Ask Belle Roundup: All Shoes, All the Time
Feb 10, 2014
What kinds of shoes can I wear with medium dark khaki pants/chinos? Usually if I’m wearing chinos it’s because I want to be comfortable but still polished, so nothing too dressy, but my brown leather classic Sperrys are getting old and boring.
I think chocolate-brown shoes are the best choice for khaki or tan pants. The contrast is just enough. However, when it comes to the style, I believe that a slightly casual pant needs a structured shoe to hold it together. I would opt for a pointed-toe flat, like this Elatedd flat from Steve Madden.
If you want something a bit different, these cognac flats with a buckled strap from Forever 21 are cute. Want to add some texture? How about leopard flats for autumn and winter and these Coach tortoise flats for all-year?
I’m a preschool teacher, which means that while I love the beautiful work shoes you suggest, they are largely impractical for my job. From spring to fall, I rely on pairing ballet flats with my casual tailored pants and dark-wash jeans, and in these cold months I mostly wear flat boots. I would love an in-between option, something like a mule (similar to Danskos) but that looks more sleek and professional. I’ve been looking and can’t find anything I like.
When you say “ballet flats,” do you mean round-toe shoes or just flats? Because if you’re relying heavily on round-toe shoes, I would try some point-toe shoes. They lengthen the leg and look a bit more polished. I would try a bright color like these coral flats from Modcloth, or a great basic like these Sole Society penny loafer flat.
If you’re looking for a mule, it’s difficult to find mules that aren’t…well…hideous. I searched around for a while and didn’t have much luck. Have you thought about wedges instead?
Wedges provide more stability and can be more comfortable than heels. You can also buy them in any height. These Via Spiga shoes are on the higher side, but have a sleek look. The Pilner wedges are lower, as are these Crown Vintage wedges. If you have a bit more to spend, I love the look of these DvF wedges or these two-tone Loeffler Randall wedges.
I love peep toe shoes, but so many of the pairs I find show too much toe. Can you help me find some open toe shoes that show a peep instead of my whole foot?
Thank you so much! Jamie
I certainly have seen some open-toe shoes that expose the entire front of the foot, and it’s not attractive on anyone. You didn’t specify a color that you were looking for, so I selected these black open-toe pumps from Ivanka Trump. I also like these Michael Kors Mid-Flex Heel in beige (very comfortable).
I just started my first “grown up” job and my FEET ARE KILLING ME. High heels all day walking hither and yon, not fun. You’ve mentioned that you like insoles for your shoes, which ones do you recommend?
Some of my friends swear by Insolia inserts. They shift your weight from the ball of your foot to the heel. This reduces pressure on your whole foot and can add hours of comfort.
I know it’s really early for this, but I’m headed to San Diego on vacation next month and I’m looking for a pair of sandals. Can you help me find some flat casual sandals under-$50? I’m looking for something inexpensive but with style.
Love CHS! Adele
Early? I just defrosted my feet in the bathtub. Yes, a bit early for sandals. However, there are already some cute ones on the market.
Jaclyn Day featured the Lakitia Sandals from Target, and they are very chic for $20. These Aerosoles sandals have a light embellishment in a fabulous cocoa color. This Coconuts sandal in black a cognac are great.
Also, I spotted these $85 Joe’s are kind of crazy, but they’re very unique. Very fashion forward.