Five Fewer & Better-approved Shoes
While I periodically share my “Fewer & Better-approved” recommendations on Instagram, I wanted to commit to sharing more in an easier-to-find format (and according to the poll I recently posted on Instagram, you all agree!). I wanted to start with shoes, as they are a truly important staple and can make or break a day or an outfit. I find shoes an important place to invest, as they can last for decades if you properly care for them (you can read my post about taking care of your clothes here!) Here are five of my “Fewer & Better-approved” shoes, all of which I’ve had for years and can confidently say they have stood up to the test of time.
A classic for a reason, Tretorns are extremely comfortable, especially with the terrycloth insole. They are understated but still recognizable in a good way, and because they’re a very reasonable price, you don’t have to worry about wearing them off the tennis court and getting them dirty!
I have several pairs of Stubbs from my grandmother, all of which are at least twenty-five years old, worn constantly, and have been resoled several times. They are extremely comfortable, fun, and well-made. They are expensive, but Stubbs runs very good sales several times a year, and you can pick up vintage pairs online for a good value!
Varas are a beautifully constructed, elegant shoe that is good for both cocktail or business attire. You can see how I’ve styled mine here and here. They are comfortable to walk in, to stand in for long hours, and are timeless. I’ve worn Varas since formal dinners at boarding school at the age of fourteen, and if I’m lucky enough to make it to eighty-four I’ll still be wearing them!
I’ve written about Belgians here, so I won’t go into a lot more detail–suffice to say that Belgians are handmade for you to exactly fit your foot (you can send in a tracing of your foot if you’re not local to their Manhattan shop), and are elegant, timeless, and well worth the investment.
I am not a heel person, but even I admit that Castañer espadrilles are incredibly comfortable and easy to wear. I love their traditional construction and how easily they make a boring outfit a little more elegant! The Carina is the traditional style (and my favorite.)
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