Tips on Wearing the Appropriate Shoes for a Specific Occasion

24 09 2012

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These heels may be cute, but should NEVER be worn to a football game.

Y’all know that I’m a woman who appreciates a good heel, but I also know that there’s a time and a place for everything. And just like I would never wear my pretty white loafers to a camping trip, you also wouldn’t find me wearing heels to say walk along the National Mall (for those who have never been to DC, it’s not actually a mall, but is the vast plots of land where you can find many of the historical monuments in the city).

Why? Well for one, the National Mall is filled with grass. Could you imagine walking along in the grass with some stiletto boots? Talk about trying to create a new irrigation plan. Also, it’s just huge. And I don’t care how much you think you’ve broken in your heels – you haven’t broken them in enough to walk from Martin Luther King Jr’s monument to Abraham Lincoln’s monument.

And yet, for some reason, I see misguided women do it all the time. I don’t know if they’re trying to look cute for good ol’ honest Abe or what, but I see them and think “girl, why didn’t anyone tell you this was not the appropriate time and place for those 5 in booties?” Well, because I love you guys so much – I would never leave you out there like that. You may not agree with me on all of these, but you won’t be able to say that no one ever told you.

So without further ado, here are my top 3 tips to consider when deciding what footwear to wear to an occasion:

Think about the surface you’ll be walking on

This should go without saying, but like I said, I see women wearing heels in grass all the time. Sure, everyone can slip up every once in awhile, but for the most part – the first thing you should consider when deciding on footwear is what type of ground you’ll be walking on. Will it be grass or marble floors or brick sidewalks? These are all places that you should try your best not to wear heels to. And in the case of the marble floors, it would be best to wear shoes with some type of grip on them (trust me, I learned the hard way). If you don’t have those, you can buy some sleek grips at your favorite shoe store for less than $5.

Think about the type of event you’re going to

Is this an athletic event? Then why are you wearing heels? Listen, there’s nothing sillier to me than seeing a woman dressed up like she’s going to the club and she’s sitting in the 400 section at the football game. Ma’am, where do you think you’re going with the 5in boots with the fur?? Now, I realize that Beyonce’ and some of the basketball wives wear heels to basketball games, but they’re sitting courtside or in the basketball wives’ section. Unless you’re doing that, please put on some sandals or sneakers so everyone’s not laughing at you while you go sliding down the ramp at the end of the game.

In that same token, you can also make the mistake of not dressing up enough. If you’re going to a fancy ball, you should wear heels. You don’t have to wear 4 1/2 in heels like I would, but you should not have on your favorite ballet flats either. A nice 1 in sling back can work for those who are not quite ready for the sky high heel life.

Think about the look you want to convey

One thing I try to remind my baby sister is that every shoe gives off a distinct impression. So while a gladiator heel with 5 different colors may be awesome for one occasion, it could spell disaster for another. That’s why it’s so important to understand what look you’re going for. Is it confident and sleek? Or maybe edgy and fashionable? Modern and professional? Whatever it is, it’s extremely important to make sure that that shoe gives off that same look. You should never find yourself wearing your favorite orange and pink peep toe pumps to an interview, just like you probably would want to go a little more daring than your classic black NineWest pumps for a fashion show event.

If you remember to consider these three things before choosing your footwear, I promise you’ll find yourself in far less situations where you wish you’d brought a change of shoes. And you won’t have women like me wondering “girl, what happened?”

Are there any other important tips you think I’m missing?

PS: Thanks to some of my amazing readers, Choices, Voices, and Sole was nominated in 4 categories for the Black Weblog Awards. Please take a moment to head over to their page to vote for yours truly in the following categories: Best Writing in a Blog, Best Personal Blog, Best Blog Post Series (for the Shoe Stories) and Best Sex or Relationship Blog. You can vote here –> Black Weblog Awards voting page. Semi-finalist voting ends October 1, 2012.

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