Saturday, November 2, 2013
I feel like I blinked and Summer disappeared into Fall. It doesn’t help that Fashion Weeks and fashion conferences, like Lucky FABB and IFC, happen within what feels like minutes from one another. #TimeFlies. The crisp Fall air inherently takes me back to the feeling of a new school year starting. Granted my school days are long gone, I still can't help but feel like Kate Spade channeled my inner schoolgirl with these utterly adorable Mixer Heels.
They are a really great alternative to my usual skyhigh platform heels. They have an incredibly low 1 ¼” heel but they are so fancy! The jeweled buckle and two-toned covered heel make these anything but frumpy.
A quick word about Ms. Spade’s sizing - it runs small, at least a half size if not a whole size. If given the opportunity, try them on before purchasing. You will not be your usual size in any Kate Spade shoe. I’m not sure why, but they all run a bit more narrow even though they are labeled M width, which is just your regular shoe width.
The combination of these two aspects make the Mixer Heels amazingly versatile for the office fashions. Not only do they style up your usual suits but they also jazz up your LBD’s and make your jeans work with that tailored white shirt to exude that effortless chic style that’s not always effortlessly attained. ;) Paired with black cigarette ankle length pants makes your figure as classic as your style. Who doesn’t love that?
While these are a little pricier than I usually advocate for, our beloved Katie has great sales to snag these at a healthy discount – I got mine 30% off. This is where patience is very virtuou$. With such low heels, the Mixer Heels are the perfect work to after-work shoe, or marathon work day that don’t have you begging for your slippers or flip flops. And to me, that is worth paying a little extra to feel Wonder-Fall. ;)
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
This summer’s heat has everyone so dizzy, we’re seeing spots. But when I came across these adorable spots in the latest collection of Tom’s Shoes, I was happy to see them! The red Polka Dot Linen Strappy Wedges had me at ‘Hello’.
There’s something inherently flirty about red polka dots making them so incredibly perfect for the summer - brings out the Marilyn in all of us. ;) It’s one of my favorite ways to look cute with absolutely minimal effort. And the pluses that these wedges offer are just endless. Starting with the wedge aspect, you get the best of both worlds – heels + flats. You have the flat sole that gives you stability and then you have the 3 5/8" heel that gives you the height elongating your figure.
The materials Tom’s uses are a double bonus too. You have natural textiles of hemp and cotton/linen that offer you added shock absorption in your step and the pliability of linen that mold the straps to your feet the more you wear them.
The inner soles are padded rather nicely. They have almost a spongy feel that hug your feet and keep the bounce in your step for your tootling-about-town summer days.
The soles are textured to give you serious traction and grip greatly needed when maneuvering the tricky urban sidewalks of the big city. Then, there’s the BONUS bonus of these, and all of Tom’s shoes, being eco-friendly. AND THEN, there’s yet another bonus of Tom’s pledge of One for One, where Tom’s donates a pair of shoes to needy children. It’s guilt-free shopping at it’s best - style, do good-ing, comfort and truly affordable at $69.
Posted by WorkingGirlsShoeCloset at 11:31 AM
Saturday, June 8, 2013
We are at then end of Spring and feeling the warm Summer rays peeking though the morning haze. And nothing excites me more, besides shoes of course, than SUMMER! But, while I’m more than ready for the Summer fun in the sun, I still have to work the office wear. Casual Fridays become trickier as I get older. I almost feel like I’m in a second “tween” phase because I’m too old for those post college short shorts, and too young for Talbots. :) So when I came across the latest J.Crew Classic Ballet Flats in bright and bold patent leather colors, I did my happy dance.
Having never purchased J.Crew shoes before, I didn’t know how the sizing ran and there weren’t any local stores that had them in stock. Add to that, flats that are patent leather. Patent leather is much stiffer than regular leather so sizing isn’t as straight forward as it is with other regular leather shoes. Flats are also a tricky fit. Depending on how the cut is, they can gap in a really odd way as you step. This led me to read the J.Crew return policy. ;) The electric blue hue enticed me too much and I took a chance going for my standard fit, 7 ½, and purchased them online.
When I did get them, I really was enamored by the color. But, I wasn’t actually sold on them overall. I am not the poster girl for flats. I understand their practicality, but clearly I think heels are way more practical. ;) So, after a couple laps around the house, and a good night’s sleep, and a few more laps around the house and many long stares in the mirror, I decided they were keepers. And, now that I’ve had them for a few months, I love them even more!
