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Shoe Guide for Different Occasions

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Manhattan chapter.

Remember in middle school when it was your first after-school dance and it was all the buzz? You knew your crush was going and you two would possibly just maybe have the chance to dance at an arm’s width apart, with room for Jesus obviously. You invited your best friend over to get ready for the entire afternoon. You took turns frying your hair off with the straightener and putting the most excessive amount of mascara on. Your dress choice was a ball gown in your head but was just an everyday dress for an adult in the realms of reality. Right before you walked out the door to get in the backseat of your parent’s car, you threw on your trusty pair of white Converse to ruin the whole outfit. Do yourself a favor and don’t make that mistake again. 

When it comes to shoes, they can tell a lot about you and your personality. Different types of shoes suggest different types of people, and what they might be doing that day. There are certain kinds of shoes that fit certain occasions. Let’s start small: the everyday shoe.

If you’re between the ages of 14 and 24, you might still be a student, and your everyday activity consists of attending school. The most appropriate shoe for education has got to be sneakers. Year after year back to school advertisements show videos of kids in the hot new Nike sneakers or the cool new Reebok shoes. They never seem to go out of style. 

A brand popularized back in the 60’s and still trailblazing today, is Converse. The classic hightop Chuck Taylors are always a safe bet when buying stylish casual sneakers for school. You can even feel free to dabble in the area of platforms, the Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Platform Colorblock Overlay shoes. These come in many other styles and colors and are fairly comfortable. An interesting collab to check out at Converse is the ConverseXTyler the Creator, it’s a very funky, chic, and vibrant collection of shoes. 

Another favorite casual shoe of mine is the Nike Dunks. You simply can not go wrong with these shoes. They never go out of style and they have an endless amount of options. Every time someone gets famous they seem to partner with Nike to come out with a new design. The Air Jordans, for example, has to be one of the most famous collaborations with a fairly good-looking product. In 2007 Nike partnered with leadman of Dinosaur Jr, J. Mascis to create J Mascis’s Dunk High Pro, not a great everyday but a cool fact. 

One of Nike’s most wearable dunk collections, in my opinion, is the NikeXTravis Scott collection called the “Cactus Jack Collection.” I think it has a great selection of neutral-toned shoes and pieces, and although it is on the pricier side, there are a bunch of regular dunks that look fairly similar. Overall sneakers are a great choice to wear with sweats, shorts, or jeans which can create a lot of outfits for class!

If you feel sneakers are a little more casual than you’d like to look, another great shoe option is boots. One great inexpensive boot is Doc Martens. The classic black look goes with most outfits and an arrangement of aesthetics. Along with boots, they also make Doc Martens Loafers type styles which are a great alternative. 

If you’re going to work and you’re an office girly,  a great shoe is the Steve Madden Loafers, much derived from the Chanel loafers that started the chunky loafer movement. They are classy, yet chic, so you can get your work done and look good doing it. Steve Madden also has affordable heels, one of my favorites being the Viable Black heels, which are more upscale for the short queens, or even for those who just want to feel powerful. I love the hardware, it makes them stand out from other generic brands. But if you’re looking for basic heels on a budget, Target has great options available too!

Fiona Dunkel

Manhattan '26

Hi, I'm Fiona! I am a Psychology major and a hopeful future Psychiatrist. I am an undergrad at Manhattan College from Albany, NY. I live with my parents, a little sister named Charlotte, and a dog named Cassie. I am an avid crime show watcher and romance reader. I LOVE coffee and going to little cafes around the city to try out different drinks. I used to play very competitive soccer but stopped due to injury and now my hobbies include spending money on very expensive skincare products and buying overpriced iced lattes. I hope to study abroad within the next two years to be able to broaden my view of the world and learn more about different cultures! My dream is to go to Spain and watch a professional soccer game. My passion for writing started when I was in 3rd grade. I was constantly reading books of all genres and lengths and I wondered if I could write my own. I wrote little songs and mystery "novels," short stories, and poems whenever I could. In the sixth grade, I was recognized for my efforts and one of my poems was to be in a gallery at a nearby college. It jumpstarted my love for writing and ever since then I have constantly written down my thoughts, as well as written and published a book for my English class which was very exciting! I love writing about just about anything, especially when it comes to female empowerment and things I am interested in!