I talk a lot about the importance of including pieces that are "edgy" (hard) and pieces that are "feminine" (soft) in your wardrobe. I don't think that any wardrobe is complete when it is predictable or expected...even though we all need to define what our personal style really is, there need to be a few surprises to keep things fresh, and to keep our ability to be creative with our look active. With that said, whenever I find something that is both edgy and feminine at the same time (especially in a cheeky, yes-I'm-confident-enough-to-"play"-with-fashion way), I am super happy. No, more like I'm escastic and have to share it with you rightaway.
So here goes. Vince Camuto is one of my very favorite shoe designers. He is on-trend but doesn't produce exact knock-offs (never cute), his shoes will run you around $110 on average, and for some reason, they are seriously comfortable. Like, even the ones that have 5.5" heels. I have worn multiple different styles to go dancing, to stand for hours on end, and to run around Manhattan. And my feet never, ever hurt. He also manages to do one key thing, relevant to this article...there is a beautiful merging of edgy and feminine in his designs. And this pair, the "Jamma" is a perfect example. Available in multiple colors, the "petal" (or super pale off-white/palest nude-pink leather) is the best. It has a solid stiletto (not one of those pin-thin heels that are impossible for shoe mortals to walk in...), but it isn't at all too thick either. And while the heel has serious pewter studs lining it, so does the...bow in the front! What?! Yes, there is a stud-covered, oversized leather bow at the front. It is subversive, unexpected, and the absolute epitome of "edgy & feminine."
Your wardrobe (whether it is filled with frilly florals or toughie motorcycle jackets) will thank me.