Fashionable Mondays – Split Personality Shoes

July 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm (Fashionable Mondays) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


As you may or may not know (if you would like to know you should follow me on twitter -naomikeziah) I took a second job selling fancy lady shoes to save money for a move to NYC in the fall.

So now I’m selling the great creations of Donald Pliner and Cole Haan. I get to see all the shoes when they come in (and sometimes hide that size 10.5) and fall in love.

As I was looking thru the summer Pliners, I saw a shoe that inspired this blog.


It’s a shoe/thong, or what I like to call a combination shoe. No longer is a boot a boot, or a sandle a sandle, shoes, like people, can be more than one thing, and it makes for some interesting combinations.

Here are some of my favorite combination shoes…

313ninewestThis shoe is called Pristine and is from Boutique 9 of NineWest. I LOVE this shoe and just ordered it from for only $58 including tax with free shipping!! I can’t can’t wait to get this in the mail! I had it sent to the office so I can put them on asap! I’ve seen it range from $58 (at Bloomingdales) to $99 ( It’s shoe combo is a thong plus a flat suede boot topped with a sprinkle of gladiator. Lord & Taylor has them for $69.

This next one we just got in for fall at my job and go figure, not in my size. It’s by Calvin Klein and is called Raine.

pl683502-00p01v01It’s a shoe bootie plus a peep-toe sandle. It looks way better in person, I pick this thing up every day when I walk by it. I even tried on the 10, but my toes were edge-jumping, so I sadly put them back in the box.

This one is a gladiator ankle bootie sandle.


It’s from Nine West, I tried it on, but the straps were too loose for my narrow foot. Still cute thou!

Now, something that I’ve noticed about shoes is that things that used to not have a high heel are now getting one. Like slap a 3-inch heel on anything and it’s insta-sexy.

For example, you would think tennis shoes are for running, right? Not according to Michael Kors. He debuted this number for his Spring/Summer 09 collection.


I actually kinda like it, but there will be no running in this shoe.  And there will be no snow-playing in the shoe below.


When you throw a heel on any utilitarian shoe, it instantly loses it’s original purpose and becomes strictly fashion. Can you picture a heel on swim flippers? Or ballet shoes? Oh wait…we can for that one thanks to Beyonce.


But I doubt you will be seeing anyone dancing in these.

I think the trend of combination shoes is great. The rest of our wardrobe is merging together (i.e. the sweater dress or the jumpsuit) so why not our shoes?

Just becareful on which one you pick, a sandle boot in the summer is cute but useless in the winter.


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