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OOTD September 12, 2012: More goodies from Kohls

As I mentioned yesterday, I had a surprisingly good experience at Kohls this past weekend.  This tank and cardi were part of the haul!

Both pieces are from their Apt. 9 line, although for whatever reason this gorgeous tank isn’t on their website.  What I love most about it is the variety of colors in it; shades of purple (like the cardi) along with some pops of orange and black.  I liked it so much I bought it in another color combination rooted in greens and yellows.

The necklace is from Forever 21, about the only type of thing I ever buy there.  All this was worn with the same old basic black trousers (I was in a rush) and a pair of Naot Fusion sandals that I find remarkably comfortable. Naot Footwear - Fusion (Metallic Road Leather/Black Gloss Leather/Silver Threads Leather) - Footwear

(I have to admit that I worry about how long the platform trend will stay in.  Personally, I LOVE it – some extra height without tottering around in heels.  But this is probably the closest thing to an out-there pair of platforms I have because I fear having them go out of style on me.)

Sexy Sensible Shoes

One of my pet peeves is the idea that sensible shoes have to be ugly.  I personally hate wearing shoes that make my feet hurt, but that doesn’t mean I wear Birkenstocks all the time.  So when an Ebates offer showed up in my inbox today offering an extra $20 rebate if I spent more than $100 at FootSmart, I was all over it.

First things first:  If you don’t have one already, get an Ebates account.  Even without the deal, connecting to a site by way of Ebates will earn you a few percentage points back as a rebate, and they often have great deals for additional cash back or discounts that aren’t otherwise advertised.  Once you have an account, you can log in and connect to the FootSmart site through there.  Doing so will make you eligible for the base 6% back, free shipping if you spend more than $59, and an extra $20 if you spend more than $100.

FootSmart is a terrific site that focuses on foot-friendly brands and styles.  Some are every bit is ugly as you might remember, but you would be surprised how sexy some of them are.  For me, it is important that shoes be walkable, have decent arch support and good cushioning, and make a statement (something other than “what was she thinking?”)!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Aerosoles RED COMBO Women’s Brasserie Sling Sandals
*, shown here in Red Patent: These are moderate in the heel, not so chunky that they will be out of fashion soon, and snappy in Red.  They have enough arch support that walking to lunch isn’t such a big deal.  Also available in Black and Taupe at $49.99

Earthies SAND Women’s Carmona Sandals – Size 9 M/B
*, shown here in Tan: Earthies have fabulous support and are very well-made.  I love the cutwork leather on these.  Available in Black and Red as well as Tan.  $119.99

Aetrex Women’s Ashley Strappy Dress Sandals
*, available in Black or Nude, could well allow you to dance the night away and still be able to walk the next morning.  They have a solid enough heel to make you feel stable as you tango, but are strappy and pretty enough to go with your best dress.  Expensive, at $129.95, but a great choice for a night out.

Soft Style by Hush Puppies GRAPE LEAF Women’s Pleats As Punch Slingback Shoes
, available in a closed toes, have great arch support and cushioning.  You could wear them all day to work, then go out dancing all night.  And they come in a variety of colors: Navy, Black, Bone, Coral, and Grape Leaf which is the dark olive green shown to the left.  In addition, they are available in Narrow, Medium, Wide and Double Wide, making it possible for anyone to get a great fit.  Best of all, they are 20% off at only $34.97.

Personally, I am ordering these:

Naturalizer JUNGLE ORCHID Women's Glee Strappy Sandals - Size 8 W/C
LifeStride BLACK Women's Nile Slides Shoes - Size 8 W/C
LifeStride Women's Taco Thong Sandals Except in a TEAL color
Dr. Scholl's BLUE PRINT Women's Jessie Thong Sandals Shoes - Size 9 M/B

These are not all sexy, and a couple pairs are just on a lark.  (I’m not sure what I have to go with the teal, and the patterned Dr. Scholls are just kind of fun looking.)  However at $134 for 4 pairs of shoes, it’s definitely worth a try.

There are dozens of other pairs I would love to show you, but your tastes and mine may differ.  Take a few minutes, look around, and see what you find.  You may bring home a stack of new shoes at a great price.

* I know, I know.  Sandals.  Not EVERYONE lives in Arizona.  (It would be too crowded, and THEN think about just how hot it would be.)  But in the middle of a heat wave, I just cannot bring myself to look at boots yet.