I think shoes are the absolute hardest article of clothing to transition between seasons. Do we all agree on that? Each and every fall and spring I find myself in fashion no man’s land. I feel ridiculous in boots and just as crazy in sandals. Here’s the deal…some of us dress for the weather, while some of us dress for the season. I tend to dress for the season. For example, I don’t care if it’s 74 degrees and sunny outside in February, I’m not going to be wearing flip flops. However, my friend Nikki dresses for the weather and she will be ROCKING the flip flops in February if the weather allows. #rockonnikki 😉
The last several years I feel like I’ve added several shoes to my closet that have proven to be PERFECT shoes for transitioning from winter to spring as well as transitioning from summer to fall. These are shoes that bridge the gap between seasons and help carry you into the next. And they are worth their weight in gold.
So, when Nordstrom reached out to me to talk about shoes, I knew EXACTLY the shoes I would be talking about! Now, since we are talking about shoes, there’s something you need to know about me. I promise you I won’t wear or talk about shoes if they aren’t comfy. I’m not one of those girls that is willing to be in pain for a good lookin’ shoe. NOPE. Not me.
So….what shoes are we going to be talking about today? Shoes that I’ve had for AT LEAST 1 year (with the exception of the booties that are new) and are TRIED AND TRUE in my book. I love them all and they will most certainly be in heavy rotation again this year.
IMPORTANT: Before ordering any of these shoes, be sure you read the online sizing recommendations and the reviews to decide which size you need!
********** ANKLE BOOTIES **********
My perforated ankle booties are the new addition to my shoe rotation this year. They are almost sold out (boo!), but never fear…I have options for you! My booties (and the options below) are PERFECT for transitioning between seasons because you don’t wear socks with them. These options are either perforated or have an open toe which means they are great now, and just as perfect for fall days that don’t dip below 70 degrees. Just click on the booties you are interested in!
Wearing booties with a dress is all the rage right now, so I thought I would try it out! This dress is a size too big, but I still wanted to show you “the look”. I ordered a medium, because they said a small was a 2-4, and I’ve never been a 2 in a dress. But this dress is oversized, and dangit if the small isn’t sold out now in this print (but I’ll be stalking the site for a re-stock). The dress is still fully stocked in a cream pattern.
Get The Look For Yourself Here. I added the tote because I just thought it looked great with the outfit.
Here are other similar dress options:
In addition to wearing booties with dresses, they are also perfect with skinny ankle jeans or cuffed jeans. Thanks to overcast skies and cooler temperatures, I actually wore this outfit yesterday and felt ready to ease into fall. Tell me you don’t want this exact outfit!
For size reference, I’m wearing a small in the shirt. I’m sporting a 1/2 tuck in the picture below, but it’s long enough to wear with leggings as well! And because I’m often asked, I dry clean my shirts….HOWEVER, most readers say that they “wash on gentle and then hang to dry with beautiful results”!
And here are great bootie options from Lucky that are fully stocked, have fantastic reviews, and are quite similar to mine. One with perforations (on left), one without (on right). I love the color of both and the fact that they both have a low heel. These are perfect for those of you that are either chasing toddlers or are on your feet a majority of the day! Nobody says you can’t be comfy and stylish!
And here are some other great bootie options that will carry you even into the winter (because you can wear socks with them). Just click on what you like!
********** TOMS SLIP ONS *********
Click HERE for my new chambray TOMS slip ons. I first started wearing TOMS about 5 years ago, and they are really great for early fall (since you don’t wear socks with them). This year I picked up this chambray pair. They are definitely more denim blue than grey, even though the pic looks more grey.
I wore them earlier this week with shorts when running to the grocery store, so they are good for now too. Y’all. It’s been challenging for me to get showered and ready this last week of summer. We have been SOAKING IT UP over here. Lots of saying “one more day” in the mornings (when talking myself out of washing my hair) and then throwing on a hat.
I’ve also worn them with cuffed jeans (size down 1 size in these) already too, but I couldn’t even take a picture of the rest of me. #yesitwasthatbad #butmyshoeswerecute You can see how they really are a great chambray color in real life in this picture.
