After trying many different outfits with flats, I just realised I feel and probably look better wearing heels. And not wanting to be stumbling around with super uncomfortable or high heels, my best compromise is some low-mid height heels. So with it being springtime here in New Zealand, I picked up a couple pairs of sweet and comfortable sandals, and flatform sneakers. The shoes look a bit more middle aged than I used to buy – it used to be all pointed stilettos, but I’m enjoying the chunky heel trend going round at the moment and am taking advantage of it!
Pair number 1: navy suedette sparkly sandals
These sandals (similar from Kmart here) have got the benefits of having minimal-coverage style straps, being in a gorgeous navy ‘suede-look’ fabric that looks more expensive despite being cheap, and a suuuuuper cute sparkly heel and strap feature. The heel is chunky and low and the shoes overall are so comfortable I will go back to them again and again (as opposed to some of my fancier stilettos that I reach for less often). I’ll pop these on under jeans, pop a blazer over a navy camisole and head to work. Or wear them with a cute summer dress I recently bought which is strappy with a frilled v-neck, plus has off-shoulder frilly sleeve things, elastic waist, knee length and beautiful gentle lemon yellow with navy flowers on it.
Pair number 2: low nude minimal heels
The thought process behind these was firstly that I really like the minimal two-strap style, leaving plenty of foot on show. The nude colour doesn’t have the dramatic cut-me-off-at-the-ankle effect because it blends in, so if you have thicker legs like me they’re quite flattering. With the 1.5 inch heel height, these are low enough that they feel essentially flat and all-day-wear comfortable; in the summer, if I have shorts on and going to head to the beach or something, I don’t really want 4″ wedges to be honest because it can look ‘trying too hard’ or making the outfit too smart. The bonus is with these sandals is, I get an extra 1.5 inches leg-lengthening effect whilst barely noticing it. The other point with these is that I can barely imagine an outfit they wouldn’t go with (apart from sports wear maybe) – I know some of my favourite style icons like Kim Kardashian and Shirley Eniang (a Youtuber and blogger) wear nude minimal heels with practically everything and look amazing (theirs are stiletto and 4″ tall however, but mine are the summertime comfy version!).
Pair number 3: Rose-gold flatform sneakers
These are so cute – metallic rose-gold, comfy as anything, and with a fairly subtle 1 1/8 inch boost in height and leg length which I love. I tried these on at home with a pair of black denim shorts, and although 1 and a bit inches is not much, I was pleased to feel a bit slimmer and longer looking, which is great for my short legs! I feel this is an easy and comfortable way of sneaking a ‘low heel’ into your casual wear, and they look great with loads of things – shorts and skirts with a preppy look, or cropped skinny jeans. I’ve included a few snaps of the type of look I’m thinking of below (photo’s not mine by the way).
Pair number 4: grey strappy suedette low heels
I forgot to include these shoes the first time I published this post, because I bought them a few weeks ago, and I’ve worn them at least once a week since I bought them. You’ll have to excuse them being a bit stained as they very easily attract scuffs and dirt – I knew this when I bought them but I’m still sad as I don’t really know what to do once they’re proper dirty – ?shampoo them? Who knows. They were fairly cheap from Glassons so I don’t know how much they’ll withstand 😦
These have been surprisingly comfortable and look better on than in pictures. I tuck my skinny leather jeans into the straps at the top (or kinda bunch up the jeans above the straps) and pair with bright red nail polish. They’re 3″ heels but I can wear them all day without discomfort due to the chunky heel. These can glam up any average casual outfit in a subtle way, and I often find it’s details like this that make the difference. I recently bought matte grey nail polish from Glassons too, and of course the nails have matched the shoes on more than one occasion xD
Anyway that’s my mini shoe-haul – I’ll try create some looks with these low-heels so you can see how they work in real life, but I think I’ll be wearing these all summer.
Speak to you soon xx