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.

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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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*Cross-Body Bag 2014 Fashion Trend*

If there’s one thing you need in your spring wardrobe, it’s a cross-body bag. These purses force you to edit down the contents of your giant leather tote, and believe me, your back will thank you. Recently i posted an article about backpacks but i saw these awesome cross-body bags and i wanted to share.

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*I BOUGHT THIS AWESOME FRANCO SARTO CROSS-BODY BAG RETAIL VALUE $29.99  I PURCHASED IT FOR ONLY $7.99, INCLUDING THE WALLET, BRAND NEW*

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Sooooo working in an office, i have the flexibility to wear pretty much anything from casual to super dressy, except 2 Friday’s a month that we have Dress Down day,Jeans here i come (lol)… The ladies in the office were talking to me about the fact that i rarely repeat the same clothes and one of their big questions was “How can we look professional, without always wearing a BLAZER”… MMMhhhh so after much thinking, and shopping! I came up with some other awesome ways to look Professional without wearing “The Blazer”..Here are my ideas, you ladies and gents can tell me what you think. Gracias 🙂

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I don’t wear makeup very often,  but as i reached the young age of (20+15). I have realized a little foundation and lip gloss really do go a long way. But no one ever really showed me how to wear makeup or eyeliner or blush so i wanted to share this great resource on how to apply make up, you might know how to do it already if not i hope this helps. If you have great ideas please let me know. Gracias 🙂

Step 1: Corrector/Concealer

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First, neutralise darkness with a pink or peach-toned corrector. Apply with a brush to the deepest or darkest area to prepare for concealer. Next, choose yellow-based shades of concealer and layer them over the corrector underneath the eye up to the lash line and on the innermost corner of the eye. Blend by patting with your fingers. Last, apply pale yellow or white powder with a brush or puff to set the concealer in place.

 Step 2: Foundation

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To find the perfect foundation shade, swatch a few shades on the side of the face and forehead and check the colours in natural light. The shade that disappears is the right one. Use a brush, sponge or fingers to apply foundation where the skin needs to be evened out – around the nose and mouth where there is often redness. For full, all-over coverage, use a brush, sponge or fingers to apply and blend foundation to the outer edge of the face. To cover blemishes, spot-apply foundation stick or blemish cover stick in a shade that matches the skin tone exactly. Pat with your finger to blend. Repeat if necessary.

 Step 3: Powder

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For crease-free and long wear, apply loose powder in a pale yellow tone (or white if you are very fair) over concealer using an eye blender brush or a mini powder puff. Apply powder in the correct shade for your skin tone to the rest of the face using a powder puff or powder brush.

Step 4: Blusher

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Smile and apply a natural shade of blush on the apples of cheeks. Blend up towards the hairline, then downward to soften the colour. For long-lasting results, layer a pop of brighter blusher on top.  For an extra glow, dust a shimmer powder on the cheekbones with a face blender brush, or use a creamy formula applied with your fingers.

 Step 5: Lipstick

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Start with clean, smooth lips. Neutral lipstick shade and sheer formulas can be applied directly from the tube. Use a lip brush to apply darker or brighter colours, which require precise application

Step 6: Lip Liner

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To achieve natural-looking definition and to keep clear of feathering around the mouth, line lips with a lip liner after applying lip color. Use a lip brush to soften and blend any hard edges.

Step 7: Eyeshadow

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Sweep a light eyeshadow colour from the lash line to the brow bone. Dust a medium eyeshadow colour on the lower lid, up to the crease. Apply contour colour if needed to the fleshy part of the lid as a correction and to add depth to the eye.

Step 8: Eyebrows

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Define brows using shadow or pencil in the colour of your eyebrows and 
hair. To apply shadow begin at the inner corner of the brow and follow 
its natural shape using light, feathery strokes.

Step 9: Eyeliner

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Line the upper lash line with a dark shadow colour. Apply damp or dry. After lining the upper lash line, look straight ahead to see if there are any gaps that need to be filled in.

