Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reader Question: Women's "In-Between" Shoes


A reader question left on the Men's shoes entry <Link>::
I have a similar question, but about women's shoes. I wear ballet flats in the summer and bean boots in the winter, but what's a good "in-between" shoe, both in terms of weather and formality? 

17 comments:

  1. Clark's usually has some classic casual flats that are comfortable. This year there are leather espadrilles in the line. Boat shoes in navy are another option.

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  2. Women have so many options with shoes. I think any flat shoes will work. Some are quite dressy, but I think the boat shoe with rubber soles are a good suggestion. I wear a pair of Frye shoes with rubber soles and love them.

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  3. Last season I bought a pair of modified Bean duck shoes (rubber bottoms, leather uppers with a tassel flap). I wanted a weather resistant shoe that I could wear everyday and also with skirts. These were a nice option, not as clunky as a duck shoe, but I'm not seeing them online this season, only the Coastal Rain Skimmers which might be a alternative for warmer weather. I prefer closed toe shoes and have been wearing Trask moccasin driving shoes in the summer (sold at Orvis). They are a step up from a boat shoe in terms of dressiness. I would love to find the style Muffie has on but I understand it's no longer made. Anyone have a good resource for a similar skimmer?

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    1. The Bean shoe I referred to above is called the Bar Harbor Rain Shoe and it is still available online. I have the mariner blue and the fit is really comfortable.

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  4. Right now I am wearing rain boots -- from Joules (a British company). They come in many solid colors and/or lots of cute patterns. One pattern was dog breeds on a olive green background. I went for the floral pattern on a navy background. And they keep my feet and calves nice & dry even in torrential rain!

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  5. My 3 season go-to is a Blundstone boot - Chelsea style. Warm in winter, dry in rain, and so comfortable to walk in. I wear mine with skirts and dresses, but I have questionable taste.

    I also wear wooden & Dansko clogs. Sooooo many fun colors! Disclaimer - see above note on questionable taste..........

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  6. I love in Clark's Active Air range in the in-between seasons. Those or Birkenstocks, which I know are like Marmite but I have Scandinavian heritage and naturally adore them. If only clogs were more comfortable...

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  7. Both from a comfort and practical standpoint - loafers. Have a few Cole Haan in bright can't-wait-for-summer colors. They've merged with Nike, so Cole Haan varies quite a bit -- some match the material of old (leather); others made of pleather. Colors nice and styling can be au courant. Personally not against man-made materials if the performance is there. But I am rather hard on apparel, and pleather in any form (shoes, handbags, etc.) doesn't seem to last. However, I can understand differing points of view, that some may not want to buy leather products.

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    1. Love their slide on sneakers with wedge heel!

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  8. Different locations and lifestyles call for different sorts of "in-between shoes". I bought a pair of Ugg Haylies on a whim and discovered they work perfectly for my rural, rugged lifestyle when it's not cold enough for Bean Boots. Very comfy; warm enough but not hot; waterproof; sturdy; neat and tidy, but not as dressy as ballet flats. They're different prices online, but here's a pic:
    http://cookandloveshoes.com/ugg-haylie-chestnut-1007998-che

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    1. I'm on my second pair of Haylies. Use the old pair around the ranch and the new clean pair when I'm "out and about." I love how they keep your feet warm and dry.

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  9. Well, it has been a very chilly, wet spring here in the PacNW. I have mostly been wearing wooden soled clogs (as someone mentioned), boat shoes (as someone else mentioned) and mostly my Weejuns (someone also mentioned loafers). Weejuns seem to work the best for me because they are close-toed (rain, lots of rain) and can be worn with or without socks depending on how cold it is. They also look cute with pants and dresses / skirts.

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  10. Mocs, fleece or flannel lined.

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  11. https://www.oldfriendfootwear.com/clogs-slide-ins-scuffs
    Take your pick/style/wool/etc, carrys mocs also...

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  12. I saw several references to clogs and have to add that I found a pair of French rubber clogs called Aigle through the Orvis catalog. They are versatile, comfortable and chic for a clog. I've received numerous compliments while wearing them this spring.

    With regard to Weejuns, I was pleasantly surprised a number of years ago to find that they added leather soles. In fact, I got rid of an older version in favor of the newer because the improved design looked so much better on my feet. They seem more like the way Weejuns used to be.

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