Kimberly Gomez

A shoe is a terrible thing to waste

Kimberly Gomez taks a look at shoe choices for every situation.

By - Aug 11th, 2012 04:00 am

I have a love affair with shoes. There are so many different shapes, heights and styles to enjoy. There is such a wide range of prices, allowing everyone to find a pair that fits their budget, making it easy to enjoy a variety in your wardrobe. You can enjoy sandals in the summer and cozy boots in the winter. And except for maybe pregnancy or major, major weight gain or loss, your shoes will always fit you-your feet don’t change size.

A couple weeks ago, the guys had their time in the shoe limelight, so with all of the above reasons to own fabulous shoes, I’m going to focus on the ladies. Oh yeah, it’s all about you my feminine friend! Quite a few of my clients, no matter what level their income, get different styles of shoes confused with the situation or event to wear them to. Let’s have some fun with putting different types of shoes together with events. (Note: if you have foot issues, your choices might be limited, but there are still many options for stylish shoes.)

First, the professional world. There are many different industries, cultures and job positions to consider when it comes to determining the best shoes for you. Obviously, a tradesperson won’t wear the same shoe as a banker. Since you don’t have time to read a thesis, I’m going to keep this short and talk about the corporate world, focusing on office jobs. If you work in a more conservative environment, you may or may not be allowed to show your toes via peep toes or sandals.

My suggestion is to start or add to your shoe wardrobe with a pair of nude (based on your skin tone) pumps. Nude pumps go with absolutely every color because they’re a neutral and are seen as an extension of your leg, so your legs look longer. Since you will probably be wearing these often, plan to buy a quality pair, which means spending a bit more money. The pair below is a platform so the heel height is lessened. The bow adds a bit of whimsy.

If you work in a casual environment, you can get away with lots of different kinds of shoes so my suggestion with this hot weather is a fun, bright pair of sandals. I chose a pair of wedges from Kohl’s. Wedges are usually more comfortable than regular heels because they give your foot more support. When you buy a fun pair like this, you’re not going to have them for 10 years, so you can spend less on them. At this time of year, you should be able to find great deals on sandals.


Even though I know you absolutely love your job and can’t wait to spend the majority of your life there, you probably look forward to your personal time as well. Do you love the weekends as much as I do? Even though it’s the weekend, you still want to look put together. You never know who you may run into. Note: athletic shoes are for just that, athletics/working out. That being said, I chose a plaid canvas flat that will go with most of the colors in your wardrobe. You can wear them for many casual weekend activities. For going out with the girls, unless it’s an outdoor activity, choose something more refined. You probably won’t wear them more than a couple of seasons so I chose a very affordable pair.

Lastly, let’s talk about dressy events like weddings or charity get togethers. I’m going to assume that you don’t wear extremely high heels, so we’ll focus on a more moderate height heel. This is the time to show your personality and have fun. I found an attractive vegan-patterned peep toe pump. Whether you only wear non-animal related outfits or not, these shoes will bring admiring glances.

With so many choices, have fun with your shoe selection and don’t waste any chance to wear a fabulous pair of shoes.

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