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

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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 – 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 – Throw Back Thursday

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Back from vacation and finally re-adjusting to the real world on a Thursday – I figured I would kill two birds with one stone: make up for missing Shoesday Tuesday and jump on the #ThrowBackThursday bandwagon the only way I know how – via shoes.

My obsession with clothes and accessories started early. My mom often tells people that I loved to wear bowls on my head as hats – maybe I was trying to get the look for less from the start. I’ve been walking in some form of a heeled shoe pretty much all of my life. And throughout my childhood and adolescence – I can remember three standout pairs of shoes that graced my feet time and time again.

In elementary school, it was the Patent Leather Mary Jane. The heels made noise in the halls as I walked (which I loved) and they were shiny! Bonus. A bit of a teacher’s pet – when I left my 4th grade class to pick up my teacher’s mail – kids running in the halls in front of me would immediately stop – thinking an adult was following them. What a great trick I had learned.

In junior high – I remember a very specific outfit consisting of a red leopard pencil skirt, black short sleeved sweater, and Wooden Heeled Platform Mules. They must have been at least 3 inches in height. I sprinted down hallways with ease, towering over boys, instructing them to put my miniature best lady friends down and “away from that garbage can.”

My high school was anything but small. Comprised of “old” and “new” sections of the building, the third floor sections didn’t even connect! Having 4 minutes between my classes did not hinder me – or change my shoe choice. I suppose it was practice for NYC. One of my favorite pairs of completely impractical shoes were baby blue Patent Leather Peep Toe Sling Back Stilettos – that I scored at a discount store for ten dollars.

So what would these Throwbacks look like if I wore them now? Let’s shop the internet.

Mary Janes.
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Get it (from the top, headed clockwise): Black Rounded Toe Mary Jane – $30 target.com, Teal Buckled Mary Jane – $59 zappos.com, Gray and Yellow Marc Jacobs Mary Jane – $625 net-a-porter.com, Studded Two Tone Mary Jane – $310 theoutnet.com

Wooden Heel Mules.
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Get it (top, right, left): Studded Mule – $162 shoescribe.com, Studded Slingback – $115 yoox.com, Clean Platform Mule – $440 theoutnet.com

Patent Peep Toe Sling Backs.
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Get it (top to bottom, left to right): Red Slingback – $625 profilefashion.com, Black Bow Sling Back – $98 lordandtaylor.com, Striped Multi Color Sling Back T-Strap – $293 net-a-porter.com, Robin’s Egg Blue Sling Back – $404 giuseppezanottidesign.com

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – The Art of Packing

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As of tomorrow – I am on vacation from work. And I can’t wait!

Thursday morning, I am hopping on a plane with my lovely boyfriend and heading to Tennessee for a week. This means that tonight – I will pack. Which really means – “Let’s play a game called how many pairs of shoes can Mallorie fit in her carry-on sized luggage?”

I have high hopes. I’ve always been great at stuffing lots of things into little purses.

If the internet was my closet – here are the shoes I would bring. I’ll worry about reality later tonight.

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Get it: (upper left, headed clockwise) Chunky Ankle Strap Platforms to wear with my new brocade shorts – $60 solesociety.com, Stripe Oxfords to wear with my high waisted white shorts – $95 americanapparel.net, Gold Peep Toes for the rehearsal dinner – $290 coast-stores.com, Sensible Black Peep Toes for the wedding reception – $57 shopruche.com, Neon and Animal Ankle Strap Pumps for my new high waisted wide leg slacks – $60 solesociety.com, and Neutral Bow Sandals for a day at the vineyard – $33 pret-a-beaute.com

 See you next Tuesday for a Southern themed Shoesday Tuesday!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – The Countdown

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Well – it is officially, officially Spring (including the weather) and I officially need new shoes to accommodate the temperatures. Keeping up with my daily countdown to vacation (a trip to Nashville with my lovely boyfriend) – I am on the hunt for the perfect wedge and the perfect flat sandal.

Being a thrifty shopper – I’m doing a ton of online scouring before I hit the stores.

Check out what I’ve found so far below:

The Wedge ($50 and under)

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Striped Navy Platform Peep Toe Wedge – $50 solesociety.com, Orange Cork Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal – $50 solesociety.com, Color Block Gold Heeled Wedge – $24 2020ave.com, Patterned Platform Cut Out Wedge – $50 solesociety.com, Side Bow Peach Wedge – $25 charlotterusse.com, Ankle Strap Coral Peep Toe Wedge – $36 asos.com, Patent Leather Color Block Wedge – $47 next.co.uk, Metallic T-Strap Wedge – $25 charlotterusse.com

The Flat Sandal ($25 and under)

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Tan and Coral Criss Cross Flat – $23 oldnavy.gap.com, Studded Teal T-Strap Sandal – $13 charlotterusse.com, White T-Strap Flat Sandal – $20 asos.com, Black Ankle Strap Sandal – $23 hm.com, Metallic Neon Sandal – $15 modnique.com, Studded Gladiator Mini Wedge – $23 charlotterusse.com, Blue and Silver Wrap Sandal – $10.50 look.co.uk, Leopard T-Strap Sandal – $19 amazon.com, Peach and Metallic Sandal – $20 hm.com

24 days and counting!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – April Showers Bring May Flowers

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This Spring, so far, the weather has been crazy. From beautiful 75 degree temperatures a couple weeks ago to a 41 degree walk to my subway train this morning – unpredictable is a pretty accurate description.

We all know that April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. Let’s hope they also bring warm temperatures. In the mean time – prepare yourself for precipitation with the below waterproof footwear. And then revel in pretty, floral eye candy for some positive thinking motivation.

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Get it (upper left corner, heading clockwise): Leopard Ankle Rainboot – $150 loefflerrandall.com, Blue Floral Rainboot – $65 macys.com, Pink Strapped Rainboot – $275 couture.zappos.com, Neon Teal Lace Up Boot – $30 amazon.com, Pink Floral Rainboot – $59 zappos.com, Pink Bow Jelly Ballet Flat – $125 toryburch.com, Polka Dot Ankle Rainboot – $20 aeropostale.com

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Get it (top to bottom, left to right): Peach Floral Platforms – $475 ssense.com, Yellow Chunky Heel Sandals – $358 katespade.com, Pink and White Floral Pump – $575 bergdorfgoodman.com, Black Mini Floral Platform Wedge – $30 forever21.com, Flower Power Pastel Platform – $250 nastygal.com, Extreme Black Floral Platform – $150 heels.com, Pointed Ankle Strap Floral Pump – $75 asos.com, Abstract Floral Ankle Boot – $80 heels.com, Platform Floral Strappy Sandal – $610 harveynichols.com

<33Mal