Way back during Ways to Wear It, the subject of shoes came up – specifically, how do you choose what shoes to wear? To be honest, I personally don’t premeditate my outfits much; I usually decide what to wear while I’m brushing my teeth in the morning. #veryseriousfashionblogger This means that if I can make my shoe choice in the spur of the moment, so can you with 4 quick questions:
1. What kind of shoes do I want/need today?
Since I started thrifting, my shoe collection has, eh hem, grown exponentially and I have a lot to choose from. That, coupled with the fact that nowadays just about any shoe goes with just about any outfit, means the choice is indeed more about what I want – what will feel right and spark joy – than any particular style “rules.” You can wear heels with joggers, ankle boots with skirts or leggings, sneakers with dress pants… anything goes. Sometimes there’s no logical explanation why one pair of shoes feels “wrong” and another feels right, but you don’t need to understand, you just need to go with your gut!
Most of us also need to consider what the day holds. Some days, I accompany preschoolers to gym class and have to RUN LAPS as a warm up which was my suggestion so I can’t very well sit out. I need to make sure I can run in whatever shoes I choose those days. Most of us consider comfort as the biggest factor when choosing shoes. I personally have pain almost all the time no matter the shoes due to my bunions the size of France and I’m so used to it, I don’t let it dictate my shoe choices. We’ll see what happens after my surgery next week but hopefully I will be able to continue to wear all my faves *without* pain, eventually!
2. Matchy, contrasty or neutral?
Most of us are pretty comfortable reaching for standard black flats, the ultimate neutral shoe…
Black and brown shoes are the standard neutrals and I do believe women should have some of each BUT keep your eye out for metallic shoes as a way-more-interesting neutral!
Right next to default black in popularity is the tendency to choose matchy-matchy shoes – and there isn’t anything wrong with that!
Matchy is fine, but an under-utilized styling trick is pairing CONTRASTING pieces together!
With each shoe option, I felt compelled to change my accessories to achieve a cohesive look – to create the vibe! I think the green shoes didn’t work with my first outfit because the accessories didn’t jive (and I didn’t have time to change them). But the proper scarf and bracelet changed the game! Accessories go a long way in helping you look put together from head to toe!
4. Do I want a “shoe spotlight”?
Sometimes, you just want to wear a special pair of shoes regardless of the rest of your outfit or the occasion and that, ladies, is totally legit.
When you wear a spotlight shoe, you just need to OWN IT.
I think maybe that’s how pumps with joggers came to be – somewhere, someone had her sweatpants on and wanted to wear heels, so she just
werked it (I can’t do it) worked it with flair!
There you have it – 4 easy questions to help you choose your shoes! A couple other quick things to consider:
- buy the best quality shoes you can afford and YES you can find excellent quality shoes thrifted
- if all you wear are ______ (loafers, sneakers, flats, pumps, whatever), strive to have a few different colours and/or styles of that shoe
Now you want to go thrifting for shoes, don’t you?!!