Whoever came up with the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” clearly did not have a grasp of the lasting and unconditional love that’s possible between a woman and her shoes. And even if you don’t have Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe closet from Sex & the City, you can still treat your tootsies to these 5 types of stylish shoes that will protect them from wet and wild fall and winter weather. Wild calf boots are offering good looks and are comfy.
Traditionally made entirely from wood and worn by miners and factory workers in the Netherlands, clogs have evolved into an everyday staple of modern footwear, usually with the tops made out of more flexible, comfortable, waterproof leather that still protects the feet from falling objects and inclement weather. Clogs are super supportive and are thus particularly popular among people who must be on their feet for long periods of time, such as retail and restaurant employees, nurses, and factory workers.
Clogs can be paired with just about anything; bootcut jeans, leather pants, overalls, or pants suits are all perfect complements to the clog.
Cultured Curves Fave: Papillio Women’s Fanny Wedge Clog from Famous Footwear
Loafers have come a loooong way from your grandfather’s decrepit slipper-like shoes that your grandmother was always begging him to get rid of. They have become synonymous with classic fashion and are usually best worn with blazers and suits but can also be paired with jeans, as long as they are not too long or baggy, and can be worn with or without socks.
Cultured Curves Fave: Circus by Sam Edelman Women’s Deana Lug Sole Bit Loafers at Macy’s
Who said sneakers were just for teenagers?! Sneakers are the most cross-generational kind of footwear and can be worn by anyone, whether they’re 8 years old or 80. Styles range from casual (Converse, Vans) to sport (Nike, Reebok) to luxury/designer (Tom Ford, Givenchy, and even Christian Louboutin) and can cost anywhere between $20 and thousands of dollars.
When deciding which sneakers to buy, make sure they fit with your current wardrobe; don’t jump on every trend if it doesn’t suit your style. Also, be mindful of situational appropriateness; sneakers are not a replacement for dress shoes and you’ll likely get thrown out of your daughter’s wedding if you show up in them on her big day.
Cultured Curves Fave: Cloud Monochrome Sneaker from Nordstrom
Comfort seekers will easily fall in love with mules; close-toed, backless flats that are easy to slip on and off, not to be confused with slides, which are also backless but are open-toed and usually worn to more casual functions than mules.
Often made of leather, felt, or suede, mules can be worn with midi or mini skirts for a feminine look or with cropped or folded jeans for a more casual, edgy vibe. Make sure mules are never hidden, though, because they give your legs and ankles a longer, slimmer look.
Cultured Curves Fave: White Mountain Bayhill Mule from Famous Footwear
Of course, what would winter fashion be without wild calf boots?! Boots are no longer just for wintertime trudging through snow or hiking up Mount Everest; they’re the perfect way to give your outfit that bit of edge and are available in 4 main shaft heights (the distance from the bottom of the foot to the top of the boot): ankle/booties, mid-calf, knee-high, and over-the-knee, as well as a variety of heel heights.
When trying on boots, it’s very important to take into consideration not only the shaft and heel heights but the circumference of both the ankle and the calf. Wide calf boots are especially popular for curvy girls, as Pamela Gross Ammeter of Boots By Pamela Wide Calf Boots has discovered. “Wide calf boots are the ‘icing on the cake’, so to speak.” she states. “They complete that fabulous outfit. Whether it’s a casual shopping day with friends wearing a flat riding boot or an evening out with someone special with a sexy over-the-knee boot! Unlike most ‘wide-calf’ boot companies, I will never add strips or elastic goring, nor will I use elastic goring panels or stretchy elastic fabric. Boots By Pamela Wide Calf Boots …finally, boots that fit!!”
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Cultured Curves Fave: Meghan wide calf boots from Boots by Pamela
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