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 – Girls Just Wanna Be Strong

In today’s Shoesday Tuesday – I’m going to talk about something I’ve touched on once before (see here.) And that is the idea that feminine or girly things are inherently weak, shallow, or unimportant.

It’s often thought that misogynistic view points or comments come solely from the male population – but this isn’t true. We females are just as mean to our own kind (and ourselves) – and sometimes more so! I read an article on Jezebel yesterday that was defending the show Sex and the City. It started off on a light easy going level purely stating that the show was better and more important than most give it credit for. But then a whole new, and more enlightening, conversation began – why are we, as women, afraid to admit that we like things that are seen as feminine?

Women were commenting on this article left and right saying that they often feel ashamed about their “womanly” interests – that they are made to feel as if they are silly, vapid, and unimportant. Only things that identify as scholarly, manly, and/or virtuous are of importance – oh and you also like to take care of yourself and you are interested in using fashion as an art form through which to express yourself and elevate your confidence level? That’s just shallow, girly crap – shove it to the back. Labeled unimportant.

Wrong.

I even see myself slipping into this mindset from time to time. I will see a certain piece of clothing in a store and think – “That’s too girly for me” – and while sometimes it is just a matter of the article not being my particular taste, there are other occasions where I feel like looking ultra feminine will categorize me as dumb, vapid, and self involved.

This is just not the case. We shouldn’t be attributing these negative stigmas to things like pink, lace, ruffles, or bows. We are women. And that difference is what makes us strong. Embrace it.

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Vivienne Westwood Tan Rain Sling Backs w/ Bow – $145 vanmildert.com, White Lace Bow Back Wedge – $48 storenvy.com, Satin Pink Mule – $325 simplysoles.com, Pink Rhinestone Ballet Flat – $83 zappos.com, White Bow Peep Toe Sling Back – $350 katespade.com, Lucite Heel Pink Platforms – $435 luisaviaroma.com, Cream Ballerina Bow Flat – $39 wallisfashion.com

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Zara Shoe Sale Gems

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We are all in luck. Zara is having an amazing shoe sale. I know I have ranted multiple times about my love for all things Zara shoes but now they are at prices that are basically half off. Please join in the celebration below and then head over to Zara.com.

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Get it: (left to right, row by row)  Gold Studded White Sandals – $19.99, originally $49.90, Green and Black Pointed Pumps – $49.90, originally $89.90, Gold Cross Over Heeled Sandals – $49.99, originally $89.90, Red Leopard T-Strap Sandals – $39.99, originally $69.90, Black and White Multi Stripe Wedge – $39.99, originally $79.90, Black and White Sling Backs – $49.99, originally $79.90

Shoesday Tuesday – Need a Little Motivation, Inspiration

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I’ve been feeling like I’m stuck in a bit of a rut lately and am in need of something new to inspire me. Cue shoes. (Or any fashion/art really, but let’s stick to the theme.)

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Neon Ombre Pump – $710 cricket-fashion.com, Yellow and White Chunky Sandal – $62 randawebsite.com, Black and White Striped Oxford – $95 americanapparel.com, White and Black Double Strap Peep Toe – $50 solesociety.com, CheckerBoard Bootie – $990 barnes.com, Purple Wave Cut Out Sandal – $975 couture.zappos.com, Blue Ankle Strap Peep Toe Bootie – $475 youngbritishdesigners.com, Lucite Platform Pink Patent Sandal – $609 luisaviaroma.com, Blue and Metallic Ankle Strap Sandal – $109 shopbop.com

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Patriotic Thursday

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Everything you need for July 4th – feet related, anyway.

Get it: (top left heading clockwise) White and Blue Striped Pumps: $770 colette.fr, Thin Stripe Mules – $123 joie.com, Blue Ankle Strap Sandal – $50 zara.com, Red and White Striped Loafer – $272 mytheresa.com, Red and White Dotted Ballet Flat – $50 heels.com, Patent Leather Blue Bow Flat – $68 couture.zappos.com, White Ankle Strap Sandal – $109 macys.com, Red Wedge Sandal – $115 heels.com

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Rainy Day Wishes

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It’s set to rain all this week here in NYC.

Unfortunately for us – we all have to walk in it. And unfortunately for me – I own no rain shoes. I typically throw on something patent leather (most likely of the 4 inch heel variety) and call it a day. But – someday – I’d like to invest in one of these beauties by Melissa.

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Get it: (Top to Bottom) Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Tan and Pink Pumps – $150 allsole.com, Two Tone Wedge – $110 vanmildert.com, Red Sling Backs – $92 vanmildert.com, Grey Closed Toe Ankle Straps – $65 yoox.com, Leopard Loafers – $61 nonnon.co.uk

Shoesday Tuesday – Summer Candy

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Shoesday Tuesday - Summer Candy

This Friday marks the start of summer. It’s time for fresh starts and candy colors.

Begin again. You’re welcome.

Get it: (top center, heading clockwise) Metallic Two Tone Sandal – $344 shopbop.com, Color Blocked Textured Heel Loafer – $591 matchesfashion.com, Grey and Mint Oxfords – $53 zappos.com, Floral Platform Sandal – $308 ssense.com, Polka Dot Flamingo Heels – $495 net-a-porter.com, Blue and Neutral Shade Wedges – $79 randawebsite.com, Creamsicle and Mint Pumps – $249 zappos.com