Shoes That Feel Like….Butter

It is no secret that I simply adore shoes.  But frequently I find they are like those boys we fell for in our misspent youth – gorgeous and irresistible, but deep down we knew they were wrong for us and they would eventually break our hearts.  It’s the same with a beautiful shoe – I will fall in love, even when I know they will be too high, will pinch, or will have some fatal flaw that will torture my toes and leave me aching.  I will wear them and as I take them off my bruised feet will swear never again; then they will sit prettily in my closet luring me to wear them again…and I will.    

Keeping this footwear codependence in mind with a vow to change this time, I started the hunt for shoes for a recent event.  I needed dressy sandals – fabulous looking with a bit of height but comfortable enough to do some major walking and quite a bit of standing.  While this requirement meant a comfort style was going to be the best choice, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it – most comfort styles are stodgy and a bit depressing.  And the most stylish comfort shoes are still too high a heel for my tottering little self to manage these days.  So, I needed something fashionable in a mid-heel, and if that didn’t make it challenging enough, throw in my desire for luxurious materials and good craftsmanship and I was looking at the nearly impossible.  Or so I thought. 

Then I happened upon a pair of shoes that might just be the ones; platform sandals that were nearly, but not quite flatforms.  They were a truly lovely proportion – a good platform height, but with a stance that was not so flat that it had that heavy, awkward look that many flatforms have.  Made by Butter Shoes, they came in a suede that looked amazing especially in a rich magenta.  They were pricey enough that I couldn’t really justify magenta when I needed black, so I controlled myself and ordered the black along with several other designers’ options at varying price points. 

When these sandals arrived they outshone every other pair I had ordered.  With suede so soft I felt like cuddling them!  When I put them on I totally understood the brand’s name – they did indeed feel as soft and rich as butter.  The other competition didn’t have a chance.  And when I wore them I was amazed – I walked and stood comfortably, I even danced! 

Butter Shoes are a super find, especially for a girl like me with my love of retro/embellished/quirky footwear.  They have a fairly comprehensive line from flats to high, stiletto heels and even some cute boots.  While they have many lady-like and retro-inspired numbers, there are some terrific modern takes such as the flatforms, as well. 

The designs are feminine, flirty and fabulous while still feeling modern and being wearable.  What make these shoes really exceptional are the details in each design. Whether it is with interesting embellishments or just terrific materials – shiny patents, lush suedes, unusual metallic treatments, colorful tweeds, or fun quirky material combos like grey flannel and gunmetal sparkle, each shoe has something that makes it special.  Even if it is just a peep toe, an unusual ruffle detail or a bow set at a jaunty angle, there is something a bit different.  Add to that a color palette mixing both great basics and fun colors like a zingy turquoise or an intriguing purply-blue/navy; along with metallics and some great prints such as a fab leopard  and you get some really “ah” and “oh” inspiring footwear. 

For Spring 2012 they are showing great on-trend color block designs as well as some really cute shoes in Liberty print florals and they are doing these looks in both high heels and flats – thank you!!!  Also, if you are looking for evening or bridal shoes, they have a sister line – Something Bleu featuring designs with great silhouettes and the same element of specialness.  There are a few numbers with feathers that are on my watch list for my own wedding.

Check out their website at buttershoes.com where you can see more styles and locate stores.  They have some key pieces for sale on line at retailers such as Anthropologie.com and a wider selection at Endless.com; also, for bridal and bridesmaid inspirations, check out BHLDN.com.  The price point is squarely between fast fashion and high fashion, in the $250 to $350 range for shoes, but these are collectible and covetable enough to justify the occasional treat.

Needless to say, the first experience left me wanting more, so back I went to Endless.com.  Loving that platform design I found a few more options that happened to be on sale (cue the angels singing…ahhhhh).  They were still a splurge, even on sale.  But every pair is beautiful and unique, and with the wonderful materials and comfortable design they will be worn to bits. 

Now for a confession – I succumbed to the lure of those magenta numbers – yes I know, I already have them in black, but really they are too fabulous not to have, especially when they feel so good.  Better yet, they were ON SALE!!!  And every woman who sees them says the exact same thing – OOOOOHHHH!!! 

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