Why such hesitation? Well, the toe box felt tight. (The toe box is the front part of the shoe that goes from the tip of your toe to the widest part of your foot.) And being tight, I wasn’t sure if I’d find them comfortable enough for me to be able wear them all day long. The tightness was due to the fact that patent leather is stiff and doesn’t stretch over time like regular leather. Now, while I’m not the poster girl for flats, I do have many… and one of the things I hate about my flats is that over time, they stretch sideways, making my foot look very wide. And who likes wide flat feet? Exactly. So this toe box stiffness made me think that over time, these flats would keep their shape and stay looking shiny and new.
Low and behold, I was right. These flats have held up really, REALLY well! I’ve worn them countless times for Casual Friday age appropriate outfits. I’ve also worn them for lots of weekend running around town, looking much more pulled together than my old reliable flip flops. They are a bit pricey at $135 regular price. But since J.Crew has such great sales, your patience virtue will pay off when select colors go on sale. Like right now, the Neon Papaya color is selling for $89.99, the deal I got for mine. ;) The whole combination of the classic silhouette, J.Crew quality, Italian sleek patent leather, flexible sole comfort, bright blue color and sweet little bow will keep us all tip toe’ing through the tulips from Spring to Summer without missing a beat.
Posted by WorkingGirlsShoeCloset at 1:11 PM
Monday, April 22, 2013
Earth Day comes but once a year however, I find super great ways to celebrate being green all year round – in high fashion of course! You may remember my first Decades encounter a bit ago. Well, after a short hiatus, they were back and in fierce form. All slightly worn and previously worshiped Louboutins, Manolos, Choos, YSL’s you name it, were $150. Yes, ladies. $150 gets you in the club. You can imagine the line starts hours before the doors actually open. And as a previous insider, I was granted VIP front of the line privileges. Is there any other way to sample sale shop? ;)
My hunt led me scavenge and all red soles first, size was an after thought. You just grab and try on later. I grabbed as many as my little hands could hold. In the whirlwind, I got me several delicious finds. One being Dorothy’s red glitter pumps made by Prada just like the Pope’s red slippers. ;) Given that I am The Working Girl, I felt that as beautiful as they were, they needed to go to a home where they would be taken out and shine in the sun, not kept in The Working Girl’s Shoe Closet reserved for dinner party nights out. But in a fabulous trade, I landed myself the Carrie Bradshaw coined urban myth Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes in this beautiful patent blue gray. Strangely enough, they ran small, so I went up two sizes. Lesson learned: You MUST ALWAYS try on Louboutins. You are not “one size” in Loubis because of the heel. It really varies depending on the platform and heel height.
The other fabulous find were the Yves Saint Laurant Tribute Mary Janes in patent nude. I literally felt my heart skip with joy when I found these. They are CRAZY high at 5 ¼” heels BUT they have a 3” platform making them only 2 ¼” in actual heel height. They quite possibly are the lowest heel I have ironically. These are amazing for so many reasons! For one, they are the iconic YSL peep toe that is just so retro modern divine. Secondly, the enormous height that you get from these Mary Janes coupled with the nude make your legs a million miles long. And thirdly, the most practical of the reasons, is that being patent, they don’t scuff so easily. One of my most heartbreaking shoe moments is when I scuff and even tear my nude or other light colored toe or heel of my shoe on a stair or curb sidewalk. It really chaps my hide. >:( So the patent treatment not only helps wipe off any mud or dirt but is more resilient to urban surfaces. File them under Fabulous Find!
Ladies, if being earth-friendly means getting these magnificent shoes at $150, color me green! Decades has the highest of standards so authenticity is a given, and haute couture is in your recycled brown paper bag. ;) Hope to elbow you there next year!
