Thinking about dress shoes

It’s no secret that women adore shoes. When you are blue, buying a new pair is an instant mood lifter at least it is for me. When you feel great, you make a trip to the shoe store in celebration. And on special occasions, you must have something special to wear. The truth is, even if you love a pair, if you can’t walk in them, don’t buy them. Limping around in heels is decidedly ungraceful and not too much fun either.  Pain is overrated.

An electric hue can amp up a look, including outfits in colors other than black and denim. Try colored shoes with white, khaki, and pastels.  A scarlet-red dress, however, calls for neutral footwear.  If you are wearing an over-the-top dress, for example, keep your shoes toned down. But if your look is low-key, a standout shoe (and something like this pair would definitely qualify!) adds excitement.

Open-toe sandals may be too risqué for a conservative suit, while a flat may be too casual for a cocktail frock. Keep your sneakers relegated to gym clothes or casual jeans. When in doubt, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic black pump like this pair. It will be difficult to walk when your heels keep sinking into the ground, and you’ll ruin your shoes. Flats are
fine, but if you want height, wedges are an ideal option.

I like to make a statement everyone once and awhile.  A spindly stiletto sandal is all about looking sexy, while a bow-emblazoned kitten heel veers more toward cute. Know what look you’re going for, and go full out.  Nighttime is the right time for attention-getting shoes. If you still
want to wear a knock-’em-dead look during the day, choose a closed-toe or peep-toe pump.

If you’re going to wear flats, make sure your clothing is tailored or you’ll risk looking sloppy. A trouser leg should fall at or above the ankle, while skirts or dresses should end above the knee.

When thinking about any shoe you wear you have to remember that balance is important.  And, we’re not talking about the kind you need to walk. A thicker-heeled shoe grounds
a heavily layered look, when something dainty could look off balance. The reverse also holds true. When wearing a wispy frock, a thin-strapped sandal is an appropriate