How to Wear: Navy Shoes

Many of you have mentioned that you miss Elizabeth’s blog. The good news is that she has returned to the blogosphere. The bad news is that owning a store is a lot of work, and she wants to maintain her focus on bringing all of you the best shoes, the best shopping experience and the best staff. Of course, from time to time she will grace us with her online presence, but we are mixing things up a bit. Look to this space for tips on how to wear our shoes, where trends are headed, and news about The Shoe Hive.

Now, down to business. I must thank you–our customers–for giving us the topic of our latest blog post. You would not believe the number of women who walk through our door in search of navy shoes. Apparently, they are hard to find. Not at The Shoe Hive. In developing this post originally, I assumed we would feature every navy shoe in the store–until I found out we carry nearly a dozen! So, here are three of our favorites with three ways to wear them.

These Belgian loafers by Jon Josef are very à la mode. According to Elizabeth, the Belgian loafer is going to be everywhere in a few months if the shows are any indication of upcoming trends. (Which obviously, they are.) I would wear these casually, with skinny jeans in a very dark wash. Complement the tortoise piping with a bold orange wrap sweater against the ultimate basic–a dark gray tee. A few accessories complete the look: an OrYany hobo bag and Elizabeth & James sunglasses, both of which are available at The Shoe Hive.

We also carry the Tory Burch Reva in navy. Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the Reva has reached iconic shoe status. Navy is great for fall as it pairs well with warmer colors such as those featured in this second look. Flats are most flattering if worn with a pant hemmed an inch or less above the ankle. Think about it–your ankles are likely the slimmest part of your legs. Aren’t they deserving of attention?

If you are looking for something a little dressier, this great kitten heel by Vince Camuto is an excellent option. It has touches of “oxblood”–the color of the season. Notice that I’ve included both a cardigan and a jacket. Try wearing your cardigan as a blouse, buttoned up under a blazer. The slight peplum on the cardigan pictured here hides any tummy insecurities you might have, and balances out the wide angle of the skirt. When you balance the proportions of your clothes, you don’t need any more than a kitten heel to pull it all together.

P.S. Sorry to those of you who received an html version of this post last night as I was editing it!