Friday, January 22, 2010

Fashion Tip Friday: I have issues

I have issues. See? I'm admitting it. Fair and square. 
I already know, so you don't have to email me saying, "Hey, you have issues."

One of my many issues is with black shoes and brown heels.
To me, if you're going to make a black shoe, it would just be assumed the heel would be black, too.

To me, a black heel on a black shoe looks more polished.
More pulled together.
More this-is-the-way-it-should-be.

Recently I was on the hunt for the perfect black heels. (Which I found but also did not find. That's another post for another time.)
I noticed that so many of them had brown heels. What the heck, people?

Well... wait... I'm also fine with a red heel... or silver... or pretty much any other color than brown.
I'm just not much for the brown heel on the black shoe. Or even a natural-colored heel.

Yes, I'm sure the designers have better ideas than I do.
(I already told you, I realize I have issues.)
But, if I'm going to buy a black shoe, I want a black shoe. Not a black shoe with a brown heel.
Am I alone on this?
Anyone else with me?
Or maybe it doesn't even occur to you.

Case in point:

Take these lovely Kenneth Coles. Isn't the design fab? The wide ankle strap mimicking a double band. Yummy. Except they gave it a stacked brown wooden heel! What the heck?

See? These are a dressy, patent shoe. And they would look 100% better if the heel went with the rest of the shoe. But it doesn't.

I even have this issue when it comes to espadrilles, which I know are supposed to have that natural, rattan-woven-ish look on the heel. But it just looks odd to me when it's a black shoe!!!

Like these Juicy's:

And it extends to wedges, too. I love the shape of this Seychelles wedge:

But I wouldn't ever wear them.

I have a pair of black cross-strap wedges in my closet right now with a woven platform...
and I haven't brought myself to wear them yet.
($2 at Goodwill. What's my deal?)

But, when I really have the issue is when the entire shoe is closed. I just think a closed-toe, closed-heel black shoe should not have brown (unless it's worked into the design of the shoe itself and is obviously supposed to be that way).

See? Isn't this next one MUCH, much better? Do you see my point?

Okay, so it's hard to ever see anything wrong with that Dolce Vita style. But, see the difference the black heel makes versus the brown heel? I'm not THAT nuts! (Only slightly nuts.)

On this next one, brown is part of the color design of the shoe, so I'm fine with it. Maybe just because the checker-board pattern looks really cool. Or maybe just because I'm potentially, as we've already established, nuts. (slightly)

Maybe it's because I seem to often notice the brown-heel-on-black-shoe thing in cheaper-brands. But, the first four examples aren't what I would call "cheaper." They're definitely more middle-of-the-road... or higher-middle-of-the-road. (I would consider Type Z lower-middle-of-the-road. Don't ask me why. I don't actually own a pair.)
A lot of times I'll see it on MaddenGirl, which is a lower-end version of Steve Madden.
Or I'll see it on shoes at Ross that you know were sent there because they weren't quite first rate.
(Side note: I don't see it as often on shoes at TJ Maxx. Hmmm...)
So, maybe it feels to me like the designer is trying to cut corners and get it past the buyer.

Or maybe it's just that I have issues.

Am I alone in this?

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