Have You Ever Wanted Red Shoes?


And then one day you wake up in red shoes.

I’m not one for pops of color, and had resolutely avoided ballet flats for this entire trend lifecycle. But then I went shopping at Modern Appealing Clothing, a local boutique owned by a brother and sister with exquisite Urban Artsy taste. The next thing I knew I had acquired this pair of orange-red Sofie D’Hoore ballet flats.

Sofie’s Belgian, and the flats are just this side of ugly, in that fashiony kind of way. I found my Ferragamos felt too demure with the dress, and who among us craves nothing wild? Or at the very least, subversive.

That said, I’m going to say dresses made me do it, and I cannot guarantee what happens next. Most people put on their red shoes and continue about their business.

Dress: Lela Rose
Shoes: Sofie D’Hoore
Glasses: Long’s Drug before it became CVS

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  • 05/08/12
    7:44 am

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    windy said...

    Oh I love them, and if my wardrobe was less trouser-centred I’d have them. They look nice and high in front, easy to keep on the feet and not likely to make me wibble about whether the degree of toe cleavage is appropriate to the current fashion and the event.

  • 05/08/12
    7:53 am

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    class factotum said...

    Love those! I not only have red cowboy boots, I also have red Doc Martens and orange topsiders. A little bit of color is nice.

  • 05/08/12
    7:53 am

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    WorthyStyle said...

    Well dang – and here I thought you meant THESE Red Shoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFcOqyWBKYg. A cherished film I grew up on!

    I like how your flats remind me of terra cotta.

  • 05/08/12
    7:56 am

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    Jan's Sushi Bar said...

    I love ballet flats – I practically live in them. Those go marvelously with the grey dress, which goes marvelously on you!

  • 05/08/12
    7:59 am

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    Ally Bean said...

    I love red shoes, but have never had a pair. My feet are so narrow that just finding shoes in brown or black is a big challenge. But, man-oh-man, if I ever found a pair of red shoes I’d love it. And I’d even let the angels wear my red shoes from time-to-time!

    05/12/12
    7:08 am
    Lisa said...

    One of my favorite songs ever:).

  • 05/08/12
    8:10 am

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    mette said...

    Yes, I know what you mean by ” just this side of ugly ” ; ).
    Good to see you wearing your gray dress, and you are brave to have chosen just ” that ” red. Following fashion is very much ok! Now, what if you painted your nails the same color?

    05/12/12
    7:08 am
    Lisa said...

    I don’t have the guts for nails matching my shoes:).

  • 05/08/12
    8:55 am

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    déjà pseu said...

    They look fantastic. I gravitate toward that “just this side of ugly” aesthetic too at times, especially when it comes to footwear.

  • 05/08/12
    8:57 am

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    kathy said...

    I like the shoes and I love the dress, but not sure I like them together.
    I’d like to see you in a bit of a heel with that dress.

    05/12/12
    7:08 am
    Lisa said...

    I will do that, at some point, but my office is wildly casual and I’m already on the fancy side.

  • 05/08/12
    9:03 am

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    Marsha Calhoun said...

    Red shoes with character – superb. I once wrote a poem about my pair of “ridiculous red shoes” (which I miss to this day). You will enjoy them more than you can suspect.

    05/12/12
    7:09 am
    Lisa said...

    Do you still have the poem?

  • 05/08/12
    9:07 am

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    tishjettt@yahoo.com said...

    Yes, and I bought myself a pair of red ballerinas for my birthday last month.

    They make me happy. They make me smile. And, as you no doubt know, I’m not at all your “pop of color” kinda girl.

  • 05/08/12
    9:22 am

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    Sally said...

    Gorgeous! They look fabulously comfy and soft. Next stop, Fluevogs. ;)

    05/12/12
    7:09 am
    Lisa said...

    :)

  • 05/08/12
    9:55 am

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    Vicki Archer said...

    I love red shoes… and these flats look fabulous with your dress… xv

  • 05/08/12
    10:01 am

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    Linda said...

    I enjoy reading your blog! Are you growing your silver hair out or is it blond? It is really pretty.

    05/12/12
    7:09 am
    Lisa said...

    My hair is both blonde at grey at this point. The top 1/3 is grown out, the bottom 2/3 still show the dye. Thank you.

