Insomniac Sale Picks: Supportive, Enclosed Shoes to Wear With Shorts

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Holly requested a few picks for stylish, supportive enclosed shoes that look good with shorts so here we go:


softspots huarache

Softspots TRINIDAD – was $70, now $59.95

Huaraches don’t work with everyone’s style, but they are a great middle-ground between open sandals and enclosed sneakers, oxfords, or mocs. This style is pretty basic and classic, but does come in four multicolored versions as well as black, white, coral, and this tan. Reviewers give high marks for comfort, and the insole features foam-cushioned arch support. Available in U.S. sizes 5 – 12, including 2A, SS, 2E, 4E, C/D, and D-E widths in many colors. Size availability varies by color. Also love this slightly lower vamp huarache.

easy spirit gorsky

Easy Spirit Gorsky – was $69, now $27.99

A little lower vamp, but still totally enclosed and with the fun, summery detailing of an espadrille. These flats feature a cushioned footbed and a flexible rubber outsole, and would look dynamite with a simple tee and shorts. Available in this striped coral as well as a black/white/tan geometric, solid black, and solid tan in U.S. sizes 6 – 10, including AA and D widths.Size availability varies by color. This similar style comes in AA and DD widths, and features a cute single stud.

cobb hill revcross

Cobb Hill Revcross – was $110, now $36.61- $88.95

Cobb Hill is a New Balance company, so their non-sneaker shoes are designed for sneaker-like comfort. This flat features a pointed upper vamp and criss-crossed straps, both of which help elongate your leg line when wearing shorts. And this metallic is super versatile, though these come in black leather, too. Available in U.S. sizes 6 – 11, including 2A and C/D widths. Size availability varies by color.

softspots amena

Softspots Amena – was $275, now $127.49

If you love the look of TOMS but need a more supportive shoe, this style is a great alternative. It’s designed with a cushioning system that absorbs pressure and conforms to the natural shape of the foot. Available in this beige as well as marled black canvas, multi floral, blue floral, and coral/purple stripe in U.S. sizes 6 – 11, including AA and D widths. Size availability varies by color.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for supportive enclosed shoes:

  1. Keen – Sporty for sure, but comfy, supportive, and a natural with shorts.
  2. Dansko – The traditional clogs can work, but some of this brands newer, sleeker styles are even better. Check out these dual-texture Mary Janes.
  3. Softspots – Flats, oxfords, and enclosed sandals, most available in widths.

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Reader Request: Bodies and Decency

Reader Leah sent me this question via email:

Views on body hair seem to me like part of a larger trend of regarding certain secondary sexual characteristics of women as obscene or inappropriate. Here are several examples:

“Bikini area” – The top 6″ of my inner thighs grow pubic hair rather than leg hair. I don’t think I’m allowed to wear a bathing suit that shows this hair. Showing leg hair might be seen as icky or unconventional, but I’d be concerned about being reported for indecent exposure if I showed pubic hair. I’ve never seen a woman wearing a bathing suit that showed this type of hair in this location. (Incidentally, shaving gives me terrible ingrown hairs, so I eventually started wearing board shorts when I swim. I’m quite satisfied with that solution, but it makes me “weird” and people ask why I don’t wear a standard bathing suit.)

Nipples – You’ve mentioned several times that you have permanently erect nipples. Mine aren’t permanently erect, but they might as well be since I get cold easily. It irks me that it would be considered inappropriate to go around with the outlines of nipples visible through my shirt. (I’m pretty flat chested so otherwise have little need to wear a bra, and I find the thicker, more supportive bras uncomfortable. No good solution here.)

“Camel toe” – When did this become a thing? Having random creases in the clothing around one’s groin probably isn’t the most flattering look, but now there’s a name for it and it’s considered gross. As someone with unusually large labia, I’m more likely to have problems with this than some women are.

Certainly there are plenty of characteristics that are considered gross and shouldn’t be, such as being fat. However, the specific ones I list are secondary sexual characteristics. I’m usually fine with violating norms for what’s stylish or flattering, but it’s much harder when one is considered obscene and when it’s a sexual characteristic. What do you think?

Oh, I think so many things. I think about my friends with big busts who have been called “slutty” even when they’re wearing high necklines and layers. I think about the movie “The Cooler” – which is just marvelous, by the way – and how I learned that one of the sex scenes originally showed the leading lady’s pubic hair which caused the MPAA to give it an NC-17 rating. Because women’s body hair is that scandalous. (The scene was removed so the movie could get bumped down to R.) I think about the fact that unlined bras are almost impossible to find because of nipple fear. I think about the multitudinous ways in which women’s bodies are policed, and how strict and judgmental that policing becomes when it pertains to body features that are related to sex and sexuality.

But beyond that, I don’t know what to think. American culture is simultaneously obsessed with pushing the boundaries of bodily exposure and shaming anyone who enjoys exposing her body. I have no idea how to react to that, much less change it. I understand that the simplest way to push back is to refuse to conform – let your nipples show through, wear your swimsuit even if you haven’t shaved or waxed your bikini line – but, as Leah points out, when you run the risk of crossing the “decency” boundary, it makes that pushback trickier to navigate.

Have any of you had direct experiences with these issues? Have you been scolded or called out for dressing in clothes that expose or reveal secondary sexual characteristics? How did you react? Any ideas for how to stem the tide?

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Dressed for: Theories


Sweater – Gap
Pants – Gap
Boots – Clarks (no longer available) – similar
Bag – Corsetsimilar color
Necklace – Dpartment 29/Altered Ever After
Earrings – Lockhart Wrks

Pretty sure I bought both this sweater and these pants long before Christmas, so I’m slightly stunned to see they’re both still available. Both are comfy, casual favorites in my closet. Though I’ll admit that something about the pants makes them a little less easy to style and wear than these. Could be that moto-inspired knee patches are certainly interesting, but a little incongruous on a pair of fancy sweatpants. Just a theory.


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