The strength of this year’s NAS was the footwear assortment, and this is reflected in my client’s purchases and my own. The anniversary offerings in designer salon shoes continues to be disappointing, perhaps because the brands prefer to keep their items exclusive. But there was fabulous footwear across more affordable price points, with ample variety across silhouette, colour, lifestyle and weather conditions. There are lots of comfortable and practical options that look great too. I’m pleased to see an assortment of brown, cream and red shoes as opposed to the usual black and grey. Extended sizes and widths are offered, and so are manageable heel heights.
- Cole Haan Cole Haan GrandPro Spectator Scalloped Slip-On Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom: EXTREMELY lightweight and comfy. Pretty in the pink. Sleek without the laces. Can work on a wider foot if you size up. All the colours are nice.
- Eileen Fisher Eileen Fisher Tilda Stacked Heel Pump (Women) | Nordstrom: Amazingly clean and stable fit on a range of foot shapes. Very comfortable and flattering IF you can handle the heel height. Comes in four colours. The red and black look great worn with black hosiery.
- La Canadienne La Canadienne 'Stefanie' Waterproof Boot (Women) | Nordstrom: THE pair of of boots for very narrow calves, but too high in the shaft for petites. Comfy and weatherproof. Classic.
- Paul Green Sofia Loafer: The favourite chunky loafer of the sale. Comfy, hard-edged, and fit narrower heels. Works on wider feet because of a forgiving toe box. Impeccable quality. All three colours are fab.
- Munro Munro Lulu Slip-On Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom: EXTREMELY comfortable and sleek slip-on sneaks. WOW. If they came in white, they would be mine. The medium width runs narrow, but wide widths are available. I liked all the colours.
- 1.State Loka Studded Bootie: This bootie looked best in grey and is moderately comfy. Best on regular volume feet. Okay on high insteps if you size up. A sleek party on your feet.
- Dolce Vita Dolce Vita Tommi Perforated Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST bootie at the NAS. EXTREMELY comfy, works on low and high-volume feet, softer than butter, and visually interesting. Works on narrower and wider ankles. Can be worn with fun socks, hose, footies or barefoot. Well made. Comes in grey and black, and the cognac followed me home.
- Aquatalia Letizia Weatherproof Boot: A beautiful weatherproof tall boot that is dressier than a riding boot. It's not as slim-fitting on the calves as the brand usually is which was disappointing. Impeccable quality and a good fit nonetheless. Works on low and regular volume feet. The brown gets my top vote. There is style life after black boots.
- Børn Børn Cardi Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: EXTREMELY comfy and cushioning. Quite supportive, and works on both lower and higher volume feet. Size up for higher volume feet. They are a snug enough fit for narrower ankles. They followed almost every client home in the black or brown. They are mine in the brown.
- Aquatalia Aquatalia Carie Weatherproof Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: Sleek, weatherproof and fabulous on lower volume feet. They will work on high arches and insteps as long as your feet aren't wide. They're comfy if you can manage the heel height. VERY sleek on the ankle and calf. Gorgeous with skirts and dresses. All three colours are fab. Like the fresh snip toe.
- PIKOLINOS PIKOLINOS Pyrgos Oxford (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST oxford at the sale. Extremely comfortable, and works on a variety of foot shapes. The white sole prevents the shoe from looking too masculine. Comes in four colours. Impeccable quality. The cognac followed me home.
- SARTO By Franco Sarto SARTO by Franco Sarto Lowe Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: A moderately comfy pointy toe that's excellent under long-length classic flares and bell-bottoms. Ankle gape on narrow ankles.
- SARTO By Franco Sarto SARTO by Franco Sarto Topaz Flat (Women) | Nordstrom: Snakeskin Dandy Witchy Fabness. I vote these most eccentric and fashion-forward shoe of the sale. They come in navy feathers, and an ombré leopard print online. They look long, witchy and pointy on the foot, but are dainty and smashing somehow. Quite supportive and comfortable, although I'd have preferred them a little softer. Fit is best on higher volume feet - they are wide - and can accommodate gentle bunions. I tried to make them work with an insole, but alas they are too wide.
