If you do not have a big budget to spend, all the more you have to select your shoes carefully. Buy basic colours like black, beige and navy in classic styles.
For everyday shoes, choose a low to medium shoe with a solid heel. Calf court shoes for the afternoon. Leave the high heels for evening wear.
The most elegant heels all closed pumps. They always go well with almost every outfit in the classic colours. I think elegance is designed to prevent ‘too much fuss’. With such shoes, you don’t have to worry about getting professional pedicures too often.
If you have big feet, stay away from white or chunky shoes. Depend on where are you going, opt for a slim heel to give an illusion of smaller feet.
Ankle straps draw attention to your ankles and gives a ‘break’ in the silhouette. Personally, I avoid shoes that ‘cut’ off at the ankle, such as ankle boots, ankle straps, sandals that have a high back. I’ve also noticed that they make your ankles look a lot bigger than they really are, so wear them if you have skinny legs.
The only way to wear an ankle strap I’ve found if you are wearing a very frilly short cocktail dress where it can be paired up with silver or shiny black strappies.
Of course, with any shoes showing skin or nails, they must be buffed or have the perfect pedicure.
I’ve gone through many ‘walking shoes’ in mainly off-whites, beige, black and navy. Ballerinas or ballet shoes and loafers make the perfect shoes for the casual ensemble.
Ballerinas are very sweet and feminine. These elegant shoes are very slimming for the feet especially those who have wide feet. They tend to be a bit too flat for me, but now there are ones that has a firmer heel. It helps to get a shoe-padding insert as well.
I usually like to wear with linen pants.
P.s. No matter how elegant heels they may be, do not attempt to walk for long hours or shop in them. They hurt your back, posture and are not good for your health.
The Dress Shoe:
I am in favour of the medium heel as it helps you have better posture and not look sloppy. Also, since its a dressier event, a medium heel would suffice. Sometimes a low heel creates an impression of negligence.
A very popular city shoe are known as ‘court shoes’.
I prefer the classic fashion – closed pumps. They are conservative, do not show skin, they give a proper ‘balance’ to your outfit by not distracting and taking eyes to your feet.
They are not as available as they used to be but I’m sure you can find them in good shops. It is your responsibility to invest in a good fit and material.
Other alternatives are medium heels though I favour the ones with a backing. Without a proper back to secure your whole foot, your walk may become sloppy as you either have sweeping movements or have the tendency to take long strides.
The Evening or Cocktail Shoe:
How formal a cocktail shoe will depend on the material, the heel, and its colour. If you love high heels, this is the right time to be wearing a high heel without looking ridiculous.
It is very lovely to match the colour of your elegant shoe to your dress or your bag (not both), or have matching material to your bag or dress.
For extra feminine elegance, invest in elegant shoes made of satin or silk when you have some spare savings. They are very lovely.
Bright coloured shoes always add a little spark to your outfit. These elegant shoes can be very chic. If you do love your shoes, ensure your entire outfit is of only one or two colours that blend with each other and not contrast, then add a little pair of red heels at the end.
It’s been said that too high a heels are vulgar. While that is true, I do feel that wearing high heels is more accepted these days than in the past, but please confine them to wearing them only to dressy events, not to ski slopes, mountains, gardens or anywhere in the country.
Choose Shoes Carefully:
The height of your heels affect the way you walk. Check yourself in the mirror when you walk in those heels. Also, though it sounds silly but train yourself to walk, not with a runway walk, but a walk that is a little “still.” It is distracting to see someone bopping up and down or swaying side to side or ‘marching’.
I find it helpful to stick to boutiques and brands that I know who can offer reliable elegant shoes. Sometimes I find it very helpful to identify a salesperson who is very good at fitting a shoe to your feet and I tend to shop only when he/she is working.