uninteresting on their own, but remember to give them a chance because they can be fabulous in an outfit.

1. Blondo Ida Waterproof Bootie

Puddle, ice and light snow-proof with grippy non-slip and flexible soles. Visually sleek and very comfortable. Works for a wider volume foot, especially if you size up half a size. Low volume feet need to wear thick socks and add an insole. I vote charcoal grey as the best colour of the lot. Very deserving of the rave reviews.

2. Ann Taylor Faux Wrap Knit Top

A lovely modern classic with good drape. It has been SUCH a breath of fresh air to see clients wear tailored pieces like this wrap top for a change. It works well both tucked and untucked. Traditionally flattering. Works on a larger and smaller bust. As good on a straighter figure as it is on a curvier figure. Defines the waist of a rectangular figure, and accentuates the waist or an hourglass. Not good for muffin top.

3. Gentle Souls Ethan Pump

Dandy Fabness. More of a heeled loafer than a pump. It’s gloriously comfortable, super soft, and does not squish your toes. The stable block heel is magical. Visually, it shortens the foot a little, which might look stumpy so consider yourself warned. All the colours are nice. The gold is considerably brighter than the metallic brown or black patent. Works quite well for higher volume feet. My low volume feet were very happy and the gold followed me home as potential holiday party shoes. They are a good match with cropped jeans and trousers, and an unexpected match with dresses. I like them with dresses, and did not find them stumpy.

4. COS Roll-Neck Merino Jumper

Turtlenecks are a wardrobe essential for my style, and there are many to choose from each season. Despite their abundance, the ones that fit around the neck the way I want them to are rare. I like a tight, neat and polished fit around my neck, and most are sloppy. I also prefer knitwear to jersey knit. This turtleneck has a fantastic fit around the neck and is an item of knitwear. The body is as fluid as seen in the pics. The length is quite long, and looks good worn out over streamlined bottoms (not semi-tucked). The burgundy is a rich wine red in person, and that’s the one that earned a place in my wardrobe.

5. Madewell Gold Jewellery

Madewell does great clothing, but they do equally good casual and interesting gold jewellery. It’s well made, usually a brushed gold, and quite unique. The pieces are playful and delicately architectural. Clients often purchase a fun piece when we’re in the store shopping for jeans and tops.

6. Banana Republic Cropped Stretch Velveteen Pants

Many of my clients bought these, and almost all in the burgundy, and I did too. Very comfortable, warm, and with a forgiving fit on the tights, belly area and bottom. Fits a straighter and gently curvy body type quite well. The clever stretch is in the right place, and the thick fabric helps. They do not bag out. They are okay on larger calves when you wear a larger size. Available in longs and shorts. Tall girls should get the longs. They are NOT a casual ribbed corduroy, but a fun, on trend and very wearable velveteen. They look both casual and dressy. For me, they are an alternative to dark wash jeans that I wear at any time of day. NICE to change things up. The burgundy is less eggplant in person. The fit, length and drape is quite accurate in the video.

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When gearing up for the holiday season ahead, we typically make a mental catalogue of the party outfits that will work for the various gatherings on the social calendar. But no party outfit is complete without this staple: Party shoes. Whether you’re turning up the glitz and glam with metallic colorways or flashy detailing, or favoring a more pared back look in black but with a decidedly modern silhouette, there plenty of ways to make a statement with your footwear this holiday season. Step out in style in strappy stilettos, velvet platform sandals, or bright white mules. Whatever you end up wearing to complete your party look, you’re guaranteed to make an impression with the silhouettes, detailing, fabrications, and colorways of the party shoes we’ve rounded up below. Head below to shop 16 party shoes to buy now and wear through the holidays.

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5 Brands Offering Stylish Vegan Shoes for the Office

stylish vegan shoes for the office“Stylish” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vegan footwear, but in 2017, it’s definitely possible to find stylish vegan shoes for the office — in all sorts of styles, from pumps to boots to flats.

Reader L recently asked:

Are there any non-leather, stylish and well-wearing shoes out there? I’m a vegetarian and don’t buy leather, but all the man-made or vegan shoes I buy either don’t wear well (usually not longer than a season) or look like pilgrim shoes. I know there are great companies like Matt & Nat who make amazing bags, but I haven’t been able to find a well-made, vegan pump!

In our last post rounding up brands for the stylish vegan professional, we featured several vegan shoe brands, including Olsenhaus, Matt & Nat, Nicora, and Beyond Skin (along with a few vegan clothing and handbag brands), but to answer Reader L’s question today, we’re expanding on that a bit by featuring several more brands recommended by readers (and by several vegan/vegetarian friends) that are great bets for stylish vegan dress shoes. (We last did a roundup of vegan, non-leather shoes for the professional woman in 2010!) The shoes we’re featuring today are affordable, too — plenty are under $ 100. (By the way, for weekend vegan shoes: Birkenstock recently introduced a vegan collection, some of it for sale at Zappos.) Which are your favorite stylish vegan shoes for the office? What are the brands that you’ve found to wear well and really last? 

