A Look at Feet this Spring

Sales are virtually over. Enter spring!

Utilitarian look.
Utilitarian look.

My mailbox brings new looks on a daily basis. The shoes have especially intrigued me this spring. What woman doesn’t love shoes?   I surely fall into that category but it is not without its challenges.   I wear a narrow width which is more and more difficult to find.   Fortunately, Marmi in Lenox Square, carries a nice array of narrow and wide widths at prices that don’t require a bank loan!

What has struck me this spring is that so many shoe styles have a heavy, utilitarian look.   They might be the perfect choice for traveling in Europe where you know you will be walking 20 miles each day but not the best complement for a pretty spring dress. The weekend Wall Street Journal featured a “slip dress” as a new look. Of course, these dresses have been seen for several seasons as a novelty look but have never quite made it to the mainstream.

Oxford.  Good look for masculine suit or slack look.
Oxford. Good look for masculine suit or slack look.

By definition, a slip dress is of satin with lace trim looking just like a traditional slip from years gone by. What I found incongruous was they were paired with oxfords! How does that work? Why not choose strappy sandals to support the delicate, feminine look of the slip dress?

If you want to add visual weight to your feet, this is a way to do it.
If you want to add visual weight to your feet, this is a way to do it.

The sandal pictured, with the heavy heel needs to be worn with something heavy. The wide straps, thick platform and bulky heel add visual weight to one’s feet. These would never work for a petite person or one with delicate bone structure. Neither would the Mary Janes. They would probably be great walking shoes or utilitarian every-day run to the store, take the kids to the park kind of shoe. Utilitarian is the perfect word to describe them.   There is no way these shoes can be dressed up to meet a friend for lunch or dinner.

Practical Mary Jane.  Not much style but utilitarian.
Practical Mary Jane. Not much style but utilitarian.

Notice how the pointed toes add visual leg length.   The sling back pump would work for many people. A mid-heel is a wearable heel height while still looking dressy. This style will be sturdy enough to complement a suit or light enough to wear with a dress. One advantage of a sling back is that they offer a great fit for those challenged by trying to fit a narrow heel.

Dressy and versatile.  Works with suits or dresses.
Dressy and versatile. Works with suits or dresses.

Almost everyone needs at least one pair of comfortable, every day shoes. That may be one of the first shoes you add to your wardrobe. Next, I would suggest a shoe that will give you the greatest flexibility in ways you can wear it. To get the greatest mileage for your investment, I suggest choosing a shoe that will go with a wide variety of outfits in your wardrobe. That way, you always have the right pair of shoes to go with different outfits.   This practice has an added bonus of providing a little budget left over to add something fun and playful when you find it!

Thoughtfully selecting your shoes helps keep within a budget and helps avoid one of those panic times when you don’t have the right pair of shoes to make the outfit work!

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