Step 10: Mascara

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When applying mascara, hold the mascara wand parallel to the floor and brush from the base of the lashes to the tips. Roll the wand as you go to separate the lashes and avoid clumps. Always apply two to three coats.How-to-make-pretty-smokey-eyes-makeup-step-by-step-DIY-tutorial-instructions-512x989

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*Here are my personal ideas on how to save money when buying clothes*

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1. Figure out precisely when to hunt for bargains. Your favorite stores will have several big sales throughout the course of the year. With a minimal amount of advance planning, you can time things so you shop only during the best sales. If you don’t feel like monitoring the ads in your local newspaper, call the stores directly and ask for details.

2. Go to the back of every store. Make it a regular habit to scour those hidden-away discount racks first. You’ll find plenty of marked-down garments there, and sometimes the deepness of the discounts is shocking. Those same clothes likely were on display at full price in the front of the store just a few short months or weeks ago. Also be aware that some items come back in style. I don’t buy extreme trend items, I keep it simple but I do accessorize. So if let’s say spikes or neon are in style I may buy a belt or purse or hair bow and add that trend to my outfit.

3. Be a savvy Internet shopper. Visit the Web sites of your favorite stores and clothing catalogs and look for online-only sales. Click on any link that says “sale,” “new markdowns” or “final clearance.” It’s not at all uncommon to spot dresses or suits that used to cost $100 or more lurking in final clearance sections for $19.99 or even $9.99. If you’re really sneaky, you can try clothes on at your nearest retail store first to make sure they fit and then buy them online for less. Just make sure that excessive shipping charges won’t turn your online deal into a dud.

14. Remember outlet malls and stores. Some outlet stores offer fabulous discounts on high-quality clothing, while others sell clothing at prices higher than you’d find at regular retailers. You also may encounter merchandise produced solely for outlet stores that can be of inferior quality. All of that said, outlet stores frequently offer serious bargains on “irregular” garments, which often have defects that are barely noticeable.

5. Visit discount retailers. Have you taken a pass through the likes of T.J. Maxx, Ross Stores, Marshalls or Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Rainbow’s lately? Lots of their clothes are nice – and inexpensive. You can find reasonably priced shoes, purses and accessories such as jewelry and watches at these stores as well. Also if these stores have apps, you can get their coupons or sales or get apps like SnipSnap. I always look to see if a particular item will be on sale, I ask the staff at the store hey when are these going on sale. Most of the times they are very nice and if that item will go on sale the next day they will hold it for 24 hours.

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6. Go thrifting, shopping at thrift stores takes patience and time, so you shouldn’t go when you’re in a big hurry. But you can find beautiful suits, jackets, dresses, sweaters and other clothing there for literally pennies on the dollar. Sometimes you’ll even spot brand new clothes with the tags still attached. . Really go thrifting. So you say you’d rather get those dress pants for $1 instead of $5? Well, you probably can. Many thrift stores offer regular weekly deals that provide true shopping thrills for bargain hounds. For example, all clothes tagged with stickers of a certain color may cost 99 cents on a certain day of the week. Call up the thrift stores in your area and ask about special sales.

7. Make wise shopping decisions for kids. Buy clothes that are a little bit too big for your growing boy or girl. You can hem pants and let them out later, or roll up sleeves for a while until your child grows into that shirt. I purchase summer clothes in the winter I go 1 or 2 sizes bigger or buy items with elastic or things you can tie. I purchase their coats, boots and hats and gloves during the spring.

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8. Don’t give up on the clothes you have too easily. Many ignored and abandoned items in your closet could enjoy a new life with a little bit of TLC. Coats and blazers can be relined, shoes can be resolved and small imperfections can be repaired. If you have a pair of shoes that you never wear because their soles slip too easily, use sandpaper to give them better traction. If you sew you can also alter and refresh the clothes in your closet. Or if you thrift you can buy a dress or skirt in a bigger size if you like the price or color or pattern and sew it to your body measurements.

