“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world!” Marilyn Monroe
Hello Southernistas! Well I hope y’all are having a great week and that you have great plans (or not) for this last weekend in February! You might not know this but I love shoes! I actually own a little over 100 pair of shoes. I’ve actually written previously about two of my favorite shoe brands Nine West and Just Fab. Now I can hear the men saying “what woman doesn’t love shoes”…LOL! But my love of shoes especially heels border on obsession okay it is an obsession. I mean I use to watch Sex and the City just to get my shoe fix. I wear heels 6 days out of 7. My motto is the higher the heel the closer to God!
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love high heel shoes it is definitely a life long love affair. I think I get my love from my grandmother who loved heels and tried to pass it on to my mother but it skipped her and passed to me. I remember going out shopping with her and how she would bypass the flats and go straight to the heels section of the store. I guess it rubbed off on me because I’ve been wearing heels since I was 13 and as I got older my heels got higher. At one point I actually owned a pair of 5 1/2 inch heels.
Why do I love heels maybe its because I’m 5’3′ and I love how “tall” I feel when I wear them. I love how great my legs look in heels and as a short girl when I wear maxi dresses, skirts, or certain pants heels assist in “lifting” the hems so I’m not tripping over my hems and I don’t have to pay a visit to my tailor. They give a little extra oomph when I walk. Heels can take a plain ordinary look and kick it up a whole level. You’re wearing a LBD (little black dress) just add a killer pair of red stilettoes, animal print, sassy pattern or a jeweled sparkly shoe and boom just sit back and watch the compliments roll in!
The best things about heels is that unlike shopping for clothes they fit regardless of dress size. I love that heels come in different heights, types, and styles. I love a wedge heel for a relaxed and causal look and they are the best type to wear if you want to wear heels and be comfortable. Block heels are right up there with wedges when it comes to comfort but are dressier and perfect for the office and church. Stilettoes are for the ultimate girly girl and when you want to totally vamp it up! I myself am personally a stiletto girl and they make up a large percentage of my shoe collection but when I want to feel sexy, fierce, and unstoppable then my go to shoe is a pair of killer stilettoes and I feel like I can take on anything or anyone!
Now I know that many of you can’t wear heels or any kind for health reasons. Some of you have had surgeries, suffered sports related injuries, are dealing with a chronic illness, back issues and other reasons. I have friends who love heels but are just not able to wear them. But for those of you who are just a teeny, tiny bit hesitant about wearing heels my best advice is to start with a kitten heel (2″) or a cute little wedge and work your way up and stop at the heel height that feels comfortable for you.
I absolutely love shoes and I’m pretty sure when I’m 95 I’ll still be wearing high heels and they will probably be orthopedic and I’ll probably be using a walker but I’ll still be wearing them and loving them!
Until next time Southernistas! Keep your head, standards, and heels high!
Happy Friday Southernistas! I know it has been a while since I’ve blogged and I ask your forgiveness but the weather here in North Carolina has not lent itself to photo shoots but the rain seems to be holding off so I can create more content for the blog! I hope everyone has had a great week and that you have a great weekend.
Today Southernistas and fellow shoe addicts as you can tell from the title this blog is a memorial for my absolute favorite shoe store Payless Shoe Source. Last month the news broke that after 62 years Payless doors are closing and I am devastated. This news came out of nowhere and to say I was blindsided would be an understatement. Payless has always been my go to store for affordable and stylish shoes for years. In 2008 they partnered with Christian Siriano and it has been a very successful partnership. Payless has appeared on the runway at NYFW and who could forget the recent commercial where bloggers pair hundreds of dollars for their shoes because they though they were designer shoes.
There is no other shoe store you could go to with a $100 and walk out with 6 pairs of shoes a cute bag and still have change! That was the beauty of Payless your dollar went a long way especially for families. I can’t count the number of times I stood in line behind families who were buying shoes for the whole family especially during buy one get one half off. When I was really strapped for cash I knew I could always go to Payless and get a few pair shoes at a really great price.
There is no doubt I am going to miss Payless Shoe Source! I am going to miss Christian Siriano’s shoe line. I am going to miss the savings there is no doubt. I am just going to miss Payless!
So thank you Payless Shoe Source for the Christina Siriano collection, the great sales, but most of all the great shoes! I am going to miss you dear friend. R.I.P
Until next time Southernistas remember Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Beautiful
If you haven’t discovered by now that I love heels and I love high heels but I’ve also come to realize how stylish flats can be also. This doesn’t mean I’ve given up my heels or plan to give them anytime soon but I’ve come to realize that flats are great too and they are practical for running errands and having on hand to change into when you’re at an event and you start to feel the effects of wearing those heels for a few hours. I’ve started to incorporate more flats into my shoe wardrobe. I know that many of my Southernistas out there can’t wear heels or want wear heels and that’s okay. For some heels are uncomfortable and not worth the trouble and for others heels are not an option because of medical conditions or other issues but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear stylish flats. A stylish pair of flats can make the outfit just as fabulous as those stilettos! Below I’ve selected a few of my favorite flats that will complete any look and give that Instagram pic a wow factor!
