There is nothing like a good street mural to get me excited about heading outdoors again.
As I might have mentioned over the past few years, Cleveland can be challenging when it comes to styling and physically shooting outdoors 60% of the year. The rain, sleet, snow, grey skies and sub-zero temperatures are far from inspiring. Needless to say, the moment Spring rolls around Cleveland slowly reawakens, it’s always a fun surprise to see how much has changed in the neighborhood.
It’s only fitting that on #TuesdayShoesday we spend a little time chatting about the “other” love of my life — shoes!
In particular, a shoe with a bit of extra flare. Some sass. Definitely a bunch of personality, too. Kind of like that silly best friend who can crack you up without saying a word. We could all use one of those… and in the case of shoes, perhaps a few!
Every so often a style comes along that can accomplish the impossible — provide a high quality dupe at a fraction of the designer price.
Velvet booties are perhaps the best of example of this rare fashion feat this season. With hundreds of styles to choose from and virtually no visible difference between the high-end, designer versions and the fast-fashion bargains, this is the fall trend to jump on… or jump into?!
Predictably, there is usually one standout new summer trend that takes the shoe world by storm. Last year, it was the gladiator sandal.
This year is the year of the pom pom sandal.
While I will just lay it out there and say, this is not exactly my “cup-of-tea” when it comes to my own personal style and aesthetic, I can fully appreciate a colorful and fun addition to anyone’s wardrobe. The bold colors and textural details add zip to any basic look — it’s basically a party on your feet — and will be a perfect compliment to a hot summer night.
After months of wearing heavy boots, booties and sneakers it’s nice to let your feet have some fun in the way of light and colorful shoe options. The espadrille is one of the most classic warm weather shoe styles and while it’s taken me a while to grow my appreciation for the woven soled shoe, I’m totally on board now.
Here’s a little secret: I don’t own any espadrilles just yet! Shhhhh….
My sudden urge to add a pair of these summer beauties started where most good things start — the internet! I saw so many street style photos of women looking absolutely chic and lovely in their espadrilles that I was tempted to finally try on a pair. So I did. These VINCE ESPADRILLE WEDGES, in fact… and they felt like butter on my feet. The leather was so soft and the woven platform added so much cushion to my step that I resisted taking them off.
From trendier platform styles, to the more traditional slip on there is an espadrille style for everyone out there regardless of age or lifestyle. Even CHANEL got into the espadrille game last summer with their classic take on the style! A word of advice: if you’re considering purchasing the CHANEL version of the espadrille style GET THEM NOW. They sold out so fast last year that they were practically an impossible score once June rolled around.
But alas, not all of us can stomach the Chanel designer price tag — and we don’t have to! Check out my favorite espadrilles that ring in at prices that are a bit more eh, palatable for the summer shoe staple.
Is an espadrille shoe a style you would wear or DO wear once the spring/summer comes around? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
When you get dressed, do you ever say to yourself, “I wish I had (fill in the blank)…“?
As I try to navigate a more minimalist approach to style, I find myself easily zoning in on those missing items and recognizing any gaps I have in my wardrobe. It’s kind of refreshing to shop with a purpose rather than shop just for recreation and come home with a lot of nice things that end up going unworn… and this is coming from a woman who likesloves to shop!
One of this season’s missing pieces to my wardrobe puzzle is a pair of white pointed toe pumps.
Yes, in the dead of winter.
No, I’m not crazy.
I’ve been seeing great editorials and street style images with a winter appropriate look accented with crisp white pointed toe pumps. Simple, yet striking.
Now, this is not the place or time to get all fancy with the shoe. What we’re looking for here is a well-made, single sole, pointed toe pump — just in le blanc! No straps, embellishments, patent or platform; When combined with the white, those are all a bit too Frederick’s of Hollywood/exotic dancer material. Which is clearly a different type of street style than the one I am generally referencing!
Oh, and remember yesterday’s focus on Pantone’s 2016 COLOR OF THE YEAR?! A white pointed toe pump would look amazing against the soft pastel hues. Try it out now with a menswear inspired coat and trousers, or later this spring/summer with a feminine dress.
Here are a few other white pumps that have caught my eye for all lifestyles and budgets:
With the new year, I debated for quite a while about which post topics were worthy of kicking off 2016. I wanted fresh content and exciting images to keep you guys interested and differentiate The Heart’s Delight from the millions of other fashion and lifestyle blogs you could be reading.
When the British heritage brand, Hunter reached out to me about partnering on a post I considered it a sign that “exciting” doesn’t always have to meet cutting edge or new, it can also refer to revisiting a tried-and-true classic and seeing it in a whole new light.
