Buckles and Badassery at the Dojang

Well…it’s more like buckles, badassery, and ballets at the dojang.  My Grandmaster LOVES that I am a dancer (I regularly tell him he is one inherently, though he protests – his love of movement transcends his own Arts)…but in this case I mean that I was in ballet flats today.  

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I actually don’t love ballet flats…but I can’t stand flip flops, and can’t very well be barefoot all the time!  We all need something for warmer weather that’s easy to slip on.  I found these Nine West ballets and the upper was…I thought…kind of badass.  

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The multi-buckle, oval ring, and several-strapped style has kind of a punky flair…and that works for me.  I’m not exactly girlie girl, so I don’t do well with the traditional bow-adorned, or cutsie-rounded styles (and the like.)  Mind you, I WAS classically trained in ballet, I am a dancer, and I love glitter…but all in all, I’m more tough around the edges and can’t – believably – pull off something too demure and sweet.

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So…I snagged these, and I love them.  I can slip them on and off, which is a great thing when I get to the dojang and want to get started!  I can’t say it is the best look on the planet, but they’re black (my favorite! 🙂 ) so they…er…blend…with my dobok pants.  

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At least I think so…and since I’m the one wearing them, I guess that’s all that matters!

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Madden’s “Decades”

My latest Steve Madden newsletter approached things from a new angle, categorizing a variety of styles by decade, and asking potential consumers, “Which Era Are You?”

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I thought it was kind of a fun idea, certainly for the younger fashionistas who are just learning which “look” belongs to which time period…  

I feel like the ’60s “Prim Flats” could work for ’50s-style dresses also, and though I prefer to be in something lower (after many moons of ice skates, ballroom shoes, ballet slippers and pointe shoes!) I’m not sure I can go TOTALLY flat.  I tend to go with pointer because they feel sassier to me somehow – Elusion and Euphoria would be may favorite silhouettes (and, naturally, I’d go for black. 😉 ) 

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The ’70s “Wooden Sandals” are pretty fabulous all around.  Why?  Super tall-and-teetering, but also wider-based than a heel (the lovely benefit of a wedge.  Ahhh, stability!)  I like the curvier and more slimming styles personally, so Vanchetta is my fav of this group.  I’d definitely go for the natural color in this one – leg-lengthening

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Steve Madden site

’80s “Power Heels” made me giggle.  I keep picturing tube skirts with voluminous perms and shoulder pads.  What were we thinking back then?  Seriously?!  I guess we were all in it together!  *LOL*  Anyway…pumps can go with just about anything.  This group primarily features set-back heels and, while I don’t love really rounded points quite as much as the sharper ones, these could swing for a number of ensembles.  I’d rock Dejavu with black skinny jeans, no doubt.  And I’d probably go for Valancia because the shape has interest (though I’d prefer it in a solid nude or black.)

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Steve Madden site

The ’90s “Skate Sneakers” are a tougher sell for me, simply because I am a Converse, Chuck Taylor All Star kind of girl.  I prefer the lace-up, and the hi-top, to slip-on, lows.  I do like that Madden at least jazzed the uppers with some surface texture – gives the styles differentiation and some oomph!

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Steve Madden site