Fashion challenge: chic, low-heeled sandals

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In truth, low-heeled sandals have been having a moment for a little while now, and I really want my eye to get used to them, because they make so much more practical sense than some of the shoes I clomp around town in. The queen of stylish lower-heeled shoes is Maryam Nasser Zadeh, and I found this excellent metallic sandal marked down on her site.

And this is Everlane trying—and pretty much succeeding—at doing Maryam Nasser Zadeh.

This braided number by Rachel Comey pops nicely in red, but comes in black too, for those of you looking for something slightly more versatile.

I don’t usually like brown shoes, but this tortoise sandal is really appealing.

These woven mules are so perfectly summery—I’d wear them with an all-white outfit.

I think that snakeskin functions as a neutral in much the same way metallics do: unexpectedly but brilliantly.

I get happy just looking at these rainbow-strapped Mansur Gavriel sandals.

I feel like my mother really peaked, style-wise, in the 70s, and this looks like something she would have worn then.

I could see myself walking all over creation in this pair: it just looks so damn comfortable.

The asymmetrical crisscross on these is so smart.

This would look so good with skinny black pants.

Famolares, guys!

This knotted slide could be dressed way up, but would also look pretty great with your most worn-in jeans.

This is Madewell but looks like old-school Helmut Lang.

Yes, I realize this is the third red shoe in this post. I’m having a red shoe moment.

At three inches, this is arguably not that low a heel, but I love the subtle metallic sheen.

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17 Thoughts on Fashion challenge: chic, low-heeled sandals
    Imastounded
    26 Jul 2018
    1:23pm

    Very nice slection of low-heeled sandals, but you’re right: three-inch heels are not low.

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    Kirstjen
    26 Jul 2018
    1:32pm

    OMG those Famolare sandals take me back to about 6th grade. 🙂

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    Amy Barasch
    26 Jul 2018
    1:51pm

    Kim, I am SO excited that you reminded me of Famolares! My mom made me and my sister get those when we went on summer trips. I suffered over it then, I long for them now!

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    tamara winawer
    26 Jul 2018
    2:53pm

    I’m going to defend the 3” paul green choice because I own them because my sister told me to buy them because they feel like a lower heeled shoe. So comfortable I can stomp around in them for hours. And I wear them with everything.

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    Jen
    26 Jul 2018
    3:20pm

    This is a very timely post, and lovely choices, BUT… Is there any chance that GOACA’s welcome inclusion of plus sizes might ever extend to shoes that come in wide? Some of these (looking at you, Rachel Comey) are the narrowest things I’ve ever seen…

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      Imastounded
      26 Jul 2018
      4:52pm

      Oh, no. That’s not narrow. Trust my 2As on that.

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    Lynn Davis
    26 Jul 2018
    3:29pm

    Few things can take me back the way Famolares and Candies do!

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    Lisa
    26 Jul 2018
    4:19pm

    I admit I did not click every link so may be preaching to the choir but No. 6 makes some gorgeous block heels…

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    Mary Alice
    26 Jul 2018
    4:31pm

    Famolares! 3″ platflorm, rainbow straps, worn with my Dittos, a baby tee and a puka shell necklace!

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    Francine
    26 Jul 2018
    5:03pm

    I love this blog and I love everyone on it. But man, I really hate these shoes 🙂

    They remind me of my grandmother!

    Summer footwear is so challenging for me!

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    clatie
    26 Jul 2018
    5:03pm

    I used to work with Maryam in the 90s on music vids and commercials and she was always so lovely. And, of course, so very stylish, but in such an easy, natural way. So happy for her success!

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    Kathi
    26 Jul 2018
    5:20pm

    I love it when you do shoe parties!! I want those Zimmermann mules – would wear them into the ground.

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    pamb
    26 Jul 2018
    10:17pm

    Famolares! God, I loved them in elementary school…

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    Jennifer
    26 Jul 2018
    11:25pm

    Seeing those Famolares made my tween self so happy. Going to get some as a present for myself!

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    Gables girl
    27 Jul 2018
    12:58am

    I wore the high-wedge Famolores with rainbows with my school uniform. Love!

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      boingboing
      28 Jul 2018
      12:49am

      Man, I miss my Hi Ups!

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    Victoria Shook Staten
    28 Jul 2018
    9:48pm

    Hi There. After reading Kim’s description of Girls of a Certain Age I smiled and signed up. She described me. I stated my career in the fashion business working for Nordstrom wearing and selling Famolares. Now, I own the company that is bringing Famolare back to life. My guess is that the women who appreciate this blog are #FamGirls types. Even though there were lots of comments about this blog entry, most of you specifically called out Famolare. THANK YOU! We have worked so hard to make this happen, and you make it worth it!

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