Shoesday Tuesday – Quality over Quantity

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I’ve gotten to the point in my adulthood where I’d generally prefer quality over quantity. Especially when it comes to shoes. Unfortunately – I can’t always be so choosy due to budget restraints. So I’ve chosen some favorite shoes and brands that fit the bill.

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Get it: (by brand) Criss Cross Strap Black Sandal – $156 topshop.com, Leopard Cut Out Bootie – $99 ninewest.com, Purple Ankle Strap Pump – $145 ninewest.com, Patent Leather Black Bow Flat – $58 aldo.com, Thick Ankle Strap Shoe – $50 zara.com

Remember: the longer you can wear them – the cheaper they are become.

<33Mal

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Shoesday Tuesday – Walk in My Shoes

As I’ve stated too many times to count – I wear heels often. Not always, but often.

I also live in NYC. Some people see this as a disconnect – I do not. While I may have on flats today, yesterday I wore 4 inch heels from 8 am to 2 am. And last week a coworker asked me if I changed into heels when I got to work – astonished to find that I do not.

Wearing heels can be practical. You just have to wear the right heels. So let me help you out, sister. Here are some tips.

Choose a chunky heel. Not only does this make walking over subway grates easier – but it helps you balance. See some options below:

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Navy and Yellow Chunky Pump – $60 solesociety.com, Metallic and Lucite Chunkly Heel – $120 nastygal.com, Two Tone Toe Cap Pump – $200 jcrew.com, Cross Strap Two Tone Sandal – $80 clubcouture.cc, Metallic Pink Sandal – $81 asos.com, Floral Platform Sandal – $65 zappos.com

Choose quality brands. And by quality I don’t mean thousand dollar Louboutins. I mean affordable, well made shoes. See the below options all for under $100 by some of my favorite, comfortable brands.

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Navy Patent Slingback by Nine West – $70 lordandtaylor.com, Black Pointed Ankle Strap by Nine West – $85 piperlime.gap.com, Patent Leather Coral Wedge by Naturalizer – $60 dillards.com, Neutral and Blue Sandal by Naturalizer – $63 shopruche.com, Yellow Ankle Strap Pump by Rocket Dog – $50 macys.com, Striped Peep Toe by Rocket Dog – $64 zalando.co.uk, Black Ankle Strap Wedge by Seychelles – $95 farfetch.com, Brown T-Strap Heeled Sandal by Seychelles – $70 dsw.com

Keep your feet locked in with lace up heels. The more the shoe surrounds your foot – the more stability and control you will have. Trust me. See the beauties below.

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Get it: (top to bottom, right to left)  Two Tone Oxfords – $272 simplysoles.com, Cut Out Lace Up Ankle Bootie – $136 asos.com, Black Lace Up Sandal – $129 zara.com, Ankle Laced Stiletto – $88 express.com, Two Tone Suede Oxford Cut Outs – $60 solesociety.com

And finally, throw on a platform. Putting a platform at the front of your shoe lessens the actual height your heel is off the ground, keeping your instep less severe. They also happen to be “in” at the moment so you’ll have no trouble finding them.

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Take it from me though – give your feet a break from time to time. All too often do I wear shoes a bit past my limit and definitely pay for it – in my knees. If you are wearing heels to work and then out at night – try switching pairs. It’ll give your feet (and knees and back) a break.

Enjoy!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – How to Beat the System

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Everything in fashion is a looped chain. Since almost no ideas are brand new ideas – designers look to the past for inspiration. New trends start at the very top – runway, couture, etc. Then season by season, things get repurposed, stream lined, and brought down a level on the money chain.

Everyone steals from everyone. It’s the law of the land. As long as you change 30% – you can’t get sued. That’s an actual rule.

Can’t afford that Zara dress? Wait a season – it’ll be at Urban Outfitters. Don’t want to pay Urban’s prices? Wait a season for Forever 21 to turn out their version. You’re going to lose some quality along the way – but in our country’s high shopping turn over rate it only makes sense to sacrifice quality for quantity.

In this vain – today I bring you some on trend shoe staples sitting comfortably at two notches on the fashion food chain. High end and low end. The designer versions might be a season old while the low end knock offs are most likely hot off the presses. Either way – this is how you beat the system, ladies.

High End On Trend Beauties ($500 and up)

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Get it: (upper left hand corner, heading clockwise) Wedge Boot – $550 karenmillen.com, Double Ankle T-Strap – $725 christianlouboutin.com, Gold Heel Ankle Boot – $689 bergdorfgoodman.com, Studded T-Strap Flat – $670 mulberry.com, Studded Loafer – $990 barneys.com, Ankle Strap Sandal – $735 modaoperandi.com

Low End Bargain Staples ($50 and below)

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Get it: (upper left hand corner, heading clockwise) Double Buckle Wedge Boot – $43 charlotterusse.com, Double Ankle T-Strap – $50 piperlime.gap.com, Glitter Heel Ankle Boot – $50 modcloth.com, Studded T-Strap Flat – $47 shopruche.com, Studded Loafer – $45 bakersshoes.com, Ankle Strap Sandal – $32 debenhams.com

Today’s IRL shoes come from one of my discount victories. $20 shoes are always right up my ally. Studded Oxford trend – check! And these babies are super comfortable – double check!

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<33Mal