Shoes: strut your way to comfortable, fashion-forward style
Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Focus
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Yes, ladies, I am talking to you. It's easy to rely on those tennis shoes you've had since the tenth grade to get you through the day without bloody toes, but what if I told you that beauty doesn't always have to be painful. Come on girls; let's make those feet look fabulous without sacrificing your walking abilities!
As a fellow college student, I know you want to be comfortable when walking to class. You can also be stylish by upgrading your favorite tennis shoes to a fashionable version of this athletic look. For example, if you are going for a punk and hip look, try out a pair of Chuck Taylors. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can get as funky as you like. The other great thing about Chuck's is you can really express your personal style by adding some colorful laces to a classic black pair or even by designing a custom shoe. Try wearing this style with skinny jeans to add some edge to your outfit. Twilight'star Kristen Stewart is a great person to look at for inspiration on how to wear this shoe.
If you prefer a more feminine look, try out some ballet flats. This style has the most variety and can be found at almost any department store. You can go with a basic black flat with a pointed toe for a simple and chic style or a colorful round toe for a flirty look. One of my favorite fall trends this year is the oxford lace up flat. Not only is this look fashion forward, but it's comfortable as well. The style resembles a male dress shoe and can be worn with almost anything. Try pairing them with tights and a skirt for a feminine and professional look.
The most important step to fashionable feet is dressing for the occasion. For example, you wouldn't wear tennis shoes to a job interview and pumps to the gym. For starters, every girl should have at least four pairs of shoes in her closet, including pumps, sandals, tennis shoes, and a pair that's just for fun. If you are a girl or even an experimental male, then you know the torture device that is the high-heel shoe. Personally, I can only stand around in heels for a maximum of five minutes before wanting to find the nearest chair to collapse in. Unfortunately, your job status tends to be directly proportional to your heel height. In other words, you're not just higher up in the work force, you're higher up in your shoes as well.
So until we can change the system, we will just have to settle for fooling the system. I love Miz Mooz pumps because they were created for women in the work force, placing an emphasis on comfort and simplicity. You can find them at Nordstrom in Beachwood Mall or at Nordstrom Rack in Legacy Village for discounted prices. Whether you are going to a medical school interview or a nine-to-five job, Miz Mooz has the shoe for you. Sandals tend to be more versatile and can range from dressy to casual. For example, if you want to pump up a pair of jeans on a Friday night, try adding metallic gladiator sandals for an edgy look that won't hurt your feet. On the other hand, if you are going to the beach with friends, try sticking with more neutral and opaque tones. Regardless of where you are going, it's important to think about what constitutes appropriate foot-wear. Ask yourself a few simple questions like, "How much will I be walking or standing?" and "Is this a casual or dressy event?" Just use common sense from there. Have fun with your feet and don't be afraid to try new trends.
It is one thing to talk about these amazing shoes, but it's another thing to actually find said shoes for sale. Every girl knows what it's like to walk into a mall with the perfect pair of shoes in mind and to come back empty handed because they were either too expensive or non-existent.
Well, I have good news, ladies: finding affordable and attainable shoes has never been easier thanks to Zappos. This online shoe haven carries almost any style and brand you can imagine. Just go to www.zappos.com, click on the "shoes" link and get ready to browse your brains out. The great thing about this site is you can specify what you are looking for and narrow down your options from there. Other places that carry hundreds of affordable and fashionable shoes include Target, Payless, and DSW Shoes. Come on girls, no more excuses! You can finally have your cake and eat it too with shoes that will make your feel look fabulous without any of the pain.
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