Disclaimer: this is a sponsored post, but all words and opinions are my own/written by me.
Okay, so, I have really wide feet. I jealous-ly (not a word, ok, whatever) scroll through my go-to websites when shoe shopping, bypassing amazing heels and booties until I find something, anything, with ‘WIDE FIT’ written underneath the thumbnail. Sometimes if I really love something in a regular fit, I’ll take my chances and buy it in a size or two bigger to accommodate my ~foot girth~, but it’s never a guarantee.
There are VERY few websites that have cute wide fit shoes (or even ugly wide fit shoes- ANY WIDE FIT SHOES) and Simply Be is one of them. They even have different types of wide fit! Their sizes vary from 2 to 12, and their widths vary from C (narrow) and D (standard) to EEE (quite wide), with E and EE in between. They have amazing wide-calf winter boots, flats, booties that actually fit my cankles, and holiday heels. I’ll be giving you guys a lil run-down on my favourite heels in this post, but check out their other shoe sections as well.
Side note: I’m obsessed with the Vogue Runway (previously style.com) app. It gives you photos, videos, and reviews of runway shows from different designers and fashion weeks around the world. When Simply Be contacted me about doing a post about my favourite holiday heels from their site, I thought it would be fun to find shoes on the Vogue Runway app and compare them to styles by Simply Be, as an “affordable versions of runway fashion” type of thing. All looks are from F/W 2016 shows, so they’re pretty current because we are, now, in Fall/Winter 2016. So, without further ado, HERE ARE SOME AFFORDABLE VERSIONS OF RUNWAY FASHIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Most of the shoes can be found here, though I included individual links.
I’m always a fan of ankle straps when I wear heels- it stops my (inevitably sweaty) foot from sliding around everywhere and it makes it way easier to walk. Low-ish, chunky heels are also the best for comfort- add some glitter and I’m sold. Pair a gold pair of strappy peep toe heels (PREFERABLY GLITTERY LIKE THESE BECAUSE DUH) with a navy dress like Elie Saab did on the runway and you’re holiday party ready.
A pair of pointed toe plain black pumps are so so versatile- wear them with dresses and fun christmassy pantyhose, or pantsuits in matching black or a contrasting white (#pantsuits #imwithher #dumptrump). I’m actually pretty against shoes in general that are rounded toe, which most wide fit shoes are. I don’t understand how difficult it is to make wide fit shoes with a POINTED FREAKING TOE. So these pumps are perfect and I love them. (Runway looks by Schiaparelli, Balenciaga, and Marni).
Speaking of pumps: this lower, chunky-heeled green alligator-y skin version (official technical title) is the coolest and I’m buying them immediately. Even though I’m primarily a pastel/neutral wearer and bright colours frighten me, I’ve been really into deep greens lately. If you look at all the F/W16 runways, dark green animal skin print is huge and everywhere (shown here by Balmain). Pair it with some red for a super Chrstmassy vibe or pair it with some pastels like a pale pink, which I’m going to do, for a cool contrast.
MORE PUMPS, but gold this time. Gold/Silver just scream “It’s the Holidays” to me, and I like to get it out of my system during Christmastime. Ashish is one of my favourite designers, so if you want to be really out there, pair these with a gold holographic jumpsuit- or a plain black dress if you’re feeling more Holiday Party and less Runway.
I find mules to be a really popular choice this season, and these are the first ones I’ve seen in a wider fit. I’ve been loving mules for ages but I knew that that long piece of leather would never stretch enough to fit the width of my foot, so I’m so happy these exist. Shown here at the Erdem show, you could wear them with other silver accents for a more glam look; but I would also wear them with plain boyfriend jeans, a tshirt, and a long duster coat.
Hi sorry but these Simply Be heels are basically identical to these Gucci ones and approximately eight million dollars less. A slightly higher-heeled and glitzy version of the first pair on this list, I would again wear them with a party dress for the holidays (navy, black, red- any colour, really), Or with trousers and a long coat like at Gucci. I’ve also been seeing the socks-with-heels trend happening a lot which I fully support. It gives you a chance to wear your peep-toe heels while still keeping your toes warm. And hiding your gross winter toenails from the world. Maybe that’s just me.
(Preferably faux) fur/feathers are something that I have been a big fan of since always. I grew up in the Spice Girls/Lisa Frank era so I feel like it’s just part of my identity, really. IT’S WHO I AM. I’ll be wearing feathers when I’m 90. Shown here at Sonia Rykiel and again by Simply Be, the latter pair is just as trendy and way more affordable.
Not quite an exact match, but I think the Simply Be pair is a little more ‘Holiday’ than the Lanvin pair anyway. I love little crystals on anything, especially shoes, and I’m again a huge fan of ankle straps and pointed toes. I personally would avoid wearing these with anything too flashy (nothing else metallic or glittery) just to keep the focus on the shoes. You could go really casual with boyfriend jeans (I wouldn’t wear them with skinny jeans but that’s just my opinion!) or fancier with a midi skirt or nice high-waisted trousers.
Although I love the gold pair by Monique Lhuillier, this black pair is probably more versatile. T-bar shoes are great for foot support and they’re super cute and trendy. Since this pair is black, you could go a little bolder than the model in the photo above: a sequin mini dress (awesome for New Years), a long dress or maxi skirt with fun detailing like lace or shimmer, or you could wear them with socks, trousers and a winter jacket like at the show. I think they’d even look really cool with a parka- a good mix of sporty and fancy.
THAT’S IT FOR ME. Thank so much to Simply Be for reaching out to me and be sure to check out their Holiday Heel selection.