A Portrait Of Feminine Dress, Part 7 ~ Skirts and Flattering Shoes
Hello, Everyone! If you haven’t been following the series on Feminine Dress, you can get caught up here:
- Part 1~Introduction With Ideas
- Part 2~Mix-’N-Match
- Part 3~Outdoor Activities and Exercise
- Part 4~Running Errands
- Part 5~Around The House
- Part 6~Ruffled Tops and DIY Tutorials
I have received a number of comments and email asking about choosing shoes to go with skirts. This seems to be a big obstacle to wearing skirts and really being comfortable with the look. I would hate to let a choice of shoes stand in the way! Go all the way to the tail end of this post for some pretty cool shoe ideas!
There are so many ideas of what this might look like, I thought I would try to gather some cute ideas together in one post. Here are some of my finds, and I give links back for further exploration.
In the warmer months it is much easier (in my opinion) to find flattering shoe choices to wear with skirts and dresses. Sandals, ballet flats, even simple pretty flip-flops work quite well when it is hot outside. And then when it turns chilly or cold there are also many options.
Laura has sewn so many lovely summer and fall outfits, and she pairs them with just the right flattering shoes~ in this case, the ‘Traveler’ shirtdress calls for white sandals.
Crocs like these are just the thing for us when we are gardening or doing something active out of doors. I like that you can actually hose off your feet before coming inside if you get dusty 🙂
Sandals look great with any length skirt anytime of the year. In summer wear them with your toenails painted. In winter, wear your favorite knit knee socks or tights.
I came upon this short, helpful video entitled “How To Choose Shoes for Skirts or Dresses”:
The key points?
Get yourself a full length mirror if you don’t have one!
Try on different shoes and see which works best.
You can always wear a shoe that is the same color as your hair – it creates harmony and balance.
You can always wear a ‘nude’ shoe that is similar to your skin color.
Think about balance – thicker fabrics need more substantial shoes, very fine or flimsy fabrics need lighter, strappier, more delicate shoes.
It is such fun to match your shoes to one or more articles of clothing. If it tastefully done, it is a nice playful touch. I especially (with big feet) don’t like to draw attention to my feet, but it can also pull together an outfit.
Canvas deck shoes are really perfect for this sporty cotton dress.
Deck shoes are also an option with a jean skirt, etc. I found these next two outfit combinations over at the Modest Mom blog:
…and this with a ballet flat…
Ballet flats are typically a wisp of a shoe, and if you have strong feet with no arch problems you will most likely be fine. They look adorable and feminine with skirts and dresses, and they are great for any season depending the color you get them in.
In the winter, you can wear full length panty-hose or hose weight knee-highs to keep you warm and still look cute. But, they usually have slick soles (no tread) so would not be good with little children or carrying a baby in snow or ice.
If you will be on your feet all day, you may want more support than a typical pair of ballet flats can provide. Some cushion between you and the floor may actually save you from spider veins in later years~ take it from someone who worked in surgery on concrete floors for years.
There are some companies listed below who specialize in structurally strong and supportive flattering shoes.
(photo source ~ somewhere on the Modest Mom blog)
To have a good pair of black or brown strappy sandals is helpful. They can go with any skirt or dress, it seems.
Joy’s favorite shoes look well-built to offer support, but are light-weight and trim. I love her taste.
The little bows on the toe of these black low heel pumps are classic and work beautifully for more dressy occasions such as weddings and special dates with your husband. Pamper him by being at your modest, beautiful best for him. We dress for the Lord and for our husbands alone.
In the colder months, finding good shoes to go with the heavier weight woolens, corduroys, denims, and knits of winter can be a bit more of a challenge. Also, you must keep warm, so what to do?
Note the thick, warm socks peeking out.
Having worn skirts almost all the time for the last 15 years, I’ve tried a lot of different things over the years to keep warm during colder months. Pantyhose are nice, but are not very warm. Sweatpants would be very warm, but are quite un-pretty and they make me feel bulgy and frumpy
The best solution I have come up with is pretty simple. Wear leggings! A pair of leggings that are in style right now are the black leggings that many wear under a tunic shirt. I wear these under my skirts and dresses, and they work great!
And for those of you who get super cold, here are some fleece-lined leggings from Deborah & Co., The Modest Mom’s new venture.
Don’t forget boots. Boots with skirts remind me of hearty English country women somehow (of course, out for a gallop or a sleigh-ride)!
(The Modest Mom blog)
The Support Shoe:
Some of you have kindly shared the companies you have been happy with and who seem to make a good support shoe. You can find thin and unstructured shoes for those with healthy feet most anywhere. These links are for those who have foot issues, but are excellent for those who don’t want to get ‘foot issues’, too!
Keen, Merrell, Børn, and Croc ( and many others like Naturalizer) offer lots of different styles. I am just scratching the surface here.
~Børn has some of the best shoes we have ever owned, but that may change as manufacturing quality goes down and prices go up. We found our first pair (sandals) at a thrift shop, and I sprayed the really good with essential oils and put them in the sun. I love the comfort, support, and quality.
~Merrell is an excellent shoe and has a whole line for everyday and for outdoors and active-wear:
~Keen for daily wear and active wear, too:
The simple Mary Jane by Crocs. Very comfortable.
Also, FYI ~check out Good Feet. “Since 1995, Good Feet Arch Supports have helped millions of customers all over the world to relieve their foot pain and be able to once again walk, work –even enjoy their favorite sports activities – pain free, for the first time in years.” We have one in our city and I have heard good things about them…
Well, that’s my humble offering, dear ladies. I do pray that this will be of some help to you as you consider how we can be ambassadors for our Lord to our family, our neighbor, and to those we meet on the street. May our ultimate goal be to be a vessel to glorify Him. How we dress is only one of the ways we do this!
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!“ ~Romans 10:15
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” ~1 Peter 2:9
“A true woman is willing, serious, and determined to reflect the beauty and heart of Christ to her world. She seeks to live a God-centered life, trusting Him and saying “Yes, Lord!” She knows this is only possible by His grace, and seeks to do so in community.” ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Thanks for reading!