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Q. I wanted clarification on the difference between weather proof shoes and water proof shoes.

f2e4e3e115f020e54db2f5562c06083d.jpg.jpgA. Weatherproof and waterproof are basically the same thing, though weatherproof usually refers to a warmer shoe meant for the snow. Both terms mean the shoe is designed to keep water out. Water resistant shoes, on the other hand, will reasonably keep water out but are not designed to be worn in standing water (puddles) or deep snow. For example, a rubber rainboot is waterproof, while a suede shoe treated with repellant spray is water resistant.  

Q. Is it okay to wear trouser socks with printed or colored shoes in the cold months, or do I need to freeze my feet to be fashionable?

2333063724_b53ce41f26.jpgA. Generally speaking, ballet flats are meant to be worn with bare feet. However, we’re guilty of wearing the occasional trouser sock or pair of tights with ballet flats when the weather is chilly. The key to doing this in a chic way is to match your sock color to your shoe as closely as possible (black with black is of course the easiest). This might not be as easy with your colored flats, so you should try to match your tights to your pants or skirt. But, rules are made to be broken - the black tights/red shoe combo shown here actually looks pretty cute! The key to pulling off any of these looks is to ensure that your socks fit well and don’t sag or bunch up.
51120081344343477300DBN_multi.jpgQ. So I FINALLY bought the Frye Harness boots I’ve been lusting over for years. (squeal!) They look fantastic with my straight cut faded black jeans that ruche up around the ankles, but they seem a bit - excuse the western pun - horsey with a looser bootcut or flare. How do I avoid the I’m-going-out-to-the-biker-bar-in-mom-jeans look and lean a bit more towards the artsy hipster side of things?

A. Loove, these boots, they are a great investment that you’ll wear for years with a rugged look that only improves with age. The great thing about these boots is that they do have a masculine feel, making them perfect for toughening up feminine pieces like a floral dress or skirt.

You’re on the right track wearing your skinny jeans tucked into the boots, however your bootcut or flare jeans worn over the boot is an option also. If you’re concerned about looking too tough or “biker-ish”, then wear something ultra feminine on top to balance the rugged boot. A belted fitted jacket or cardigan or a pretty ruffled blouse are great options. Even something simple like a tank top and draped scarf is an option.
Q. Are Tory Burch Reva flats still in for Spring 2009? I have worn my first pair out so much over the last year and a half and am in need of a new pair. I love them and don’t mind buying a new pair because they pay for themselves when you factor in the cost/wear; however, when I see all the teenage girls wearing them I begin to question their style status. Please advise!

A. The Tory Burch Reva ballet flat is so ubiquitous, it has become a classic. Once super trendy and “hot”, it has spawned a multitude of knockoffs which can be either the sincerest form of flattery or the kiss of death. The Reva has successfully transitioned from a must-have fad to timelessly chic, introducing new colors and styles every season. This season, there is even an espadrille and jelly version added to the line. In other words, don’t expect to get the same “oohs and ahs” you did when the shoe first came out, but it’s still a stylish addition to your wardrobe.

Q. I am in search of a great pair of nude, high heel sandals in the same style that Rachel Bilson recently wore. The only thing I can find similar at any price range is the Stuart Weitzman Bandura. I would prefer to spend about half that and have a chunkier heel…can you help me?

A. I’m not sure what Rachel wore recently, but the Bandura is a chunky platform sandal with criss cross straps. We found a few similar options for you with a chunkier heel for less money.

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