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Reader Request: Low-vamp Shoes with Skinnies

flats and skinnies in winter

Reader Amelia left this question in a comment:

How on earth do I wear flats/Mary Janes and socks with skinny pants/jeans? Every style image I see of that combo involves no socks or boots. Sometimes I don’t want to wear boots (think fall or spring) but it’s too cold to not wear socks. How do I do it?

In my opinion, this question extends to all low-vamp footwear and all ankle-length pant styles. The real issue is covering the bridge of the foot and keeping it warm. So. Quick answer: I don’t know. This combination stymies me, too, and I can’t say that I’ve found a solution I feel is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. So I’ll throw out a few suggestions and work-arounds, and rely on you to offer your input in the comments!

Nude fishnets or nylons

This is the solution that most folks offer, and it has some merit. The idea is to give your feet a bit of coverage but perpetuate the illusion of no socks/hose. But even close-woven microfishnets don’t actually create much of a barrier between foot and elements. Nude-to-your-skin knee-high trouser socks are probably the easiest and warmest solution.

Foot liners or Key Socks

Neither of these solutions actually gives you full foot coverage, but you do get some padding and warmth for your footbed. Liners come in all colors, materials, and fabrics but they tend to peek out from most flats and heels. Key Socks are basically foot liners with part of a trouser sock attached at the top, leaving the bridge of your foot exposed. So, ya know, only slightly helpful.

Funky socks

I have a hard enough time working tights (and therefore colored legs) into my outfit equations, so I’ve never even dabbled in funky socks. But if your outfit is more casual, you can certainly let a cool striped pattern peek out from your Mary Janes or flats. So long as your feet fit and you won’t stretch the shoes too much.

Ankle boots

Yep, we’ve already arrived at alternatives. I’m happy to wear tights with my flats, Mary Janes, and heels all winter long because they offer uninterrupted coverage from knee to toe. But I just don’t do the skinny/ankle pant and low-vamp shoe combo once it gets cold out. Instead, I opt for higher-vamp shoes like ankle boots, which cover the foot up to a much higher point and can be tucked under pant hems or worn with cuffed skinnies and thick socks hidden underneath.

See what I’m saying? Nothing earth-shattering or truly elegant here. So, my dears, help us all out! Do YOU have the magic solution to wearing low-vamp shoes and ankle-length pants in cold weather? Any other suggestions besides these? Let us know in the comments.

Images courtesy Nordstrom (left) and Banana Republic (right)

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Already Prettypoll: Your Ultimate Shoe Style

Every Tuesday over on Facebook, we play around with a style choice question: Things like, “Would you rather have the only neutral in your closet be leopard print, or have the only neutral in your closet be black and white stripes?” And, “Would you rather wear tights to the gym or shapewear to sleep?” Today’s poll isn’t a choice, but I feel like it might still cause the same levels of imaginary anxiety!

If you could only wear one shoe style for the rest of your life, what would it be?

See what I mean? In my case, it would HAVE to be boots. I cannot imagine my style and life without them. But oh, the torture of 95-degree, fog-your-glasses-humid Minnesota summer days in boots! What’s your choice?

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This Week I Love …

leopard chuck taylors

… stylish sneakers. Late to the party again, right? Still not loving the wedge sneakers from last season and don’t quite get some of the Adidas-dress pairings I’ve seen in streetstyle photos, but I’ve definitely come around to the look of a sleek, classic, clearly-not-meant-for-actual-gym activity sneaker. Naturally, my leopard Chucks are the current fave. But here are some other pairs that I’ve been ogling.

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Keen Maderas Lace – $41.99

These have been on my wishlist all summer, and I will probably bite the bullet soon since they’re on sale. I haven’t bought Keens in nearly a decade, but still have my super-comfy green high-tops in storage. The white sole makes these seem a bit seasonal, but they could certainly work in spring and possibly fall, too. And seriously, love that gray. Rare in fashion sneaks for some reason.

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Keds Champion Dot – $50

Interesting. Keds got trendy while I was in high school and I remember lusting after a pair and being amazed by how expensive they were. And although I was totally willing to shell out $50 for my Palladiums, it seems like a lot for these guys. But, um, polka dots. Equally fab with jeans or sundresses. And if you don’t dig the mustard yellow, they also come in black, bright green, brown, navy, burgundy, and sky blue. If the slim/pointed traditional Ked doesn’t send you, try the chunkier Rally style.

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PF Flyers Bob Cousy – $43.99

Like Converse, this brand has a bit of a cult following and gets rave reviews from die-hard fans. Some styles look a bit platform-y for my taste, but this pair just looks cute, casual, and fun. Navy and cream with red accents make these a natural for preppy pairings.

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Palladium Flex Lace – $34.99

You got a peek at these in action on Saturday, and I’ve worn them with everything from dresses to jeans to shorts. I was originally thinking red Chucks, but something about the washed red canvas and like-colored laces on these just called to me. And as I mentioned over the weekend, they’re actually comfier than Converse. Not much arch support, but a bit more cushioning. Also available here in more colors at full price ($50).

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Camper Peu Cami – $170

Spendy, yes, but unlike their friends above these are leather. The Peu is a classic Camper style, with the slanted, stretchy, knotted laces. A great option for arty, funky outfits. If all black isn’t your style, these come in brown/red laces, gray/olive laces, lavender/taupe laces, and gray/navy laces.

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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics – $60

Classic, right? But done in the year’s color, Radiant Orchid. These will have more arch support than most of the other styles shown here, but still might need inserts for fussy feet. Also in 105 other color options. Seriously.

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Superga 2750 Cot Snake – $75

Another cult fave, and similar to the PF Flyers, but Superga does fabulous prints and patterns. Still canvas, still vegan-friendly, and in an eye-catching snake print. In my opinion, these are a bit chunky for pairing with dresses, but maybe a denim mini and graphic tee. And definitely great with jeans.

Do you do fashion sneakers/trainers? How do you style yours? Any other brands or styles to recommend?

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