What shoes would you wear with this dress?

Sueb20August 13, 2014

Yesterday I was shopping with two good friends and found this dress. I tried it on and they both went nuts over it and said it was PERFECT for my upcoming birthday party. Actually about 4-5 other ladies who were shopping also got involved and said it looked great and one even said "it matches your lips!" Okay...so of course I bought it.

The party won't be super fancy or anything, but we will have a DJ and dancing (lots of 80s music!). So I need shoes to be comfortable enough for dancing but I'm short so I can't do flats. I need at least a 1" heel or 2" (but not super high or skinny heel). The party is mid Sept., which is usually pretty warm around here so I think sandals are appropriate still. Any suggestions? What color?

I have never worn a pink dress in my life!

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arcy_gw

Embrace your height, wear flats. DD #2 has this dress in yellow. She added a black sash,black lacy earings black flats.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:14AM
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kitschyKitch

Cute dress!

I find wedges comfy in almost any height. Since you won't be able to match the color, and you want to stay summery, I would consider something espadrille-y or gold or a combo of the two, like these.

My DD actually got them to wear to a dance, even though she is the tallest girl in her class already. I wasn't crazy about the heel height but hey, she's a really good kid.

I would do a Zappos search and have them send you a few pair; love their search functionality.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:24AM
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joaniepoanie

I would do a nude sandal....or gold or silver if you want some sparkle.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:46AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Very cute dress! Pink looks great on everybody; I should have more of it in my wardrobe. I can see a sling back shoe (low heel), wedge, or dressy sandal. A neutral tone....bone, taupe, gold (metallic), etc., will make your legs appear longer.

I'd absolutely wear a heel of around two inches or less with this dress and you'll be able to be comfy all night long....have a fabulous time.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:11AM
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ellendi

I can't see a link for the dress!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:38AM
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kswl2

I dislike heels but usually gravitate towards a low kitten heel for dressy occasions. I also like the idea of lower heel gold sandals. (Wedge heels look very casual to me.)

The dress is beautiful, both the style and color! Pink is perfect!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:55AM
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tinam61

I don't do flats either. A heel (as long as it's not a high, skinny heel) is more comfortable to me. A bit of heel will also look better. I like the metalic idea or nude. Black would work too - depending on your accessories.

I have a tendency to turn my foot/ankle in wedges so I wouldn't want them for dancing, but that's me. I would do a sandal with a chunky heel. Here, I'm usually able to wear sandals well into October. I don't wear white or summery looking ones, more black, brown, or even backless shoes, etc. but for as long as I can! LOL

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:25AM
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MagdalenaLee

My first thought was wedges. Easy to stand and move around in. The wedges Kitch posted are perfect. Very pretty dress!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:39AM
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springroz

Oh, that is SO pretty!! I would look for a nude low pump (like a Ferragamo).

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 11:30AM
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ellendi

Low heel if you want to dance. What brands do you usually wear? I like the idea of a nude color but even a strappy black sandal would be cute.

I wouldn't do metallic. The dress gives of a formalish vibe so I would try for a more casual shoe to dress it down.

I can see how that style would be perfect for you. I like pink and have to remind myself to not buy more pink!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 12:18PM
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tinam61

Ellendi - my closet is full of pink and turquoise! My favorite colors. LOL

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 3:35PM
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gsciencechick

Sandals with kitten heels would be my choice. Also, you could do slingbacks in September. I would go with either black or nude.

Nice dress!

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 5:40PM
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Olychick

might be too summery? pink might be off? I think they'd look great for dressing down the dress and worth the risk to try the color

MICHAEL Michael Kors
'Hamilton' Thong Sandal $98 Nordstrom
pink and salmon? (altho I think the pink is likely off)

kate spade new york
'sage' pump
$298.00 Nordstrom

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:52PM
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Sueb20

Okay, I read somewhere that women with heavy legs shouldn't wear kitten heels. My calves aren't enormous and I don't have cankles (ha) but I do have a chunky lower half (pear shape).

I may have a pair or two of black heels at home that I can wear (at our beach cottage this week). Will need to try them on. I have been poking around online and can't find any nude or nude-ish sandals that I like. Why do so many nude sandals have black or dark brown bottoms/heels? Looks odd to me. If I want nude, I want nude, not a black heel.

I was thinking maybe a subtle gold might act almost as a nude, too.

