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I need help - I am hopeless with shoes. I never know which styles to select to go with the clothes I wear. After years of trial and error, I have found that that for work, I like to wear straight, fairly narrow legged trousers that finish on my ankle or shortish skirts with a slight A-line that fall just above my knee. Usually wear the skirt with opaques. I wear looser jumpers or vest and cardigan with trousers or skirts. Clothes fairly plain, not keen on patterns. At home, I like skinny jeans. I have a cupboard full of old and ugly shoes, which are long out of style and do not go well with the clothes I wear. I hate cheap shoes so looking to spend around £100-150 in total on two pairs of nice comfy shoes- 1 black, the other brown/ oxblood (think I prefer oxblood). Prefer flats as I need to walk and be on my feet a lot. Thinking loafters but need to choose the right ones so that I don't look like my granny. Are ballet flats a bit old fashioned and frumpy now? I get completely bewildered by the choice and invariably select something awful and old fashioned. Also no clue where to shop. I think with my simple clothes, the shoes need to be right. I am 5ft10, long legs, size 14 and size 8 shoe.
Whiteonesugar- love the look of Russell and Bromley, bit above my current budget but i am happy to stretch it and pay a bit more for shoes that are comfy and last so will have a better look. I've ordered the shiny office loafers from asos- they are lovely and will be a bargain if they fit. I think they will go with loads of my clothes and I love the shininess of them.
I've had a pair of doc marten boots on my wish list for a while, they are the shoes of my youth - i used to live in them! I will give them a try, not sure if they will look a bit like clown shoes with my slim trews and massive feet but it's definitely worth a try.
Thank you all for the inspiration, I have a better idea of what to look for now. I'll be hitting the shops on Sunday to try some different styles and hopefully banish my ancient ugly shoes for good!
After an endless search for comfortable and stylish flats I recently got Red or Dead Rosie brogues from schuh. Just checked and they go up to size 8 in black at least...there are a few colours, including a lovely burgundy. I got khaki though as they were the only colour in the sale! Very comfortable and I think they look great with exactly the style of skirts and trousers you mentioned!