The Right to Know Where You Stand

By: Roberta and Helene

Women of all ages whether busy in the corporate world walking from one meeting to the next, or running around chasing grandkids, or active in the golden years, are looking for stylish shoes. But sometimes our feet get in the way.

The most powerful fashion accessory, the one to make or break a look (hopefully not a leg) is the shoe. But for some of us finding the right “sole mate” can be as difficult as finding the right man. Everyone has a type. With all the choices out there (we mean shoes) there is a variety of stylish options to choose from. Sometimes fancy, sometimes functional, shoes are the “sole” of an outfit.  Some of us like to be high while others prefer to remain safely planted on the ground. What we see on the runway isn’t always the best for real life or real feet.

Here's What We See:

From the lowest of kitten heels to the highest of stilettos there is a type of heeled shoe for nearly everyone that will cater to the fashion calendar. Pumps are one of the biggest shoe  trends to hit the stage. Whether spike heeled or block heeled, pumps allow you to maintain a high profile. High heels, a favorite of trendsetters and the vertically challenged, look best with pencil skirts, tight dresses, skinny jeans and for occasion dressing. While one may be teetering on killer stilettos the chunkier styles offer a whole lot more stability yet remain stylish with the new heights.

If you prefer “flat-wear” your options increase as the runway offered an array of versatile flats. The ballerina will never go away. These multi- taskers especially suited for capri pants and jeans, make the right footprint with midi and maxi skirts as well. Comfort meets chic! The pointy toe lace-up gets on well with flirty skirts or evening sheaths that simply skim the knee. Although too staid for dresses and skirts, there is a new focus on loafers. Great with jeans, trousers and suits, the right pair in red, navy, or gray suede can stand its own against nearly any pair of high heels. 

Also, the athletic trend continues to gain momentum as every brand does its version of the sneaker. Let your feet do the walking in wedges, low platforms, mod mary-janes or kitten heels. Put your best foot forward.

You'll be hot to trot in all boots climbing from the ankle to the thigh this fall. This high and mighty trend remains a favorite standby. Perfect ankle booties are just tall enough to keep the feet warm while still being short enough to show off your legs if you so desire. The bootie makes its statement paired with shorter lengths and with every trouser style from skinny to flare.

Glad or not, the GLADiator appeared on the catwalk adapted to the winter months. If you dare to be glad, you will want to know that designers sent out their gladiators paired with open-toed stockings.  

For fab-glam attitude, there is a lineup of bejeweled and bead embellished footwear. When the time is right...strut your inner diva. Another eye popping trend of graphically designed and architecturally sculpted heels will even have Richard Meier staring at your feet!

Pairing the perfect shoe with the right outfit requires some footwork. Choose a shoe that compliments rather than competes with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, busier shoes mix better with simple looks while simpler shoes mix better with more intricate and embellished looks. It's all a balancing act.

If the shoe fits wear it. If the shoe doesn't fit make friends with your shoemaker!

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Team Stylists, Helene and Roberta have worked as personal stylists for more than three decades. Our strength and our focus are women between the ages of 50 and 80 who are professionals, career persons and those who just want to look their very best.. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A CELEBRITY TO WORK WITH A STYLIST! Visit the Team Stylists website today to learn more!