News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim

8 October 2015

More Style Ideas for Problem Feet

Sunday’s Nouvelles prompted several emails about footwear. One from Donna includes a couple of tips for finding style ideas for special needs feet. I especially like her reminder about low-heel shoes made more elegant and feminine by tops with cut-outs, fleurs-de-lis, and t-straps. Donna wrote:

Hello Anne, I just read your report on Derbies.  It could not have come at a better time. 

Lately, I've been reading and re-reading my collection of vintage magazines.  I usually do this in the fall when I am looking for style ideas.  One thing that has fascinated me this time around is the great shoe styles offered to women in the 60's.  Oftentimes, women wore lower heeled shoes with pretty decorative tops, such as cut-outs, fleurs-de-lis, and t-straps.  The heels were not high but were square and "chunky" or lower kitten heels.  Much more wearable than today's killer stilettos.

For me, I cannot wear a heel over 2 inches and opt for the kittens and the other styles when I find them.  But this weekend, I also thought of something else:  while re-watching "You've Got Mail", I noticed that Meg Ryan's character Kathleen Kelly, wears a bit masculine-looking chunky "Gillies" and Derbie styles.  I recall that in the early 90's, it was stylish to wear more substantial shoes with pants as well as skirts and dresses.

Because I am having some minor foot issues, I decided that this fall, I am going to opt for more comfortable footwear and so I am searching for the late 60's footwear I have admired in my vintage magazines as well as Kathleen Kelly-inspired shoes with more solid footing.

Derbies may work for me too but I would only wear them with pants I think.  I prefer a more feminine shoe for skirts and dresses.

Thank you for you great blog which I have followed for over ten years.  I enjoy hearing about your Provence on the Plains. — Donna

The Sunday Nouvelles about Derbies can be read Here . . .

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