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Clockwise from top left: Ballerina Flats, $ 99 / Victoria, $ 59.99 (sale) / Nira, $ 79.99 (sale)

In addition to the brands below, also worth a mention is MooShoes, which has a huge selection of cruelty-free shoes, bags, etc., both online and at their stores in NYC (Lower East Side) and LA (Silver Lake); the brands they carry include Olsenhaus, Matt & Nat, Nicora, Novacas, Bhava, Ahimsa, Melissa, and Bourgeois Boheme.

Here are 5 brands offering stylish vegan shoes for the office:

The Flat, emerald, $ 125 / The Flat, Captoe Black, $ 125 / The Point, cobalt solid, $ 145

Rothys

We’ve featured Rothys a couple of times, most recently The Point, which is one of their two styles — the other is The Flat. Rothys details their mission on their website: to create a shoe “with the ease of a sneaker but with the polish of a feminine flat … with low-waste, low-impact materials, hand-assembled for high quality and durability.” The shoes are lightweight, made from recycled materials (as well as recyclable), machine washable (!), and moisture-wicking, and the knit they’re made from is “blister-free.” The Point ($ 145) and The Flat ($ 125) are available in sizes 5–12, and the site offers free shipping and free returns.

 

 

Levi, $ 79 / Nira, $ 79.99 (sale) / Victoria, $ 59.99 (sale)

Neuaura 

Neuaura, founded in 2007 by a lifelong vegetarian, makes animal-free, eco-friendly boots, flats, heels, and wedges. A portion of the proceeds from one of its factories (a sustainable operation in Southern Brazil that’s run with hydroelectric power) is donated to environmental charities, and on average, 68% of the factory’s waste is reused. Neuaura offers free shipping on all U.S. orders.

 

 

Wide Low Booties, $ 95 / Smart Courts, $ 101 / Ballerina Flats, $ 99

Will’s Vegan Shoes

Based in London and founded in 2013, Will’s Vegan Shoes & Accessories Co. sells vegan and ethically made shoes, both for women and men. On their site you’ll find flats, sandals, boots, pumps, and more, in regular, narrow, and wide widths. Sizes available are 5–11. Bonus: They offer free shipping and 365-day returns on all U.S. orders. They also make accessories — belts, wallets, briefcases, satchels, totes, and more.

 

 

Carrie, $ 195 / Tilda, $ 138 (sale) / Ana, $ 310

Bourgeois Boheme

Also based in London is Bourgeois Boheme, a vegan shoe company founded in 2005. It has a slow fashion philosophy and offers flats, heels, boots, and sandals, including some office-friendly styles, that are eco-friendly and made by “hand-picked artisans” in Portugal. The company also makes shoes for men. Bourgeois Boheme avoids using PVC, which is commonly found in vegan shoes, because of its harmful chemicals and negative environmental impact, instead using a cotton-backed microfiber polyurethane called Mycro©, plant-based polymers, and other, safer materials.

 

 

Peterson, $ 55 (sale) / Brava Encore, $ 59 / Parker, $ 69

Jambu & Co.

Founded in 2010, Jambu & Co. makes three brands, Jambu (“premium looks”), JBU (“trendy”), and JSport “sporty, casual”). As you can tell from the names, not everything made by the company is appropriate for work — most of the shoes are best for a casual or possibly business casual office, or for casual Fridays — but they’re definitely worth checking out. The shoes’ features include a contoured memory foam footbed; waterproof, water-resistant, and “water ready” classifications; and a non-marking, partially recycled rubber outsole. Some, but not all, of their offerings are vegan, and the size range is 6–11. As for production, the website makes this claim: production (in China) is “closely supervised” and the operations have “strict standards that are monitored.”

Where do you look for stylish vegan shoes for the office? Did you know that you can search both Nordstrom and Zappos for vegan shoes? 

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If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect little black dress—you know, the one that you can wear out at night and during the daytime—Hailey Baldwin has you covered. The simple LBD she wore to Drake’s birthday bash can easily be dressed up for an evening on the town or dressed down with sneakers for a casual day of shopping. And if you’re not quite convinced yet that its versatile nature is reason enough to buy it, just take a look at its price tag. At $ 54, this little black dress from Aussie brand Meshki is a steal.

This isn’t the first time Baldwin has shopped the affordable label. Earlier in September, she was spotted out in a stunning satin little white dress, which she paired with white sneakers. But this time around, the model traded in her LWD for an LBD and her Adidas Stan Smiths were swapped out for a pair of silver, lace-up heels. Styled with just a few simple accessories—hoop earrings, a delicate silver necklace, and a Givenchy satchel—Baldwin proves how simple it is to elevate this affordable wardrobe staple.

