Shoe Talk

Believe or not, not a single item in today’s outfit is from Target.  The shock, I know!  Also believe it or not, I did not own a pair of black heels until now.  I know, I know, I didn’t own sweaters, I didn’t own black heels–how on earth have I been getting dressed?  
Now, I’m not gonna lie to you and say these H&M heels are the most comfortable heels or even recommend them to you, but I did try on a bunch of more expensive and better made heels and they just didn’t fit my feet as well.  What I will say is that my secret for making all cheap shoes more comfortable is shoe inserts.  I use all sorts of them, like insoles, the ball of foot pad, or heel grippers.  Some people have said that an insole makes the shoe too snug for them which is uncomfortable, but different brands vary in thickness for all of the products so I switch between brands depending how thick or thin I want the padding to be.  They seriously make such a huge difference!  (If you guys want a full blown post on shoe inserts, let me know and I’ll put one together.)  Do you use shoe inserts?

Also, I have no idea why but when I upload pics to Blogger it automatically dulls the vibrancy of the colors in my photos.  Like, in these outfit pics on my harddrive this cardigan is more like an electric green but when I upload it to Blogger it mutes the color.  This happens to all of my pictures.  Does anyone know why or have any advice for how to remedy this?

Shop for the Look:
Top: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Cardigan: H&M (similar, similar, similar)
Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: H&M (similar)
Necklace: Forever 21 (similar, similar, similar)

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    Judy Carpenter
    March 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I couldn't do without shoe inserts. They are great for when the shoes get stretched out with wear as well.

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    Sarah Summerlin
    March 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I would like to know more about shoe inserts.

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    March 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    A show insert post would be wonderful!

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    March 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I'd love a post on shoe inserts! I never know what kind to buy. Oh and I have the same problem with my photos on Blogger. I've noticed Blogger has been really glitchy in general lately – maybe something to do with all the crazy changes they're making right now?

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    Lacey O.
    March 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I neeeed everything in this outfit, wow! Love those shoes, not too high but not too low and the cardigan with the blouse is heaven. I'll have to try out the inserts, I'm the queen of buying cute shoes because they're cheap or going down a size to make them work!


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    March 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Hello! First of all I just want to say I really like your blog, I'm trying to reinvent my own wardrobe right now and your tips are really helpful and you inspire me! 🙂

    Second, I might know the solution for the trouble you have with your photos. Usually websites use the colour space sRGB but cameras can often shoot in Adobe RGB which contains a greater range of colours than sRGB. The uploader automatically converts your photos to sRGB and that's why they look different. If you want to keep the vibrance you should convert your photos to sRGB before you upload them to your blog. In photoshop you go to "edit" – "convert to profile" and choose sRGB.

    You can also (usually) change the colour space in your camera to always shoot with sRGB, I think Adobe RGB is mostly better when printing the photos.

    I hope this helped you, I had this problem before when I was posting my photos to a website and this helped me!

    // Louise

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    Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie
    March 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Yes to insoles!! They are MUSTS!!!

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    Jodi Inkenbrandt
    March 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I would love a post about shoe inserts! I think I need to buy them because it's so hard to find comfortable shoes for my feet and I end up just wearing the same pair over and over. Also, when I used blogger, I had that same problem. I'm not sure why…Do you upload your photos directly to blogger or do you upload them to flickr and then import them to your posts that way? I think I remember using flickr and the photos were normal again? I could be totally wrong though.

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    Kelsey Wilburn
    March 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    ooh pretty shoes. i have similar shoes from anne klein! i upload photos through flickr and blogger still dims them! probably an image quality problem.

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    March 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I use a lot of shoe inserts. My feet shrunk a bit after my last pregnancy, so in order to keep all my cute shoes, I need to use inserts!

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    Deb H
    March 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I'm doing a play right now- in heels! Just silly community theater, but still! This is the first time I have broken out the shoe inserts… I got the gel heel wraps and the front soul piece because the last thing I need is my shoe flying off in the middle of a scene!

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    March 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Shoe inserts are a must. But I do prefer to buy leather shoes over man made materials (and willing to spend the $$) for a pair of good comfy shoes. I find that leather softens with wear and molds to your feet.


