Shoesday Tuesday – Sock Out

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In late August and September while everyone is preparing to mourn the loss of summer; I am getting excited about one very specific thing. Knee High Socks and Thigh Highs. A definite staple in my fall/winter wardrobe, my mother even felt the need to explain the presence of Betsey Johnson ankle socks in the Christmas gift bag containing my two requested pairs of knee highs. (As if I’d shun them – I’m wearing them right now!)

A lot of ladies feel like they can’t “pull off” the knee sock/thigh high look. On the contrary. First of all, 75% of pulling off a look is confidence. The other 25% is a combination of knowing your proportions and appropriate styles.

Be it with a mini or skater skirt, shorts, or dress – you can’t just wear any pair of shoes with this look. Fear not – just check below and rock your socks proudly.

Mary Janes.

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Get it: (upper left corner heading clockwise) Patent Leather Tied Mary Janes – $44 debenhams.com, Purple Suede Platform Mary Janes – $375 mytheresa.com, Two Tone Stiletto Mary Jane – $36 asos.com, Thick Cream Heeled Mary Jane – $410 theoutnet.com, Silver Toe Cap Mary Jane – $110 macys.com, Criss Cross Strap Mary Jane – $349 barneys.com, Red Patent Leather Mary Jane – $685 marni.com

Brogues.

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Get it: (top to bottom by column, left to right) Green Trimmed Leopard Brogue – $95 zalando.co.uk, Tri Color Neutral Brogue – $595 net-a-porter.com, Gray Oxford Brogues – $285 theoutnet.com, Tri Color Heeled Brogue – $120 nordstrom.com, White Cut Out Brogue – $335 shopbop.com, Silver Two Piece Brogue – $295 dearfieldbinder.com, Floral Brogue – $29 charlotterusse.com, Glitter Brogue – $940 net-a-porter.com, Two Tone Purple Brogue – $98 splendid.com, Oxford Brogue with Transparent Sides – $36 charlotterusse.com

Flats.

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Get it: (left middle side heading clockwise) Gold Toe Cap Pointed Flat – $32 bardot.com, Studded Wrapped Flat – $157 modcloth.com, White and Gold Bow Flat – $79 simplysoles.com, Studded Bow Flat – $41 pret-a-beaute.com, Blue Suede Mary Jane Flat – $33 modcloth.com, Black Patent Leather Penny Loafer – $35 republic.co.uk

This weeks IRL shoe comes to us from the NYC Subway system. Not exactly a sock per say, but this lady’s pairing of gem tone tights and t-strap flats is a look I might need to steal.

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Shoesday Tuesday: Irrational Shoe Choices

I’d like to start off this Shoesday Tuesday by pointing out that the high temperature for today in NYC is 60 degrees. Thanks Global Warming Climate Change. I take any temperature over 50 degrees as an invitation to bare legs and open toe shoes – but really – in December? That is irrational.

And so began the theme of today’s entry.

Fashion is very often impractical – especially shoe based fashion.

All too often I pop on a pair of shoes despite their lack of comfort or lack of weather practicality. Sometimes it’s just worth it. And while I prescribe myself to being thrifty at all times – many a Carrie Bradshaw inspired woman will throw an irrational amount of cash (or credit) at a shoe and call it a day.

If mother nature is deciding to be frivolous and not follow the rules – let’s jump on that train with her. Check out the following completely irrational shoe choices below.

It’s December. I should not have peep toe shoes on right now and yet.. Here’s a selection of winter sandals just in case you have no fear of frost bite.

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Get it: (upper left corner, heading clockwise) Color Block Peep Toe – $748 mytheresa.com, Gold Platform Ankle Straps – $924 mytheresa.com, Blue Bow Strappy Sandal – $945 barneys.com, Hot Pink Platform Ankle Straps – $266 ssense.com, Gold Wrap Around Sandal – $325 jildorshoes.com, Gray T-Strap Sandal – $175 piperlime.gap.com, Nude Armani Sandal – $88 armaniexchange.com

My most typical form of shoe frivolity – skyscraper shoes. Forget the fact that I’m 5’9 barefoot. I’ll be the tallest girl in the bar – again. Here’s how:

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Get it: (left, right, heading down) Cut Out Colorblock Platform Pump – $72 udobuy.com, Sheet Music Wedge – $944 boutique1.com, Rhinestone Heel-less Wedge – $1,975 couture.zappos.com, Spiked Heel-less Wedge – $2,243 lindelepalais.com, Split Sole Black and Gold Bootie – $1,095 brownsfashion, Platform Louboutins – $1,395 bergdorfgoodman.com, Chunky Platform Animal Sandals – $760 net-a-porter.com, Lattice Platform Sandals – $170 heels.com

Want to drop a grand on a pair of pumps? Right this way.

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Get it: (right, left, heading down) Bright Blue Suede Bootie – $1,150 forzieri.com, Christian Dior Satin Ankle Strap – $notevenonshelvesyet, Pyramid Stud Sandal – $1,450 net-a-porter.com, Patent and Mesh Lace Up – $1,090 modewalk.com, Colorblock Wedge – $1,150 giuseppezanottidesign.com, Metallic Toe Ankle Strap – $1,250 lanvin.com, YSL Art Deco Heel – $1,040

And in real time, here’s our IRL shoe – on my feet right this moment. Wrong season, wrong color palette, wrong functionality for the rain that occurred this morning. Not worried about it.

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Long live impracticality.

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