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

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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

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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 – Hunting

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Shoesday Tuesday - Hunting

Someone please find me these Isabel Toledo for Payless shoes from 2011. I borrowed them from a friend once when my shoes literally broke in half mid-step, and have been obsessed since. They are the perfect height, adorable, and so comfortable. Ebay only has them in a size 6 and I’m dying at the reality that my feet are 3 whole sizes bigger than that.

I will not give up.

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

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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 – In Defense of Heels

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I wear heels a lot.

I suppose that makes me look “fancy” – whatever that means.

People like to point this out to me – a lot.

Sometimes it’s just a genuine compliment but more often than not it is some combination of shock and confusion as to why I am so “fancy.”

We – as an American culture – get away with barely putting any effort in how we present ourselves. (Maybe sans NYC and probably LA..and no that does not make us vain – although some people here are.) People wear pajamas outside the house, leggings as pants, and yoga pants to work. So yes – compared to that – I suppose I am “fancy,” but if that’s the scale we’re looking at – I will gladly sit on the “fancy” side of it.

If someone catches me in a dress and heels – forget it – consider their minds’ blown. Which is ridiculous. But let’s go back to the heels portion of the equation. Obviously – since you are reading this blog – you know I love shoes. I love buying shoes, looking at shoes, and wearing shoes. Some of those shoes are heels – well, most of them are. I decided to do a little background research as to why women wear heels. However – I should really call that topic “why people think women wear heels” because I was not impressed with what I found.

A number of articles come up on this subject when you type it into Google – some written by men, some by women – and then there’s also a smattering of random people who posed this question to message boards.

The overwhelming consensus from these sources – is that women wear heels because they think they make them look more appealing to the opposite sex (of course – no mention of women possibly wanting to look appealing to the same sex.) And while heels may make you look more attractive – and there were actually studies done to prove so – I think that has very little to do with why the majority of women decide to put them on their feet on a daily basis.

There were some slight glimmers of hope. Lea Goldman – the features editor for Marie Claire says that she’s “utterly convinced that high heels can empower women.. they help women look and feel confident and self-assured.” This is a sentiment I can get on board with. However – she then goes into how women should wear heels to work so they are physically eye to eye with men (because how could a man take you seriously if you are shorter than him? Am I right?).  She then goes even further in the wrong direction by saying you shouldn’t wear heels that are too high because that just looks “tawdry” and “makes your colleagues feel uncomfortable.” I gotta stop you right there, girl.

Enough of what silly online articles say – I want to actually know why women wear heels. So – I asked my ladies – and I got a myriad of responses – only one of which was “to look sexy.” Most of what I heard ran along the lines of – to go with my outfit (or vice versa – considering my best friend and I often choose outfits based around our shoes). I was also told – to create an overall good proportion within an outfit, to be taller, to stand out, to go out, and because they look pretty (they as in the shoes themselves, not the wearer.)

When it comes down to it – women want to feel good about themselves and their bodies. They want to feel in control (possibly larger than life) and heels help them do that. I know for sure that when I wake up sleepy or grumpy in the morning – if I throw on a pair of amazing shoes I instantaneously feel better. So if that makes me “fancy” – so be it – I feel good, the end.

As for my shoes today? They happen to be 5″ high (and only cost me $25). That means I’m a fancy 6’2 lady right now – and that’s just how I like it.

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