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03 August 2012

A Shoe Story: Must-Have Shoes and How to Wear Them


                    "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."

                                                                                          -Marilyn Monroe

When I was young, or should I say younger, I thought that stilettos are for upper class women only. I saw them in movies attending parties wearing cocktail dresses and all glammed up with classy jewelry and metallic sandals or pumps. I admire how they carry themselves wearing those shoes. They look oh-so-elegant!

Now, here I am in one of the world's fashion capital - Milan. I know I'm not a fashion guru or a fashion stylist, just a self-proclaimed fashionista haha, but I still want to look stylish whenever I roam around the city.  
But how can I? if I only have 2 sneakers and a red stilettos. I regret not investing in shoes. I admit I am not a shoe-lover and I am a certified 'kuripot' *laugh* I may have a lot of clothes but I can't wear some of them simply because I don't have the right shoes to pair with them. My options are pretty much limited to Brown Pony sneakers, White Converse sneakers and Red stilettos. I can wear them as much as I wanted but hey! It's kinda boring to wear the same shoes over and over again.  :(

So before you get into this horrible situation, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.. Listen to me now. Okay?
  • Invest in high-quality shoes - If you think you can save more from buying a cheap one, think again.

  • Go for nude-colored shoes - They match with nearly everything and you can wear them anytime. They can elongate your legs as well. 
  • Basic Black Pumps - You can wear it from day to night. If you are unsure of what to pair with your outfit, wear this one. 
  • Ballet Flats or Dolly Shoes- If you are not fond of wearing high-heels/pumps (but pls own at least one) invest on ballet flats. These shoes are good for everyday use. You can wear them anytime, anywhere. 
  • Wedge Shoes - Oh! I bet you see them everywhere. You'll definitely look hot and stylish with these shoes, just make sure that it fits your feet perfectly.
  • Metallic High-Heeled Sandals - Wear this shoes for formal occasions such as wedding, anniversary and the likes.  Gold and Silver Metallic Sandals are more wearable than other colors.
  • Boots - Suede or Knee-High boots is a must-have in your winter wardrobe.
  • Sneakers - mainly worn for casual occasions, pair them with simple or printed tee and jeans and you're ready to go. Sneakers are relatively comfortable to wear and can be worn for hours.
  • Red Stilettos - This shoes will add glamour, class and sexiness to your outfit. Believe it or not, it's a girl's MUST-HAVE.

Here are a few tips from on which shoe colors go best with certain clothing colors.
  • Black shoes: nearly anything except pastels and some earth tones -- but even then, if black is repeated elsewhere in the outfit, black shoes can be a dynamic choice.
  • Brown shoes: shades of tan, brown, beige, orange, greens, and darker earth tones.
  • Tan/Light Brown shoes: lighter earth tones, blue, beige, lighter tan or white.
  • Cream/Taupe shoes: whites, light neutrals, and pastels.
  • White shoes: light neutrals, brights, and pastels.
  • Silver shoes: pastels, as well as with white, black, blues and purples.
  • Gray shoes: blacks, blues, grays, reds, as well as some purples and yellows.
  • Gold shoes: greens, reds, browns, and they usually look good with black and white as well.
Even less common shoe colors are simple to match to your clothing. If a color is present in your outfit, you can repeat it in your shoes. If the shoe color isn't in your outfit, you can rely on matching "values" (deep with deep, light with light, etc.), and other color theory rules. 

Whew! It's a lengthy post but it's worth it, right lovelies?  I hope you learn something from this post and from my story. 

'Til then!


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  1. nice tips.. naisip ko lang.. wah ang dami ko ding sapatos.. pero nagtataka naman ako sa sarili ko lagi ako naka-tsinelas... haha ang huggard kase sa pinas.. lol..

    and the beige color shoes.. you just gave me an idea.. so..thanks!! :)

  2. Hello Kamila :)) Thanks for dropping by! Ahaha Minsan kasi pag nasa mood tayo, dun lang talaga tayo nagdadamit ng bongga.

    I'm glad you found this article useful :)

  3. These was amazing and a great collection of sandal and shoes. I like the post it was in real a great sharing.

  4. hey, all these womens shoes are awesome. The heel of the shoe is very much high and I like it all. Thanks for sharing the wonderful collection is lady shoes.

  5. Thank you so much for dropping by! Yup! these shoes are great - stylish and in-moda. :))

  6. You have great style,Pham! A refreshing take on such mainstream outfits in other fashblogs nowadays!
    Also, I love the tips on SHOES! Good job. Learned a lot!

    The Misty Mom

  7. I am a certified shoes addict and I agree to all of your tips :) Nice blog BTW! I'm a new follower

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  8. Those shoes are to die for.
    Thanks for this post.I gained a lot of fashion tips from it.
    SALAMAT :)
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  9. I love the nudes! So classy and yet sophisticated I just followed you blog, please do visit and follow my blog

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  10. Thanks Maria Alyssa! I'm glad you liked my blog :) You can share your own tips here if you like.

  11. Love the shoes you posted!! :) I cant wait to wear heels again after giving birth!!
    Super kamiss!

    The Misty Mom

  12. The red shoes (first pictures) are gorgeous :) wanna follow ?


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