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    A true shoe conoisseur never misses a chance to walk through David's on Bloor Street. Highlight: Their seasonal sales are a great time to stock up on fabulous buys. I scored a fabulous pair of Yves St. Laurent boots at one of their sales at half off the original $1000 ticket price. Drawback: You can sometimes find the same shoes elsehwere for a better price. That being said, David's service and insight is unparelled.

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September 20, 2005

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Rose

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Tom

This is a topic my wife and I love to discuss as we try to sort through all the unwritten rules women face in the workplace. I think there are definately professions (law, finance) where distinct rulebooks are in force, discouraging women from wearing anything in the least bit provactive. But the majority of women in the US and probably Canada work in nondescript offices of small and mid-sized companies which are really much more flexible to define for themselves what's "appropriate" (if that's not a word pregnant with judgement I don't know what is!) And it is my opinion that these women create, to some extent, their own rule book which discourages themselves from really having fun with clothes, from wearing the great new stuff with an edge. Why? My wife and I agree that it comes down to self-confidence. It takes some guts to bend or break the rules in your own office, and most women don't want to do that. (the same can be said of men, of course, but I am not concerned with us for the moment). A woman who's confident in her abilities at work will tend to wear whatever she wants and get away with it. I sell to the marketing dept of a regional dept store chain, a place where you'd think anything goes, and am always surprised at how many women take no risk. Having worked with them for years, I've heard their snide remarks about so-and-so's skirt or shoes looking tarty. Thus the rulebook is made, it seems to me. Now in this same company there are very trend-forward women who, as it turns out, are very self-confident. Any prejudgement that they may not be serious is quickly dispelled by their command of their jobs. So this is what I tell my wife when she asks if what's she's wearing is "appropriate." I say, look, you know your stuff, people respect you, and if you like how you look and others appreciate the grace and beauty of your outfit and shoes, then why not? You spend half your waking hours at work, why not have fun? And not just fun, actually. The attention and compliments she gets from both men and women make her feel good instead of dowdy. What's the value of that? About a million dollars a day, I'd say.

feet_man78@yahoo.com

I agree that people need to be more reasonable and conservative with professional attire -females and males. I also agree that a hot 31 year old female may have more options than a 50 year old. However, too revealing and too youthful should not be an option. Still, lets don't make fat girls and old ladies be limited to frumpy clothes. Conservative clothes can be sexy. I am very attracted to 45-65 year old women who know how to dress with class and sex appeal.

suma kashi

As a working girl in her early twenties, I have to agree with both the wsj and you to some extent. I think to be taken seriously at work, you need to both dress your size and your age. In my case, I've tried both to see which one seems to fly better. I found that short skirts and high heels may look terrific, but they may not be the most practical thing to wear for 13 hour workdays. On the other hand, I'm not going to wear a pair frumpy pants and equally frumpy flats. I find that I can never go wrong with a tailored look; low rise, tailored pants or knee lenght skirt that are age-appropriate, medium heeled dress shoes (I like round toe--more comfortable are so darn cute)and a dress shirt in some bold color, with silver jewelry that accessorizes the look without overdoing it. Nevertheless, I agree with you; as you get older, you don't need to get boring, you just have to be more creative with what you wear. You want something that flatters your body without necessarily compromising on your age. Designer jeans (usually in a darker shade), a tailored blazer and some amazing heels? Works for me.

josh kerbel

Hey SL,

While no one would deny your hotness, haven't you been 31 for a while now?

Oh wait, no one would lie and say they were 31, 28 maybe, but not 31. I must be confusing you with someone else

JK

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