Goodwill Gems: Cheeky Heels

We’re just about to tumble into the holiday season – is your wardrobe ready? We’re craving finds that can cross from office work to company party, and our Lauren Haslett is on the ground, gem-scouting her way across the Goodwill trail just for you. This week’s Goodwill Gem: the Cheeky Heels.

With a retro flair and larger-than-life style, these eclectic heels are the perfect addition to any high-stepper’s closet.

If you’ve still been searching for the perfect pair of winter work shoes, I may have located that elusive pair in a local NYC-area Goodwill this past weekend. In sophisticated black suede, these 70s-style shoes are playful without being immature. The wooden stack heel (a big look in the 70s) will ground you as you navigate sleety sidewalks and just polished corridors. The cheeky zigzag pattern on top of the rounded toe transforms the show from another pair of black pumps into a style statement.

These heels have plenty of personality, but that doesn’t mean they will fight all your other items of clothing with a bold, individual style – they will still get along and go with most of the cold-weather pieces in your wardrobe. These old-school heels are exactly the right accessory to rock with a sweet, feminine dress or a pair of wide-leg trousers and a flowy, silky blouse.

To modernize the look, be a little adventurous when choosing the rest of your ensemble. Try something sophisticated and a little unexpected, like putting a different pattern with these zigzaggy shoes (in a similar set of hues or neutral color palette), or top the outfit off with a super-fem floral or bright blouse to contrast with their geometric motif.

Don’t be afraid to break a few fashion rules once in awhile! As long as you do it within the same color family, putting a pattern with another that isn’t identical can come off looking quirky, yet oh-so-cool and put-together.

Here, I’ve decided to go a little girlie, pairing my new heels with a solid black blouse and a jumper in a classic black-and-white, with a tiny zigzag pattern that echoes the design on the shoe. A textured black belt adds definition at the waist and gives the look that final perfect touch.

Do you have a favorite pair of cheeky heels? Tell me about ’em in the comments here, share a photo of the finished look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!

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