New Yorkers walk a lot – everybody knows that. And so it’s only logical that they wear (for the most part, with some insane exceptions!) practical shoes. But after some careful observation, I realized that almost every pair of shoes that I saw on a woman in New York could be classed into 1 of 4 categories:
- Ballet flats – if you’re wear a dress or skirt for work, it’s better than even odds that these are what are on your feet;
- Canvas loafers – a step up from athletic shoes, but equally comfortable and relaxed. Paired with pants, jeans, or more casual skirts;
- Short boots – worn with tights and skirts, or with bare ankles and the narrowest of pants. As a general rule, the legs of pants in New York were so narrow that I wondered how anybody but a ballerina could get them over her feet! And the absence of visible socks made my ankles sore at the thought of the rubbing potential….
- Athletic shoes. On all ages, from every company, in any color of the rainbow, worn with just about anything.
I imagine that at least some of the women that I saw changed into other shoes when they got to their final destination, but unless you’re planning to get a job in New York, these 4 “street shoes” will cover you for all sorts of daytime activities. (if you’re going to the opera, to somewhere posh for dinner, or just generally getting dressed up, you’re going to need 1 more pair of something amazingly beautifully dress, of course!)
I then imagined what different shoe wardrobes might be:
Yes, those are my favorite boots! And I had to include the sneakers – there was a huge Comme des Garçons show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art which we didn’t see because it was PACKED. The day we were there was the first day, and it’s going to be a blockbuster, trust me!
I never manage to really commit to metallic shoes, nor to red. Not the women of New York! I saw lots of both…
There were a lot of interesting textured shoes on display – they really stood out against the forests of dark clothing everywhere!
On those occasion when I saw someone wearing a brighter color or printed skirt or pants, they were likely to be wearing shoes in their version of nude – i.e. something that matched their legs very closely. These four here would be pretty good matches for my super-pale legs! (You’ve got to look around to find something that blends into your legs and keeps the subtle look you’re going for – every woman has to figure this one out if they want their own best “nude.”)
And some women were wearing colors that I think they just plain and simply thought were pretty. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that!
Add in a pair of sandals, and a pair of REALLY GOOD rain boots, and this would get me through most of my life…