“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s a part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you are going to move and be looked at is dictated by your shoes.” Christian Louboutin
I like cinderella. I really do. She knew what was important in life. Shoes. Not just any shoes. The right shoes. It seems every fashion fairytale starts and ends with the right shoes. I have to say I underestimated shoes when I first started teaching fashion classes. I mean everyone loves heels right? It seems not! Every women knows what shoes to match with what outfit? Again. Not. It seems to be a minefield for lots of women. So I thought today was the day to set the record straight.
I think every woman’s wardrobe needs to have 4 to 5 pairs of shoes that cover all the basis. That usually means neutral colours. Once you have these nailed you start to be able to think more creatively with buying. Just like clothes you should buy when you see shoes you love and that work rather than waiting for an ‘occasion’ and having to buy under pressure and making mistakes with shoes that kill your feet and your confidence!
To answer the question ‘How do I know what works with what?’ This is usually where I say, you have got to stop over thinking it! You usually have to be brave and try different options to find the one you feel best in. Having 5 of the basics covered means you have options for skinny jeans, dresses, skirts etc. And then one or two pairs of colourful options (especially for summer) give you variety.
You can check out all the latest Spring shoe trends here but for the low down on what I think you should consider before you get too immersed in the trends, read on!
So what are these all important shoes?
1. A pair of ankle boots be that cowboy boots or otherwise every woman needs a good, comfortable and supportive pair of ankle boots whatever your age. They work over skinny jeans, with pretty dresses and even with skirts. Many women ask me ‘do they not make you look smaller by cutting my leg?’ The answer is that you have to go on how you feel when you put them on. If they feel like they are cutting your leg don’t buy them! Keep the look tonal if you are on the smaller side so go for a black pair and wear with black jeans or black tights which will lengthen the leg. Also, go for a pair that are low around the ankle rather than above the ankle. Here are some I love.
2. A pair of comfortable, sensible wedges! Wedges are the perfect alternative to high heels if you are not a fan. Check out the platform at the front of the wedge as the higher the platform at the front the easier they will be to walk in so don’t be afraid to try on! You don’t have to buy! A neutral coloured wedge will go with practically every summer look from skirts and dresses to skinnies and capri pants. You will see lots of colourful sky high options across the high street but wait for the ones that are right for you with the right heel and the right support. They are out there!
3. Flat pumps or brogues. Some women don’t like to have a very flat shoe in which case go for a small heel. in fact this will be better for your feet in the long run. It pays to pay for a pair of flats that are good quality and offer support. Penneys is great for some things but opt to keep their cheap as chips flats for the seaside holiday that lasts a week! Another tip. Your ‘neutral’ colour does not have to be limited to black or brown. Creams, pale pinks, greys and navy all work great for summer and also go with lots of colours in your wardrobe. Top Tip Red is also a great option for summer that works with lots of colours. It works with navy, white, black, bright blues, greens, turquoise, coral and believe it or not fuchsia pink if your brave enough!
4. Sensible strappy sandal. Whether it is for a summer wedding, a shopping trip or Saturday lunch. The right sandal should give you versatility and comfort. This for me is the one to spend more time looking for. It has to be right. If it’s too high, you simply won’t wear it and it comes under the category of ‘has to be comfortable to wear all day’ so shop around….
5. Court shoe. I have to say I don’t own a pair. I am not sure why. I guess as I love a higher heel (check out the babies I bought last week below) but this is a fool proof option to have in your wardrobe. For work and for any look you have that you have nothing to wear with!! The court usually works! Hell. If they are good enough for Kate (Middleton) they are good enough for us. Also, ‘court’ mean different things to different people. To me it simply means a small heel with a wider base and usually a wider fit.
My court €110 from Carvela in House of Fraser. The most comfortable mega high heel in the world!