There's a high barrier for women's footwear when it comes to the fashion comfort for dress occasions---imo there's a lot of cute styles but for work situations, they're still a bit too laid back-and not on trend for where we live and where we go.
Lately though-especially when it comes to boots that are now worn ear round- -there's a few labels we cover (Taos, Börn, Korkease)…that manage to bridge that divide. Not for high fashion needs, obvi -or red carpet outings, but still offering selections of shoes we could wear in a lot of settings without cringing from pain. Plus of course, sandals/flats for casual settings.
Interesting -individual retailers and boutiques seem to be the preferred sales source for the collections…though they are available online and at major shoe outlets -on and offline too.
Some of fav looks from Spring-delivering now.
Cut-out laser leather, smoking slippers and boots, influence of street wear worthy sneakers-in wedges and details, classic gladiator flat and a terrific beaded sandal-some highlights.
|Martha Tx $129|
|really like this shade of camo-Conrath-$59 great price point|
|Uleta right $99, Upland -left $119-worn with dressy shorts-skirts-these pass for city sophisticate|
|Paducah $79-beaded uppers in ethnic patterns are trendy for Spring 2014|
|back grommet detail-streetwear sneakers Samsula $179|
|ribbon strap-on a wedge-Bushnell $125|
|OTBT Designer-Maurizio Celine-literally working at FFANY tradeshow where we saw some Spring selections. Here-redesigned a Fall 2014 boot…|
SO right off-we knew we'd be seeing a serious comfort brand-(yup-comfort memory foam... contoured EVA footbeds, midsoles that secure and responsive)…but was pleasantly surprised by the selections of shoes/boots. Noted-we did focus on Fall 2014-a later post-but these Spring looks-give a hint as to what's stylishly ahead …foe casual and dress.
|REVchi snakeskin patterned ballet flat-withsupport-pretty grosgrain ribbon detail $109.99 DriLex® lining for sweat control, memory foam TPE footbed, ground contact EVA-super lightweight---run for mass transit in these slip-ons.|
|Wink $69.99stretch woven upper with heel counter-so cushioning and great fit- could probably play a set of tennis in them. Travel/beach ready|
|Aubrey burnished full grain leather upper cut-out with adjustable buckle ankle strap/round toe-has a retro feel-in Teal $99.99-nice detail-T strap has some stretch for easy on/off-TR outsole has some grip so it's durable, breathable textile/pigskin footbed cover|