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My hair is very curly and i love it, but it does get dry and brittle, once a week i make my own DIY Natural Deep conditioning hair treatment. It makes my hair silky, soft and shiny. So here it is. I really like that its economical, natural and easy to make. IMG_7014 IMG_7019 IMG_7031 IMG_7034 IMG_7040 IMG_7058 IMG_7061

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*ONCE DONE WASH AND STYLE AS USUAL. I HOPE YOU ENJOY, LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO THIS AND HOW IT WORKS OUT FOR YOU*

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*The Bon*Ton Store*

I’ve never been to The Bon Ton Store, but this week i decided to go in and see what its all about. So here is my review. Overall they have a lot of name brand clothes, shoes, purses and accessories. They have good items on clearance and on sale, some items were over priced and not worth it unless it’s on sale. I did like the variety of clothing they had young pieces, nice patters, leopard, bright colors, cute purses and shoes. I have 2 boys and a hubby, so i did see a lot of great items i will be going back to get for my boys. I also saw a lot of great items on sale with good quality especially having 2 young boys ages 9 and 5, having good clothes at quality prices is a must. So overall i will definitely go back to this store. They also have great things on their on-line web page and good sales. Some items like shoes and purses i found to be cheaper at the store but they do have a lot of variety and sizes on line. You can use the Coupons on the Snip Snap app for most of their stuff, except the yellow items, unless you go the days they have coupons for these items.

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*Pros and Cons of Online Shopping*

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As you fabulous ladies and gents might now, i love to shop but always at a discount, clearance or sale price. I completed my Christmas shopping several weeks ago but i like to look online for great sales and also shop at my local retailers. Since the whole Target fiasco i have been looking more into what stores i shop online and in person. I’m an avat coupon-er i have a coupon binder and everything (lol), so when i see a good deal i tend to stock up.

**Here are some pros and cons about Online shopping**

The Advantages of Shopping Online

1. The stores are never closed, Shop 24/7 this one is pretty self explanatory, there is no dress code and you save on gas.

 2. There are no parking woes and you can escape from aggressive sales people.

 3. Saves Time, no need to go around the mall for hours, trying to find that perfect dress you want. Just type in a few keywords and you’ll definitely find something nice and a wide range of choices.

4. The Ability to Price Compare, when you are shopping at a brick and mortar store, it’s easy to gravitate to the cutest pieces. You’re in shopping mode and it’s easy not to put much thought into whether you could get it for a better price at different retailer. It’s cute and relatively cheap and you’re going to get it. When you’re shopping online, you can simply search the item and find the best price instantly.

5. Customer Reviews, Even when I’m shopping at a physical store, I’ll pull up the store’s website sometimes and look at reviews of something I’m about to buy. This has saved me money and this is a pro of both online and offline shopping.

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The Disadvantages of Shopping Online

 1. The inabilities to physically check out the items you are purchasing. Can’t Try It On – This is probably my biggest con for online shopping. You can’t physically touch the fabrics to see if it’s worth the money, if it will hold up through multiple washes, or if the color you’re seeing on your computer screen is even accurate

2. Losing the power to negotiate the price and payment terms that may exist in local stores.

3. Items ordered online are sometimes on back order but the consumer is not always informed until weeks after the purchase is made.

4. Not always knowing if a site is a legitimate and safe site to shop. Make sure the website or online store you plan to shop at is legitimate. Check for reviews and testimonials, if available.

5. Having to pay for shipping costs that far exceed the true shipping rate. No Guarantees, there are chances of your mail not getting delivered on time, or not at all, due to a number of reasons (e.g. wrong address, problem with shipping, etc.). This is the reason why some online shops offer insurance to their clients.  

6. Returns and exchanges can sometimes be difficult because of the lack of face to face negotiations. I try to purchase from my local stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Macys, JCP, Sears, Forever 21, Rainbow’s, Aldo’s etc. Many stores will give you a return label to ship the item back if it doesn’t fit or it isn’t what you thought it would be. I like those stores. 

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*MIXING PATTERNS*

I like being creative, art, paintings, home decor so i thought about mixing some patterns, colors and fabrics. The best part is that you can mix and match your dresses, tops, pants and cardigans so its like doubling or tripling your outfit selection. Here are my final 2 results of pattern mixing, what do you think? What are your favorite colors and patterns. Cluster-On-Trend-Mixing-Patterns-1 (1)

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I love all things that smell good, lately i have been obsessed with Wax Melts, i recently bought this great Lighthouse Wax Warmer at Walmart on clearance for only $5.00. (Yeah). So of course i purchased the last two. I also bought 2 different Better Homes waxed scented cubes for only $2.00 each. But as i was looking at other  scents and noticed how expensive they were. 