Just need to find the right one!

I think IRL the dress looks less formal than in the pic. The pic makes it look like it has a bit of a sheen, which it doesn't. It also looks short...but it goes just to my knee.

I wear dressy shoes about twice a year, at least once in the winter, so my typical go-to summer sandals are chunky and casual -- I love Joseph Seibel sandals that have about a 1-1/2" chunky heel. They just fit my foot really well. But they're far too casual for this.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:58PM
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Sueb20

Ooh those Kate Spade shoes are adorable but I think I would fall on my face.

These are cute?

Here is a link that might be useful: Silvery but not too...

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:08PM
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Sueb20

Oh, these look comfortable to me, yet fairly dressy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Another option

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:22PM
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Sueb20

Or these!

Here is a link that might be useful: Shiny

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:40PM
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kswl2

I love the second ones you linked as another option. But I would make sure you can dance without them coming off. I think they'd look great with the dress and strike just the right balance between casual/comfortable and dressy.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:41PM
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terriks

The Bandolinos look too casual to me. I like the other two better. The Annie Lancasters are nice, and I could see wearing them with something dressy in the winter also, not so with the slide sandals.

This post was edited by terriks on Wed, Aug 13, 14 at 22:53

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 10:46PM
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Faron79

Can't believe I looked for a minute for a shoe for ya Sue!

But...If I saw a Woman with that dress, & these shoes...I'd probably look at her a dozen or two times...;-)

Faron

Here is a link that might be useful: JC Silver idea for you SB...:-)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 11:08PM
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merrygardener

Personally, I think all shoes should have the comfort of tennis shoes, so I'd go,with these Dansco beauties!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:17AM
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MagdalenaLee

I apologize in advance if this is bad form, but I assume you are looking for honest opinions. All of those shoes you linked to look, well, old lady.

The first pair are the least offensive. However, the styling reads either old lady or little girl. I think the heel is too wide.

The second pair (Anne Klein Olavio) have nice straps but the heel is just too old fashioned.

The last pair (Bandolino Goldenkey) just look like grandma's house shoes.

Based on the style you seem to be going for, I think something along the lines of these shoes is much more stylish, befitting a fun vibrant woman:

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:05AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Agree with Magdelena, those are some serious old lady shoes.

What about something trendy (i.e. youthful?) I love a lot - not all!- of the caged shoe look.
Here's a low key, barely cage, in a wedge that looks easy enough to wear.

Here is a link that might be useful: shoe Nordstrom

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:20AM
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sas95

I like the Kate Spade pumps that Olychick linked to, but I am a sucker for pumps. I wear them with everything.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:25AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Or this at shoe buy.
While Farons shoe choice is lovely, it's not wearable or affordable.

Here is a link that might be useful: shoe

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:36AM
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MagdalenaLee

Bumble, those are very cute shoes but I think all wrong for Sue since she said she is short with thick calves. Those shoes have too much of a severe cut at the ankle which would make her legs look too short, especially with a dress that hits at the knee. They need to be worn with a short skirt.

Sue, I really think you should try some wedges. Maybe even platform wedges. You can get more height (which will elongate your legs) with a wedge without feeling unstable like you would in a pump.

Something like these:

Here is a link that might be useful: epernay sandals

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:59AM
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tinam61

I don't like the caged shoes at all. I do like the first pic Magdalena showed. Not sure about that last one - would have to see it on.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:10AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Well, I love those too, mag! I think she might think they are too funky or high but I think they would be great! Perfect!

It is really hard finding a low heel that looks like a heel :-( and is easy to walk in and not old lady. I do that all the time because I'm 6' but if I were short I would be a serious shoeaholic.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:11AM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I think you need to find something between the Bandolino mules, which make me think of Florida Mah Jhong (sp?) ladies in robes by the pool, and Faron's TMDFM number. (Faron, we need to be ambulatory please.)

I like heels, but I wear only wedges because I find them to be comfy and stable. I think we need to find out how you feel about wedges? They are a bit clunky to dance in, because it's a lot of mass for your foot. But the Epernays above are really pretty and would be very flattering.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:29AM
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Sueb20

I have never tried on a wedge! But I will try them. Obviously I am hopeless about dress shoes. Like I said, not much call for them in my casual life! I have worn the same pair of black pumps to DH's office holiday party for about 5 years, maybe more. Sad.