  • 05/08/12
    10:56 am

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    Miranda said...

    Wow! Love the whole look and your hair is just beautiful!
    Sincerely,
    Miranda
    SF Bay Area

  • 05/08/12
    11:06 am

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    Fab At Any Age said...

    As David Bowie once sang “put on your red shoes and dance the blues”. They are fab!

    05/12/12
    7:10 am
    Lisa said...

    Oh yes! I’d forgotten about that song.

  • 05/08/12
    11:07 am

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    Ajc said...

    Red shoes are neutral to me, I own multiple pairs, heels, sandals, loafers, ballerinas, slingbacks, you name it. These look more orange in the pictures, they should go great with your dark neutral navy. Btw, soft yellow would also be stunning with this dress.

  • 05/08/12
    11:49 am

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    ida said...

    Love those red shoes they look super with the dress.

    My first ever red shoes were ‘tap’ shoes I adored them hated having to take them off. Ida

    05/12/12
    7:10 am
    Lisa said...

    So cute!

  • 05/08/12
    12:22 pm

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    Christine said...

    I love red shoes. In fact, I have so many pairs of red shoes that I have a “red shoe collection” and I doubt I could ever part with one pair.

    My back is in very bad shape and my doctor gave me a list of shoe manufacturers — found a red pair!

  • 05/08/12
    12:31 pm

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    linda said...

    You look stunning!
    -linda,ny

    05/12/12
    7:10 am
    Lisa said...

    Thank you.

  • 05/08/12
    12:32 pm

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    Sheryl said...

    Red shoes are, always, fabulous.

  • 05/08/12
    2:01 pm

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    Jane said...

    You look so good I’m suspecting an affair…no?

    Then it must be the great hair and the super body in the gray dress with the red (love) ballerinas(double love).

    xo Jane

  • 05/08/12
    2:05 pm

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    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

    Love the shoes Lisa. They add so much to your outfit. I just purchased some coral (my favorite new color)flats. I think I’m in love.
    Sam

  • 05/08/12
    2:28 pm

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    Lewellyn said...

    Perfect shoes, but I still think you could(would) look so great with a colored hair rinse. I know you favor natural. My husband has a slight rinse in his hair and in the business world that extra look of youth and vitality makes the game. I know the purists are now screaming don’t change a thing!

    05/12/12
    7:10 am
    Lisa said...

    Clearly time for another hair post!

  • 05/08/12
    2:36 pm

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    Adventures Along the Way said...

    Congrats on the red shoes! I wore red heels on my wedding day, but they didn’t show much since the dress was floor-length. But I still wear them all the time…today in fact! (But they weren’t my first or last pair of red shoes; I’d had one pair of red tennis shoes before and a pair of converse now)…but I find red shoes go with lots of things my wardrobe. Surprisingly!

  • 05/08/12
    3:35 pm

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    belledeville said...

    I adore the dress but as you said about the shoes…they are just this side of ugly.
    But they do look super comfy.

  • 05/08/12
    4:02 pm

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    Cameron said...

    Currently: red flats, red heels, red-brown clogs. I wear some kind of red shoes with nearly everything.

    My favorite shoes ever were a pair of red chinoiserie platform sandals I bought on spring break. They were the kind of shoes only my 20-year-old self could have worn, and oh! How she loved them.

  • 05/08/12
    4:30 pm

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    jacqueline said...

    You look fantastic! The silhouette and light grey color of the dress are perfect to play off the red shoes.

  • 05/08/12
    4:33 pm

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    RoseAG said...

    I like red shoes, particularly in the summer.

    I think you’re spot-on with the description of these as just this side of ugly. The dress is ladylike so it’s OK to have some shoes that are sturdy.

    For shoes that aren’t girly or showing any toe-clevage I give them points for not being chunky. Then they really would be ugly.

  • 05/08/12
    4:55 pm

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    Terri said...

    the shoes are a daring color and they look supremely comfortable. They’re a fine touch with this dress.

  • 05/08/12
    8:28 pm

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    hostessofthehumblebungalow said...

    I love ballet flats and red shoes are my happy place!
    I think you’ll enjoy wearing these.

  • 05/09/12
    1:07 am

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    Amanda said...