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    March 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Yes, please do a post on shoe inserts. I only wear flats because heels hurt my feet.

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    March 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Love this combo. I use shoe inserts all the time. Can't live without them!

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    March 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I use shoe inserts too! They totally help with all of my Target shoes.

    Blogger has been weird lately. I'm considering switching to WordPress because there is a small part of me thats scared Blogger may go away eventually.


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    Kindra Birss
    March 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Audrey!

    Louise's comment about the sRBG is awesome and super informative! I don't have photoshop so I"m not sure if I could still convert them in iPhoto, but I too have the same problem as you with my food blog. I started uploading pictures to flickr which preserves the color, or if you want to stay with Blogger, I downloaded Picasa for free. You can import your pics into Picasa and then you can access them as a web album in blogger.

    Thanks for all the awesome work you do and the info you put together for us! (I would dig a post on shoe inserts. Up until a couple months ago when I wanted to buy a pair of heels, I didn't even know that they existed)

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    Emma Frankart
    March 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I looove shoe inserts (and lamb's wool in the toe) to make shoes fit better! As for photos, I actually host mine on Flickr and use HTML to embed the image in my post. Blogger's uploader just doesn't do it for me.

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    Amy Davis
    March 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I've been thinking lately that I would like to try shoe inserts, but I don't know where to start. I'd love a post on them!

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    Kate, Perpetual Student's Wife
    March 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Heck, yes, I use shoe inserts. Even though Houston is a big, fat, lazy car-culture city, I try to walk or bike when I can and inserts are the ONLY way to go. I've actually had a pair of black Naturalizer pumps with a modest 3" heel for over 7 years (I'm not joking), wear them at least three times a week year-round, and they're still kickin' because I swap out the ball-of-foot inserts quarterly, which keeps the interior protected, my icky dancer-feet can go farther and longer during the day, I'm less likely to slip or wobble. And, especially when I worked for Boss Lady, late night cocktail receptions and dinner parties happened often and you just don't choose to look like a schlub when you're surrounded by millionaires in a 12,000 sq. ft. house. Plus, my right foot is about 1/4 size smaller than my left, and a good heel grip makes a world of difference.

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    March 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Audrey, a post on shoe inserts would be tremendously helpful. Can you also talk about how you take the inserts into account when choosing shoe size?

    Love your blog! I have been tuning in ever since I found it a couple months ago.

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    March 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Everyone should come over to WordPress and be my neighbor! (Although I did love the simplicity of Blogger when I first started my blog over there).

    I just recently found a brand of heel grips that I swear is my holy grail of inserts. I have a short but wide foot so it's always a toss-up whether to get an 8 or a 7.5 in shoe. Bought some Seychelles in 8s from eBay – no way to return or exchange – so I took a chance on some Profoot heel grips from amazon and I love them! Literally shaved off a half size and now I can happily wear my heels.

    (Btw, fangirl squee to you, Audrey, in case you missed it, but I'm totally over the moon that you commented on my humble blog. Yay!!!)

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    March 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Ugh, my feet are messed up from years of ballet and modern dance (I majored in dance in college) plus I have plantar fasciitis in my right heel from years of walking around my house barefoot (this is actually a really common ailment for stay at home moms). So, I spend more money on shoes in order to get good support AND I could really use some heel inserts as well. I just don't know where to start!

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    Agi Mayer
    March 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Love this outfit. Love the blouse with the bright blue cardigan. You're right, the proper insoles make a huge difference.


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    March 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I'm not a big fan of shoe inserts bc it makes my feet feel weird, sweaty? I dunno just not its normal self. But I will say that sometimes I sacrifice the normal foot feeling for awesomely cute shoes. I did recently find these black pumps from Payless and r comfortable, economically priced, sturdy and above all, cute.

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    March 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I should try shoe inserts! I love wearing heels but I can't for very long because my knees start to hurt. I wear inserts in my everyday shoes and my workout shoes.

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    March 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    that is a great question!!! blogger messed up my pictures too….i eventually switched to because i got so fed up with it!

