Let’s Talk About Shoes!

Greetings dear readers. I hope this blog finds you and yours healthy and safe in these peculiar times. Going out shopping isn’t really the thing to do right now, is it? Well, I’d like to talk about shoes today, and the internet is your best friend when it comes to buying shoes.


First, let’s take a stroll to the men’s side of the shoe store. Hmmm, we’ve got tennis shoes, cowboy boots, work boots, loafers, and lace-up shoes. Colors? Well, black, gray, white, tan. I guess that’s about it. Now let’s take a stroll to the women’s side of the store. Wow! Styles, colors, heel heights – it’s overwhelming!


Some of the more common and popular styles of women’s shoes are slingbacks, pumps, slides, mules, ballet slippers, and Mary Janes. All of those styles are “in” for the 2020 season. Also, don’t forget all the boots – from low to very high heel with some wonderful designs. Boots are especially cool with a knee-length skirt and tights. That’s a style that will never go out of fashion. XDress has a particularly cool boot you can see here. You’ll notice a 4” heel on this boot, so let’s talk about heels for a moment.

Walking on a heel as high as the one shown with the Knee Length Faux Boot requires a bit of practice. If you are a newbie to heels, I’d recommend you start with a lower, more bulky heel, such as the Divine Wide Width Mini Pump. This is called a block heel and is a bit easier to get along with if you haven’t had experience with heels before. Walking is a bit different in heels, as you put most of your weight on the ball of your foot, not the heel. In high stiletto heels, you are basically walking on your tippy-toes, and even runway models have problems with these once in a while. If you’d like to see an even more blocky heel, check out the Tea Party Shoe available from Xdress.


Because of foot problems I’ve had since my teen years, I can’t really wear much of a heel. If you are in the same situation, despair not! There are shoes for you as well. My personal favorites are ballet slippers, slip-on loafers, and Mary Janes. A bit of trivia on the Mary Jane. In medieval times, they were called strap shoes and worn commonly by males of the noble class. Mary Janes are probably my all-time favorites, as they are comfortably wide at the instep, and I have wide feet. I’d pretty much say the same for ballet flats. You can see some cool ballet flats here.

One style of shoe I haven’t mentioned is sandals. We are finally getting to some weather where you can wear sandals, and the different styles are seemingly endless. One of the advantages of sandals, from a health perspective, is that they allow your feet to breathe. This is especially important if you like to wear polish on your toenails. I love to wear polish on my toenails, and learned the hard way that wearing polish in the winter is not a good idea. I developed a nail fungus, and it is really hard to get rid of. With proper medicine that you brush on morning and night, it takes 10 to 12 months to get rid of the fungus. No fun. My nail tech told me to only wear polish in warmer weather where your footgear allows your feet to breathe. There’s your tip for the day from your Aunt Angie. As an aside, foot care is really important. I highly recommend that you regularly go to a salon for pedicures. Get a manicure while you’re at it. These days, it is not at all unusual for men to go to salons for nail care, and my nail tech finds nothing unusual in me liking her to put my favorite polish (frost pink) on my toenails.


One last thing to consider is footwear sizing. If you purchase from XDress, their sizes are sized for men, so if you wear a men’s size 10, as an example, you would order size 10. If you are ordering from a women’s shoe provider, add two sizes to the shoe. As an example, if you wear a size 10 in men’s shoes, you would wear a size 12 in women’s shoe sizing.

Okay, dear readers, here are my thoughts on the wonderful world of shoes. Do you have some favorites? What shoes would you suggest, and which ones would you never recommend? I always love to hear your thoughts on whatever the topic is, so warm up those keyboards, and let’s have a conversation!


Fond regards,

Angie

8 comments

I have always considered high heels an essential part of my dressing. Around the house I usually wear 4 inch heels. Since I am 6 feet tall wearing them helps to improve my posture. Let’s all hope that our day is coming very soon!!

