How to wear busy high top shoes

Let's get this out of the way first: I shaved my hair off, you guys. It went down like this: 1. It was really hot outside. 2. I idly mentioned to my husband I was going to shave my hair into a gothy pompadour. 3. I am prone to indulging whims when it comes to my hair. 4. After we finished our monthly Hair Dye Party, I mentioned to my mother-in-law that I was going to go home and shave my head. 5. She didn't believe me. 6. I went to the store and bought an electric shaver. 7. I shaved off one side. 8. I Instagrammed it to make it real. 9. (Like I could have undone it?) 10. Hubbs got home and advised I go all the way. 11. I went all the way. 12. I rocked it.

Here's what I learned: Having hair this short is liberating. I never HAVE to do my hair. I can get away with a lot of awesome gender bending. People treat me more like someone who is capable instead of like another damsel in distress.

high top leather shoes with leopard trim and rhinestone studs

Okay, let's get back to our regularly scheduled outfit. I bought these crazy, studded, bejeweled, leopard print, leather, high tops from a recent tag sale in Melville. I didn't pick them up right away because they don't make me tall like an Amazon but some of my customers talked me into them and I'm glad they did. These shoes are wacky, they're fun, and they're Italian. But they're not so easy to throw on with any old outfit.


The quickest, easiest way to wear a shoe that does this much talking is to stick with a neutral, monochromatic outfit. That doesn't have to be boring, though. You can add in a whole lot of texture, like I did with this sheer beaded dress by Free People. It doesn't even need a necklace (and you know I'd throw on a necklace if at all humanly possible!), or any jewelry of any kind, when you find the right texture.

I take myself really seriously.

gone for real
The back of my hair.

I chose not to tie mine because I love the sloppy, casual contrast it creates with the ornately beaded dress. If you're klutzy or about to take some public transportation, you might do better tying yours, though. You can just lace them only halfway up to get a similarly sloppy look.

over there

Also, if your cat catches wind of the whole untied lace thing, awesomeness will ensue.

  1. Free People sheer beaded dress from Free People in Roosevelt Field Mall.
  2. Mariagrazia Ripari high tops from tag sale in Melville.

Mariagrazia Ripari high tops from tag sale in Melville

Free People sheer beaded dress from Free People in Roosevelt Field

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  1. OMG I love your hair!! I could never pull it off, but lady, you rock the $#%^^* out of it!!! BTW, in case it wasn't already blaringly obvious, I suck at e-mails...responding to yours asap :)

  2. Elena Ono McCuneJuly 26, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Yay short hair! Love it! Looks amazing on you!

  3. Hair looks GREAT! Mother-in-law must be proud :D

  4. Love that you were brave enough to just chop it all off, and by yourself nonetheless! You go girl :)

    I think what also works about this outfit is that you balance out the edginess of the shoes, with the more feminine dress.

  5. Yes, great point. Outfits almost always look better when there's a healthy mix of styles.

    And thank you. I don't know if I'll ever go back to longer hair.

  6. Hey, lady. Hope you've been well. MIL loves it - especially the part where our monthly Hair Dye Party will take much less time. :)

  7. Aw, thanks. And thanks for stopping by.

  8. We already talked in person but, yes, so you!

  9. It's the camera angle. Hi, Madison! We should do a post together soon.

  10. Thanks, hot stuff. I'm loving it so much. I'm even loving it when people say they don't like it because then I can be like punky feminist power In Your Face. No rush on email! Just, I'm here.


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