After several years of being slightly unsure as to whether I could sport anything beyond moderately sexy business shoes like Banana Republic black alligator cutouts or mahogany woven Cole Haan pumps while working in one of New York’s most uberconservative Midtown buildings, I’ve really been enjoying the fresh recent attitude toward what’s business appropriate below the ankles.
Sex and the City might have kickstarted the new attitude toward career dress, but in the opening credits of the irresistibly fun show Lipstick Jungle, the characters are represented by their shoes as they prance to work – if that doesn’t signal the arrival of the shoe as the ultimate signature piece for a female mover and shaker, what does?
Fashion designer Victory Ford’s feet trot across New York’s streets in these fashion forward (but not over the top) Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Print Boots, and I couldn’t approve more, especially since what she wears on top is always classy to counterbalance her outspoken shoes.
These days, I can wear the fun, sexy shoes of Velvet Angels, headed by former LAMB and Harajuku Lovers shoe designer Joe Ponce (his training really shows!), to work. In their current picks, the platform of course reigns supreme, but it’ll be interesting to see their next collection and whether they do any embellished heels or crazy straps or florals, as most of it is pretty simple.
Would love to hear you guys weigh in on this debate: a friend of mine wears the most incredible pumps in her daily Midtown business life, sometimes in a sexy shade of red that spices up a knee-length business-appropriate skirt. I can completely see her wearing this shoe, the Envy by Velvet Angels ($249 at Endless.com), in its flare of red.
Her argument is that a t-strap cuts off the line of a woman’s leg and prevents it from looking longer and more graceful, and that chunky heels and platforms also make the leg look clunkier, which a thin stiletto doesn’t do.