If you’re anything like me, you have two types of shoes in your closet: the ones you picked up on your ‘I’m-just-running-out-to-get-detergent’ Target run (HELLO, impulse buys), and the ones you eyed for months before finally justifying the splurge (and then feel guilty actually wearing because, well, did you LOOK at your bank account balance?).
I don’t know about you, but for most of my 20s, my shoe collection has consisted of a rotating cast of those trendy impulse buys. I’d buy a pair, wear them to the ground, toss ‘em, and begin the process again. But as I approach 30 (gulp), I’m looking at my wardrobe in much the same way I look at my relationships—only investing in the ones I know are in it for the long haul. What I’ve learned in the process of making this wardrobe shift is that it’s pretty tricky to find comfortable, stylish, and affordable footwear that lasts beyond one season. So, when I finally find a brand that checks all those boxes, I’m pretty much in a committed relationship. And with that, I’d like to introduce you to my new boyfriend: Sam Edelman.
Since 2004, Sam Edelman has defined laid-back luxury and timeless American style, and prides itself on a ‘life well-lived’ (which lucky for you, means top-of-the-line comfort). And because they carry everything from boots and flats to wedges and heels, you’re pretty much covered for any and all occasions. To celebrate this newfound love, Sam Edelman is giving two lucky Everygirl readers the chance to win a $500 gift card towards their fall footwear collection. (See below for rules and entry.) And if you simply can’t wait for the winner to be announced, we’re sharing three of our top picks from their collection to get you started.
Available in four neutrals, the Taye ankle boot will go with virtually everything in your wardrobe. A thicker block heel means extra support, while supple suede = comfort for days. Pair them with a cuffed, distressed skinny jean and moto jacket for a first date, or a white T-shirt and wool blend jacket for a late-afternoon lunch with friends.
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The ballet flat
Perfect for those crazy days at the office (because you’ve got NO time to be tripping over your heels), the scalloped Francis flat is at the top of our fall wardrobe list. Featuring a cushioned leather insole and supple leather, it won’t pinch like other flats, which means you’ll be comfortable from early a.m. conference call to post-work drinks with the coworkers. Pair with skinny black jeans and a loose blouse or oversized sweater and voila: you’ll be putting your best (and most comfortable) foot forward.
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The beauty of this heel—aside from its GORGEOUS wine hue—lies in its dainty ankle straps, which do a surprisingly good job of keeping your feet in place (none of that sliding-out-of-your-shoe-mid-step nonsense). Wear with a slip dress for a night out, an off-the-shoulder top and high-rise black jeans for a dinner with girlfriends, or with cropped wide-leg trousers for a chic workwear refresh.
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This post is sponsored by Sam Edelman but the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board. Giveaway will be open to Everygirl readers through 11:59 p.m. CST on Oct. 21, 2016.