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On Hailey Baldwin: Meshki Mia Thin Strap Bodycon Mini Dress ($ 54); Dsquared2 Riri Sandals ($ 1285); Givenchy Micro Nightingale Leather Satchel ($ 1790)

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The Only Mall-Brand Shoes That Matter Right Now

For most of us, mall-brand shoes were our very first foray into the wonderful world of footwear, which may have something to do with why they’ll always hold a special place in our hearts (and closets). But unlike back in the day, you don’t have to go to the mall to shop mall-brand shoes. Thanks to the start of that magical thing called the internet, the vast collection of mall-store shoes can be shopped from the comfort of our couches.

While that’s all well and good, the only problem now is deciding which wallet-friendly shoes to buy. So we searched the pages of brands like Steve Madden, Aldo, Nine West, and more to drastically narrow the options down to 20 stylish choices. Among them are the coolest ankle boots, flats, and heels you can buy from the mall (or from your couch).

Below shop 20 expensive-looking mall-brand shoes.

Now that’s our idea of ruby slippers. 
We’re coming for you, holiday parties. 
Guaranteed to make a night out more fun. 
The lug sole gives these a cool streetwear edge.
We can’t wait to wear these with skinny jeans and a cashmere sweater. 
Want to look cool and forward this season? Get a pair of slouch boots.
We need to talk about how good this color is.
Well, these will sell out quickly. 
Swap out summer’s white sneakers for this gilded pair.
These leopard-print ankle boots will never go out of style.
We’re still not over the satin shoe trend. (We may never be.)
All the models are wearing this boot style right now.
No one will believe you paid less than $ 30 for these.
These are pretty enough to get married in.
Blue pumps this cool are worthy of a splurge. 
FYI: Oxfords are back.
Boring outfit? Add these. 
These have a five-star rating (and they’re selling out). 
Glitter boots are in, so you might as well embrace it while you can. Next up, find out what the worst shoes for your feet are, according to a doctor. 

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How To Change The Look Of Your Shoes With Shoelaces

Find out how to simple shoelaces can transform your look from boring to stunning! Learn how you can use them to change the look of your shoes, as well as your outfits.

Sooner or later, we all feel like it’s time to mix up our shoe game and usually, that means investing in a new pair of shoes. Unfortunately, quality shoes are quite expensive, however, if you watch our $ 100 vs. $ 500 pair shoes, you notice that the cost per wear is actually less expensive for a quality pair, which is why I always urge people to invest in quality if they can. If they don’t have enough money to invest in another pair of shoes, the easiest way to change the look and appearance of your shoe and your entire outfit is by switching out the shoelaces.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Shoelaces

  • The advantages are, one it’s very inexpensive, you can get round laces, or flat laces, boot laces, or colored laces, starting at $ 9.00 in my shop and they only get less expensive the more you buy.
  • Two, shoelaces are reversible, meaning you can put them in one pair of shoes and if you don’t like it anymore, you just put the old ones back in, or you put them in a different pair of shoes. That way, if you get a set of 15 shoelaces in all kinds of different colors, it gives you not just 50 new outfit ideas, but you can multiply it with all the shoes you have in your wardrobe.
  • The ONLY disadvantage is that it takes minutes to exchange your shoelaces but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy and you can do it in no time.

How Can Shoelaces Transform Your Look?

Basically, it boils down to contrast. Contrasting shoelaces highlight the lacing systems and since they don’t match the leather, they really stand out and the look appears to be entirely different. Now, if a pop of color is too much for you, I suggest changing the shape. Let’s say you have a black pair of shoes with black-brown shoelaces, to change the look, simply add flat black shoelaces and you can really see the difference. the same is, of course, true for brown shoes or any other kind of shoe. Now, of course, if you just exchange a shape that’s quite easy, if you go with a different color, it’s easy to go over the top.

How To Select The Right Shoelace For Your Shoes?

Ideally, you want to match the color of your shoelaces to a different color in your outfit, that way, you pick up that color and the entire look is more harmonious and it looks like it’s well put together. For example, you can match the shoelace color to something in your socks, if you wear colored socks. You can also combine it with a color in your pocket square, or your tie, and your bow tie, maybe your cufflinks.

At the end of the day, just pick a color that really works well with the shoelaces. It doesn’t have to be a hundred percent exact match but it should be in the same realm. That can be easier said than done and not all colors of shoelaces work with all colors of shoes, so let’s look at some basics here.

Black round and flat shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Black round and flat shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Let’s say you have a black pair of shoes. I said before, if you have the black round shoelaces, upgrade to black flat ones and it is still very office appropriate and very formal. If you want to change it up a little bit and let’s say your shirt has a blue stripe, you can add a blue pair of shoelaces which really looks entirely different, doesn’t it? A blue shoelace is very easy to combine because blue is very dominant in men’s wear.