    Oh yes, red shoes are a must have. So fairy-tale esque. I had a pair of Camper Mary Janes and I wore them until they broke… now I’m lusting for a new pair. I wear them with jeans, dresses… pretty much everything. Something magic about red shoes.

  • 05/09/12
    1:16 am

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    frances said...

    Perfection! These are v. similar to a pair I loved in amsterdam (didn’t get because shop closings, holiday, timing) — same aesthetic — mine were more orange and had slight wedge.
    I think you’ll love these and who knows what’s next on the horizon . . .

  • 05/09/12
    6:08 am

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    sanda said...

    Well, I think you look “smashing” in your shoes and dress. You know what else you need for this look? Eyeglass with red frames to match the shoes. That would really kick it up a notch. I have red flats, red heels and orange loafer heels. I never fail to receive compliments when I wear any of them! I’d imagine you will too. You have already, judging by the comments above!

  • 05/09/12
    6:24 am

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    DocP said...

    I love red shoes. If I could make myself stick to neutrals in the remainder of my outfits, I’d probably wear red shoes every day! Unfortunately, not much chance of that.

  • 05/09/12
    8:22 am

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    Julia said...

    I think plain red shoes are a staple, especially in an otherwise quiet wardrobe. Those are great, I’m sure you will wear them often. “This side of ugly” is good for ballet flats. Not too literal.

  • 05/09/12
    8:28 am

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    sisty said...

    Love the shoes! — “just this side of ugly” sums it up. There’s a boutique in DC that carries Sofie D’Hoore and I’m always fascinated by the clothes. Check out this dress — look familiar?

    http://www.polyvore.com/sofie_dhoore_despina_beige_cotton/thing?id=9518529

    Speaking of ballet flats, does anyone have a problem with them squeaking? I have two pairs that squeak, and they’re among my costlier pairs.

  • 05/09/12
    9:14 am

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    Fuji said...

    You look gorgeous – top to toes. Love the shoes, they aren’t ugly whatsoever, they’re pugly. Veering towards ugly, yet charming nonetheless. Pugly.

    05/12/12
    7:12 am
    Lisa said...

    Ha! Pugly!

  • 05/09/12
    9:49 am

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    That's Not My Age said...

    Every woman should own a pair…

  • 05/09/12
    1:51 pm

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    Beth Dunn said...

    You look fresh from France, very chic!
    xoxo
    SC

  • 05/09/12
    3:51 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    These are very far from ugly. You are veering toward arty and I love it!

    05/12/12
    7:12 am
    Lisa said...

    You caught me:).

  • 05/09/12
    6:22 pm

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    Jessica said...

    Yes! Yes, I have wanted red shoes! I love the pair you’re wearing. Nothing looks better than red against a muted color like gray.

  • 05/10/12
    3:42 am

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    Joyce Lau said...

    I feel the same way about red shoes as I do about red nails — the color is so bright that the rest of the styling has to be modest.
    Red shoes work if they are simple flats paired with something grey or black, since that looks quirky. Red stilettos with a minidress would look trashy.
    Red nails work if they are short and work with a plain outfit. Red nails that are also long and pointy look trashy, at least in my opinion.

    I have a pair of red patent leather shoes with a very low heel (almost flats) which are from the Chinese-costume part of my wedding. But I have to admit that I almost never use them for daily wear.

  • 05/11/12
    5:18 am

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    Melissa said...

    Yes yes yes! More color, pretty please – you have the (pretty) perfect coloring for it. Well & subversively done, you.

  • 05/13/12
    5:57 am

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    Emma Peel said...

    Cute shoes!! I haven’t participated in the ballet flats trend until recently. I bought nude patent leather “Pretty Ballerinas.” Now I want red shoes.

  • 05/18/12
    10:10 am

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    Zuzu's Petals said...

    I love the shot of color with the dress, but I can’t wear ballet flats. I need some height to balance out my, um, butt.

    I do, on the other hand, love red shoes. I have a dearly-loved pair in suede and some sandals. Red makes my feet happy.

  • 05/25/12
    10:19 am

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    Susan Partlan said...

    Yay for adding a pop of color! The shoes are great Lisa. Good for you. And you already know how I feel about my candy apple red Dorothy shoes. Every time I put them on I want to click my heels.

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