Well I could go on and on about this topic, so I will try to keep it short and focus on one aspect about SHOES!!!! When I think about what makes my outfit complete it always goes back to the shoes. I mean lets be real you can have on the most gorgeous dress, or most well fitted pants with a fabulous structured top but if the shoes are wrong the whole outfit becomes wrong! Shoes can really make or break your outfit. So it is crucial to put time and effort when finding the right shoe for your outfit. You also want to buy a shoe that is versatile where you can get many wears out of it. Personally, I have always been one to spend more money on my shoes than anything else. But I believe expensive shoes are completely justified by price per wear. Its the one item that gets more wear and tear then any other item in your closet. It needs to be well made from good fabrics and structured to perfection.
Its not uncommon for women to have an obsession for shoes, look at Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Her outfit may have been ordinary but her shoes, well her shoes they were the outfit!! Now, in her case she did buy shoes just because they were beautiful and eventually she would find some outfit to wear with them. But we do not all have that luxury so I have provided below some basic guidelines to remember when shopping for the perfect pair of shoes to complete your outfit.
Here are 10 guidelines when it comes to buying the perfect shoe:
#1: Shoe must not over power outfit;
- Delicate fabrication, ie. silk dress/pants, flowly = light shoe ie. something with straps, opened toe pump (no platform), bootie only if to works really have to be careful.
- Denim, structured fabrics = chunky shoe (wedge, platform, cage, bootie etc)
#2: Fashion over function; yes sometimes when buying that amazing unqie shoe it may not be the most comfortable shoe in the world. But we all need a few pairs like this.
#3: Most comfortable heels; Prada, Miu Miu, Jimmy Choo, Vince Camuto
#4: Most comfortable flats; Vera Wang, Lanvin. BEWARE of TORY BURCH FLATS (they may look cute but they are the most uncomfortable flat you could ever step into, dont do it!!!)
#5: Do the unexpected; wear the shoe that you wouldn’t expect to go with the outfit but totally works
#6: Shoe must fit properly; if the shoe does not fit DO NOT PURCHASE.
#7: If you can’t ROCK them don’t WEAR them; If you can’t walk in them DO NOT PURCHASE; too many times I see women walking around in the most gorgeous shoes but because they cannot walk correctly in them it runs the shoe.
#8: Buy proper shoe care; if you are going to spend the money on a great pair of shoes make sure you buy the products to keep them looking sharp.
#9: Do not buy just to buy; never buy a pair of shoes just because they are on sale. This goes back to buying in complete outfits, unless it actually goes with a particular outfit do not just buy the shoe because its on sale and you will hopefully it will go with something in your closet. That is a big no no!!
#10: Buy them because YOU love them; do not just buy the trendest shoe just because its in “fashion” buy what fits your lifestyle and is best for the outfit.
Who wore it better (Nicole Richie or Lindsay Lohan) ?
Answer: Nicole Richie wore it better. Now they have almost they exact same outfit on but really the main difference is the choice in shoes. Richie’s shoes work better with the outfit, it gives the outfit a pop of color at the bottom (unexpected rule #5), is a heavy shoe for a more structured outfit. Lindsay Lohan wore a strappy shoe which not only uncompliments the outfit but sticks out like a sore thumb. That shoe is more dressy than the outfit has called for thus making the outfit all wrong.
Who wore it better (Haylie Duff or Victoria Beckham)?
Answer: Victoria Beckham wore it better. Because the dress is not only short but more fitted its better to wear a shoe with more coverage. Even though the difference is minimal it still makes a difference. (its like the saying..”Its the little things that matter” funny how it that even relates to shoes!)
Who wore it better (Heidi Montag, Heather Graham, Cheryl Burke, Kristin Cavallari or Erin Andrew)?
Answer: First I must say, don’t you just love the Herve Leger bandage dress! Wow so many different shoes with the exact same dress, funny how much the shoe can change the look of the dress right! Well I must say Erin Andrew wore it the best. Again, because the dress is short and very structured it calls for a more structured shoe and that has coverage. Her black bootie is the perfect shoe. I also would have considered doing a sparkle nude pump as well (this is not shown but would have been another great option). As for the rest of the women the shoes are horrible. Kristin Cavallari’s shoes not only are more of a daytime shoe but are too clunky for this dress. Cheryl Burke’s shoes cut off her legs (not horrible but not the best). Heather Graham first off needs to learn how to stand in a pair of heals (rule #7 if you cant rock them you shouldn’t be wearing them), and the shoe is way to strappy and open for this dress. Those would be better with a longer flowing dress. And Heidi Montag’s shoes are predictable and boring!
Happy shoe shopping!!