Everything is Better with a Heel

October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment


Perfect for a little trip, no?


Add a heel, make it better. Ok that may not be true. Some things simply must remain flats: sneakers, bucks, snow boots. Barring these, a heel can add a new spin to a traditional shoe. Sure it can be unsuccessful (there’s quite the discussion over Tommy Hilfiger’s heeled take on the L.L. Bean duck boot) but success can also  be worth the risk. Take these suede heeled loafers by Via Spiga. Granted, I’ll try on just about anything with those 3 words in the description, but these split-toe shoes are adorable. The taupe suede is a perfect go-with-everything shade of cloudy nothingness, bordered with a darker brown/grey piping and leather loafer detail. The interior platform is an added bonus but what I  really enjoy is the fully covered heel. Most suede heels feature a stacked wood heel. The fully covered heel lends a continuity to the shape that I love. Add to that the ‘I’ll look so fetching with your tweed blazers for fall’ loafer styling and I scooped them up without looking back. Nothing wrong with updating a classic, if done in good taste.


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Date of Purchase: Fall 2010

Circumstances: Nordstrom Rack. We have a relatively new location in town, the benefit of which is a relatively clean, uncluttered and well merchandised interior. Just as Nordstrom is known for their shoe selection, as is Nordstrom Rack, the retailer’s discount outlet. Really, the only 2 reasons I go to the Rack are 1. Dresses (I purchased my first DVF wrap dress there for a steal) and 2. Shoes. Obviously. I stopped by after work one day looking for a new fall shoe. Something neutral, with a heel, nothing severe, but higher than a kitten heel. Yes, I know those are back but I just haven’t gotten into it yet. The shoe aisles are tight and packed with merchandise; intimidating to beginners. I, however, am an experienced shopper. I speed-read the aisles resting only onthe most  interesting colors, shapes or details. The color was the hook with this pair. Then the loafer detail. Then the suede. Oh and only one pair in my size. And with that, they waltzed out the door with me.

Compliment Meter: 2. A few compliments, nothing spectacular; they aren’t flashy after all. Shoe confidence level: High. Comfort: The covered hidden platform is the key here. The heel isn’t particularly taxing at only 3.25″ but the interior platform makes them only 2.25″. Immensely walkable. Overall: 8 out of 10.

Worn with: Boyfriend chinos from Rugby, v-neck T, green merino cardigan from J. Crew, brown leather belt.

Thoughts: “Every morning, everybody everywhere has to put on some protective material on their feet, but human beings have turned function into art. It’s a great subject that affects all people, regardless of what they actually think of shoes.” ~Richard Thomas


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