Looking good in your saree? Match it with the right kind of footwear
There was an old advertisement that had a caption – “Funny the way people look at your shoes”. It was an ad for a certain brand of shoe polish, that said by the expression on the man’s face and the above words, that despite being at ground level, the footwear that goes with the clothing draws as much attention as does the rest of the attire.
Very true! Take the pride of Indian attire – the saree. Gone are the days when the onlookers concentrated their gaze only on the look and luster of the saree. There are times when the footwear that accompanies the saree either does not do justice to the portion above it or things could have been better with something else chosen. Today in an age of one-upmanship, where each tries to outdo the other every woman tries her best to be perfect in anything that goes under the public eye.
Never be under the impression that footwear gets hidden under the saree. Eyes travel right up to the feet seeing whether the judgmental eyes could find something to correct or should the mind simply approve the sight before them. What about the times one is sitting or walking when people do get the opportunity to have a good look at the feet. Then while you are making your effort to build a good impression about your dressing sense, the telltale glimpse of the feet in footwear could bring the erected imaginary structure crashing to the ground.
Let us see how we can help!
Here are tips to not only look picture perfect but also feel much confident about how people perceive you.
- The flat flip flops
The modern flip-flop has a very simple design, consisting of a thin rubber sole with two straps running in a Y shape from the sides of the foot to the gap between the big toe and the one beside it. They typically do not have a strap around the heel, although heeled varieties are available.
Very comfortable to wear, the right choice for functions at the college or university function or get-together, walking around in them couldn’t be better. And getting one that suits the pocket is very easily done. Mind you they are available in a whole lot of colors to match the saree you want to be in.
Meant for those who need to move a lot in the saree and available in all kinds of colors, getting one that could match the saree you are wearing is quite easy.
The modern sandals are made of more modern materials, such as rubber, foam, plastic, leather, suede, and even fabric.
Many podiatrists recommend avoiding the inexpensive, and spending more on sandals with thick-cushioned soles, as well as ones that have a strap that's not canvas and that comes back almost to the ankle.
- Feeling Comfy in Wedge Heels
Having the most comfortable heels than most others, the wedge heels are a perfect and fairly popular way of pairing with all types of saree. Wedge heels have a sole that is much thicker at the back than at the front, making them high-heeled boots or shoes that are very snug and fitting for the wearer to have a confident gait and easy movement.
There are many styles available under the wedges footwear category; the most common styles are low wedge, t-straps wedge, ankle straps wedge, platform wedge, and closed-toe wedge.
Nice to show off with, sarees that are more or less plain or simply ornate, in attractive colored or zari borders do well with wedges.
- Strappy Sandals could be a hit
If one were to see some of the diva type Bollywood stars who carry themselves well in whatever they wear, their certain styles get their fans in a tizzy to immediately ape them. Check out the stylish Sonam Kapoor or any of the femme fatales of Bollywood in a designer saree like net, crepe sarees, georgette sarees with the strappy sandals of the same color. The effect would be smashing!
- The challenging stilettos
A stiletto heel is a long, thin, high heel on some boots and shoes for women. Worn with a designer blouse and a bright colored plain or one with very mildly decorated motifs in vibrant hues would be a good idea if you wish to flash your stilettos to draw people’s attention.
Stilettos, like all similar high-heeled shoes, give the optical illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot, and overall greater height. They alter the wearer's posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent. One for the confident and the adventurous, it is for the likes of the tall heroines such as Sushmita Sen, Sonam Kapoor who have a poise at all times. Avoid wearing for too long and to places with soft ground or where floor damage is unacceptable like soft wood floors, on aircraft.
- Mojari, Khussa or Jutti
Highly decorative footwear they are worn mostly for exclusive occasions like weddings where the relationship whose wedding it is, is very close, since there is bound to be a lot of movement. The mojari or J along with being decorative is also soft and cushioning.
Mojari or Khussa or Saleem Shahi's is a style of handcrafted footwear produced in South Asia. They are traditionally made by artisans mostly using tanned leather. The uppers are made of one piece of leather or textile embroidered and embellished with brass nails, cowry shells, mirrors, bells and ceramic beads. Even the bonding from the upper to the sole is done by cotton thread that is not only eco-friendly but also enmeshes the leather fibers with great strength. Some product range also uses bright and ornate threads. As it evolved through the centuries and is being produced by individual artisans, products vary in designs and colours. It encapsulates cultural diversity, local ethos and ethnicity.
- The Maharashtrian Kolhapure
Flat from toe to heel and neatly decorated in leather, the Kolhapure chappal can literally be worn with all types of sarees online but some special varieties are the traditional Maharashtrian saree or silk sarees with lovely wide border in color or zari. The combination would be irresistible.
The Kolhapuri chappals are beautiful Indian, hand-crafted leather slippers/sandals (style of open-toed, T-strap sandal) that originated in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Kolhapuri chappals are locally tanned using vegetable dyes, and it’s a tradition and business that has been passed from generation to generation. Creating these shoes is like working on a piece of art (and lots of hard work) since one pair can take up to 6 weeks to be made. As a result, if properly taken care of (and not worn in the rain), Kolhapuri Chappals or Kolhapuris can last a lifetime.
- The Golden Pumps
The color gold is universally acceptable and pairing any color saree with the dazzling golden color makes for an instant hit. You can check out the delightfully appealing Kajol or the charismatic Priyanka Chopra in their sarees over golden pumps.
The construction of pumps is simple, using a whole-cut leather top with a low vamp, lined with either quilted silk or plain leather, trimmed with braid at the opening. For women, pumps with a strap across the instep are called Mary Janes. Pumps may have an ankle strap.
- High Heeled Boots
For the woman willing to try out, a nice step indeed, especially in cold weather! It would do with any type of saree, that has flow and fall and does not flare out. Since it adds height it also needs some skill in the walking but a few rounds to get acclimatized and you’re home. You can see a Shraddha Kapoor, or Sonam Kapoor doing it well.
High heels for women are a type of shoe in which the heel, compared with the toe, is significantly higher off the ground. These shoes go beyond simply protecting the foot from the ground or improving efficiency of walking. High heels make the wearer taller, accentuating the calf muscle and the length of the leg overall. High heels, come in different styles, colors, and materials.
- Peep Toe Heels
Seen at public events you can see Shilpa Shetty in a brilliant white with golden zari border with lovely golden colored peep toe heels, or a Dia Mirza with a black dress and a transluscent cream colored saree wrapped over it, wearing a jet black pair of Peep toe heels.
A peep-toe shoe is a woman's shoe (usually a pump, slingback, bootie, or any other dress shoe) in which there is an opening at the toe-box which allows the toes to show. Popular at the beginning in the 1940s it has since then been coming and going out for a brief period of time. More recently, it has become popular again, with variations such as "peep-toe boots" appearing.
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