Until next time Be Bold, Be Fearless, Be Confident!
I hope you had a great 4th of July and a great week if you’re on vacation this week.
I want to talk about another of my favorite go to for shoes: JustFab (www.justfab.com). In fact at one point just about every week I had a delivery waiting for me from JustFab. Just Fab doesn’t just offer shoes they also have handbags, clothes, and jewelry. Other brands that are part of the JustFab brand are JustFab Kids, Fabletics which is there active wear brand, and Shoe Dazzle but today I want to talk about their shoes. JustFab is not a subscription service but you do have join JustFab. You fill out a style profile and the cost is $39.95 a month but you have the option of skipping the month if you don’t see anything you like or if it’s not in your budget. The cost is applied as a credit towards your purchase so you can easily pay only the shipping cost and nothing else. I cannot say enough about JustFab and their shoes they offer. They have flats, heels, wedges, boots, and sneakers. They also offer many of their shoes in wide widths and they go up to a size 12 and they offer some their boots in wide calf. If you see a pair of shoes that you love and it doesn’t come in wide widths I go up a 1/2 size and this works for fine for me. I really love this brand and I really love the fact that they offer an extensive selection of shoes so there is something for everyone. You have to be quick if you see a pair of shoes you really love because they do tend to sell out fast.
At JustFab there is a shoe for everyone and every style and if you get overwhelmed with the shoe choices you can narrow your search by size, heel height, and type of shoe!
Until next time Be Bold, Be Fearless, Be Confident!
Let me start this by saying this is not sponsored by Payless Shoe but oh how I wish it was.
It’s no secret that my go to shoe store is Payless Shoe Source. If they ever go public I’m buying stock in Payless because I love this shoe store. If you think Payless doesn’t have chic shoes then you are depriving yourself and you really shouldn’t mistreat yourself. Payless Shoes has even made their NYFW debut! Some years ago Payless partnered with season 1 Project Runway winner and incredibly talented designer Christian Siriano and it is the best thing the powers that be at Payless ever did. This year you were able to purchase the shoes from Christina Siriano’s NYFW show at Payless…SCORE! It’s a great way to own a pair of designer shoes without paying the designer price. They also offer shoe brands American Eagle, BRASH, and other brands. You can also buy Champion tennis shoes at a great price too. Looking for a great pocketbook they have an amazing collection. For you ladies who wear a larger size Payless goes up to a size 12 wide and you can shop for the whole family without busting your budget. There is always a sale and you can really expand your shoe wardrobe when the buy one get one 1/2 off sale going. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the store check them out online. Now I will say that some shoes run small, some run true to size, and some run large so try before you buy. You can also purchase socks, hosiery, shoelaces, and products to care for your shoes.
For a southern girl the shoe is everything and I don’t know about anywhere else in the country but I was raised that the shoes must compliment or match the outfit. If the shoes, along with hat and purse (it’s a thing), were not on point the whole outfit was a fail. As we say in the South we just can’t have that. The last thing you want to hear someone say when they look at your outfit is “bless your heart! what a sweet little outfit” trust me this is not a compliment it’s a sweet way of saying “I can’t believe you left the house looking like that!” Thankfully when I go to Payless I can always find the perfect shoe.
Hey Y’all and Happy Friday! I don’t know about you but I am looking forward to the three day weekend!
For this shoe blog I want to talk about the statement shoe. What is a statement shoe I hear you asking? A statement shoe pulls your outfit together but gives it that POP you’re looking for. As I stated in my first shoe blog for me shoes are the ultimate accessory. Before I started this fashion journey I always took pride in my shoes and I expressed myself via my feet. Gone are the days of the traditional shoes to match your outfit. There was a time when the ultimate statement shoe was a metallic shoe but now statement shoes have arrived and they come in different prints, patterns, crystals, feathers, over the top metallic and the list goes on when it comes to shoes. If heels aren’t your thing statement shoes also come in flats too so no excuses. The shoe I want to introduce you to are these beautiful sparkly floral wedges by Botkier! Botkier is a brand I’ve recently discovered and the shoes are amazing and if I could I would buy every shoe on the website but my budget will not permit this sadly! I’ve had to restrain myself from wearing them everyday since I received them. These shoes do run true to size so if you have wide feet like I do order up a 1/2 size of if you need to go up a size.
This is definitely a statement shoe and I’ve worn these shoes when I’ve wanted to take what I’m wearing to the next level . These shoes have been an immediate hit every time I’ve worn them and they are very comfortable despite the 4″ heel. As you can see from the picture below the shoes added that pizzazz to my outfit. The great thing about a statement shoe is that it can immediately dress up a casual outfit and give it a touch of glam.
Regardless of the type of job you have there is statement shoe out there for you that will work in any environment. This shoe is a great way to express yourself if you’re not ready to make a bolder statement with your fashion.
Until the next time Be Bold, Be Fearless, Be Confident and wear the shoe!