Faron, if I were going to just sit in a chair all night, maybe I could wear those shoes. :)

As many of you have pointed out, the real key is going to be whether I can walk and dance in whatever I get. I may also bring a pair of fun, glittery flip flops in case I need to take off the "real" shoes at 10:00!

Thanks for the reality check on the old lady shoes. I actually like both of the shoes you posted, Magdalena, even though the platforms seem really high!

I'm going to fill a Zappos cart with several pairs of shoes and see what happens...I'm trying to do this early so I can at least wear my chosen shoes around the house for a few weeks to break them in!

Also, if it matters, I think I have borderline-wide feet. I don't wear a wide width, but sometimes when I try on delicate, strappy sandals, my foot looks too wide in them.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:15AM
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Sueb20

PS thoughts re a nude shoe vs a black shoe? I was thinking black may give a bit of "edginess" to a pretty/cutesy dress that would be more in line with my usual style. (Which entails a fair amount of black.) Not that I'm so edgy and cool, but I do think I am today because yesterday, I got a tattoo. LOL.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:22AM
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Sueb20

Following are pics of some black shoes I put in my Zappos cart (haven't checked out yet, so open to deletion!) last night.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:25AM
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Sueb20

Maybe too casual even though they have a bit of shine?

If you can't tell in the blurry photo above, those shoes have rhinestones on the center strap,

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:26AM
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Sueb20

These look super comfortable. From Naot, which I think is known for comfort? Their sandals usually are more chunky.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:27AM
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Sueb20

These?

Here is a link that might be useful: Sling backs

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:34AM
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jterrilynn

Since you mentioned dancing how about looking into ballroom dancing shoes? Your feet should be happy on this day. There are all different heel lengths and colors.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:43AM
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Sueb20

Did not even know there was such a thing! Will look...

These are so over the top and probably not the best option for my leg shape, but these would make me smile every time I looked down.

Betsey Johnson also has a very sparkly flat flip-flop that could be my emergency late night option.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:54AM
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jterrilynn

Or, if you want to get real jiggy with it paint those toenails pink and slip into these ballroom shoes. These are on clearance for 24 bucks so who cares if you wear them again.

http://www.lightinthebox.com/pretty-customized-women-s-satin-upper-dance-shoes_p843742.html

Here is a link that might be useful: Sale dance shoes

This post was edited by jterrilynn on Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 12:32

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:29PM
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vedazu

Black patent something--iike the Kate Spade

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:38PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Before you clog up the roadways with Zappos trucks, Id narrow down a style. And the style will depend on finding the sexiest shoe that you can still walk and dance in, yes? I think you should go to a good shoe department and try on a ton of different shoes. ONES YOU DON"T NORMALLY TRY, TOO.

Then, when you know the style that works for your foot/leg/comfort, I'd go back to Zappos and put it in the search function, have them send you a bunch, and figure it out from there.

As a category, I'd avoid black. It will still be summery, you want to be casual, and a color closer to your skin color IS flattering.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:38PM
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MagdalenaLee

Also, if it matters, I think I have borderline-wide feet. I don't wear a wide width, but sometimes when I try on delicate, strappy sandals, my foot looks too wide in them.

Yes it does matter. Another reason to wear a chunky, wedge - they minimize wide feet. Here's some great info about matching shoe style to body type:

https://suite.io/gill-hart/k5t2qc

You could go with black, but I really think a nude/light colored shoe would elongate your legs. I'm thinking you should just head over to Nordstroms and try on everything in sight.

Now, these babies would work perfectly for an edgy tattied up chic! Yes, I'm serious!! Coming from a fellow tattie!

Here is a link that might be useful: Steven Genesis

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:43PM
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sas95

Yes, I'd go for black patent, too.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:44PM
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mtnrdredux_gw

Magdalena and I are totally on the same wave length!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 12:56PM
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Sueb20

This is fun.

How about these? Black patent.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:44PM
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jterrilynn

Sue, what is your age group? That might be helpful. If you are young you could get away with a high/heavy chunky wedge but IMO past the upper late forties it looks silly. Not silly in a 2â to 2â ü wedge or less.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 1:45PM
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MagdalenaLee

I don't know Sue, those just look so ordinary.

