The 2014 Spring Shoe Pledge

The 2014 Spring Shoe Pledge

Received an email this morning from a chic boutique “SHU Salon” in Charlotte, NC. The retail shop offers ladies shoes, handbags and accessories, they’re launching men’s shoes this Spring. This pledge rocks and when I originally read it, I knew it was a shoe etiquette must-share.

“I’ve been sharing this pledge for over a decade…It’s so true…so relevant…so honest… 🙂
Remove your right shoe, grab your big toe and repeat after me…
  • I PROMISE to always wear sandals that fit. My toes will not hang over and touch the ground, nor will my heels spill over the backs. The sides and tops of my feet will not protrude out between the straps. This type of protrusion has been and always will be referred to as “bread-a-rising.” Keep bread only in the oven.shoesarecarbfree
  • I WILL go polish-free or vow to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe. I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow. I promise not to tape my toenail onto my toe if it should fall off either. If my nails are dead, I promise to partner with my doctor to de-fungus-among-us.
  • I WILL shave the hairs off my big toe. If they are long enough to braid, they are too long! Don’t embrace your “butchness” or becoming one with Mother Earth.
  • I WILL NOT wear Crocs! Yes, I believe they are unbelievably comfortable, but I will only wear them if I am under 22 years old. Besides, we all know that Crocs and escalators do not mesh well together.  Plus, the idea of washing your shoes while you shower is JUST NOT that sexy!crocs bc
  • I WILL NOT wear suntan pantyhose with open toe or sandals even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother or sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there. Super glue is not an option, either. Not even if you are Raquel Welch!
  • If a strap breaks, I WON’T duct-tape, staple, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it. Shoe repair must be on speed dial. ***(I have unashamedly walked 5 city NYC blocks with one foot barefoot to purchase a new pair of thongs because somebody gave me a flat tire. And passed about 4 shoe stores because I wanted a specific pair. BAD, but worth it).***
  • I WILL NOT wear toe rings.  Hello, the eighties are calling and they want their toe rings back. And for the good of mankind, I will make a sizable donation to my charity of choice for every toe ring I currently wear. Trust us, you should pay-it-forward for all of us.  But most importantly, this little piggie wants to go home! Unleash it!
  • I WILL NOT say words like corns, hammertoes or bunions.  I understand these are not sexy words and will not get me a date or a phone call. These are words that should remain unspoken at all times just like gas, acid reflux and diarrhea.  We all know it happens, but never should be the dinner table conversation.shoesspeaklouder
  • I PROMISE if I wear flip flops that I will ensure that they actually flip and flop, making the correct noise while walking and I will swear NOT to slide or drag my feet while wearing them. Scraping your feet on the floor is not going to grab a significant other and may scratch the hardwoods.
  • I PROMISE to throw away any white/off-white sandals that show signs of wear…nothing is worse than dirty white sandals. WHITE is in, just not dirty white. Replace those containing millions of miles with new ones.footwear-reminders-ecard-someecards
  • I WILL NOT wear Dansko with shorts or dresses no matter how comfortable and heavenly they feel. They should be only be worn in operating rooms or hospitals by those in the medical field. I will realize that if I do want to wear Dansko’s that I will just strap a shoe box on each foot and walk away the day!
  • I PROMISE never to say “I can’t wear that heel height at my age!” If I feel moved to say that, I will gladly say, I can’t wear that heel height for fear of death while wearing the shoes! I promise not to make my age the reason…Just say, I don’t like to look down at my peers.
  • I PROMISE to be able to walk properly in any heel height that I wear.  A baby calf walking isn’t sexy like a lady who keeps falling off of her heels. NOW, we love a great nose bleed heel. But, only wear them if you can balance from “Point A” to “Point B” and back.  If not, I will commit to Dan The Shoe Man’s High Heel Walking Class in April. (ALSO AMAZING!).
Pass this to all of your friends…
we must stick together …
Together, we can save the world and ourselves one sole at a time!
Thanks, Dan. Love the mantra.

Essie Resort 2014: find me an oasis

Essie Resort 2014: find me an oasis

I’ve been searching for this color for what seems like forever. Essie, you never fail me! The Resort 2014 line has gorgeous hues – another favorite of mine is the beautiful coral peach “Resort Fling.”

Nail polish is one of my favorite beauty tools and I change mine every week no matter what. I try to keep a balance with my colors – basic, simple tones are perfect. Nudes & light pinks are a favorite of mine: Essie’s Spaghetti Strap, Essie’s Ballet Slippers. I also love a vampy purple or navy blue & of course, black.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, I go crazy for bright, crazy blues & purples and greens – anything that’s pretty absurd to wear on nails for longer than 2 days. Which creates the necessary need to change polish colors. This very light blue is a clear and comfortable way to wear a blue nail while still being able to pull off the “light” basic hue. Perfect for this time of year and upcoming Spring. Great for work or play!

White Accessories

White Accessories

For the backpack loving type (not exactly me), I just LOVE bags. This Harper Ave. “Cyclades” white patent leather backpack was screaming out, “BUY MEEEE!!!” the moment I set eyes on it. This bag is perfect for so many occasions – so obviously, campus life – during like the last 3 weeks of your semester – or if you go to school in warm climate – still basically only spring. Also great for outdoor, daytime events like a baseball game in the Spring, or a picnic in the park, walking casually around NYC, strolling through the city sightseeing & looking for a darling lunch spot, or shopping boutiques because it leave your hands free from a purse. Options are endless with this little gem of a bag. Found it at Need Supply Co. ( – my favorite shop in Richmond, VA. Wish they existed in New York. Literally has the best of everything – both men’s & women’s clothing and accessories. This store sets the standard of dressing well.

White can be difficult to wear for many reasons – if you’re like me and spill coffee/crumbs/beets every time you eat/consume any sort of food. It gets generally “dirty” from the fact that I also toss my things around on the regular. It’s long frowned upon “not before Memorial Day, and not after Labor Day” rule which is so passĂ© because white is year round. But even so – white things are crisp, they have dimension and sharp lines. White, like black should be a staple in your wardrobe because it’s a neutral. Neutrals rule the “color” palette. If you’re uncomfortable wearing white clothing, stick to white/ivory accessories because they can have a more lasting effect.