As far as I can tell, nothing, and yes, they are casual shoes.
In fact, I'm a self-professed sneaker junky. But more and more lately, I find myself reaching for a pair of casual shoes that look just a tad dressier or a bit more stylish, even when I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Casual Shoes for Putting Your Best Foot Forward
There's an element to sliding on a pair of fashionable casual shoes, like a pair of mules, slides or dressy thongs, that makes me feel a little more "ready" for what the day might bring.
It's the same feeling you get from wearing a chunky silver bracelet, or big hoop earrings... the feeling that life hasn't worn you down, and that even on a lazy day, you've still got a bit of style.
Even if you live in jeans, there are so many great casual shoe options for women, the possibilities are endless -- and the choices can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few guidelines that can help you make your decision for the day's footwear so much simpler.
The Proper Heels
As a general rule, when you're dressing casually, leave the stiletto shoes and overly glitzy footwear at home. Since really high, thin heels tend to dress up any outfit, try a more casual, low or chunky high heel instead.
Ballerina flats, loafers and flat sandals are also a great choices in casual women's shoes, and look fantastic with jeans or casual pants, as do most styles of boots.
To help decide which heel is appropriate for the day's attire, there are a few things to keep in mind.
- With a longer pant leg opt for a bit of a heel, even if it's a low one. Letting the hem of your pants drag the floor goes beyond "casual" and can become sloppy.
- Average length and slightly shorter pants can also take a bit of a heel, but if they're really on the short side (the hem is hitting or above the top back of the shoe), skip the heel completely and opt for a flat, like a classy loafer, dainty thong, or a feminine skimmer.
The whole point to "going casual" is to be comfortable and stress-free. Stay true to your own personal fashion sense, but don't be afraid to try something new.