Archive for May 6th, 2011

FBFF Q&A: These shews rule!

06 May

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing vintage ivory blouse and black boyfriend blazer
Proud of my vintage Bergdorf Goodman blouse

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I love shews. Shews. I admit, I went through a Kelly phase. I have a passion for the absurd, and shoes. So why so sad, panda? Let’s talk about shoes. This week’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday is all about footwear.

FBFF: What is your go-to pair of shoes?

FJ: In winter, I wear my black leather ankle boots at least three times a week. In summer, Dansko sandals. When my feet are happy, I’m happy.

FBFF: What goes into your shoe buying decisions?

FJ: Comfort first, versatility second, style third. Let me explain. Growing up, I’ve always identified with The Little Mermaid, the real story, not that Disney sugar-coated version. My feet hurt often. One day, often turned to always. Every step hurt, every day. I lived in San Francisco and walked everywhere. For fun, I ran. This translates to pain, pain, pain. I ran a half marathon and never recovered. I eventually saw a podiatrist and got confirmation that I had arthritis and bone spurs. We made a cast of my feet and I got my first pair of orthotics. Most shoes that accommodate orthotics are ugly.

There, I said it.

I have to wear them at least two-thirds of the time and absolutely if I’m going to be doing any actual walking around. I’ve searched high and low for attractive, stylish orthotic-friendly shoes. You know what I found out? I found out that they’re incredibly expensive and they’re not that sexy.

FBFF: The majority of the shoes in your closet are what color?

FJ: Black

FBFF: When it comes to design shoes what are your favorite brands and why?

FJ: Munro. They fit my orthotics and they’re not horrid. They have some cute styles. Nothing to write home about but I don’t feel like I’m wearing nurse shoes when I’m wearing them, I feel relatively contemporary. Let me add a little perspective to this. My orthotics have a hard plastic bottom for support. Most of the time that I’m walking around, I’m squeaking a little. Yes, I’m squeaking. If you pay attention you can hear me walking down the hall. You know, sometimes in life you just have to laugh. What’s a girl to do? I’m laughing now just thinking about it.

FBFF: If price wasn’t an issue, you’d own which shoe?

FJ: To be honest, I stopped looking at shoes a long time ago knowing I could never wear them. More often than not, I’m on the lookout for a good pair of comfortable shoes. I have to be, I refuse to wear ugly shoes. I used to wear a lot of Stuart Weitzmans back in the day. I had a pair of pony hair leopard-spotted ankle boots to die for. They’re expensive but still somewhat attainable and pretty comfortable. I would otherwise look for the most outlandish, unreasonable shoe ever. Those are the shoes I covet.

Thank you Katy of Modly Chic for crafting this topic. Friend Friday is an opportunity for fashion and beauty bloggers to share their thoughts on a specific topic and read what others have to say on that same topic. For more information, check out Modly Chic and welcome to the wonderful world of blogging!

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Wear comfortable shoes! I mean it, if you’re wobbling and look uncomfortable, it’s going to show. There are so many stylish options today that there really is no reason to suffer. Make your go-to pair stylish and comfortable. Choose a pair that’s neutral enough to work with half your closet. Your feet may not always stand out in a crowd but the smile on your face will be genuine. Happiness is the most stylish thing you can wear.

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Black boyfriend blazer/BDG, vintage ivory blouse/thrifted, mint green deco belt/ModCloth, black ankle cigarette jeans/BDG, vegan brown suede boots/Munro, steampunk necklace, thrifted.


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