As someone who wouldn't mind having a shoe rack populated with noting but Bonannos, ballet flats, and boots, sometimes I'm a bit behind on "trendy" shoes. But lately in my shopping and socializing I've been noticing a little bit of this action and am thinking I may have to give it a whirl:
J Crew calls this style "platform heels." I call it a cross between a bootie and a sandal. A sootie? A bandal? Semantics aside, there is nothing like this in my closet, nor has there ever been. It's concerning me these days that certain things are coming back in style that are giving me bad 9th grade flashbacks- khaki cargo skirts and their ilk- but the sootie/bandal appears to be new territory, and I can get on board with that.
I see this Prada pair as being super versatile. You could wear this to the office without eliciting too many strange looks, but they'd also look great with a flirty cocktail dress.
Hello, stud. I love this take-no-prisoners Stuart Weitzman pair.
Banana has a few good spins on this style. The Rumer and the Ramona. And a couple more in the store. In a world where most of J Crew's shoes have crept up to the $200-$300 price point, it's nice to know you can still get a decent quality pair of shoes at Banana for $120 (and usually less with all their sales/coupons).
So how to wear these? I think I'm going to get a black pair that is on the dressier end so I can wear them both for work and for play. At work make sure your skirt or dress is of moderate length (nothing short with these monster heels unless you are in the employ of a gentleman's club). Then for going out, pair them with cropped pants or your favorite dress. They'd also go well with skirts that are less structured and a bit voluminous, like the ones with belted and gathered waistlines we are seeing these days. Like this Banana version:
I love the brown and beige versions of the sandal/booties but think they are more of a stretch to get away with at the office or in dressy settings. Bring them out for a stylish lunch date or happy hour and pair them with your favorite casual knit dress. I recently purchased this knit jersey dress from Banana and think that a pair of high heeled sandals would make it a perfect casual dinner look.
What do you think of this new shoe style? Take it or leave it? At first I was skeptical, but now it's growing on me and I can't wait to try them out. Happy shopping!