Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Keysocks Bring Fashion and Function

Wearing tights isn't always practical, and sometimes it's not the look you want.

Thanks to Keysocks for the awesome package. 
I love heels with pants, including jeans and dress pants, but depending on the weather, or the fit of the shoe, nylons, knee highs or trouser socks can ruin the look.

Like most great inventions, Keysocks were born of necessity when fashion and function were in conflict. Now a family business, the sisters who make Keysocks have managed to combine fashion and function, and actually make it work.

Recently I received a couple pairs of Keysocks. Knee-high height they are cut out across the top of the foot, making them perfect for wearing with heels, flats or loafers when you need a sock but don't want the look.

You can't see them...
I admit to being skeptical about the fit. I was worried they would shift, come off my toes and bunch up under my foot, or some other thing. Instead they were perfect. I wore them for hours and they stayed in place, were comfortable, and stayed out of sight.

In case you're worried abut the color of you no show socks, the Keysocks come in a variety of different colors and patterns. You can also buy them in packs, which is awesome because one pair really isn't enough. Now that it's getting colder, I know I'll be wearing these quite often. Then I can stay warm and cute at the same time.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fall denim and finding things for new shoes

The weather says its now officially fall (at least in Chicago) and that means its time to bust out the sweaters and boots. It also means its time to shop for new fall clothes, which is good because I was getting really, really tired of my summer clothes.

Gilt has teamed up with People StyleWatch to make fall shopping even easier (and more fashionable) and will have a denim shop open until October 16. 

I know it's not shoes, but what better excuse to buy new boots than a fab pair of new jeans? 

The shop will offer more than 50 styles from top designers, as we'll as the sales only Gilt can bring you. 

Shoppers can browse by:

·         Size
·         Color
·         Cut and more

The sale even features Chicago’s very own Henry & Belle, a heritage denim line that won two awards in People StyleWatch’s denim awards including “Most Slimming” (both Curvy and Tall categories) for their Microflare in “Pure Indigo” and “Super Stretch Straight in Onyx.

I'm in on anything that makes me look skinnier. Plus I just bought new shoes this weekend and need to find those perfect pants to wear them with. 

If you're in Chicago and want more Gilt, tickets to the warehouse sale on October 12 are also available today. I love this sale and always get some amazing deals. It's definitely one not to miss. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wellrox -Substance and Comfort

I make fun of stuff all the time. Some say it’s because I’m a cynic, some say it’s because I’m a bitch. I personally think I’m a realist, and I really don’t look at it as making fun of things, so much as simply telling people what I think.

Making fun of something would imply I’m being mean for sport, or being funny, neither of which are really things I do.

A few months ago I wrote a post all about these really awful sandals called Wellrox, which look kind of like Birkenstocks, but they have thong things that go between all your toes. So if Cuthulu and Birkenstock had a sandal baby and put a flower on it, then it would be these sandals.  Of course I overlooked all the important things about how they’re good for your feet, and correct your gait and blah, blah, blah, and I focused on the aesthetics (or lack thereof).

You can imagine how floored I was when a Wellrox representative reached out to me and said they wanted me to try their sandals, and they were pretty sure it would change my mind.

Always up for a challenge, I accepted, and a few days later I received two pair of Wellrox. One classic pair that was made of leather, had a flower on them, and looked like Birkenstocks, and one Pedi Couture pair, which was leopard print.

I have to admit, getting leopard print anything in the mail is pretty exciting.

I have worn both pair of them a few times now, and have to say, that the little things between each toe are not nearly as bad as I thought they would be. Sure, they’re a little harder to slide on than a traditional flip flop, but they also stay on better. I was also worried about chafing, which is a non-issue due to the material and padding they use. Also, they’re not very big, and the pads form around your toes, so your feet don’t feel all spread apart, which was another fear of mine.

Probably not my best look.
Most often I have worn them to walk the dog, and I have to admit they’re rather comfortable. The first trip out was a bit odd, but as my foot molded into the shoe, they’ve become much more comfortable. I even wore them this weekend while I was gardening. (And by gardening, I mean killing weeds and attempting to keep a couple plants alive).

My mother in law was over and saw the leopard print sandals, and complimented them too. She really liked that they were so soft, though she was weirded out by the multiple toe-thong part. I assured her they’re actually pretty comfortable, and I love that they stay on your feet better than flip flops. Also, when you are actually wearing the shoe, you can’t really see the pieces jammed between each toe, so aesthetically, they look a lot like flip flops.

Wellrox certainly aren’t going to replace my beloved heels any time soon, but they’re pretty perfect for late night dog walks, errands and other nonsense that heels just aren’t practical for. And at least when I wear them I feel like I’m doing something good for my feet, and maybe resetting them back to their natural state after being jammed in heels all the time. It may not fix everything, but I guess it counts for something.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Boots Aren't a Trend

A couple days ago I got into a conversation on Twitter about fall fashion trends, and of course shoes came up.
Classic black ankle boot. 

Apparently the fashion magazines (which I have fallen hopelessly behind on) are saying ankle boots are a big trend for fall. Which is great and all, but I'm pretty sure that ankle boots are a trend every fall. In fact, I'm going to take it a step further and say that in reality, they're not a trend at all, but simply a wardrobe staple. Kind of like pants.

You have pants and skirts, just like you have boots and sandals. Some of them just happen to be ankle boots, which are most appropriately worn when it's not 100 freaking degrees out. So in fall.

This is all a shocking revelation, I'm sure.

It's pretty safe to say if you have ankle boots from last season, they're still good this year. Just like the ones you buy this year will still be good next year. Even if they have studs or buckles, or even fringe,
Miu Miu burgundy perfection.
year after year it's the same kind of thing. Leather, ankle high, varying color and heel height, it's all available, and it's in fashion year after year.

They're also one of the most versatile shoes, and can be worn with anything from skirts and dresses to pants, and even shorts in the late spring.

They may not be the next big trend, but I'll go for classic over trendy any day.

Shop the trend with some of these great finds I put together just for you.