Sole Salvation!

Are you tired of towering heels?  Sick of stilettos?  Are your arches aching?  Well, good news, my sartorial sisters!  The newest look gives your soles a second to sigh and your toes some tolerance.  In other words, springs hottest shoe look is a low heel that is as different from the spikes of yesteryear as a fish is from a bicycle!!!!!

 Attica - Vanessa Studded Ankle-Wrap Flat Sandal

Attica - Vanessa Studded Ankle-Wrap Flat Sandal


The newest, hottest look in shoes this season ranges from a modern take on the ballet flat to a kitten to a blocky one inch heel.  They have one thing in common; they are far removed from the elegant, ladylike 3-4 inch delicate heel that's defined the last few seasons.  These new shoes are detailed with mirrors on the heel, straps on the ankle, embellishment on the toe and buckles on the instep......looks that demand to be shown off by cuffed jeans and mid-calf hems.  These shoes are statements in themselves; they don't complete an outfit, they are it's foundation.

 

 Céline - Bam Bam Pump

Céline - Bam Bam Pump

 Miu Miu - Leather Belted Ballerina Flat

Miu Miu - Leather Belted Ballerina Flat

 Charlotte Olympia - Kitty Flats

Charlotte Olympia - Kitty Flats

And color!  White with that mirror detail, as seen at Celine, Coke can red straps on those ankles from Attico, kitty cat faced embellishment in the toes at Charlotte Olympia and black buckled straps covering the instep the way Miu Miu displayed them.  The sky is virtually the limit on color , to say nothing of the combos shown on sneakers like at Golden Goose.  This is truly a season to say "I want to be comfortable and different from everyone else and I want to show it off!"

 

 Golden Goose - Francy Leopard Sneakers

Golden Goose - Francy Leopard Sneakers

 Golden Goose - Superstar Wild Sneakers

Golden Goose - Superstar Wild Sneakers

 Golden Goose - Slide Star Sneakers

Golden Goose - Slide Star Sneakers

 Golden Goose - Superstar Glitter Sneakers

Golden Goose - Superstar Glitter Sneakers

This trend harkens back to the styles of the '70s, when anything was possible and the more "out there" you were the more "in" you were.  It's a backlash at the ladylike heels of previous years and shows that everything old is new again.  Color is the new neutral, pants and skirts are hemmed to show off footwear and comfort is key.  Kicks, slides, mules, ballet flats, clogs-if its low and stands out, it says "it" today, as it did in the '20s, '70s and now the 'teens.  What does it mean?  The more things change, the more they remain the same.  So enjoy the color, comfort and cool-and remember that "trend is today but style is forever'"

A Shoe Tip!

Have you ever seen a person wearing a nice outfit, only to have it ruined by shoes?  I'm not talking the WRONG shoes.......I'm talking the ones that are so scuffed and worn down at the heel that they look like they're from the Salvation Army!  They may have been good shoes once-upon-a-time but now they're candidates for trash item of the century!

Other than a good tailor, the shoe pro can be your best friend.  They don't just put on new heels and soles anymore.  The best shoe guys can dye, restain, patch and even rework a pattern to create a whole new look - all to keep those shoes you love from ruining your next outfit.  I once cut a pair of pale pink Jimmy Choos on the sidewalk and my shoe man took pieces of black patent leather and created an entirely new back - and they're once again one of my favorite pairs.

Why am I telling you this?  To encourage you to spend $50 instead of $500 on preserving your shoes instead of just replacing them.  At Green Valley Shoe Repair on Wigwam and Pecos, the shoe man is an artist and he's saved many a shoe for me.  So-you have options!  All is not lost !  And he performs similar miracles on handbags...........