With a brand new season peaking, it totally makes sense that you want to add a few new pairs of shoes to the rotation. And because we fully support that venture, let’s clear up some space for those new guys, ‘k? Whether it’s a trend from years ago you’re emotionally attached to or gorgeous heels that give you the ouches, hear us now: Stop wearing them. That last point is the biggest one, since it’s way too common to meet a woman who’s harboring a shoe that she adores, but hardly ever wears. Whether you made a misstep when purchasing or your foot’s changed slightly, it’s not doing any good sitting in the dark closet (and please don’t suffer through a wearing only to find yourself hobbled by blisters the next day). Donate or sell them—don’t forget that what hurts your foot might feel like Cinderella’s slipper to someone else.
Likewise, if you persist in wearing stilettos that are so sky-high they hinder your gait, ditch them. “Shoes that women can’t walk in need to stop. No matter how beautiful they are, it loses something when it’s impossible to move in,” shoe designer Sarah Flint told us.
The list of no-gos from Shopbop included a few looks that shouldn’t be banned right out, but retired for just a bit. “Wedged sneakers have come and gone. This year, we think our girl will love a platform sneaker instead,” the brand’s footwear buyer Gabriela Barreto told us, also suggesting we take a collective break from the chunky sandals of last year. “Comfort is still key, but it’s time to shift away from the clunky, orthopedic sandals. We’re seeing a ton of slides that are equal parts feminine and easy instead,” added Kate Johanson, Shopbop’s market editor. Both women also piped up to agree with Michael Kors’ statement that rubber flip flops are not meant to be everyday shoes. Unless you’re at the beach, stop wearing them, ok?
An unofficial survey of the Glamour offices turned up pleas to ditch square heels and nude patent leather pumps (the leg-lengthening shoe is always a do, but modernize it by trying a warm leather or suede pair instead). Another good relic to take out of the rotation? Logo’ed flats. Keep the skimmer look, but do it in an understated ballet flat with a round or pointed toe.
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