How to choose shoes

Shoes can either make or break an outfit. They can give you confidence. They can help you feel sexy, fun, older, younger, etc. There is a lot of power in a great pair of shoes. By choosing the right pair of shoes you can harness that power. Thus, the following is a look at how to choose shoes, what to consider, and why:

Comfort: If the shoes hurt your feet too bad, no matter how cute they are, you will find yourself not wanting to wear them. This is especially true for girls. Often a cute pair of pointy toe stilletos is to die for, and looks incredible on, but after 3 minutes on your feet you are dying and wishing you had worn flats. So, make sure you get the most out of your shoes by only purchasing shoes that are comfortably enough to wear for a few hours. Sometimes you give up some comfort for style, but if they give you blisters, pinch your feet, or just cause pin, and you won’t wear them as a result, then don’t buy them.

Style: Everyone’s feet are different, and some styles work well for some feet, and not so much for others. The best way to figure out what works for your feet is to go shoe shopping, and try on every style. Then choose things that are stylish, and that fit your personality.

Consider other things: Besides the comfort and style of the shoes, you also have to consider how often you will actually wear them. For example, a pair of bright yellow knee high boots may seem like a fun idea, but unless you have money to burn, they won’t be worth it because for the same price you can get a pair of shoes that will go with several outfits, not just one, and that will work for several occasions.

Function: When choosing shoes, ask yourself if they are functional for your needs. If you are active and will be doing a lot while wearing the shoes, a pair of 3 inch heels may not be the best choice, if you almost always wear skirts, and never wear jeans, tennis shoes may not work for you. So, consider your circumstances, why you are buying the shoes, and how you intend to use them. If you work at a restaurant for example, you need no slip soles.

Quality: The shoes may be cute and fun, but if they won’t last through the first few times you wear them, don’t waste your money. Some shoes have flimsy soles, or poor construction. When choosing shoes, choose shoes that if you love them you really could wear them every day.

Cost: Cost is a big factor in a shoe purchase. You should never buy expensive shoes you do not LOVE. You should also never buy shoes just because they are inexpensive. When shoe shopping, choose shoes as if every shoes was free, and you are looking for what you really want. Then make sure the price is worth the use you will get out of them. If it is, buy them!

Staying trendy without breaking the bank

The following are some tips for staying trendy without breaking the bank:

  1. Buy staples: when you buy clothes make sure the money you spend is not worthless by making sure that the clothes you buy will stay in style. Buy staples first, like jeans, black pants, plain skirts, and solid colored shirts of common materials, a great blazer, trench, and some sweaters.
  2. Longevity: think longevity when buying clothes. You will spend more per item, but less long term because you will buy higher quality clothes. Also think longevity in terms of cut and color, will you like it a few months down the road, or are you impulse shopping?
  3. Base: when you want to be trendy, you start with a base to your outfit. This is like a plain black skirt, or jeans and a t-shirt, and you dress it up from there with accessories. So, make sure you have the right kinds of clothes for starting your base. These are like your staples, and do not have to be super expensive. You can find a great white shirt at Target for under $10.
  4. Fun: part of staying trendy is keeping your clothes fun. So, get the classic cuts and styles, but integrate in some fun colors, bright reds, pinks, greens, and yellows are sure to make even a boring, outdated look more trendy and fun.
  5. Accessorize: the best way to be trendy without breaking the bank is to be trendy not with your clothes as much as with your accessories. Buy the chunk jewelry, the big hobo bags, and the fun colorful headbands, and wear them with the jeans you have had forever, and a plain shirt. No one will notice that your base clothes aren’t as trendy.
  6. Bags: handbags, clutches, wrist-lets, hobos, over the shoulder, satchel, you name it, bags are in, and it is great! Bags are so handy. They hold all of your stuff, and they spice up your outfit and make it look much trendier. So, invest in a collection of bags, and simply wear your staples with a new fun or colorful bag. Bags can be pricey, but you can find good deals, and you will be able to buy less clothes, so you save.
  7. Shoes: make yourself more trendy by wearing the newest line of shoes. Shoes are great for looking in style without breaking the bank. Go to Payless during BOGO and get a couple of pairs. Make sure you have some variety, but never spend money on shoes you won’t wear regularly, or shoes that hurt your feet.
  8. Earrings: this is an accessory, but the style of earrings changes frequently, so choose to buy new earrings instead of whole new outfits.
  9. Buy quality, not quantity: one mistake most girls make is that they buy a bunch of cheaper clothes that are in style now. But, they do not last, they go out of style fast, and what do you have? A whole bunch of out of style, or worn and ragged clothes. So, instead buy a few quality pieces that will stay in style, and add to them with accessories, belts, jewelry, etc.
  10. Trade clothes with friends and bargain shop: you can stay stylish and not break the bank by trading clothes, and looking for great deals. If you update your wardrobe only once or twice a year, get a credit card for the store, and get the 20% off, and then pay it off, cut it up, cancel it, and toss it. You save 20% and you don’t have the temptation to over spend.