Posted by WorkingGirlsShoeCloset at 10:18 PM
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
|Christian Louboutin Prive 120 Glitter|
Ever since launching in November, Ms. Shanfeld has been helping women find their solemates through the online consignment store Shop Hers. The seemingly unreachable wild dreams of filling your shoe closet with Louboutin, Blahnik, Choo and the like becomes a reality as you are able to find these divine treasures at prices your pocketbook can manage, even in this economy.
|Lanvin Asymmetric Pumps|
Should you find your own closet too crowded with these names, you can unload them here to let another lady find her joy in the same way you once did with them as well. ;) To quote Lady Shanfeld, “I dreamt of a site that catered to secondhand luxury, a site where one could find women all over the country that were just like them aesthetically in order to have the experience of shopping in one another’s wardobe.” Bravo! I couldn’t agree more. And shoes are just one side of the online closet here… purses, clothes, you name it, it’s there. Take all of four seconds to sign up if you haven’t already. Trust me, the prices make this the best shoe porn you can imagine. So Happy Valentine’s to you! ;)
|Guiseppe Zanotti Leopard D'Orseys|
As Charlotte once suggested on Carrie’s lonely birthday on Sex And the City, maybe we can all be each other’s soulmates and with Shop Hers, we will be. :)
Posted by WorkingGirlsShoeCloset at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
With the horrible tragedies of Hurricane Sandy and the incomprehensible shooting at Newtown makes me stretch my arms open wider to welcome in 2013. I love the chance for a blank slate to have my “do over”. And as such, I’m committing to the following New Year’s ReSHOElutions:
· I’m going to keep my patent leather shoes separated by at least tissue paper to keep the leather from touching in their shoebox.
· I’m going to take my shoes in to get resoled and/or reheeled before the tip gets worn off and/or the nail head starts showing in the heel so much that I can hear and feel it with each step I take.
· I’m going to recondition my suede shoes before AND after I wear them.
· I’m going to keep helping my Working Girlfriends with their daily dilemmas.
· I’m going to clean out my “old” shoes once every season.
· I’m going to keep giving you Working Girl Essentials (WGE) to keep you looking your best.
So my cards are now on the table and you get to hold me to them. Hope this helps inspire your New Year’s ReSHOElutions. CHEERS! ;)
Posted by WorkingGirlsShoeCloset at 1:00 AM
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Because they were my first Choos, I wasn’t completely certain on how the fit of Choos ran. To make things a little more difficult in getting the right size, they are patent leather. And as my Louboutin Lesson taught us, patent shoe sizing can be a little tricky. I went for the straight 38’s and hoped for the best. Opening the box from my version of Santa, Mr. UPS Delivery Man, the shine on the patent hidden under the flannel shoe bag was so sharp, I could see my happy face smiling back in the reflection. The patent leather was a little stiffer than I had hoped for but they fit really well for what felt like a shot in the dark. They were a little on the bigger size that would make me have gone a half size down in hind sight, which I do recommend for any patent leather Choos you purchase.
These Choos lived up to their name to a T. Lovely indeed they are. They have no platform and carry a 4” heel. They have a softly pointed toe making these truly timeless. Aside from the damage the urban jungle will do on them, they will last as long as my vintage tweed skirt suits. *swoon* The other fab part about this purchase is that they were 40% off so I was able to score them for just over $200.
The other WGE I found was the ‘Delightful’ by Corso Como. I have been a HUGE fan of Corso Como for a while now, and have been dying to try their pumps ever since discovering them. So I couldn’t resist the opportunity to add the ‘Delightful’ to my Shoe Closet.
These patent open toe pumps also live up to their name. ;) To my “delight”, they have that uber yummy pillowy cushioning on the footbed just like their flats. They also have no platform and sport a 3 ¼” heel which add to their timelessness. Unlike the ‘Lovely’, these run true to size. Actually, they run a touch on the narrow side but I have a very strong suspicion that they will stretch over time. That or the cushioning in the footbed will contour to my foot more and will make for a more comfortable fit the more I wear them.
The “Delightful” comes in a great nude color in addition to the shiny black patent leather. One thing to note about the nude color, is that oddly, the stitching along the edges seems more pronounced than on the patent. I’m not sure if that’s because of difference between leathers, that being patent versus regular. But even in nude, these still fit the bill of being a WGE. The fact that the heel is on the lower side, for me, added to the delicious cushioning inside, makes these Corso Como’s incredibly “Delightful” indeed. And, they’re on sale for $90 on shoes.com.
Both styles are perfect for any office environment. They go perfectly with Capri length slacks, pencil skirts, dresses, and suits. The fact that they make the transition from day to evening such a snap, they are a chic and effortless way of going out with the basics. ;) See you Dolls in the New Year!
Posted by WorkingGirlsShoeCloset at 5:38 PM