Shoes That Are Comfortable AND Stylish

As of late, I’ve had multiple clients searching for fall shoes and boots. And while these women care about style, fashion, and how they look (I mean, obviously, they hired a stylist). They also equally care about comfort. Done are the days of shoes that feel like knives in your feet. Or backaches from wearing too high a heel or a shoe with minimal support.

However, these clients do not want to settle for orthopedic-looking shoes or defaulting to running shoes with every outfit. And while it might seem that comfort and looks can’t co-exist in the footwear category – I’m here to let you know they can and they do! I’ve searched high and low to find the best looking fall comfort shoes and boots for you!

And surprise, I found a lot! From tried and true comfort brands that have (finally) married comfort technology with fashion sense. And from brands that I’ve personally tried or had a client try so I have direct feedback. Now, that all being said, footwear comfort is VERY personal. One person’s most comfortable pair can feel torturous to another person. So consider this your guide – they all have my stamp of approval in the looks department – and sometimes you’ve got to try on quite a few pairs to find the one that fits.

Diana Vitantonio – Girl Crush

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Diana for the past 20 years. As both a yoga instructor and socially through mutual friends. And while I could absolutely wax poetic about Di for paragraphs… she really does a better job sharing her passions and calling than I ever could. So read on to learn all about my girl crush, Diana Vitantonio.

My name is Diana Vitantonio and I am a Self Esteem coach for women.  Nothing lights my heart up more than witnessing another woman empower, heal and forgive herself.  She can begin to value herself in every decision she makes.  This is a BIG DEAL.  It seems easy, but this is the deep and hard work of diving into your interior.  All the parts of yourself that you don’t know that well yet.  Above all, It is how you truly love yourself.

Diana’s Work

One of the first things I do with people when I work with them is give them a list of words. Then I ask them to write down the definition. I’ve been doing this with people for over 10 years and what I learned is this…  No one has the same definition for any word.  No one. I learned that it wasn’t important that we all agreed on a definition.  What was important is that we agreed on different ones.  It’s about valuing our experience and everyone else’s at the same time.  No one sees the world like you do.  No one.  This is huge in understanding ourselves and each other. Certainly, it is paramount in healthy boundaries.

For most of my life, I have been able to act confident but I haven’t always had self-esteem.  To me, confidence is what it looks like on the outside. Self-esteem is what it is on the inside.

Sale. Sales. Sales.

There are a gazillion fabulous sales going on right now and specifically, the Shopbop sale is just beginning. It’s a great way to save money. Quite a bit in fact, because many of the sales are a buy more, save more concept. However, it can be overwhelming as well. Too many choices can be paralyzing. Sometimes less is more… So let me help narrow it down for you… And offer a few tips on how to best shop online sales.

How to Shop On-Line Sales:

READ THE FINE PRINT! Make sure to see when the sale ends. And the return policy.
SKIP IT IF IT’S FINAL SALE. Unless you’ve tried the item and know your size, without a doubt. If not, it’ll be yours, like it or not.
KEEP A FAVORITES FOLDER. Most stores allow you to “heart” or “favorite” an item. That way you can keep an eye on it and grab it when it goes on sale.
ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE HITTING PURCHASE. Would you buy it for full price? Can you think of 3 ways to wear it with items you already have? When you walk away from the computer, can you not stop thinking about it?  If you answer yes, then ADD TO CART!
BUY A FEW SIZES AND RETURN WHAT DOESN’T FIT.  Items go fast during a sale. As long as things are returnable, I recommend getting a few sizes (if you’re unsure of the fit) and returning those that didn’t work. If you wait to exchange, chances are it might be sold out.
It’s All About the Timing

Freida Rothman Jewelry

I’m over the moon because a super cool jewelry brand, Frieda Rothman reached out to collaborate. Now when it comes to collabs, I need you all to know, I  turn down about 90% of them. The litmus test is this: Would I wear or use it myself, or recommend it to my personal styling clients. If yes, then I’ll start talking about details like rates, posting obligations, creative freedom (another must for me), and savings codes (I always try to hook you up with some kind of savings). Please know my obligation to serve you, and retain your trust, always supersedes the payout a brand might offer. If I wouldn’t use it, then I’m not sharing it with you all. Period. The End.

So when the Freida Rothman jewelry line reached out, it ticked all of the boxes. Great looking, fair pricepoint, a mission that aligned with my own, excellent customer service, and presentation AND a savings code to boot. I was in!

Use this link and code HALLIEA10 to save 10% off your order!

Red Walmart Scoop Blazer styled by The Wardrobe Consultant

My recent love affair with Walmart

If I do say so myself, I’m a dang good shopper. I take great pride in the fact that I could walk into almost ANY store and find a treasure. However, there is a big difference between finding one or two items and finding a whole slew you want to take home and wear/use ASAP. Sort of like when you go to a restaurant and like one thing on the menu, or want to order the whole left side of the menu – ordering the whole menu is how I’ve been feeling about my shopping experience at Walmart lately.

Yes, this is a sponsored post, and thank you Walmart for supporting my little pieces of the internet. But you all know I would not have taken on this collaboration if I did not firmly and enthusiastically believe in the brand and the products. For that, you always have my promise.

It Started 18 Months Ago…

My Walmart love affair actually started about 18 months before Walmart reached out. I was working with a styling client virtually. She lives in Texas and I’m in Ohio. We had completed the analysis piece of her wardrobe consultation (where we decide what stays, what goes, and what’s missing). And I was on to the shopping/sourcing part of the process. 

My search for a colorful topper to compliment her blue eyes and blond hair (yes, she’s a classic Texas beauty) led me to a turquoise blue blazer from Walmart that truly looked like it could have been a designer piece. Not seeing it in person, I was a little skeptical – but you don’t know if you don’t try, right? And you know what?!? It was FABULOUS! Well made, beautiful hand to the fabric, finely tailored, gorgeous on her, AND only $40! 

A HUGE score! First, no one, and I mean no one would guess that this blazer cost $40. And second, this allowed us to allocate more of her shopping budget to other areas of her wardrobe. A big ‘ol Win/Win, thanks to Walmart!

Fast Forward to Fall 2021

So when Walmart reached out to collaborate this fall I was really excited!

Shoe Purgatory: What It Is and How To Fix It

Shoe purgatory is a topic I feel like I can write about both every fall and every spring. And still, every fall and every spring, like clockwork, I receive questions about it. 

First, let’s start with what exactly is shoe purgatory? Shoe purgatory is that in-between time of year when it’s too cold for sandals and yet, not cold enough for boots.

I know, you’re nodding your head right now, because if you live in Ohio – or anywhere else that has seasonal changes, you’ve encountered this problem too. The cold hard truth is that many shoe wardrobes go straight from sandals to boots (or boots to sandals in the spring) and this in-between time (aka shoe purgatory) is a killer. I was going to say that it is hell – but I’ve used that pun before and felt it was getting stale!

The Shoe Struggle is Real

The other day, I received this message from a person in Cincinnati that’s a member of my private Facebook group, All Dressed Up With SOMEWHERE To Go. Which if you’re not part of, I highly suggest joining ASAP! It’s a private, carefully moderated group where people post fashion questions, ask for opinions, share great finds – and I weigh in with answers too. It’s a great group – everyone is really nice and supportive AND, bonus, it’s kind of a direct line to me, without having to actually hire me, lol!

Ok, anyway, back to the question…

Reader: Will you do a piece on shoe options in this warm weather transition to fall? Especially down in Cincinnati, where it stays hot. I swear, I never know what shoes to wear. It drives me crazy.