Wax (1)Here is a idea on how to make your own scented wax at home. I did this and it worked great. I love having candles and other smelly things in my home but they can get very pricey.

 1. I started with Organic Beeswax, which you can purchase from Amazon or your local crafts store.  You can also reuse the wax from previously purchased candles or wax melts. The best part is that you can re-use it, yes you can!

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2. I chose the Beeswax because it is 100% natural, being nature’s wax, emits wonderful air-cleaning, depression-reducing ions that combat things like dust, odors, mold and even viruses while elevating the mood! Seriously! 

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3. You can choose any chose to mix up 3 essential oils, I chose Lavender and Rose and Peppermint.  I love that it only takes a couple drops to get a great smell and there are 250 drops in each bottle. They really go a long way!

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 4. I popped the beeswax into the microwave until melted.  Then I added a few drops of each essential oil.  You can do this with any essential oils you enjoy the smell of.

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 5. You then pour the melted wax into an ice cube tray i got some cool ones at Ikea or reuse a “scentsy style” container.

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 6. I then popped the pan into the freezer for a few minutes and they were all set up! I just popped them right out of the pan and placed them in the warmers. The rest went into an air tight container for another day.

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7. I can’t imagine how much money this has saved my family, and I still get to enjoy all the amazing scents that make me happy!

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**Awesome finds at Kohl ‘s this is my one of my favorite stores**

Kohl’s is one of the stores that i love they have  great and awesome designers from Vera Wang, J.L.o, Candie’s, Dana Buckman, Apt 9, Lauren Conrad, Daisy Fuentes, Nike, Chaps and so many others. They always have amazing items on clearance, they have extra sales, 15-20% off every day. I have walked into Kohl’s and purchased items as cheap as $1.50. Their clothes are always so stylish, young, beautiful, comfortable and they are such great quality. I have purchased clothes for my boys who are 5 and 9 and trust me boys wear and tear and i wash their clothes often and they just seem to last. It’s rare for me to throw away their clothes most of the time when they don’t fit the boys i donate them and they are still in perfect condition. So Kohl’s is definitely my Tuesday’s Treasure Trove, because i can find from the biggest to the smallest, from clothes, to accessories, shoes, toys, baby stuff, men’s ties, house stuff and so much more.

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*THIS DRESS ORIGINAL PRICE $64.00… I PURCHASED IT FOR ONLY $6.49*shoes khols

*THESE SNEAKERS ORIGINAL PRICE $74.99… I PURCHASED THEM FOR ONLY $9.29*

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**Hello ladies and gentlemen, we all love to shop especially when we can get a great value. Here’s a list of my top 5 awesome Vintage and Thrift stores in my area of Western Massachusetts**

1.  Savers

(They have great clothes, shoes and home decor, they are my favorite and some have the color of the week, all of the things you purchase are 50% off.) Plus they are always clean and organized. I find the best brands for my boys like Apostrophe, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Polo, Chaps and so many others.

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2.  Goodwill

They have great clothes, shoes and home decor,great books and some vintage stuff.  They have the color of the week and all of the things you purchase are 50% off.

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3.  Salvation Army

They have great clothes, shoes and home decor, they always have the best books, plus a lot of times i find great lamps, rugs and wall decor. 

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4.  Plato’s Closet

They have great clothes, shoes and mostly brand name stuff. My hubby likes going with me to this store every now and then they have new brand name clothes for men like Nike, Puma and Adidas. They are the most expensive of the thrift stores but they offer the top names like Coach, Steve Madden, BCBG, Jlo, Ugg and so many others. Plato's 2

5.  Indian Orchard Thrift

They have great clothes, shoes and home decor, they are clean and organized. This store is only $2.00 per item so if you find great shoes, shirts, pants, dresses, purse or wallet they are only $2.00. They are great, majority of their stuff is for women, teens and girls.

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Nine West Nude Pumps

I was at T.J. Maxx and i’ve been looking for Nude pumps for some time, i found the perfect pair, these are Nine West Nude Pumps original price ($69.99), but i paid only ($15.00) on clearance. They are just fabulous the heel is not to high and they are so comfy 🙂

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