I'm on a quest to help every working girl find stylish shoes to maximize fashion & practicality. This is an easy reference site to help find fashionable shoes that are still professional, comfortable & practical. While I love my Manolos, most of us can only splurge once in a while so I also promote affordability.
Boots are being designed with mid-calf shaft heights which makes them wearable by more calf widths for one, and more COMFORTABLE so you can be stylish that much longer in your marathon long working days to nights.
The trend I’m most excited to see and try is the new heel
heights that are not the basic 1", 2", and 3½” heights. The new heels areabout ¾” high and 2½”.Most
shoes I’ve seen in this height have a block heel.It reminds me of kitten heels but far more
stable to walk in.
Uuuuugh, UGG! I hate you. But I
really do love you. How long have these wooly mammoths been on the
market? Going on three decades now? And still I can't resolve my
relationship status with Uggs. When girls in my high school were trotting
around from class to class in shorts and Uggs, I swore then I would never wear
them. They were officially on the 'Not On Your Life' list of shoes I'd
rather die than wear. Birkenstocks had solo'ed on that list up until that
point in my young life.
up in Southern California, I found it insulting to our incredible weather to
wear Uggs. They were utterly unnecessary in a climate that on a severely
cold night reached the upper 30 degree range. And that was rare.
Aside from giving you insta-cankles, they were just blobby and
aesthetically so unflattering to any body shape other than matchstick-like
planks. And like every other teenage girl, I of course, felt like a
double-stuffed Oreo the majority of my youth. So of course, these were
just viscerally rejected from Day 1.
short two and a half decades later, like its counterpart on my "Don't
Insult Shoes By Calling Them Shoes" list, Uggs and Birkenstocks were
holding strong. They were a Winter staple no matter what coast you lived
in or what the actual temperature was. Holding strong to my "shoe
ethic", I had never entertained the idea of even trying a pair on. I
had no desire to do so.
life kept happening, and I continued into adulthood, shoes were sometimes not
my ultimate and first priority and focus in life. Work, relationships,
aging, and all that comes with that would occasionally take precedent.
And when I least expected it, Uggs were back in my face. A friend I
came upon was such a devotee to her Uggs. She swore by them October
through February of every year. She was a Disney Freak meaning she had
one of those super deluxe crazy expensive annual passes and she would only wear
Uggs to get her through all that park hopping and Main Street walking.
rare occasion, we found ourselves at The Grove shopping and she insisted on
getting me into the Ugg store. I politely agreed and even complimented
some of the styles by saying, "oh, these aren't as bad" with a half
smile. She begged me to try on a pair so that I wouldunderstand. Being a
committed shopping partner, I finally agreed. And. OH. MY. GOD.
first pair of Classic Shorts in Black came home with me. I had no idea
you could wear clouds on your feet. The utterly soft
pillowy-cushiony-deliciousness was like having my feet in mother's womb.
I instantly handed over my credit card like I was handing over my license
thrilled that the bouncer thought I was too young to get into the bar.
Color me blissful.
friend passed away unexpectedly earlier this year from undetected cancer sadly.
She found out when the stage 4 was more like stage 5. Truth be
told, I have worn my Uggs less than 10 times since purchasing them sobered by
the realization that they are still Uggs. I make it a habit to clean out
my closets at least 4 times a year. I always have the conundrum of
whether to keep them or get rid of them. I am confronted with my
love/hate of Uggs. I put them in the 'Maybe' pile and ultimately, always
put them back in my shoe closet. They make me and everyone else look like
they have cankles. They are not "cute". They blobby.
I rarely feel the weather justifies the actual need to wear them.
However, when I do, I still feel like I'm walking on clouds and think of
One of the greatest
things that shoes do that they can change the whole vibe of an outfit.To me, it’s one the easiest ways to
evoke a different tone to your look with rather minimal effort.By pairing a different pair of kicks to
one of your routine work outfits, really punches up your cubicle city.Case in point, the ‘Jammy’ from TopShop.
In my effort to
prep for Winter fashions at the start of last Fall, I needed to find some great
boots.It gets overwhelming to
find boots, especially online where you can’t feel the quality of leather and
if the measurements are accurate.That boot shaft is so tricky!And more than anything, it’s easy to feel frumpy when you’re layering
for what feels like an eternity.BUT, I was crazy lucky to take a chance on my whim to get the Harper
boots from J. Crew.
Kissing away any fashion faux pas of 2013, we embrace the flair
and fun to be fancy free in 2014.The Working Girl’s Shoe Closet wishes you a year of sumptuous suedes, luminous silver, gold and rose gold metallics, smoldering strappy sandals, enviable heel
enhanced heights, buttery leathers and flamboyant feathers in all of your Shoe
Somewhere around mid October, life becomes a crazy mishmash of
work and holiday deadlines.Keeping up with Halloween, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Hanukah,
Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years makes even the most prepared and most
organized Working Girl dizzy.That’s why you need to have your arsenal of effortless outfits and shoes
within arm’s reach so you don’t have to worry about that aspect of your world.