White round and flat Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

White round and flat Shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Now, most people wear white shirts. so you could think about getting a white or off-white pair of shoelaces on a black shoe. Now, that’s a very stark contrast and if you go for a very black and white outfit that may work, otherwise, I think it’s a little over the top.

Black Captoe Oxford with dark gray and black dress shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Black Captoe Oxford with dark gray and black dress shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

On the other hand, black with a gray pair of shoelaces looks very dapper because it’s just a slight contrast but it’s different enough to notice the shoelace and your lacing system and to provide a different look without being overly loud. If you like little louder, go with a red pair of shoelaces because black and red have historically been a good combination, for that reason, we have our wallet in black and red or a business card holder in red and black.

Classic Patent Leather Oxford without captoe and wide evening shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Classic Patent Leather Oxford without captoe and wide evening shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

When it comes to evening wear, black shoes are a must-have, however, I suggest not to go with different colored shoelaces, go with distinct evening shoelaces. Back in the day, men matched the shoelaces they had to their bow ties and the materials and it’s actually quite dapper, and you can even go with a wider band because the bow tie is wider and so if the bow on your shoe is wider, it just is very harmonious and unique.

Let’s say you have a black satin bow tie, go with satin shoelaces. If you have a velvet bow tie, go with velvet shoelaces, or grosgrain on grosgrain. You get how it works.

Now let’s look at brown shoes. The advantage of Brown is that it comes in thousands of different shades, so no Brown is exactly alike another. For shoelaces, that means it’s even easier to combine and even gives you a greater option to create different outfits.

For example, I like the combination of dark brown suede with a dark green shoelace, again it’s not a stark contrast, it’s a light contrast but it’s very sophisticated and it works really well for fall/winter outfits, If you combine any form of green into your outfit.

Brown shoes also work well with red shoelaces simply because brown has elements of red in it and so it’s already harmonious and everything looks tied together even though there’s a contrast. If you want to go bolder, you can look into maybe an orange pair of shoelaces or a yellow pair of shoelaces; brown with off-white can look quite nice and I like it a lot more than with black shoes; you can also try to have dark brown shoes with light brown shoelaces or the other way around.

Red flat and round shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Red flat and round shoelaces by Fort Belvedere

Again very subtle contrast but different enough to make it unique. The same is true for cordovan or burgundy colors, I like to combine an off-white pair of shoelaces with a cordovan pair of Burgundy boots because it’s just different and it’s not something you usually see on the street. I could go on for hours discussing all the different shoe laces with all the different shoe colors, but I think you get the gist.

Color Swatches of Flat Waxed Cotton - Luxury Dress Shoe Laces by Fort Belvedere - Made In Italy

15 Color Swatches of Flat Waxed Cotton – Luxury Dress Shoe Laces by Fort Belvedere – Made In Italy

Make sure there’s some form of contrast and tied into a color that already exists in the rest of your outfit. Because of that, you should always choose the shoelaces last and not first.

What Kind Of Shoelaces Should You Get?

If you wear any kinds of leather shoes or dress shoes, don’t go with a thick nylon shoelaces you can find on Amazon and all over the place. Instead, invest in waxed cotton laces that are either round, which is classic or flat. In our shop, we offer round and flat shoelaces in a length of 80 centimeters or 31 and a half inches and it should work for all four eyelets or five eyelets shoe. If you have boots, anything other than a chukka boot with more eyelets, I suggest you go with our boot shoelaces, not only are they thicker, but they’re also longer, about forty-seven and a quarter inches and 120 centimeters to be exact.

 

CONCLUSION

Now that you know how to combine shoelaces with shoes, happy shopping and please send some pictures of your combinations to contact@gentlemansgazette.com.


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The highlight for some of us? Those chukkas. Especially the new suede option. Perfect for fall. Pretty sure all of J. Crew’s shoes (even the higher end Ludlow line) are made in China. But for the materials used plus that hearty Goodyear welt, it’s gonna be tough to replicate for $ 150 – $ 160. Code STEPUP expires this Monday 9/18. Big thanks to Liam for the tip.

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Mens Dress Shoes Sky Light Blue

Mens Dress Shoes Sky Light Blue


Mens Dress Shoes Sky Light Blue
make your look flawless and complete with this men’s light blue dress shoe collections
these modern shoes are constructed of brilliant top quality leather linings with premium leatherette uppers and polished finish
handmade shoes add a unique style quotient to your look
light blue lace up shoes are the perfect choice for formal event and the color pops well when paired with blue shade suit or dress shirt
squared toe shape with 1.2 inch heel height and 0.25 inch platform height
padded foot bed for comfort walk that lasts stiff and durable for years
fully lined with genuine leather
List Price: $ 65.00
Price: $ 65.00