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    March 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, please do a post on shoe inserts!! Some of my shoes desperately need them, but I'm overwhelmed by all the options (and broke).

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    March 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I am such a shoe wimp that I pretty much have insoles of some sort in all of my shoes!!! They really are a great way to make it a little better on your feet!!


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    March 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Shoe inserts!!!!!!! Yes please! I have serious foot trauma whenever I wear anything other than borns!

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    [email protected]Family
    March 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I would love a post on shoe inserts! My feet haven't seen very many expensive, comfortable fitting shoes but have seen plenty of inexpensive, somewhat comfortable shoes and would love an upgrade in the comfort department.

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    March 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I know absolutely nothing about shoe inserts. Teach us your ways!

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    March 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    These heels look great! I have double issues with wearing heels – one is that I just am not used to them on myself, so I feel weird and overdressed when I try them with skinny jeans. But this outfit looks awesome, so clearly I need to get over it. And the other issue is comfort – so do help us out with some inserts advice! These look like a really manageable heel height though.

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    March 19, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I've noticed the same thing!! If you find out the solution, please share. I love the teal and polka dots together by the way!


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    March 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I never comment on blogs – but I've been reading yours for awhile now! I think you're great.

    I'd love, love, love a post on shoe inserts. I have some foot issues that make me very picky on the shoes I buy, and lately I've been giving up on cheaper shoes because they just don't have the comfort factor that I need. But – I never thought of shoe inserts! Maybe that's my answer…

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    Kacie Ellis
    March 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    I got a pair of similar black pumps in November (I didn't have a pair before) and now I wear them all the time! I have no clue how I lived without them for so long!

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    Experimental Beauty
    March 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    I would LOVE a post on insoles! I've been looking at them cross eyed at the stores, trying to find the right ones but I don't know what I'm looking for! I'm a teacher, on my feet all day and some of my shoes have built in insoles and they are comfortable for 12+ hours on my feet but I don't know how to make the rest of my shoes so comfy too. Thanks!

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    March 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Haha! Have I ever put an outfit together without at least ONE piece from Target? No, I do not think so 🙂

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    March 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Hey girl!

    First of all, that shirt is one of my favorites of yours. I feel it just goes with so much but looks different every time. Does that make sense? or do I sound like a crazy person? Probably crazy.

    Second of all, have you tried using flickr to upload your pictures? I found that pictures are a lot clearer that way than if I just upload them directly to my blog, so maybe that would help with the color too? Worth a shot! Let us know though once you figure something out as we can all learn from one another!

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    March 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I would LOVE a post on inserts. I struggle between my love of cute shoes and having to be on my feet all day (teacher). Inserts may be my answer!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I TOTALLY thought of you when I was buying them AND when I wrote about how I didn't own a pair until now!

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    March 20, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I think I need a pair of simple black pumps too! I only have one pair of black sling backs but they're not that comfortable and not that cute, and I really don't wear heels that often so I don't want to spend too much money on them 🙁

    And weird that blogger dulls the colors, I've never had that happen!

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    March 20, 2013 at 1:19 am

    OOh, I will echo the chorus about shoe inserts. I saw some recently and wondered if they were a waste of money. But I also have many pairs of shoes I don't wear much because they are not comfortable, so I'd like to know what to try!

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    Alicia Talavera
    March 20, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Definitely on board with a shoe insert post! Maybe I'll buy more heels than to wear at work 🙂 I need to buy like 4 pairs for the spring/summer at work.. black pumps, open toe, wedges etc…

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    March 20, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Hey, Ive been reading your blog for a few weeks now and its amazing. I also have my own blog for curvy women. Since Im learning so much I'd really like to post a like to your blog on one of my posts, Would that be alright with you? You can look at it here:

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    March 20, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I just started wearing shoe inserts recently and I love them. The higher the heels the more tendency there is for your heel to slip out so the insert helps with that, as well as provides cushion for the balls of your feet. I'm pretty short (only 5'4) so I wear heels a lot and this has made a huge difference. There are a lot to choose from so I'd love to hear your insights.

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    March 20, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Yes PLEASE do a post on shoe inserts!