Jterri, I have to disagree with you. And so would Nina Garcia!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:14PM
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jterrilynn

Mag, it's not the looks so much (although I don't love) as watching most women that age and past try to walk in them nicely. Often times one looks more like they are doing an old stuffed geisha shuffle. Or in some cases it seems as though they have an extra emergency shoe stored in their rectum. Sometimes it's painful to watch.

This post was edited by jterrilynn on Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 14:44

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:34PM
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Sueb20
  1. Which is the new 30. Right??

LOL, emergency shoe stored in your rectum. LMAO. That is NOT the look I'm going for.

When my mother turned 50, I think she was wearing double knit polyester pants with sneakers. And nude knee-highs.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:51PM
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outsideplaying_gw

I hadn't weighed in yet, but Magdalena and I are also on the same page here. She finally said it - the nude or gold-colored shoes will elongate your legs more than the black ones. Also, nude or a light color are pretty much worn year-round now and complement a red or pink dress such as the one you've picked out (which I really like, Sue). My DD is short too and has a similar problem. She has shoes very similar to the ones just shown on the model Mag just posted, and they are very flattering. She also has a shoe similar to the last black patent one you posted (Cole Haan I think) and she loves those but I don't think those are as good for the dress. I agree with Mtn - go to the store and try on some of these similar styles before you order from Zappos and get an idea what you might like. Heck, you might even find 1 or 2 worth bringing home to try with the dress. I can't see you dancing in anything that would be very open in the back. That could only cause problems IMO. Great idea to take a pair of cute flip-flops or comfy flats to put on when you can't stand those new shoes any longer.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 2:51PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Wedge shoes are not for dancing period you have no foot flexibility.
I agree with the ballroom dance shoes, they come in a range of styles and colors all of them great for dancing and also comfortable to wear.
There's some great prices here, these black and sparkling dance shoes would be a good choice. But many options there.

Here is a link that might be useful: dance shoes

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:23PM
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jterrilynn

My favorite shoe so far is Mag's shoe at 9:05. You can get flexible dance shoes that look like that and for less.

This post was edited by jterrilynn on Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 15:29

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:26PM
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deee_gw

Take a look at the Cole Haan air tali wedge. Looks a bit like a ballet flat from the front but has a small heel to add some leg length. Comes in lots of colors and models. Different kinds of heels, toes, spectator style, etc. Nordstrom has a nude peep toe, Zappos carries them as well.

Just discovered a zebra pair too. They could look ridiculous or they could look spectacular.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-air-tali-wedge-pump-women/3778977?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0amp;fashionColor=&resultback=800&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_3_B

Here is a link that might be useful: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cole-haan-air-tali-wedge/3611212?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0amp;fashionColor=SANDSTONE+PATENT&resultback=766&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-1_4_D

This post was edited by deee on Thu, Aug 14, 14 at 15:36

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 3:28PM
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deee_gw

I love all the different style preferences in this thread. Some people are looking at suggested shoes and saying, "Oh, those are beautiful". Other people are looking at the same shoe and saying. "NO!".

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 4:00PM
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jterrilynn

Just so you don't think I'm just picking on us gals over 50 and extra high shoes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Funniest falls

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:29PM
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terriks

I really don't think age has anything to do with how graceful one looks when wearing high heels. Practice and experience do. I have seen plenty of young women who can't walk in them and look very awkward.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 7:16PM
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jterrilynn

Terriks, did you watch the young models in the vid above? I canâÂÂt imagine how embarrassed they must have been. Still, kinda funny!
Well my legs are still good enough to wear a mini skirt...but at 54 I wouldn't.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 8:11PM
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tinam61

I love those floral dance shoes!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:53PM
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terriks

I'm almost 57 and wear heels and short skirts on occasion. I think that my legs are one of my best features, and I intend on letting them show as long as I can!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:48PM
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jterrilynn

Ok prove me wrong.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:34PM
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Sueb20

Just because I won't have time to actually shop IRL for a while (dropping DS off at college next week, sob) I just ordered about 6 pairs of shoes from Zappos, some black, some silver, some nude, and will see what looks good. They should be here on Mon.

I will report back...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 2:36PM
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dees_1

Shoes? Shoes? GAH!! I love shoes!!! You all don't know me from Adam but I'm about the same age as Sue. Here's what I would wear. Flat with a very slight wedge heel and some shine. The zip back makes them easy to put on.

They're on sale with limited sizes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Macys - Alfani Haley Sandals

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 2:55PM
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