Created in 1856, the ORIGINAL HUNTER BOOT was designed to protect against the weather and perform across all terrains. Over 160 years later, that mission remains the same. The brand has grown in recent years to include multiple variations of the Original boot for men, women and children, as well as new lines of footwear, outerwear and technical knitwear. While the product offering may have changed, one thing has not: quality.
As you know, I’m a huge advocate of purchasing fewer, better, things that will stand the test of time and help define your personal style along the way. A few years ago when I purchased my first pair of dark green ORIGINAL HUNTER BOOTS, there was a brief moment of sticker shock. Almost 6 years later, I love that my “investment” is still perfectly on trend and just as comfortable and practical as when I first got them out of the box. In the warmer months, the boots are the ideal slip-on rain boots, while in the winter I can coordinate any number of HUNTER BOOT SOCKS (a.k.a. boot liners) to make my boots a snow day staple.
You can shop many Hunter boot styles now at 30% OFF — including select colors of the Original Rain Boot! Don’t forget to add a pair of KNIT BOOT SOCK INSERTS to keep your toes extra warm and add a touch of personality to your boots. I’m currently debating adding a pair of these BLOCK HEEL LACE UP BOOTS in swamp green. Not the cutest name for a color, but what a great all-weather shoe option (…that just happens to coordinate perfectly with this WOMEN’S ORIGINAL RUBBER TOUCH DOWN JACKET). A down coat is a winter staple and this one is not only ultra-warm and waterproof, but also slimming.
Warm, waterproof AND doesn’t make you look like a Yeti?!
Once you’re done perusing the sale rack, head on over to the NEW SS15 HUNTER ORIGINAL COLLECTION — the colors are all so fun and happy! The blue sky ORIGINALS are so so pretty! (Well, as pretty as glossy rubber rain boots can get…) The LOW WEDGE style is a slightly more fashion forward version you might want to check out as well.
One of the rare complaints that I hear about Hunter products is that the boots are a bit narrow for wider calves and ankles. Well, no worries my friends with athletic calves! Not only has Hunter added an ADJUSTABLE RAINBOOT to their lineup, but they also have a style called THE HUNTRESS which is specifically designed with a wider shaft to accommodate all shapes and sizes.
For those with legs on the thinner side — if a thick sock insert is not enough to fill out any gaps, try the REFINED WOMEN’S ORIGINAL. It’s a bit more streamlined with a tailored silhouette that will hug your calves in all of the right places. For yet another slimmer cut option, try the ORIGINAL SLIM TEXTURED RAIN BOOTS.
OK, I can’t wrap up this post without letting you know that I recently succumbed to a moment of mother-daughter “twinning” weakness and purchased a sale pair of KIDS’ ORIGINAL GLOSS RAIN BOOTSfor my 4 year old. I know, I know… I’ve become one of those mothers. She just looks so darn cute in them! Sigh….
So what do you think? Thumbs up to Hunter in 2016?!
Those British sure do know their rain gear.
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Honestly, I think one of the saddest days of the year is when I finally swap out my fun summer shoes and sandals for the staple boots and booties that will carry me through the next 6-8 months.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a great boot (especially THIS or THIS one!), but there’s just something about summer footwear that makes me happy… which is why I had a small rush of excitement when I came across this street style photo that was:
1) perfectly fall appropriate
2) easy to replicate
3) involved summer mules
With just the right amount of coverage, mules are a great shoe to make that transition to fall footwear a little less intense. Personally, I’m loving the chunkier block heel versions for everyday wear. A girl’s gotta walk (and occasionally chase after rogue children when they escape her grip in a busy parking lot), right?
How about we s-l-o-w-l-y ease into this week with a simple style solution: pointed toe flats.
Work for you? Ok, good.
Sometimes, my Monday body (and mind) is just not ready for anything overly complicated, or fussy. I want something that keeps me looking pulled together when I’m on the go, yet comfortable at the same time. The current state of my pedicure leaves a lot to be desired as well (no one needs to see THAT!), so clearly I’m killing two birds with one stone here.
While the traditional rounded toe ballet flats have been a classic style staple, the roundness of the toe is a bit more gamine and youthful. The round toe combined with the flat sole is also a one way ticket on the “I-Want-To-Look-Shorter-And-Stockier” train. Choo-choooooo!!!
To create visual length and continuity with both skirts and pants/jeans, a pointed toe flat can work wonders. The peek of shoe from under a pant hem is just enough to give you the look of coveted long legs. Add a nude toned flat to a bare leg and it looks like your gams go on for miles.
Did I mention flats were comfortable? Even this designer shoe addict will admit that after a long day in heels my feet and legs crave the comfort and cushion of a good pair of flats… and on a Monday, ain’t nobody got time for that.