Straps and More Straps

I have been searching for cute sandals this spring without success.  Not only have I not been able to find something that will look great with slacks and dresses, I haven’t found anything that doesn’t appear heavy.   I have long, narrow feet and most of this season’s strappy sandals simply overpower.

My frustration was affirmed by Teri Agin, fashion New York reporter in a recent article. Most of this year’s sandals feature a profusion of wider straps.  Couple this with heavy platforms or wedges and your foot can look more like a boat anchor!  If your have slender legs and/or long feet or if you have larger legs, that is not where you want to draw attention.  Since visual weight of the shoes draws attention to one’s feet, these sandals are not becoming to most women.   I, for one, would rather have someone notice my face first, then

Sandals don’t work with suits.  A suit is a more formal business look and needs a pump with or without a peep toe.   Visually heavy sandals can work with slacks – but not skinny pants.   I noticed a young woman yesterday when meeting a client for a shopping expedition at Neiman Marcus.   Even a modified platform shoe with straps appeared too heavy for this tiny lady adorably dressed with skinny pants and top.

Choosing sandals with thinner straps and no rivets, buckles or other geegaws in a neutral color that matches your skin will be the most flattering look.  To quote Teri, “Pay attention to the heel and the platform.  Flat gladiators aren’t pretty at all.  And if the platform, the heel or the wedge is too chunky, your shoe will pull you down – optically – making you look dumpy.”  My sentiments exactly!


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