Layered, Flared, and Snubbed
Occasion: Picking up client items from the tailor, grocery shopping
Dress Code: Casual
Outdoor Temps: 65°F
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: Mackage Mirela leather jacket, Eileen Fisher dolman sleeve cardigan, AG Petite Belle Flare jeans, Oh! Shoes Talia, Raen sunnies, B. Makowsky Rebel crossbody, Express layered necklace.
Historically, I've always been a round-toed shoe gal - I have always been sensitive about the size of my feet, and round toes help 'em feel shorter. Plus, points, used to feel very aggressive to me. But the times, they are a'changing, because all of a sudden flared bottoms seem to be screaming out for angular footwear. I went back and looked at a bunch of S/S 2016 Lookbooks - lo and behold, flares are either shown with pointed toes, chunky clogs, or sandals.
I've added a couple of pointed-toe booties to my collection, and I'm loving the leg-lengthening look of pairing a long-legged flare with pointed toe heels in a similar color. The last time flares were big in my life was in the early 00s, when round toes were the only way to go. The strong angles of points definitely help today's outfits feel distinct from the old ones so that I don't feel stagnant or dated.
Happily, I also discovered that these snub-toe booties, which I originally only viewed as a comfort shoe, is unexpected enough to give me the same modern feel as a pointed toe shoe. I also love that the angle of the toe box suggests a point, keeping the leg line long. This is definitely not a toe shape that was popular in my high school days!
If you're having trouble styling flares without falling into a time warp, try an angular shoe. It could make all the difference in feeling like an awkward teen versus a fashion-forward femme fantastique.