Randy September 04, 2020

Nathan and Keri I envy you! My dream would be for acceptance for all clothing by any gender. I have a weakness for open toe stillettos especially with a well done pedi; whether I m wearing them or someone else. A nice pair of heels really sets off well fitting jeans or a pretty dress 👗. Our day is coming

Stevie August 29, 2020

You go guys! Wear those heels. Love open to pumps and slingbacks !

Lets declare a mens heel day! And a mens pedi day

Stevie

Stevie August 25, 2020

Hi Gurls,

I have a slightly different slant on women’s shoes for myself. I have been wearing them for perhaps 20 years. Not sure. It all started one evening when my wife and I were in a Loehmann’s store. They catered to women for the most part but had a small men’s section which was mostly effeminate styles. At the time I bought my Olga panties there and this particular evening I spotted a pair of pumps. What, I thought? These aren’t mens. But they were. I showed my wife and she said it was up to me. Where would I wear them? I bought them. God they were cute I figured I’d find somewhere to wear them. By the way, I wear a size 9 women’s shoe. That was probably the beginning. I began to think of what other women’s shoes could I wear and get away with. Sneakers were the most likely. I don’t think I have bought a pair of mens athletic footwear in years. I really loved early on that you could find pink and lavender colors in women’s sneakers but never in men’s. Today not so true. I have too many ladies sneakers today with so called feminine colors. I love them all. I even found a pair of sneakers that were the trans pride colors. So far I haven’t worn them out dayside.

I have even bought women’s hiking footwear and sandals. Slippers are a no brainer. My wife came home the other day with cute pink women’s slippers for me. She was being funny but serious at the same time

So, I guess if you think about it and can wear women’s shoes in the most popular sizes you can easily switch over to the women’s department.

Hugs, Keri

Keri August 24, 2020

Hello everyone! Oh, how wonderful shoes are. I’m so grateful the days of boring white or black sneakers are in the past. My closet now contains leather boots, (both ankle and knee high) patent stilettos, sequin pumps, and gorgeous heeled leather sandals.

4-5" heels are all I own, aside from a couple pairs of cute flats I wear for occasions that call for them. Being someone that wears heels everywhere, whether it’s the grocery store or just out to dinner, the only type of heels I do not recommend are women’s closed toed pumps. They are far too narrow for men’s wider feet, and will crush your toes even if you’re only walking a couple minutes.

My personal favorite is anything open toed. I have several open toed patent stilettos that I can go shopping in for hours without pain or discomfort. My girlfriend and I sure get a lot of attention strutting around in high heels everywhere we go!

Anyway, great blog Angie! I love high heels and it’s such an amazing thing that men are beginning to wear them again.

-Nathan

Nathan August 24, 2020

Hi Miss Michelle Yes, you have to be lucky with your foot size. I’m at the top end of women’s sizes generally available in the UK and choose a wide fitting whenever I can. It limits styles available but there is still a good range. Ally x

Ally August 22, 2020

Hi Everyone. Great topic and very appropriate for our community. I got started in dressing by wearing high heels also. I will admit that it does take practice. Start with a short heel and work up from there. Currently, I usually wear 4 inch heels. Since I am 6 feet tall it really adds to my height. One thing I have noticed when I wear heels is that my posture is better and I tend to stand up more straight. Like most of you, I usually just wear heels around the house and on days off. I would be interested in hearing more high heel adventure stories.

Randy August 22, 2020

I love shoes! Thats how I started xdressing! Foot fetish just a strong! Anyway i love getting pedicures and my wife indulges my need for it and we have gone together with her picking the polish. I too have Arthritis in my right big toe so my heels can only be 4 inches or 5 with a 3/4 platform
There are so many choices and the internet can get you to the all!
Now that i wear panties and bras along with femme jeans and tops shoes are a needed addition though i dont do makeup that transforms me into a girl look. (Although thats fine too).
Go ahead get a pair of heels to go with lingerie or wear only at home either way its so much fun
Wear something pretty today
I am
Stevie

Stevie August 21, 2020

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