Goodwill Gems: Instant Fun Winter Shoes

What a wintery whallop we’ve just survived! It seems like most of the crazy cold has passed (in fact, it’ll be 55 and sunny in NYC today!) and what better way to celebrate the better weather than with new-to-you shoes? Our correspondent Lauren spotted her pair in two seconds flat at her local Goodwill. She didn’t buy them, so they may just still be out there for the takin’. Either way, there’s certainly more where those came from – so here’s to this week’s Goodwill Gem: Instant Fun Winter Shoes.

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These lace-up black shoes are demure enough to complement your most professional work ensembles, but also fun enough – thanks to their cut-out detailing and trendy cap toe – to wear anywhere you choose.

Winter can wear you down. Shopping for all those practical items alone (heavy sweaters, down coats, snow boots) can take the fun out of quirky thrift finds. Well, I refuse to give up the hunt! Which is why, when I was lucky enough to spot an adorable little pair of lace-up heels like I did this week, I felt like I hit the jackpot.

These sweet shoes are almost as good in winter weather as your best pair of booties, with a pair of thick tights, of course. And especially when the temperature starts to rise back into the double digits and it’s no longer just downright frigid outdoors, a pair of heels like this one can be the perfect solution to many a winter wardrobe conundrum. The darling cut-out detail and cap toe is reminiscent of a bygone era, but the black-on-black look in two different materials is totally modern.

How to wear ’em? These are the kind of shoes you can wear with anything. Below, I’ve decided to use them to jazz up a classic work look –a tweedy wool skirt in a bunch of bright colors with black and gold zippers is toned down just a bit (and made super professional), when topped with a basic, but fitted, black sweater, black tights and my darling new heels.

These lace-up black shoes are an ideal winter accessory – perfect for pairing with your go-to sweater dresses and wool skirts (so you can show them off), they’re also great with a pair of slim-cut trousers, or even sassy shorts and tights on a fun night out.
These lace-up black shoes are an ideal winter accessory – perfect for pairing with your go-to sweater dresses and wool skirts (so you can show them off), they’re also great with a pair of slim-cut trousers, or even sassy shorts and tights on a fun night out.

Still, you could just as easily go a completely different route. Try them with cozy leggings and flowing, tunic-style top in a vivid hue. Or, pair them with some playful shorts, thick tights in a brilliant color, a tank or tee and a tailored blazer for a more casual, but still adventurous outfit that’s perfect for a night out on the town with friends. The possibilities are endless!

Do you have a pair of Instant Fun Winter Shoes? Tell us over on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style. Keep us posted and keep style going strong in 2013!

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