Shopping Girls Who Wear Flat Shoes Outpace The Competition
Ballerimu Suede Flat, Manolo Blahnik, in a Beautiful Red Tone for Spring
Ballerimu Suede Flat, Manolo Blahnik, in a Beautiful Red Tone for Spring

Spring 2018 fashion features a very cool range of truly pretty, fun, and sporty apparel ideas.

Since Spring is a great time for a Shopping Girl to lighten up her look and outlook, it’s a great season for wearing flat-heeled shoes.

 

 

One often becomes more active starting in the Spring. There are more outdoors events and activities, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, church picnics, Easter Morning egg hunts, flower-gazing national park walks, and new museum exhibitions to stroll through. And Shopping Girls of course will be shopping!

Rey/F in Metallic Rose Gold by Jimmy Choo, A Truly Hot Looking Rubber Slide For Garden Tours, The Zoo, or The Beach
Rey/F in Metallic Rose Gold by Jimmy Choo, A Truly Hot Looking Rubber Slide For Garden Tours, The Zoo, or The Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel 2018 Cruise Season #36 Ballerinas in a Bright Yellow
Chanel 2018 Cruise Season #36 Ballerinas in a Bright Yellow

Spring is not a time when you want to feel slower, overly encumbered by anything, but light, free, released…. Wearing high heels for Spring-time activities just doesn’t feel as fun or as fluid as reclaiming a renewed, youthful feeling, the spirit of the Spring season, in flat shoes.

Chanel 2018 Cruise Season #25 Flat in Fabric and Leather with Floral Motif
Chanel 2018 Cruise Season #25 Flat with Floral Motif

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naseeba Flat by Louboutin is Pretty AND Fun
Naseeba Flat by Louboutin is Pretty AND Fun

Many women have difficulty finding truly pretty or fun flats that are not only comfortable and practical, but that work properly in proportion with their outfits and dressing style. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. It’s just a matter of recognizing your core sense of style, and then working with the balance between the different apparel items you incorporate into your wardrobe. Flats don’t have to equate with short, dumpy looking legs. Whatever your body type and style–feminine, sporty, empowered, classic, eclecticyour personality and the activities you embrace can incorporate flats that look great and function well.

 

 

Chanel 2018 Cruise Season Sandals #16 with Pretty Floral Motif in A Gladiator Boot Style
Chanel 2018 Cruise Season Sandals #16 with Pretty Floral Motif in A Gladiator Boot Style

 

 

Woven Modern Clogs with a Sculptural Wood Wedge by Stella McCartney

One basic tip that is especially helpful when wearing flats is to design your outfit in thirds. For example, divide your look from head-to-toe into three equal parts. Then go with an equal division of three, or two-thirds on the top or bottom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Kind of Magic - Nanda Gold Lamé Glitter Slides with a Laid Back Attitude, by Jimmy Choo
Some Kind of Magic – Nanda Gold Lamé Glitter Slides with a Laid Back Attitude, by Jimmy Choo

For example, one of the reasons that a solid color, knee-length dress look great on everyone is because it gives you a two-thirds on top/one-third on bottom division to your look. You probably understand this proportion balance instinctively and through experience with choosing your wardrobe. However, when you switch heel heights, you may not be adjusting your clothes to maintain this basic proportion, hence the impression that flats may make your legs seem dumpy by comparison. (And yes, granted, heels of course create a longer-looking leg by artificially angling most of the foot into the line of the leg.)

Marlo/F Loafer by Jimmy Choo with Blue-Black Crystal Ombre Effect
Marlo/F Loafer by Jimmy Choo with Blue-Black Crystal Ombre Effect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel 2018 Cruise Season #39 Ballerinas in a Neutral Tone Combo with Subtle Pearl Embellishment
Chanel 2018 Cruise Season #39 Ballerinas in a Neutral Tone Combo with Subtle Pearl Embellishment

Another trick is to coordinate the color of the shoe with your leg’s skin tone or, if you are wearing hosiery, such as socks or tights, matching to that color. For Spring 2018, transparent segments built into shoes is a hot trend, and this has a similar effect. This is also a convenient and money-saving approach if you don’t wish to have a large shoe wardrobe. You can wear neutral colored shoes matching your skin tone with any color outfit. Note that, as is the case with a lot of fashion and cosmetics products, finding a realistic range of skintone neutral colors isn’t always so easy. To the manufacturers: Shopping Girls have money to spend on fashion, so branch out with the skintone options already.

 

Espa in Nude Linen by Manolo Blahnik is A Perfect Basic For Your Shoe Wardrobe
Espa in Nude Linen by Manolo Blahnik is A Perfect Basic For Your Shoe Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise High-Top Flat by Louboutin
Louise High-Top Flat by Louboutin

Keep in mind, however, that absolutely any style of shoe, or any type of apparel, can be made to look stylish by someone. Indeed, this approach is often how trends are started. One individual works something unexpected with such flair that the trend takes off. Sometimes it’s just a matter of taking a new perspective–and Spring is the perfect time for that….

