Thursday, October 13, 2005

Simplicity is Essense

No matter what season it is, no matter how hot a trend is, one thing is for sure: extravagence never lasts. Embellishments come and go. One year everything is smothered with beads, the next year its sequins, the next fur and so on. Keeping in mind that your shoes are essentially an extension of your personality, my advice to most readers is that when you're getting ready to buy a new pair of much needed shoes, whether it's new snow boots or new strappy sandals, ask yourself if you can see yourself wearing them a year from now. Try even 6 months from now. If you're answer is "it depends on what's in for that season," you may want to reconsider dropping hundreds of dollars on that item. I'm not saying don't embrace trends; as a budding fashionista myself I follow trends like a hawk, but I take them in stride, knowing that they're not going to last forever and therefore will buy those cute embroidered flats with the little sequins, but maybe a cheaper variety that I can wear a couple of times and won't feel guilty abandoning at the end of the season. If you're like me and like building a shoe wardrobe around a few staple items, this post is for you. If you're not, and you like splurging on every fad that comes your way, well then, don't bother reading this post. Quietly close the window and continue splurging away. God speed and happy shopping to you. Now for those who decided to stick around, here are some of my favorite staple items. You'll notice almost, if not all, are black; somehow I find black shoes more versatile than any other colored shoes. You'll also notice that I have a thing for clean, smooth lines with very few embellishments. So keeping that in mind, here are some of my picks, starting from the basic winter wear going all the way down to sexy evening wear: The Elecktra by Santana (a Canada-based company) is a simple flat winter boot that really caught my eye. I love the fact that it's fur-lined, which is nice in the colder months, and the flat rubber sole keeps me on my feet and off my behind when I'm walking on slick, icy sidewalks (coming from someone who was born without a sense of balance, this is saying something). The black suede gives is a sophisticated touch and it's something you can wear with jeans or even wool dress pants for work. The Steve Madden Dangger is definately one of those "timeless" boots that pretty much works with everything. The simple black leather, the ever popular pointed toe and the 3 1/4 stacked heel all make this side-zippered boot a piece of footwear that can last for years. Whether you want to pair it with this season's gauchos, next season's wool trousers, or next year's linen pants, a simple black boot like this one will give you much more bang for your buck. I am a big fan of Franco Sarto, as their shoes are always professional, sophisticated and incredibly comfortable. The Nolan, a classic high-heeled loafer in black kid, definately hits the mark. From its padded foobed, to its stacked heel and rubber sole (a must for slick city sidewalks), the Nolan is a must for any working woman's wardrobe. It's one of those shoes that can look great with a suit, dress pants or even a skirt. Another perennial favorite of working women everywhere is Etienne Aigner. The CEO, a round toe pump in black kid, is a beautiful piece of footwear that takes the classic pump and gives it a feminine touch. Even though I'm generally not a big fan of bows used as embellishments, I like how the little satin bow on the front really dresses up the shoe. If it were up to me, CEO's everywhere would have pair of these in their closets. After all, if you have to run a company, you might as well look good doing it! Moving on to a dressier shoe, the Paris by Coloriffics is another one I love. Named after a city known for both its high fashion and its romance, this elegant two-piece pump features a combination of Boca Crepe and Satin on the vamp and a discrete cutout detail at the center. I like how the criss-cross design gives it a draping effect, which is very hard to achieve in footwear. Constructed with pillow soft full foam insoles for enhanced comfort and an exceptional fit, this smooth dress flat finished with a conservative tapered 2 1/2" heel that last you to the end of your evening. The Naomi by J. Renee (a brand synonymous with pure elegance) is another classic pump that gets an update in the form of velvet and satin. Perfect to wear with the ubiquitous little black dress, this evening pump also features a little gemstone adnorned satin bow that gives it a touch of sparkle without going overboard. Nothing says "night on the town" better than the perfect black strappy sandal. My personal preference for an after-dark rendezvous, the Snicker by Caparros takes the strappy sandal to a whole new level. It's glamorous, sophisticated and absolutely sexy! I adore the ankle strap on this soft-silk sandal, as well as the subtle black beading that adds the needed shimmer for an evening shoe. Plus, the padded footbed and the not-too-painful 3" heel mean that you can actually feel your feet at the end of the night.



Blogger Moca said...

The Steve Madden Dangger is a great boot that will last regardless of the trends out there. It's good to have classic and timeless pieces in your wardrobe.

October 14, 2005 9:24 AM  

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