Some of you know about my love of shoes. Thus, it may surprise you to learn I have not always been into shoes. Up until about 8 years ago, I never paid them much attention (on myself). I thought no one noticed my shoes. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The Lightbulb Moment
I distinctly remember my oldest brother telling me when I was in my twenties how important shoes are and how telling they are about a person. This struck me. I was probably wearing a nondescript black or brown pair at the time, and I wondered what that said about me.
A Shoe-loving Friend Opened my Eyes
Several years later I was shopping with a friend who has great taste in shoes. She was contemplating a pair of pumps for around $200, not a bank-breaking number but far more than I’d ever dreamt of spending on a pair of shoes. She asked me, “Is that too much to spend on shoes?” I had to smile and laugh as I pointed to the $30 of sandals on my feet. She laughed, too, and bought the shoes. Great decision. They looked fab on her.
What I Know Now
So, why all the fuss about shoes? In short, shoes set the tone for your entire outfit. Imagine a woman in a black cocktail dress wearing tennis shoes. It’s a completely different vibe than if she were wearing a simple pair of black pumps. On the other hand, imagine ankle boots or a pair of leopard-print sandals with the dress. Each shoe choice changes the impression.
Your shoes tell us your personality.
“Accessories explain who you are as a person.” Clinton Kelly
Look at your shoes. Are they scuffed and worn out? If so, have them fixed or replace them. Run-down shoes ruin your look. You may not see them once they’re on your feet, but everyone else does.
Shoes are Dual Purpose
Everyone owns shoes that are purposeful. We have gym shoes, work shoes, evening shoes, etcetera. However, do you own a pair that communicates who you are? If not, it’s time to move beyond purpose to spice up your shoe wardrobe. Your assignment: find a few pairs that tell your story! Need help? Message me, and we will tackle it together!