 

It reminds us that our assumptions about what does or doesn’t look “right” or “nice” is heavily influenced by opinions outside of ourselves. Our culture is riddled with marketing and cultural propaganda that has been hammering each of us since we were children. Combined with family and community norms, we can end up being a bit constricted in our thinking about what does or does not look good on us, what we should like versus what we actually might enjoy and even prefer. Such influences play into many women’s impressions of footwear. Don’t feel tied down by assumptions, especially about something as essentially unimportant as fashion. A Shopping Girl finds joy in playing with fashion, and playfulness is good for the spirit and an expression of a life-affirming attitude.

Denim Stars Elyse Shoes by Stella McCartney
Denim Stars Elyse Shoes by Stella McCartney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Galeria Flat by Louboutin
Galeria Flat by Louboutin

So, if you always wear classic pumps, try a sexy sandal flat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, if you have never been seen near a pair of impractical, girly high heels, maybe give a pretty, intensely feminine flat a chance.

Torrid's Shoes Fit a Wide Foot. The Bow D'Orsay Flat in Blush Pink or Black Faux Suede Will Do It All, Almost
Torrid’s Shoes Fit a Wide Foot. The Bow D’Orsay Flat in Blush Pink or Black Faux Suede Will Do It All, Almost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Globe Flat with Great Studded Embellishments by Jimmy Choo
Globe Flat with Great Studded Embellishments by Jimmy Choo

How about a boyish punk flat to dress up a jeans-and-sweater look?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you a fan of a particular designer? They make awesome flats.

Chanel 2018 Cruise Season Sandals #02 in Dark Gold and Black
Chanel 2018 Cruise Season Sandals #02 in Dark Gold and Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torrid Chambray Bow Sneaker Improves On A Classic Neat, Casual Style, Fits A Wide Foot Size
Torrid Chambray Bow Sneaker Improves On A Classic Neat, Casual Style, Fits A Wide Foot Size

Don’t want to invest a lot of money in flats, because you change up your style so often? Not a problem, inexpensive but still comfortable and cute flats are everywhere.

 

 

Are you a Shopping Girl with wide feet and struggle to find cute shoes? Flats can be particularly difficult to find for wide feet, because you probably have high arches, and flats sometimes don’t provide a lot of room in that dimension, even if the soles are wide. This doesn’t need to hold you back though, because now there are a number of stores that cater to those with wider feet.

Perforated Sneakers Stay Cool in Warmer Weather. Torrid Starry Laser Cut Sneaker in White Faux Leather, Fits a Wide Foot
Perforated Sneakers Stay Cool in Warmer Weather. Torrid Starry Laser Cut Sneaker in White Faux Leather, Fits a Wide Foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tieks in Chestnut Premium Leather are Fine Quality, Truly Purse-Portable Ballet Flats. Many Colors & Styles To Choose From, including Vegan Options
Tieks in Chestnut Premium Leather are Fine Quality, Truly Purse-Portable Ballet Flats. Many Colors & Styles To Choose From, including Vegan Options

If you need to be a quick-change artist in your life activities, flats are a great option, since they simply take up less room than heels in your bag, and can cover more events and activities than heels can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In closing….Not to be paranoid, but let’s face it: Your feet are your main means of getting around. Few women can flee a raging Tyrannosaurus rex in heels like Claire in Jurassic World.

 

Every woman should have some back-up flats. Keep a pair next to your bed, in the event of an emergency. For example, if you live in earthquake country, have you realized that you might have to traverse broken glass all over your floor?

 

Keep a pair of flats in your car, in case a break-down confronts you with a long walk.

 

You need a pair at your work site. Evacuating down 30 flights of stairs in heels is not fun and the panicked people behind you might knock you down. Even if you aren’t in a high-rise, many work environments have less than ideal flooring surfaces or conditions–slick tiles or waxed laminate, grease and oil, cluttered stuff you have to navigate–you need your game on, on your feet, if you have to move fast.

 

Really, anytime you are out and wearing high heels, you are intentionally placing yourself in a somewhat vulnerable, crippled condition. So if possible, carry a pair of flats in your bag. If you break a heel, sprain your ankle, or suddenly have to bail from a public venue, you’ll be glad you took the precaution.

 

And finally, a general comment on insuring that your shoes fit well. Don’t forget about cobblers. There are many talented people who have all kinds of tricks and techniques that can customize your shoes for better fit, longevity and performance. The cost is usually reasonable, and the difference this can make in your comfort and happiness makes it worth doing. So if you are unhappy with a pair of shoes but for whatever reason you do not or cannot return them, talk to your cobbler about your options.

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