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Shoe of the Moment: Corso Como ‘Dodie’

When I conceived the idea for “Shoe of the Moment,” I assumed I’d always be writing about a style that I personally couldn’t seem to take off. I generally tend to be fairly level-headed and unsentimental about my shoe choices – if I like it, I wear it all the time – as opposed to, say, my headgear. (I often find myself buying hats that sit in my closet for months because, let’s face it, one can’t exactly throw on a veiled pillbox with jeans.) In fact, this whole approach explains why Barefoot Tess carried so few heels during our first year of operation – I knew I wasn’t personally going to wear them, so they just didn’t appeal to me.

Years later, I’ve seen hundreds of shoes come through our store, and while I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of a teetering stiletto, I’ve stuck firmly to my principles with regard to my own wardrobe – flats, usually black or another neutral color, and preferably with some sort of interesting detailing. That is, until I came across this ‘Dodie’ platform from Corso Como …

Back in the 90s, while flipping through the scrapbook where I kept magazine clippings of my favorite dresses from Vogue, Bazaar, et al., I was so infatuated with a certain Kate Moss that I could often be heard remarking that I would “totally become a lesbian for her.” (And although Kate’s been looking a little rough around the edges lately, I like to think of myself as pretty loyal so if she ever comes around, I’ll be right here waiting. Little Lila Grace would make an adorable stepdaughter, dontcha think?) Anyway, getting back to my original point: I would “totally become a heel-wearer for the ‘Dodie.'” And isn’t that the mark of a great accessory – something that shakes your sense of style to the core? My gosh, at this rate I’ll be wearing gaucho pants and a SHRUG the next time you see me!

Personally, I’m partial to the bone color (through all three options are stunning), because with the perfect little black dress, they kind of play off that whole tuxedo vibe. No other accessories required – these are the rare shoes that can truly carry an outfit by themselves.

I think I'm in love.

I think I'm in love.


August 8, 2008 at 4:45 PM 2 comments

Shoe of the Moment: All Black ‘Crosstoe’

Footwear in these dog days of July is a tricky proposition for a Baltimore gal. On the one hand, it’s easy to get tired of sporting the same sandals (no matter how cute) every balmy night. But it can be equally unnerving to lock up your nicely tanned toes within the confines of closed-toe, unventilated and ultimately unseasonable shoes. Enter the All Black ‘Crosstoe,’ a cutout flat that somehow manages to be both sophisticated and summery. The wine shade is a lot of fun, but for right now, I’m loving taupe the most. I wear mine with a vintage silk printed dress that is similarly light in color (a la this pretty pleated Castle Starr number) to keep the whole look weather-appropriate while still standing out amidst a sea of linen and espadrilles. Dainty gold jewelry from Anna Beck (a longtime favorite of Barefoot Tess employees) finishes off the look to a tee.

July 18, 2008 at 7:39 PM Leave a comment

Shoe of the Moment: Blowfish “Story”

Let me tell you a story … about the “Story,” a new Barefoot Tess arrival and one of my current obsessions. These understated flats from Blowfish (created by the same designer as old fave Rocket Dog) are super-duper comfortable and retail for just $59, so you can scoop them up in a few of the six available colors. I’ve been wearing my olive ones with a cute knit skirt (it looks similar to this little M Missoni number) and a black LnA tee for an easy, pulled-together summer look.

July 12, 2008 at 8:13 PM Leave a comment

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