The surprisingly complex world of shoes has dramatically evolved throughout time; like most fashion items, shoes have gone from being no more than a practicality to a statement of fashion, confidence, and wealth. Whilst the first shoes, dating back to the early B.C. years, were built purely as a form of protection from rough, uneven ground, today shoes are deemed as one of the most iconic phenomenon in the fashion industry; if Model Kate Moss was wearing them yesterday, most women will want to be wearing them tomorrow. The fashion-rules by which so many of us religiously abide are in truth sometimes a little strange – Why will some women endure pain as they cram their feet into an ill fitting shoe? The answer of course lies in the fashion industry’s unequivocal influence on society and culture – from every woman’s lust for a designer stiletto, to every girl’s dream of owning Cinderella’s glass slipper, society has dictated that we simply must have an insatiable desire for shoes. Equally remarkable is that most of us today are willing to fall into this, yet popular passion and shell out phenomenal sums of money to satisfy our yearning.
One of the biggest mysteries confronted by man in this day and age is woman’s obsession with shoes. Shoes are of all types and come in high heels, platforms, wedges, pumps, Sandals, Mules and many more...
Choosing The Right Colour Shoes For Your Clothing
Black shoes are extremely versatile, but I believe that the real reason for the popularity of black shoes is that people are afraid of choosing the wrong colour shoes for their clothing.
But take it from me; colorful shoes are a great way to bring colour to your wardrobe. You can wear shoes in colors that you wouldn't dream of wearing near your face.
Here are a few tips on which shoe colours go best with certain clothing colours
Black shoes: nearly anything except pastels and some earth tones -- but even then, if black is repeated elsewhere in the outfit, black shoes can be a dynamic choice.
Brown shoes: shades of tan, brown, beige, orange, greens, and darker earth tones.
Tan/Light Brown shoes: lighter earth tones, blue, beige, lighter tan or white.
Cream/Taupe shoes: whites, light neutrals, and pastels.
White shoes: light neutrals, brights and pastels.
Silver shoes: pastels, as well as with white, black, blues and purples.
Gray shoes: blacks, blues, grays, reds, as well as some purples and yellows.
Gold shoes: greens, reds, browns and they usually look good with black and white as well.
Even less common shoe colors are simple to match to your clothing. If a color is present in your outfit, you can repeat it in your shoes. If the shoe color isn't in your outfit, you can rely on matching "values" (deep with deep, light with light, etc.), and other color theory rules.
Artists use a colour wheel to determine how one colour will work with another. Complementary colours -those that are opposite of each other on the colour wheel will create an bold contrast when paired together, while colors that are next to each other will create a more harmonious look.
Choosing Shoes To Complement Your Clothing
The first step in selecting the best shoes is choosing shoes that complement your clothing, rather than ones that compete with your outfit.
For that reason, I always recommend pairing busier shoes with simple outfits, and wearing simple shoes with clothing that features a lot of prints, embellishments or dynamic accessories. It can be tricky to find shoes that complement your clothing, without dominating or being overpowered by it, but the reality is, it's a simple balancing act.
When you look in the mirror, does one element of your outfit stand out more than the others?
Is your outfit too chaotic? I.e. Are the sequins on your shoes competing with the crystals on your dress?
Do your shoes and clothing blend together too much? I.e. Do your black pants, black turtleneck, and black booties all look like one long body suit?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then the quickest way to pull together a cohesive look is to simply try on another pair of shoes, and ask yourself the questions again.
Selecting The Right Shoes And Clothing For The Occasion
It doesn't matter how pretty they are, how comfortable they feel, or how discounted they were when you bought them, if they don't fit the event, the environment and the occasion, then they are at least temporarily the wrong shoes.
Glitzy evening shoes have no place in the office, and flip-flops aren't generally considered acceptable for a formal event. So how do you know which shoes you should wear?
Well, the simplest approach would be to wear simple loafers or ballet flats for casual events, and classic pumps for anything dressy but that can get a little boring. If you want to play it safe without giving into tedium, go ahead and wear those widely accepted styles but choose a unique color, or a pair that is embellished with a chic buckle or other accent.
If you want to make a more dramatic statement, then by all means, pair stilettos with your jeans, and sandals with your suits but to avoid attracting the wrong kind of attention, you should still stick with shoes that are well suited to your environment.
Think about the day's events and locations. For example, if an outing to the park is on the agenda, then it's probably not a heels kind of day but where you really need to pay attention to which shoes you choose is at work, and at formal events.
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