Court Shoes: Footwear for all occasions
Simple, sophisticated, a shoe for all occasions. What is this magical footwear item?
As worn by Eva Longoria, the Duchess of Cambridge, and many others, court shoes are simply an understated fashion item that can be worn with most outfits. Adding much more comfort than a stiletto but more style than a trainer, this uncomplicated style of footwear is seen more and more in office life, but they have a wider purpose too. Teamed with jeans and a shirt these unassuming shoes can transform a dressed-down outfit.
Aren’t court shoes boring?
No way! Just because they offer more comfort that a spiked heel and more flexibility than a wedge heel, it doesn’t mean that court shoes have to be perceived as the librarian of footwear. You can find colours ranging from traditional black to hot pink faux suede, or glitter coated patterns. Whatever the need or occasion you will be able to find a pair of court shoes that will match.
How to wear court shoes
For the office, team a pair of thinner heeled court shoes with a pencil-line skirt for a dramatic effect that will shout power in the board room. Alternatively, aim for a thicker set heel to match a trouser suit, making sure the length of the trousers sits on top of the foot rather than bunching around the heel creating a messy, miss-sized effect.
Out and about, mix up a round toe plain court shoe with a floral dress to add a touch of prettiness for a more day-time look. Alternatively, dramatise a one colour outfit with some devilishly patterned glitter thin heeled courts for a more adventurous evening style.
Facing the Commute
For those who walk to work, heels are not always the easiest option, but the suit and trainer look can be a little unappealing for anyone who values their fashion sense. The answer? Leave a pair of heeled court shoes in the office and have a pair of funky flat courts to pound the streets in to get you into work on time.