6 Reasons Your Shoes Look Cheap

6 Reasons Your Shoes Look Cheap

You don’t have to spend a lot to look like you spent a lot. by Charles Manning

Given how quickly even expensive shoes can wear out, it can be difficult to justify spending a lot of money on them. But just because you are shopping on a budget doesn’t mean your shoes have to look cheap. The key is knowing what makes a shoe look cheap in the first place and realizing that what may look good on an expensive shoe doesn’t necessarily look good on one that is P500.

1. The platform is too high.

Unfortunately, the higher the platform, the cheaper-looking the shoe, especially in the case of a hidden platform, which often ends up looking more like a hoof with a high heel on the back than an actual shoe. Shoes without any platform tend to look the chicest and most sophisticated. They also tend to be super uncomfortable. If you want the look of a no-platform shoe without the discomfort, look for shoes where the platform is smaller than the actual sole of the shoe. That way it won’t be so obvious when viewed from above. If you can’t find a recessed platform that works for you, stick to shoes with smaller platforms—about half an inch or less—and in both cases, add a gel insole to the toe area for extra cushioning.

2. They don’t fit.


A bad fit not only looks awkward, it affects the way you walk and carry yourself.
No matter how gorgeous a shoe is, if the fit is not perfect, don’t buy them. Sure, you could stretch them out a little or add padding to make them more secure, but do you really want to go through all that? And what if it’s not enough? Now you’ve not only wasted your money, but also your time.

3. They’ve got way too much going on.


Embellishment is always tricky. Even expensive embellishment can look cheap if it is not done in just the right way. Resist the urge to blow all your money on some sort of wild statement shoe. When you see a really crazy shoe that you like, figure out what the one thing is that you like about it most, and then go online and find a shoe that showcases that attribute best. Choose a clean, classic shape in the color you like, instead of one with a bunch of extras all over it.

4. There are too many prints.


If you are into animal print, choose a shoe with one all-over print instead of a shoe that mixes a bunch of different textures and colors.

5. They are worn out.


There is nothing sophisticated about walking around with the metal shank sticking out of your heel because you have worn off the little black plastic heel nub. And if you notice a scuff or cut on your shoe, it’s safe to assume other people will notice too. Scuffs on suede can usually be buffed out with a toothbrush. You can help pointy-toed shoes maintain their shape longer by stuffing the toes when you are not wearing them and you should use scissors to trim any loose threads that start to poke out around the edges of your shoes.

6. They are too shiny.


Flat or patent leather looks great in black, white, and tan, but it can start to look really gross really quickly in saturated colors like cobalt blue, deep pink, and dark brown. This is especially true if it is faux leather, instead of the real thing, which is often the case when you are shopping on a budget. If you want your bold-colored shoe to look expensive, stick to suede. Suede holds color really well and faux suede looks almost exactly like the real thing—certainly much closer to it than faux leather looks to real leather.

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

Victoria Beckham *London Store*

A store has been on the cards for a while. ‘It’s taken about two years,’ says Victoria. ‘We looked at a lot of different spaces but I fell in love with this one – it feels like my second home.’

The decor is a mix of graphic minimalism and welcoming touches – think raw polished concrete floors and an abundance of floor-to-ceiling mirrors. All the better for admiring yourself in her full catwalk collection, the (slightly) more affordable Victoria, Victoria Beckham sister line (or ‘VVB’ as she calls it), plus her handbags, debut collection of shoes and those sunglasses she is so often spotted wearing.

I don’t want people to feel frightened or scared to come in, While Victoria has joked ‘I’ll be behind the till, David will be on the door, with Brooklyn working as a Saturday boy’, we took this with a pinch of salt (the place would be mobbed!) But you can rest assured that it won’t be a snooty boutique and there won’t be any Pretty Woman moments.

‘I think we’ve all been into stores where we’ve been made to feel like we shouldn’t really be there,’ she says. ‘I don’t want people to feel frightened or scared to come in. The public have come on this journey with me and continue to be on this journey with me so I want them to feel welcome.’

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Despite showing her collections as part of New York Fashion Week, there was never any doubt that Victoria’s first store would be in London. ‘I grew up in London, my family live in London and my kids go to school in London. I’m proud to be from here,’ she says.

There’s even a chance that she might leave the Big Apple to show during the next London Fashion Week. ‘The space definitely lends itself to it. I’m not sure if it’s big enough for a show but definitely a presentation,’ she says.

Rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest fashion houses in the world (Dover Street Market, Christian Louboutin and McQ are all glossy neighbors’), the new store feels like the final stamp of approval. ‘Yesterday I was standing in the window and I was looking out and I thought: “Wow, a store on Dover Street.” If someone had said to me five years ago that I’d be in this position, I wouldn’t have believed them.’

