Career Girl’s Most Important Accessory

Posted November 30, 2010 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand
Today, I’d like to pontificate upon one of my greatest pet peeves in life. Beat up shoes.

We all know how important an accessory our shoes are. Whether comfort or sexy, practical or “hooker-esque”, our shoes say something about who we are, what we love, what we do, and how we get to and fro in our daily lives. But here’s my biggest pet peeve about women and their shoes.

You can spend hundreds of dollars on an outfit, wearing the best designers with the perfect ensemble. You can flawlessly do your hair and your makeup and wear jewelry that perfectly compliments your outfit. But if your shoes are chewed up, old, scuffed, scratched or beat up, you look sloppy. Sloppy. There’s no other word for it. Sloppy.

So do one of two things to avoid this horrible mishap in your wardrobe:

  1. Find brands of shoes you love that you can replace every year as not to have them get cruddy. I’m a fan of DKNYC black pumps. They’re under $100 and I can just buy a new pair (generally averaging ever 2 years) when the old ones get a little rugged.
  2. Invest heavily in shoes and make sure you get them resoled and cleaned up by a fantastic cobbler every year.

Don’t make your outfit a mistake by adding beat up shoes.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."