Q&A: Shoes

Kay* asks: what would you say is the value of your entire shoe collection? i think carrie’s (SATC) was in the ball park of $30,000 but i’m betting you rival that!

Oh man! I wish I had that many shoes but I don’t think I’m even close. I have a lot of shoes, but not enough to make $30,000! Let’s just say I know it’s over $1,000. 🙂

and what is the one pair of shoes that you own that you could not do without!

My Jimmy Choo suede boots. Although they are suede, they lasted really well through last winter but I do have to note that J drops me off and picks me up at work every day so the amount I have to walk outside is minimal. I am looking forward to bringing them out again soon. They look really great over jeans or with a dress. When you buy suede boots, spray immediately with a suede protector and get the soles resoled! When I’m not wearing them I store them in the shoe bags that they came with.

No picture right now but I’m sure you’ll see them in a lookbook later on.

(Kay* has a 3rd question but will be answered on another post!)

Ro asks: What are your top recommendations for stylish but (reasonably) comfy black pumps? I know you get lots of shoe questions, but you are the queen of shoes!!

I just answered this question last week but since I was doing high end shoes, here are my picks for black pumps under $150. I only chose these brands because I’ve actually bought their shoes before and I think quality and comfort wise they are all about the same. Although, I’ve never owned Aldo pumps before but I am loving the covered platform ones here. I might actually have to go get those!

Dolce Vita always makes great shoes and I love how high these are. The Report Signature ones are not classic pumps per se, but underneath pants they will look like they are. Plus, you can wear them another day with a dress and tights and nobody will know they are the same shoes!

While we’re on the topic of shoes, I’ve also had questions about how to make your nice shoes last so here are my tips:

Rotate your shoes. Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row. If you have worn them for a long period of time the day before, they need time to breathe and reshape. If you don’t let them “rest” they will get worn out and stretched out much faster. I rarely wear the same shoes in the same week!

If you find that your toes keep slipping to the front because the heel is too high, I highly recommend Foot Petals. Another problem I have is buying shoes a size too big either because they ran out of my size or they never stocked them in my size so to help give me some padding I’ll use either Foot Petals or a Dr. Scholls For Her insole.

I’ve mentioned resoling my shoes and there was a question of where on the sole to get them resoled and it should just be in the front of the sole. No need to resole the entire sole. I go shopping in my heels in the awful sidewalks of Seattle so the heel taps of my stilettos wear out quite easily. Watch out for them before you start walking on the nail in the heel. Get them replaced at Nordstrom or at a shoe repair store. They cost like $5 and when you get them back you feel like you got a new pair of shoes back!

If your leather shoes are looking a bit dull, get an instant shoe shine sponge. I bought mine from Nordstrom and it is so easy and really helps your shoes look newer. I can’t find mine online but the brand name is Synovia. It works great for men’s shoes as well. I bought it for me but J uses it just as much!

If you also live in a city full of holes and cracks in the sidewalk you will know what I mean when I say that you can frequently “fall” in these small holes that like to trap your stillettos. My advice to you is don’t have an immediate reaction to pull your foot out. That will completely ruin the leather on the heel or scratch the heel. You have to stop, straighten your foot and pull it out slowly so as not to scratch the sides. J has witnessed me do this and he was fully impressed. He was saying he could tell that I had experience in this as I had quite a technique. And yes, living and working in downtown Seattle for the past 5 years has taught me how to overcome all obstacles in the road.

I think I covered most of my shoe tips. If you have another tip, leave it in the comments!

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  • Savvy Mode SG
    November 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    great advice tiffany. 30 k for sheos. i know a few gals with about that amount. actually that is not really a good thing uh.

  • ro
    November 7, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    You are so awesome Tiffany!! Thanks for the answers! I know I’m late to the party, but I hope you’re having the best time at your wedding. Come home with lots of pictures!

  • Donkey
    November 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I like the Ashlea pumps, but I always try to wear something lower than that.

  • Rachel
    November 9, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Great advice. I hate when my heel gets stuck!