Everyone knows that the first step in finding comfortable shoes is buying shoes that fit you well. The problem is, that's not always as simple as it sounds.
Even if you think you know your shoe size, it could have changed. And, even if your size is still the same, there are a lot of other factors that can affect the way a pair of shoes fit, like manufacturer, materials used, heel height, width, and even the design of the shoe itself.
The best way to get a good fit is to go to a service-oriented shoe store, try on several pair, and, if needed, enlist the assistance of a fitting expert.
If that's not feasible, the following resources will go a long way towards helping you get the best fitting footwear you can find.
A lot of the email I get pertains to finding the perfect pair of shoes to go with a particular outfit.
I get the confusion, because -- unless you wear jeans every day, or tend to wear a lot of black pumps -- choosing shoes that will work well with a variety of outfits can be a little confusing.
And, if you do wear similar types of outfits most of the time, then things can really get overwhelming on the rare occasion when you want to wear something different.
While there aren't any hard and fast rules that you have to live by, there are lots of concepts that will make shoe selection so simple that it will eventually become second-nature.
Get started with the basics by checking out this step-by-step guide to choosing the right shoes for your clothing.
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Do you hate your feet? A lot of people do, and I've heard many of those people say they can't wear sandals or other sexy shoes. And to a degree, I understand what they're saying, because as a general rule, infected toenails, cracked heels, or callouses aren't especially sexy.
But even if you weren't lucky enough to be born with naturally sexy feet, don't despair, that doesn't mean you're confined to life in loafers. The right shoes can go a long way towards making your feet look pretty.
Here are some tips for finding shoes that will flatter your feet, hide your flaws, and make everyone think that you were blessed with Sexy Feet.
I remember very well the first time I heard the name Jimmy Choo. I thought it was the greatest name I'd ever heard for a shoe designer.
"Jimmy Choo Shoes." Are you kidding me? It sounded so perfect I figured it had to be fake.
Well, the fact is, Jimmy Choo's given name actually was Jimmy Chow, but it was left "Choo" after having been misspelled on his birth certificate. Some people get all the breaks ... although, honestly, Jimmy Chow Shoes would have been pretty awesome too, albeit more difficult to say.
Learn more about one of this generation's most influential and talented shoe designers with these fast and fun facts about Jimmy Choo.
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When some people think about rain boots, their minds immediately conjure up images of those yellow or red rubber boots that many of us wore as kids. Or maybe a similar adult version.
And, it's true, those are still among the most popular styles. Some of us really like them. Personally, I've amassed a "mini" collection of them, over the years, myself.
But, vivid (or drab) wellies aren't the only way to keep your feet dry in a storm. There are loads of other options.
For tips on how to choose the best rain boots for your lifestyle, along with a few of my favorite brands, be sure to check out this article on rain boots for women.
Since I published this article a few years ago, it's consistently been on my most popular, which tells me two things: 1) A lot of us want or need a good deal on shoes; and 2) We could use many more bargain retailers.
I'll keep searching for them. In the meantime, be sure to check out the ones I've already rounded up in this article on where to find shoes for less than $20.
Most shoes don't come with an instruction manual. And, why should they? It's all pretty straight-forward, isn't it? Wear them as you wish. Done.
Then there are flip-flops. The most casual of shoes. The shoes that should need directions less than any other shoes imaginable, and they have rules. What?
Well, not rules, really. I mean, they're your shoes. It's your life, do what you want. I'm as casual as they come, but know this: some people are always going to frown upon flip-flops, and just about everyone else will frown upon them at least some of the time.
Here are the basic DOs and DON'Ts of summer's favorite sloppy sandals. And here's a special edition just for men.
I love rain and always have. I even love thunderstorms, as long as they're not too threatening.
I know not everyone feels that way. I sometimes wonder if you can guess how certain adults will react to the rain, based on how well they received rain boots and slickers as children.
Needless to say, I was over the moon at the mere suggestion of a new pair of rain boots, or (be still my heart) a new umbrella. But I'm reasonably certain that not every kid feels that way. Will those rain gear loathing children grow up to dread gray skies?
What I do know is, whether we like the rain or not, dressing for it isn't all that optional.
So, how do you get a kid who hates rain boots to actually wear a pair?
By finding styles they'll love, of course. Here's a round-up of some of the hottest brands in rain boots for kids, along with tips on how to choose the best styles for your own children.
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I know you all love a deal because: A) Who doesn't? and B) You've told me!
So, since I get such fantastic feedback every time I share a sale or a bargain resource with you, I figured why not keep the deals coming your way.
Right now, ASOS.com is offering a 20% off a selection of their own-brand shoes, clothing and accessories for women and men. They already have great prices, and items from bearing their own label are extremely affordable. Plus, they offer free shipping to nearly 200 countries!
I plucked a few of my favorites from the offering, but there's loads more to choose from, so be sure to check the site out while the sale is still running. (Buy Direct)
- ASOS 'Dizzy' Plimsolls on sale for $22.58
- ASOS 'Highland' on sale for $60.20
- ASOS 'Election' on sale for $105.36
- ASOS 'Deadline' on sale for $32.92
- ASOS 'Hop Skip Jump' on sale for $82.78