In Ingunn's recent "Should I go nude?" post she raised a dilemma that I also share. Living in a small northern city and traversing largely on foot, I sometimes find that more refined footwear -- especially footwear with narrow heels -- just doesn't get worn very often.
I like how it looks. It can "make" an outfit. But it feels quite impractical for my life.
Janet then responded: "Oh, and I don't think that a "refined" style and a "casual" lifestyle need be mutually exclusive. My life is very casual but I'm usually looking for a hint of the refined somewhere in my outfits -- a nod to modern classic, perhaps."
Now, I agree absolutely with Janet. And many of Angie's ensembles give us clues about how to do this -- it doesn't always have to be with footwear. And yet....footwear can update a look like nothing else!!
I think my own struggles would be less acute if I could wear low vamp pointy toed FLATS, which would look refined but be excellent for walking. Unfortunately, those will never stay on my feet.
So what kind of footwear would be refined, yet stay on my feet -- and be practical?
And, more generally, if you are trying to combine a casual lifestyle with refinement, how do you do it?