“If the shoe fits…” no, wait, I mean: “Get some shoes that fit”

Seeing women totter-stomp around in cheap heels they can’t handle gives me the sads. One’s gait, the overall manner of walking, is a woefully underappreciated yet crucial element of personal style, and it starts at ground level. Both you and your full ensemble are moving through the world together, and it should all be of a piece. Look, I don’t give a damn whether any woman walks “like a lady” — “ladylike” ain’t everyone’s bag!! A sturdy step is absolutely right for certain personalities and style expressions. But clomping and ankle-wobbling your way around town (or even just around the office), makes any pretty outfit just seem stolen from your mom’s closet — neither sexy nor impressive. Stop it. Wear better-fitting, more manageable shoes, and gain instant subtle confidence — which is always chic.

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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