There’s a running joke among my friends that I have a soft spot for little old grandma style. Now granted if you’ve ever read Advanced Style by Ari Cohen, there are pretty sassy grannies out there who can give any high fashion model a run for their money. Case and point, while block heels have been trendy for a few seasons now I am so thrilled to see the low pump version making its way through almost every single fashion brand because let’s face it, even if you’re a chunky heel I really can’t be bothered with hopping Westcoast puddles in 4″ shoes.
THE LUSH ONE
Let’s take Bitsie by Jeffery Campbell which comes in a variety of candy colours but I love the forest green for this season. Done up in suede, the effect is lush and cozy while the round toe looks sweet and not too serious. It’s an easy shape to dress up or down and would be a great pairing with tights and a corduroy mini skirt.
Alternative: Zara | Heeled Ballerina
THE ALMOST CHANEL
Style: Contrast toe pump
I’ve always believed that dressing well doesn’t have to break the bank. If these look oddly familiar it’s because the luxurious Chanel version of the cap toe pump has been splashing all over Instagram in the last season.
While it still retains the low profile block heel for stability, you do get the a peep of colour blocking in front plus might I add that the pointed style is a great mix between modern and vintage.
THE LADY ABOUT TOWN
If you’re still not convinced that a low heel can be trendy, may I present to you the very lady like option from Kate Spade. The brand has always done fun and feminine styles but this version of Madelaine in particular with full black lace (its lined inside, don’t worry) topped with a bow is perfect date night or holiday party material. In fact, I won’t even judge you if you want to wear this every single day.
THE GENTLEMAN’S CLUB
Style: Paloma Loafer Pump
I did a literal wow out-loud when I saw these Paloma loafers from UKIES for the first time. While all the singular elements are not particularly interesting, the combination of smokey velvety teal, the leather pointed toe, loafer front tab and the decorative bow pulled together into a truly stunning shoe. The combination of masculine and feminine details plays together to make this shoe versatile with jeans, a special dress or my personal favourite, cigarette trousers.
I own a very similar silhouette shoe in leopard calf hair and I’ve always gotten complements whenever I wear it out. It’s a statement shoe without screaming from the top of your lungs.
So here’s to the new classic; in bright colours, beautiful textures and fanciful details that’s certainly to entice even the most practical shoe girl to adding these to their daily wardrobe. If you own a pair (or three), I’d love to hear your take on this trend.
Who knew the things you put on your feet can ever be quite so interesting. The past few weeks yeilded a goldmine in awesomely affordable, everyday style shoes. On a side note, lets not confuse everyday with boring because I think there are time where a shoe should shine on it’s own and a time where it should play a supporting role to your amazing wardrobe. And guess what? They’re all totally walkable.
- GEOX | Minu Pumps (6.5)
- BLOWFISH | Microfibre Oxfords (6.5 | fits small)
- IVANKA TRUMP | Indico Pumps (6.5)
- NINE WEST | Mesh Suede Flats (6)
- KATE & MEL | Mary Jane Peep Toes (6 | fits wide at toe)
- FOREVER21 | Cap Toe Flats (6.5)
The is the pair that I wear most often and for good reason. I purchased it while searching for something to replace a beloved pair of modern cowgirl boots that I wore to death. The soft faux suede feel and neutral colour palette makes it easy to pair with clothing be it with a blazer or a fun summer dress. I love the simplistic design with the top stitching detail which looks like a city version of a country boot. Thick heels and a zipper means I can walk comfortably from cobblestone to grass and the treaded bottom keeps me on my feet.
I picked up this pair solely for the fact that it looks identical to a black pair from Forever21 that I own which in turn is a dupe for a pair of Chinese Laundry shoes. At a mere $15 when it was on sale during Black Friday, there was absolutely no way I was passing these up. Even though d’orsay styles can often slip in the back heel, this pair was surprisingly snug when I ordered in a half size down. It could do with a little extra arch support but overall I am thrilled. The bottom of the shoe is rubber which makes sure I won’t be making a fool of myself in slippery hotel lobbies when I head to events. Faux suede, deep red and oh so luxurious looking.
Availability: Still available! Shop it here.
Everybody needs a shoe that just gets them out of the door quickly in the winter weather. This is my pair. Purchased at the same time as my Lady Shoe, I was desperately seeking an everyday shoe that can handle a bit of rain, snow and is, for all intents and purposes on the Westcoast…an all terrain shoe. This fit the bill perfectly. I ordered a size up to accommodate for thicker winter socks. This convertible style actually allows you to wear the boot laced all the way up or folded down to reveal a bit of faux fur while still keeping my feet warm and dry. Not quite a snow boot, not quite a rain boot but perfect for the daily hustle in bad weather.
Availability: Still available in black and brown. Shop it here.
The moral of today’s post? Good shoes often come from unexpected places. Old Navy only carries a small selection of shoes but it seems that once in a while, a real gem will pop up. If possible however, I would suggest checking them out in stores just to insure there aren’t any loose seams or major quality issues but all three pairs I own came out perfectly fine. Definitely worth revisiting for everyday simple footwear. I’ve got them bookmarked.
There must be some logarithm between the change in temperature and the amount of times one goes shopping. I had no plans for a haul video but at some point, I looked around my room and I knew it had to be done so here it is!
- NYX COSMETICS
- Butter Lipstick Trio | True Love | Buy it
- Butt Naked Palette | Turn the other Cheek
- ESSENCE | Long Lasting Lipstick
- Nude Love, Wear Berries, Natural Beauty
- JONATHAN | Silky Dirt | Buy it
- HADALBO | Shirojyun 3 Piece Set | Buy it
- ICHIKAMI | Care & Style Hairstyling Water | Buy it
- MY BEAUTY DIARY | Intensive Brightening Mask (LE) | Buy it
- ALDO | Studded Leather Wedge Sneakers “Graziana”
- FOREVER21 | Faux Suede D’orsay Pumps
You’d think that as someone who plays a woman with such a shoe addiction as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City knows her way around a pair of high heels.
You’d be right.
I recently stumbled upon Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoe collection for Nordstroms and just had to share a few favourites with you. The designs are classic but with a fresh colour twist that makes them fabulous modern basics.
By the looks of it, I am really pleasantly surprised by this elegant yet colourful collection by SJP. This is definitely one for us classic girls who want a little something different without going into the platform shoe category, which to be frank was never much of my style. Vancouver is set to open it’s first Nordstroms soon and I’ve got my toes crossed that they’ll bring these over with them.