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For women's fashion.
The female relationship with shoes is the stuff of legends. And there is an increasing amount of men who care almost as much about their shoes too. It’s women’s shoes, however, that tend to be hyper-focused on fashion over practicality. While there are plenty of designer shoe brands for men and some men’s shoes even have small heels, it’s rare that a man buys a pair of shoes he can barely walk in. But women’s shoes often place good looks over comfort, resulting in sore feet and even high-heel related accidents. Is it possible to have both fashionable and comfortable shoes? Surely comfortable shoes don’t have to be ugly, and fashionable shoes don’t have to hurt your feet. It’s not easy finding stylish and comfortable shoes, but you can do it.
Look for Certain Features
There are some features you can look for in a shoe that you know will be kinder to your feet. You don’t have to give up heels completely if you look for shoes with the right type of heel. Choose a shoe with a wedge, platform or lower, chunkier heel and your weight will spread more evenly in your shoes. These types of heel will help to cushion your feet more and take the pressure off your heels and toes. Some high-end shoe brands have begun making more comfortable shoes with comfortable features. But they prefer not to make it the main feature of their shoes. It’s still all about fashion, even if the shoes are also comfortable.
Ditch the Heels – Sometimes
Nothing says that you have to wear heels constantly, and flats have become just as fashionable in many situations. You should vary the height of your shoes, so you’re neither wearing very flat flats all the time or very high heels. But if you want to stop wearing heels altogether, there are either very flat shoes or shoes with just enough heel to support your feet that look fantastic. Taller women often prefer to wear flatter shoes, as they don’t need or want the extra height. Flat shoes can be super cute and just as beautiful as a pair of towering heels. Check out this range of Birkenstock shoes for fashionable sandals. The brand has become iconic for their comfortable but fashionable shoes.
Look for Certain Brands
As well as Birkenstocks, there are other brands renowned for creating comfortable, fashionable shoes. These brands recognize the desire to cater to older women, who are often looking for practical, comfortable shoes that aren’t frumpy. And because they design their shoes with style in mind, they’re perfectly suitable for any women, whatever their age. Try looking at Clarks, Ecco and Mephisto for comfy, good-looking shoes.
You don’t have to wear shoes that look like your podiatrist prescribed them to have comfortable feet. However, if you’re very focused on certain designers or the latest trend, you may have to learn to compromise when it comes to shoes. Otherwise, you will have to put up with sore feet and forget the dream of shoes that are both comfortable and stylish.
For maternity fashion.
Maternity fashion has come a long way from floral dresses and pastel colored, shapeless clothing. Today there are multiple retailers and designers that specialize in maternity wear that keeps you feeling stylish, chic and comfortable. Dressing a pregnant body can be a challenge at times, particularly if you are struggling to feel content with your changing body. Play up the features that you feel most confident about; if you love your legs, pick a shorter dress or a skirt with a hi-lo hem and if you have amazing arms, select a sleeveless dress or tank top. The more confident you feel, the more radiant you look. When dressing for a night out while on maternity fashion “leave”, the options below are guaranteed to help you look and feel like the beautiful momma-to-be that you are.
Little Black Dress
The little black dress is a timeless classic and a piece that you are likely to already have as a staple in your wardrobe. If a little black dress is not already a part of your wardrobe, or if you no longer fit into the one hanging in your closet, select a basic silhouette that will work for nearly any social occasion. Online retailer ASOS offers the perfect solution to pregnant women headed out for a night on the town in the form of the sleeveless wrap dress. This dress can be dressed up for even the most formal black tie affair or made more casual for a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant. Accessorize with jewelry appropriate for your night out. Pick a statement necklace or pair of earrings for formal affairs or more understated jewelry for a casual evening out.
Some women always prefer heels and are totally comfortable rocking a pair of platforms well into pregnancy, however, most prefer to choose shoes that are fashionable yet comfortable during pregnancy. Pick a pair that offers maximum comfort and style. The Sorah flat from ALDO is guaranteed to match not only your little black dress, but the rest of your wardrobe as well. The patent leather toes feature a dainty bow as added decoration and the flat can be worn for both formal and casual occasions. Try matching them with some chic maternity jeans from the likes of Citizens of Humanity.
Show off your radiant, glowing skin with a foundation designed to even out your skin tone and conceal imperfections while still allowing your natural beauty to shine through. The Colorescience Loose Mineral Foundation is smooth, non-drying and builds to your desired level of coverage. The brush feature allows you to apply your mineral makeup without the mess and fits easily into a purse for any touch-ups you might need. Sweep a luminous blush on the apples of your cheeks and use a shimmery bronze or taupe shade on your eyes. Apply a coat of black mascara and add your favorite lip product to finish your radiant makeup look.
A clutch is the perfect evening bag as it allows you to keep all of your essentials handy, while not weighing you down all night long. Fossil has a classic style fold-over clutch in four different styles from cheetah and metallic to basic black. This clutch also features a leather and chain strap that can be used when your hands are full.
Pregnancy style is no longer flowing, floral creations with no shape. Today, moms-to-be have a huge selection of styles from which to choose and can create looks, without any frump, that showcase personal style while remaining comfortable to wear throughout pregnancy.
Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada. You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink!
For women's fashion.
I love when the air is crisp and the leaves start to change colors. It’s time for scarves, jackets, cozy sweaters and best of all… boots!
However, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t get the memo and every now and then fall feels a little more like spring, offering even the most seasoned of stylists a wardrobe conundrum.
So most of us end up dressing for spring, or fall … or some strange hybrid, which usually involves open toe shoes and a leather jacket or boots and a sleeveless top. However, as long as you have the right footwear you can rule the world! Or at least rock this kinda-sorta autumn in-between weather. Might I recommend…the flat.