“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” -Marilyn Monroe
As Mireille Guiliano reminds readers in French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, there are particular “tells” when it comes to a woman’s appearance that signify to others what her identity is – in other words how she feels about herself and how she wants to be perceived by the outside world. The first “tell” is a woman’s haircut and the other is . . . her shoes.
Guiliano and actress Candace Bergen agree that a woman can wear expensive or inexpensive clothes and so long as she pairs quality shoes with her outfit, she will shine. However, on the flip side, an amazingly well-styled ensemble can be decimated when shabby shoes are pulled from the closet.
Now, while Mariah Carey or Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe closet may be a dream to look at, such collections are merely a fantasy especially if you adhere to this rule of thumb. However, so long as you include the necessary styles you need to complete your capsule wardrobe (click here to view the 10 shoes every woman should have) and keep in mind your lifestyle, when you choose to invest in well-made shoes, you can sleep easy knowing with certainty you will exude a confident and signature look, will have comfortable (blister-free) feet and years free of endless shoe shopping which in the long run saves you money and time.
Complete Any Look
A quality leather ballet flat from Lanvin paired with jeans, a classic nude pump from L.K. Bennett for work or black over the knee boots from Stuart Weitzman worn over skinny jeans for evening. Each of these items can break the bank if you purchased them monthly or even seasonally, but when you know what you need to complete your wardrobe and you are confident that once you buy the item it will last for years, you can breathe easy saving up and celebrate rather than feel guilty when you finally make the purchase. A classic pair of shoes should complete the outfit you have chosen, not be the look. However, perhaps your style is to wear bright, bold, unique shoes. And in that case, even more reason to invest in quality shoes as they are the star of the show.
I can remember in college being ecstatic to buy shoes on my own from Payless Shoe Source. Never mind that they didn’t last more than one season, but they were all I could afford on my budget at the time. Had I taken the time to save up upon realizing the lesson I share with you today, perhaps my shoe tales would be different, but either way, I learned the lesson eventually. Quality shoes not only feel good on your feet (my nude Stuart Weitzman 4″ pumps look like murder, but actually mold to my feet like a glove and feel like 2″ heels), but they reveal to the world someone who knows who she is, cares about her appearance but always wants to get whatever she came there to do done effectively.
Last for Years
Mireille Guiliano shares in her book that she has two three and a half inch heels in her closet which she reserves for special occasions – one from Yves Saint Laurent (before they dropped the Yves) and one from Bottega Veneta. Now, no doubt, both of these heels were worth more than I’ve ever paid for a pair of shoes, but because they are reserved for certain outfits and occasions and they are created by master artisans with quality materials, you would be able to continue to wear them for decades. Shoes that hold their form, don’t fall apart and can easily be buffed up or polished, or resoled (find a good cobbler and you can wear your heels for the rest of your stylish days if you have them in a good rotation), are a sound investment. Remember to always consider the cost per wear equation to demonstrate and illustrate how those shoes you covet indeed are an investment and worth every penny.
State Clearly Your Signature Style
The shoes you choose, similar to the hair style or color you choose, reveal your personality, your attitude about life and a peek into how you spend your days. Love cowboy boots? Shop accordingly – look for bright, unique designs, sensational leather or anything that speaks to your preference. If you’re like me – nude and black are my go-to colors for everything. I prefer simple, yet certain options and love to have fun with scarves and jewelery as well as blouses and jackets. No matter what you style, don’t forget to bring your shoes into the presentation.
Now, it’s time to check your list of 10 – what’s missing? What shoes do you need for your lifestyle? How much will you have to save up? Now’s as good of a time as any. Just think, by this time next season, you could have your own pair of [fill in the blank] sitting in your closet ready to be worn on a moment’s notice and boost your confidence just before you walk out the door for that [interview/date/project pitch/etc].
~SIMILAR POSTS FROM THE ARCHIVES YOU MIGHT ENJOY: