I love shoes. I just do. And for me, the best way to dress up an inexpensive outfit is by wearing a stylish pair of shoes.
With today’s shoe styles, you can take anything simple and give it a little kick of diva. For decades, women’s’ footwear was boring, much like the little black dress. There’s much more to your feet than pumps or flats. Yes, they are classic and elegant, but who wants that when you can have some fun?
Straps Have Made a Comeback
Straps are all the rage again, and who isn’t celebrating? A couple of pairs of strappy shoes work well for you and your many different looks. You don’t want just want one pair of strappies, nor do you want to wear flat strappies with your evening-on-the-town dress. Variety is the spice of life with this shoe, which is part of its appeal. You can go modern, retro, or modernize the retro with straps, which makes this versatile style a must for your closet.
If you prefer a traditional look, there are plenty of ways the dual-strap shoe has been modernized. A thin strap across your toe with the second strap being an ankle wrap is an elegant way to draw attention to your footwear when you’re out dining and dancing. Depending on your heel height, you will look and feel like a runway model while you’re simply walking down the street.
Thicker straps work well, too, and with a lower heel, you have a more retro look.
Of course, who says you can only have two straps? Nobody, especially shoe designers, and aren’t you glad for that. Kick up your formal strappy look a notch with a diamond strap.
This style has two thin bands across your toes, a crisscross over the top of your foot, and two ankle bands to complete the look. Elegant, fashionable, and unique. Perfect for a woman who likes to make a sexy yet subtle statement. You can find this look in low-heeled sandals, too, for your daywear.
Tie it Up
Lacing has also become a popular foot fashion statement. Gone are the days of only lacing up your athletic shoes. Today, flats, low-heeled shoes, high-heeled shoes, and boots all have beautiful lace styles that will take your breath away but not break the bank. One of the greatest appeals of lace high heels is that most lace up your ankle, placing emphasis on your sexy legs in a mini skirt. A thinner lace up strap is more formal, while a thicker one is more fun.
For a modern, almost Gothic look, spice up your outfit with an affordable pair of lace up booties. These three-quarter boots have an open front for the laces, but the rest of your foot and leg is covered. You can also find styles with extra lace that continues a few inches above the boot top.
For the supreme sexy, pick up a pair of high-heeled, evening sandals that lace all the way up your calves to your knees. This is a look that not many dare to wear. Are you brave and fabulous enough?
Lace-up flat sandals add a special touch to your casual look, and many styles are comfortable as well. Whether you are wearing capris, shorts, or a skirt, the lacing on the sandal takes something informal and adds a touch of class.
Ditch the athletic shoes in favor of a pretty lace-up sandal that complements your feet, legs, and outfit. You’ll find you wear these more often than you thought you would, so make certain to purchase a few different colors in the styles you like.
You Can Afford This
If you take a look at what’s in your closet and how you’d like to dress it up, you can pick out a couple of pairs of new shoes that will work with several different fashion options. This makes purchasing some strap and lace-up newbies fit into your budget and keeps you looking fabulous no matter what you wear. As fashion icon Jennifer Lopez says in People magazine, “It’s clear that I love gorgeous shoes and boots to make a statement or really complete a look.”
Shoes are really the ultimate accessory, and you can dress up or down your favorite outfits much better with a pair of shoes or boots than jewelry. You’ll want the baubles, too, but don’t forget how important your feet are, especially if you’re a fashionista dressing on a budget.
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