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    March 20, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Please do a post on shoe inserts!! xox love your style!

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    March 20, 2013 at 5:30 am

    I was cursed with narrow feet, and man, it is the biggest downer! It is so hard to find anything cute and affordable. Apparently, most companies that make narrow shoes think that narrow-footed people have no taste and must look like a frumpy librarian from the 70's. I have used some inserts from Aldo that help a little in some cases. Mostly I tend to live through my daughter who was blessed with normal feet. I love buying cute shoes for her! I would love to hear what you have to say about inserts. Maybe it can help me!

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    Feathers & Freckles
    March 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    That's frustrating about your photos' colors changing when uploaded to Blogger! I go through Flickr to post my photos into posts… do you upload directly into your Blogger posts? Maybe you should try using a different site and that will help keep the vibrancy?

    I love that top, and those heels look cute and comfy! I use shoe inserts with most of my shoes and they are life-savers 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    This is so enlightening! Thank you so much! I'm going to see if I can play around with those settings.

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    March 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Hm, I have no idea about the blogger issue, but I definitely use inserts. I think my ankles (or achilles) are really small, so no matter what shoe size I try on, my feet slip out of the back. I found heel grippers from Payless to be a perfect solution. I also truly believe that my feet are 8.75 which means I'm either cramped in 8.5s or have room to spare in 9s, so I'll size up and put grippers in for added comfort and to keep my foot in place. I wish I had only known about inserts years ago– I wouldn't have passed up so many amazing shoes because of a little issue like fit. Ha.

    Kate @ A Journey in Style

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    March 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    The green outfit I posted earlier this week also pictured as teal although it is a bright emerald green. I do use sole inserts. I love the ones from Foot Petals. By the way, I mentioned you in my latest post. I bought that $10 sweater from 21

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    Shon Valdry
    March 21, 2013 at 12:03 am

    You look great! First time stopping by! I love the cardi and top. I was just at Target today and looked at shoe inserts! LOL Thanks for the tip.
    As far as the photos, not certain how to remedy the lighting, etc.

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    Kenya Hunter
    March 21, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Love the cardigan and the top! Great color combo! Would love to see a shoe insert post as well!!

    xo, Kenya

    Kenya L Fashion Blog

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    Anna Metreveli
    March 21, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Love this outfit! I also use shoe inserts for some of my shoes.

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    March 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Do shoe insert post! I don't have any bc when I look at the choices, I never know which one to pick so I end up just walking away. haha

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    Karen Curtis
    March 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    You are too cute! I love the entire look.


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    New Petite
    March 22, 2013 at 3:34 am

    yes please 🙂 Would love to see the post on shoe inserts. Ah.. the H&M shoes are always too big on me as I have like really narrow feet! Love your outfit!!

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    March 22, 2013 at 4:06 am

    Please post about shoe inserts! I bought these cute flats during a great sale but never wear them because there's a big gap around my heel. Any way to remedy this? (I had to go up a size in the shoe because of my wide feet, which probably caused the heel gap)

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    March 23, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I would be interested in hearing a post about shoe inserts. Can't even stand to put on heals now and even some flats are uncomfortable.

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    March 24, 2013 at 2:14 am

    A shoe insert related post would be amazing; I have only just discovered them and would love to know your thoughts on how to use them properly and if they really can make shoes that much better.

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    Erin @ Loop Looks
    March 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Maybe this post from Jen would help you with your photo issue? Not sure.

    Anyway, the only shoe inserts I use are heel grippers. I just bought some from Target for a pair of black heels and they aren't gripping my heels as much as I would like (I have really narrow heels but a normal width forefoot). Are there particular brands you recommend?

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    March 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Please instruct me how you folded your shirt cuff over your sweater so perfectly. Mine look like a mess and fall apart in 5 minutes!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Funny you should ask–I dedicated an entire post to that here:

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    April 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    You are a godsend!! I've learned so much from you, I can't thank you enough. Just one question..I love the look of folding a sweater sleeve and shirt sleeve together look, but does it stretch out the sweater sleeve at the wrist? And do you have sweaters specifically for folding the sleeves? Thanks so much.

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