*********** SHORELINE CONVERSE **********
So I had regular converse for a year, and I liked them okay. And then last year I got the papyrus shoreline converse (seen below – but sold out immediately and never restocked). AND I LOVED THEM. AND I WORE THEM CONSTANTLY. Here I am just a couple of weeks ago with a very summery blouse, jeans, and my shorelines.
I wore them all year long. I believe this was from early spring.
In fact, I wore them so much, that I ended up getting the plain white ones as well. For those of you not familiar with shoreline converse, you slip them on and don’t tie them yourself. The laces come like you see them in the picture below, and you don’t do anything with them. You just slip them on and go!
********** COGNAC FLATS **********
These pointy toe cognac flats are ones that I added to my closet on an impulse a couple of years ago…when pointy toe was just creeping it’s way onto the scene. Sadly, these are almost sold out in cognac, but they also come in black leather, black patent, and nude patent.
Here are some outfits I’ve worn with them in the past. First up, a simple tee and cuffed jeans.
This was an unexpected pairing with black and white gingham and white jeans, but I loved it!
A pin stripe popover with white jeans!
A grey tee, white jeans, a military jacket, and gold accents!
See? They go with everything! I really love the nice warm color of a cognac flat! And since my exact flats are just about sold out, here are some options for you:
********** LEOPARD FLATS **********
Leopard is a neutral. SAY IT WITH ME LADIES. Leopard is a neutral.
Think it. Say it. Believe it.
I remember when I first started this blog (4 years ago now), one of the first out of the box purchases I made for the blog was leopard flats. #iwaslivingontheedge In fact, I bought a pair from Target (because they were very inexpensive), and I just wasn’t sure if I would wear them or not, so I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I now have 4 leopard shoes total: 2 pairs of leopard fats (this pair and the pointy toe pair seen below), leopard wedges (a great option HERE), and leopard ankle booties (options below).
This picture was from about 3 years ago and was taken on the front porch of our old house. I LOVE the Kelly green and the stripes with the leopard. It is one of my favorite combos EVER.
Here I am with a graphic tee, white jeans, and my MUST HAVE DENIM JACKET. (Sidenote: If you don’t have this jacket yet, WHAT THE HECK are you waiting for?!?) 😉
This is from last year. Plaid and leopard? BRING IT!
If you have been too scared to try leopard shoes, DON’T BE! I promise that they will kick up the sass level in your outfits, but they really do function as a neutral!
My pointy toe leopard flats seen above are sold out, but I also have THESE (pictured in the graphic!) and absolutely adore them! Several leopard options found here:
********** NUDE FLATS **********
Now it’s time to talk about the most comfy flats I own. And they come in 12 colors. TWELVE. And I’m not the only one that adores these shoes. There are 727 5 STAR REVIEWS on the Nordstrom site. That’s pretty dang impressive. A reader pointed out that she (and others) sized up a 1/2 size in these shoes, but they were true to size for me, so make sure you read the online reviews when making your sizing decision!
These nude flats were actually named a SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MUST HAVE by me earlier this year. These are the flats YOU NEED TO HAVE if you are on your feet all day. I’ve had readers tell me they have these flats in as many as 5 colors! Go read the reviews and see for yourself!
Here I am wearing them earlier this year with my lilac jeans and chambray shirt.
Paired with jeans and a pleione top.
Paired with a leopard belt and a striped Caslon tee.
I loved the nentral look when I paired them with this grey layered sweater. UPDATE: GIRLS! This sweater was from last year, but it is now restocked! You can find it HERE! I would recommend sizing down, I’m wearing an x-small. The back is GORGEOUS (and the peekaboo opening is sheer), so know that you will have to wear a cami (I size up to a medium) with it! This is definitely one of my very favorite tops from last year! SO EXCITED it’s available again!
These flats are even cute just with a sweatshirt!
I’m telling you, if comfort and versatility is what you are looking for, THESE are the shoes for you.
So there you go, girls! I hope this post was helpful and that you all found a pair or 2 that you would like to try! Do me a favor, if you have any of the above shoes, please leave a comment with your thoughts. I know lots of readers love to hear what other people think about items besides just me. Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. Have a great weekend y’all!