So, I'm just going to come out and say it. I hate the color navy.
Stupid navy. It's not edgy enough to be black, and won't commit to being blue either. I mostly get irritated because I can never accessorize with navy. Specifically, you can't find shoes to go with it. Black looks weird and makes you look like you were too color blind to realize your outfit was actually navy. White shoes and klutz who lives in the rainy Northwest do not mix. Red goes nicely with navy, but depending on the situation (ie interview) you don't want to stroll in wearing red heels unless you are Blanche Devereaux. In that case, carry on.
Anyway, I bought a really cute dress from Old Navy that was white and navy striped. I did it against my better judgement because of my anti-navy stance, but the dress shape was so cute, plus it had pockets. I felt like I owed it to my beloved grandmother, who bitched mightily about things not having enough pockets (yes, I come from a long line of people with quirky grievances), because a dress with pockets would have been like gold to her. So I got it.
Then I realized today I have no shoes to go with it.
Shoes are a weird beast for me anymore. When I was younger I was obsessed with buying shoes, and pranced around in high heels like the second coming of Carrie Bradshaw. I wore heels with everything, even jeans, and personally kept Band-aid in business due to constantly having to tape up blisters. Flash forward to a foot injury in 2009, and I now am reformed and my shoe collection is very small and 98% of them are flats, sneakers or flip flops. I have one pair of pink heels, and a black ankle bootie with higher heels. That's literally it on the high heel front.
Once in awhile though, you need heels. They make your legs look nicer, plus they tend to look more polished with dresses than flats do. But the problem is, I don't think they make normal sized heels or kitten heels anymore. Seriously for God's sake, can someone bring the kitten heel back? Because they're more my speed. Every shoe now has these insane heels on them, and let's just say, not appropriate for interviewing. I mean maybe if you were doing another "job", if you get my drift, but not classy office work. Plus those kinds of heels are absolute murder on my ankles. I've also found out today that shoes do not exist in white or navy unless they are sandals, which are not appropriate for an interview. You either go white or navy in hooker heels or sandals apparently. Luckily I had a pair of edgy looking flats at home that were dark blue enough to pass for navy that go pretty marvelously with this dress, so at least I am covered there!
I would like to get a couple more pairs of heels for special occasions, but I'm not sure wear to go look. My feet are weird and I have to try everything on, so online shopping really isn't an option for me. But Nordstrom and Macy's are huge duds for me. Any other ideas of places to shop for normal shoes that straddle the line between hooker and grandma?