Just Say NO to the “Ugly Shoe” Trend

The worst is happening, the thing that we’ve all dreaded, the thing that we never thought would happen, and no I’m not referring to Trump possibly being elected as President, I’m referring to the mass embrace of “ugly!” shoes!  There is no other word to describe it.  Designers, editors, retailers have not only dubbed the “ugly shoe” trend as “in fashion” but have confirmed this trend is not going away any time soon!

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The very fact that ugly shoes could become a trend, is more than just a little bit scary!  Any shoe that isn’t Carrie from Sex in the City approved, should be worn with caution!  Of course when you’re packing for a trip to a dessert or even just a day of hiking, a functional pair of ugly sandals may be essential, but when we have top celebs and fashion influencers praising these ugly sandals and wearing them as part of their daily fashionable ensemble, it’s time to worry!

Research shows that this past Summer, Birkenstocks were the most googled shoe search. However, it’s not just consumers who have embraced this questionable taste in shoes.  The tastemakers themselves, the high-end designers, are featuring some of the most ugly shoes on the runways.

Despite never making it anywhere near any one of my closets, rubber Crocs somehow found their way onto the New York Fashion Week runways!  Sure these shoes have a place in our shoe industry.  For example, if you break your foot and you’re wearing a cast and you need a comfy shoe to easily slip on and off or if you need something to wear in a public shower then hey, these should be your go-to’s!

Crocs at Zappos

Crocs at Zappos

To make matters worse, Velcro Teva shoes were also seen on the runways!  Even if these shoes had sparkles they’d still be questionable, and there’s very few problems that sparkles can’t fix!

LUISAVIAROMA

LUISAVIAROMA

Experimentation in the world of “ugly” shoes stretches even further than Crocs and plastic slip-ons.  Sandal-boot hybrids were deemed the ugliest shoe of all time by Racked and Cosmopolitan.

UGG

UGG

It may seem cliché, but when someone gives you lemons, make lemonade!  Free People did just that with these stylish rugged open toe sandal boots, thereby proving that some of the ugliest trends can be salvaged!  Click to shop other colors!

Free People

Free People

So what is the reason behind this “ugly shoe” trend?  If everyone seems okay embracing shoes that they openly admit are ugly, they must have some other desirable quality: comfort!

Before you jump on the “ugly shoe” bandwagon, consider the alternative: stylish, comfy shoes!

The flat slide-on mule is professional, casual, and chic, and it can be found in many different variations at all your favorite retailers.  Just check out this black and white slide-on mule from Jeffrey Campbell!  Comfy doesn’t HAVE to mean UGLY.

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell

Say NO to ugly shoes before the madness continues!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

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How do you Bootie? Find the Bootie Style Best Suited for You

The world of booties are made up of wild and crazy, understated and elegant, modern and fun, or simple and classy.  Your booties of choice may say more than you think about your sense of style!

  1. Beaded Bliss – These beaded black booties are for those who love dressing up!  A classic black bootie is to bland for you; hopefully these will match the beading/sequins you inevitably have on your clothing or your accessories!
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Rene Caovilla at Gilt

2. Hello crazy wild child – You’re probably the one in your group of friends who gets your colleagues to go out on a Thursday night.  Meaning that you’re also the one they hate on Friday mornings at work.  But at least you’ll be the stylish, adventurous one wearing the snakeskin booties!

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria

3. Go Grunge – You were all over the chunky trend.  Perhaps you have a few plaid shirts hanging in your closet, one or two tight leather miniskirts, and some fishnet stockings.  I’ll have to admit I was pretty excited when the 90’s grunge trend came back!  You’ve probably been preparing for it for a while! Here are your booties!

Zappos

Zappos

4. Hello, simple and classic lady – Your idea of freshening up your wardrobe involves buying a pair of booties that aren’t black.  Your high heel booties are strictly for weekend nights only.  Here are a pair of grey booties to solve your woes.  Don’t worry, you can still afford your classic black booties after buying these; these ones are only $29.99 at Kohls.

Kohls

Kohls

5. Couture Lady – At the other spectrum, we’ve got our designer ladies.  It’s all about the name, the quality, that feeling of butter on your feet.  These simple black booties are just wild enough to be awesome but not too wild to create an uproar!

Moschino at Bloomingdales

Moschino at Bloomingdales

6. Stand Out Fashionista – You and I have the same goals in mind.  Anything that’s weird, funky, unusual, out of place, odd, geometrically intriguing, is our kind of shoe!  Your brand of choice should be United Nude.

United Nude

United Nude

7. Balanced Stylista – You are the practical, versatile, yet not willing to sacrifice your fashion morals type.  These black booties are sexy and beautiful, but could easily take you from work to happy hour to a date or into the weekend!  You’re happy when you’ve scouted a boot that solves all your fashion conundrums.

Isabel Marant at The RealReal

Isabel Marant at The RealReal

Notice something missing from this list? You guessed it: flat booties! Sure, there’s a time and place for flats, but everyone has at least one high heel personality that’s worth interpreting!

Love,

J. Molly

 

 

 

 

Shoes and Booze – Let your Fabi Shoes Determine your Drink

Drinking shoes: how to choose

Drinkig Shoes: how to choose; an infographic brought to you by Fabi

Okay it’s time we consider two of my favorite past times: shopping for shoes and enjoying cocktails with friends!  While I’m definitely rocking a pair of stilettos or wedges at night, some of my casual day hangouts call for a pair of ballerina flats or comfortable, stylish sneakers. Of course, no matter where I go my shoes must be in style!  Seeing as how my closets are overflowing with shoes (and growing each season!), I’m often left with a myriad of options, making my shoe decision a bit tricky at times.

If only deciding which drink to have could be made easier! Oh wait it has been…by Fabi shoes a luxurious Italian brand.  Seeing as how the fall season is upon us, I’m more than ready to go to the bar wearing skinny jeans and this season’s hottest high heel booties!  Looks like the Cosmo will be my drink!

Fall shoe shopping is one of my favorite kinds of shopping because this is when retailers are selling their hottest suede pumps, booties, and sexy knee-high boots.  We all search for the perfect combination of style, comfort, and durability when we buy shoes each season, right? This season I discovered Fabi shoes!

One of my favorites is their black suede over-the-knee stiletto boot that could steal the attention in any room!  When I’m wearing thigh high boots, I want them to be elegant and chic with very tasteful minimal detailing.  A zipper on the sides or in the back, or a small metal embellishment at the heel or toe is the perfect amount of detailing for a boot that is already show-stopping due to it’s mere size and height!

On a more practical note, when I’m wearing skinny jeans or a casual daytime dress, there’s nothing better than pairing them with a hot pair of booties!  Fabi shoes features booties with a thin heel or chunky heel…I love both styles! It all depends on what particular look I’m going for that day!

This season I’ve definitely been inspired by feminine high heel boots with simple detailing or a cool rustic fabric color.  Fabi shoes is right on trend with their elegantly designed, simple and tasteful boots, pumps, and flats!  So next time when you’re deciding on which drink to order, just remember that your style of drink can be just as important as the style of your shoes.  Let your fabulous Fabi shoes guide you towards your tasty drink!

Love,

J. Molly