Vintage Rustic Butler’s Tray Coffee Table

I found this amazing Vintage Rustic Butler’s Tray Coffee Table, i just love the rustic look, i did clean it and rubbed Murphy’s Oil on the table, but i do not want to add anything to it for now, i like this look especially since its FALL here in New England. My favorite time of year :)

*Here is how i decorated this amazing coffee table*

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Tuesday’s Treasure Trove

I love the Fall, it’s my favorite time of year. I know your probably saying to yourself but its still July and summer and this is true, but for me posting about fall fashion trends, speed up the process (even if it doesn’t LOL). Working at my fabulous job i can wear anything from a 3 piece suit to a Maxi dress and I like to change it up every day. Here are some of my favorite outfit ideas, what do you like?

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What i wore on 7-26-14

Fun and Flirt brand via T.J. Maxx, Skirt Sheer Peach Maxi skirt via Burlington Coat Factory, Shoes Cream laced wedges. This is a fun and flirty ensemble, i love this top, great bright colors. Today was a great sermon, Pastor preached about “letting go and letting God, and forgiving those that offend us, even when we know we are right, still loving them”. Have a blessed and Happy Sabbath :)

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*ARC PLANNER*

I love to plan and i like to be organized, I’ve always had planners, agendas or calenders, but lately I’ve been seeing a lot of planner s like (Filofax, Erin Conrad, Vera Bradley, ARC Staples, Franklin Convey, Day Timer, etc, etc). And some seemed nice or to expensive etc. I wanted something versatile, easy but most of all something i could make my own. Since i’m very into scrap-booking, i wanted to decorate my own planner. The ARC planner by Staples is nice, sleek, comes in various styles and sizes and is affordable. Plus i can sticker it, washi tape it or decorate as my heart pleases. So here are some ideas that I used for my ARC daily planner. What kind of a planner do you use, what do you like or not about using a planner, binder, agenda book or calender.   ARC STAPLES (2) ARC STAPLES (3) ARC STAPLES (6)  ARC STAPLES (8)

What I wore on 7-12-14

Happy Sabbath, the sermon today was amazing, I really felt the Holy Spirit and trust me I’ve had a very difficult week. It felt great going to church, praying listening to uplifting music, now i am re-energized and ready to start a new week soon to come. This is my favorite Liz Claiborne white blouse,  Isaac Mizrahi for Target Front Pleated Hot Pink Skirt, Nude tights, Nine West Nude Pumps.1 2 3 4 5 6

What i wore on 7-5-14

*Happy Independence 4th of July*

*Today i had a great Sabbath, i was truly blessed, this is a great outfit and i have been trying to wear brighter colors and patterns (dressing outside the box). So i put this purplish outfit together. White top Croft&Barrow brand, Purple Top, Paisley skirt Charlotte Russ brand, Hot Pink Wedges Kohl’s.*

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What i wore on 6/21/14

Today we had Communion Service in Church, it was really great, i felt truly blessed, i like the washing of the feet ceremony it really teaches us to be humble ask for forgiveness and forgive those who have offended us. Have a Wonderful Sabbath. What i wore today, Kohl’s Apt 9 Brand Lace Front Peach Blouse, Old Navy Black Wrap around skirt, Checkers Heel Shoes Marshall’s.

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*Weight Loss 1 Year After*

 *ONE YEAR LATER ON MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY AND I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN MY 50 POUND PLUS WEIGHT LOSS, IM VERY THANKFUL TO GOD WHO HAS GIVEN ME THE STRENGHT TO KEEP IT OFF, MY WONDERFUL HUBBY WHO IS MY #1 FAN AND SUPPORT. IT HAS NOT BEEN EASY BUT I FEEL AND LOOK FABULOUS* THANK YOU TO ALL OF MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS HERE ON MY FASHION BLOG FOR ALWAYS BEING VERY UPLIFTING AND SUPPORTIVE :)

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What i wore on 6-1-14

My husband and I decided to go for a nice walk in our beautiful Downtown, their are so many great sculptures, lights and so many quirky thinks in our small city. Here are some great pictures of the highlights and what I was wearing. Maxi Flower Dress Rainbow’s Store, Silver Sandals T.J. Maxx, Black Cardigan Dots Stores, Steve Madden Crossover Bag T.J. Maxx. It was such a beautiful fresh night :)

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What i wore on 5-17-14

Spring is here and i love pink its my favorite color, i was thrifting and i found this beautiful blouse and skirt. Liz Claiborne white short sleeve blouse with pearls in front and pearl buttons on the back, sheer pink wrap around skirt, blush tights, and Nine West Nude pumps. Have a Happy Sabbath, Be Blessed :)

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