In the Irish dance world, we all know that a soft shoe is like the perfect pair of black pumps. Classic, just a little bit edgy and goes with everything. It looks like the real world fashion scene may be catching on to that genius! This outfit was in the June 2012 Glamour issue featuring Emmy Rossum:
The whole outfit is stellar (and the pleated skirt is gorgeous – if pleated material isn’t big in Irish dance by next year I’ll be shocked – it’s huge right now!), but check out point #4! I love the shoes. In contrast to Irish dance, the reason this look works is because the overall outfit is simple and classy with funky shoes. In Irish dance, the outfit is funky and bold, but the shoes are the simple and traditional part! Regardless, use the concept in your real world outfits and Irish dance outfits – if you want to go bold, keep the rest of the look simple. You’ll end up looking stylish without looking costume-y.
I tried to find out who makes them but I didn’t have any luck. However, here are a pair from Stuart Weitzman in a metallic gray. Granted, they are $175.99 but just consider it like two pairs of nice soft shoes… Or 1/10th of a Gavin. That you can wear out.
What do you think? Do you own an ghillie shoes or Irish dance-esque real fashion items? Any Celtic embroidery on a going out top?
Stay Fashionable, Feisers!