What are you most self-conscious about? Oh, c’mon, we all have physical things—height, weight, nose, hair, freckles—that drive us crazy.
For me, it’s my feet. They are disproportionately large in comparison to the rest of my body. I’m 5’4 with a petite build, while my feet are a whopping size nine. If I wear the wrong style of shoes, I’m bound to look like a small person standing on skis.
This is a sad state of affairs, as I absolutely live for shoes. I’ve found there are certain styles of shoes—peep toes, ballet flats, round-toe pumps—that are stylish and flattering to a large foot.
Others, like pointy toed heels, pointed flats, converse, and oxford brogues, make large feet look larger, especially on a small person. Uggs and running shoes—when not running—are totally out of the running as they’re unflattering on large feet and also crimes against fashion
A few years ago, menswear-inspired fashion was all the rage, particularly in footwear. I picked up these amazing, cognac-colored Oxford brogues, which matched the toggles on my white winter coat. They were so cute and stylish with skinny pants or tights and a skirt. However, every time I put them on I was wrought with insecurity. Frankly, I felt I looked like a clown.
The brogues sit in my closet, in a very visible, prestigious spot right among some of my other favorite items. They’ve been worn all of three times. Pure fashion tragedy.
Today, I face a similar conundrum, as I’ve been lusting after a pair of chic, velvet smoking slippers, a very popular footwear trend nowadays.
I simply must have a pair of velvet smoking slippers from the original purveyor, Stubbs & Wootton, of Palm Beach. Some of my fashion idols—Olivia Palermo, the Man Repeller—rock them with all sorts of outfits, and I just can’t get enough.
Personally, I’d love a velvet pair with martinis or crowns. Or, when I’m feeling cheeky I think I’ll shop-click-buy a cheeky pair with hearts in honor of Valentine’s Day. A Florida girl, I think Flamingos, palm trees or anchors would be cute in linen come summer.
Meanwhile, my fashionable friend Lauren, of Necessary & Proper, rocks the needlepoint leopard with a variety of ensembles.
Stubbs also has a capsule collection—for the second year in a row—with everyone’s favorite preppy outfitter, J.Crew.
If you don’t want to cough up four hundo for a pair of Stubbs—or you have big feet and can’t bring yourself to do it—lots of designers from Dolce Vita to Tory Burch have created similar styles at varying price points.
Here are our picks.