“These boots are made for walking and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you” – Nancy Sinatra
Sharp, fierce, off the hook, so fresh and so clean-clean, super fly, bad to the bone and two snaps in a circle, no, I’m not talking about Naomi Campbell’s sensational runway performance or P. Diddy’s signature style. I’m talking about the boots I’ve seen this season online and in the local department stores!
Depending on where you live, eat, smoke, party and drink; it’s time to assemble everything from hot apple cider to homemade chicken noodle soup to Duraflame fire logs to grandma’s generational quilt. It’s that time of year again. Actually, it’s that time of season again. Picture this- Shearling fur, cashmere, leather gloves, matching wool scarf and hat, suede jackets, puff coats, tweed ponchos, turtleneck sweaters and BOOTS to keep you stylishly warm.
To help get you moving in the right direction, shoe heaven on earth is Loehmann’s Shoes. Located south of Market in San Francisco (not quite South of Houston), it’s humble beginnings started in 1921 by founder Freida Loehmann. Loehmann paid for everything in cash and stored her money in a stocking. She put together an extraordinary and lucrative idea. Madam Freida would visit various showrooms in New York City, picking up their overstocks, samples and cancellations; pay a fraction of the original wholesale price in cash and ta-da Loehmann’s was born in over 17 states.
Guess what? Nobody bothers you. Guess what? Nobody follows you around the shoe store like the paparazzi. Guess what? No one will ask you questions like, “can I start a dressing room for you?” Guess what? It’s just you, the complimentary coffee colored stocking and the sea of boots. Know what? I think my heart just skipped a beat. I can’t believe this is happening. It’s all starting to come together… A new season= new styles= a new wardrobe= a new YOU. What more can a girl ask for?
Loehmann’s continues to be the leader when it comes to finding designer accessories, shoes and apparel 35%-70% lower than department or specialty stores. It’s definitely one-stop shopping. Shoes are on the left side of Sutter and apparel/accessories are on the right side of the street. Go up and down the aisles with sheer freedom and liberty, because you deserve it.
There is however, a method to all of the madness. If you are in search of a handbag to match a shoe in your closet, take the shoe with you to avoid color coordination mistakes. If you’re looking for a lipstick to match an eye shadow, take the lipstick with you to again, avoid color coordination mistakes. The same rule applies for boot shopping. For convenience sake- if you plan to purchase an ankle boot, wear a nice pair of trousers to get a glimpse of your future in them. If you plan to buy a knee-high boot, wear a Pencil skirt or Gauchos (which are high in demand right now) to get the full effect of your future strut. Whatever you plan to wear the most with your new found boots, wear it or bring it to the shoe store, so you can see first hand what to expect long term. Think along the lines of style, comfort and picture perfect outfits. Our goal here is to be prepared for the new season and the fashion police.
*Side bar: I don’t want to hear another person tell me, “I don’t have anything to wear with these mustard colored boots”. Purchase colors you do not have, are afraid to wear but truly adore. Take a walk on the wild side just this once. PLEASE. Buy the boots now and find something to wear with them later (that’s how you expand your wardrobe). Remember, fashion is all about creativity. From now on when you go shopping I want you to think of childhood books like My Many Colored Days, by Dr. Seuss or Put Me in the Zoo, by Robert Lopshire. Why? The stories are lively, colorful and vibrant. That’s my fashion wish for you too. *End of side bar
Great shoe colors to look for the this season are:
Faithful black, camel, chocolate, red, burgundy, charcoal, blue/teal, olive, cream, all shades of pink, gold and multi-colored.
Faux fur, rabbit fur, shiny or distressed leather, suede, python and crocodile skin, velvet, corduroy, patent leather, Asian fabrics and intricate knits.
Western chic, slouchy, sophisticated vintage, military/motorcycle unisex looks, Alaskan and Native American influenced wear.
Ankle booties, knee-high, thigh-high (worn strictly after midnight) and everything from four-inch heels to platforms to still in the fashion race flats.
Bows, ribbons, a superabundance of jewels, buckles, buttons, glitter, floral, straps, fringe, feathers and of course good old fashion lace.
Loehmann’s mission today, as it was then, is to offer customers current, in-season merchandise and frequent new arrivals. The designer names and selections are constantly changing, but one thing remains the same…Loehmann’s low discount prices.
So you look irresistibly cute & got more for your money. What a terrific combination!