- AGL AGL Block Heel Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: Buttery soft leather in a classic style that goes the distance. Works on a variety of foot shapes, and might run a size big. Glides comfortably over bunions, and works on narrow ankles.
- AGL AGL Pointy Toe Mule (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST dressy mule at the sale. Works best on higher volume feet. Comes in a pretty white, and is as soft as our silky Sam. Looks elegant on the foot, extremely comfortable. Comes in black. Impeccable quality.
- Cole Haan Cole Haan Harrington Grand Buckle Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: Comfy no-nonsense leopard bootie. Cushioning and supportive. Quite the maximal statement on the foot so consider yourself warned.
- UGG UGG Simmens Waterproof Leather Boot (Women) | Nordstrom: Very casual, weatherproof, and extremely comfy. They skew masculine on the foot so watch for that if boyish looks are not your cup of tea. Read the rave reviews.
- Ecco ECCO Soft 7 Center Zip Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST sneaker at the sale. ECCO's are amazingly comfy, and these are a pretty grey that look soft and fashionable. A client with very high insteps rocked them unzipped. Impeccable quality.
- Sam Edelman Sam Edelman Chesney Loafer (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST hard-edged flat at the sale. Extremely comfortable and softer than butter. Quite supportive, stable and a statement piece. Comes in white. Works on lower and higher volume feet, and with bunions. Size down half a size. Party on your feet.
- Rebecca Minkoff Koso Bootie: Mega '80s Fabness, and the trendiest shoe at the sale. They are not buttery soft, but I hope comfortable enough for my own fussy feet, AND I'll add a cushioning insole. They are a good fit on narrow ankles, and come in three colours. The red and black are as smashing as the white. Great low heel height. I can see them work well with straight legs, bootcuts and flares, and full-length skinnnes. Might throw them in with the crops too.
- Sperry Sperry Shearwater Water-Resistant Boot (Women) | Nordstrom: A classic favourite for snowy weather. Works well on wider feet and looks quite streamlined on the leg - which duck boots often don't. Read the rave reviews.
- Cole Haan GrandPro Tennis Shoe: Super cute camouflage sneakers that are as light as a feather. Extremely comfortable and comes in two shades of metallic camouflage. For the Magpies.
- Munro Munro Ana Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: AMAZINGLY comfortable, sleek and simple. Do not underestimate the power of this type of look. Well made and very clean. Best on a wider ankle.
- MARC FISHER LTD Marc Fisher LTD Yente Chelsea Boot (Women) | Nordstrom: These are most comfortable in the suede, and work best on lower volume feet. Great heel height and clean fit. Blingy.
- UGG UGG Pasqual Boot (Women) | Nordstrom: SUPER easy, comfy, warm and weatherproof. There is a time and place for this type of boot. Comes in black.
- AGL AGL Smoking Slipper (Women) | Nordstrom: BEST dressy flat at the sale. Almost every client came home with these, and some in a few colours. The suede can be treated, and the navy is the yummiest. Works on gentle bunions, and looks chic and trendy. Comfy and flattering. Works well on larger feet.
- Blondo Blondo Varta Waterproof Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: The best Blondo bootie at the sale if you like a low or flat heel, and a classic bootie style. Size up because they are short in the toe box. Best on lower volume feet.
- Halogen Halogen Sadie Slingback Flat (Women) | Nordstrom: A dainty little Summer slingback that feels more stable on the foot than it looks. Comes in five colours (there is a leopard print too). The suede is the most comfortable. Wide toe box.
- Eileen Fisher Eileen Fisher Hutton Ankle Strap Shoe (Women) | Nordstrom: A rare find that works on lower AND higher volume feet. Comes in three colours, and is very comfy. Elegant and pretty. Best on a narrower ankle. A substantial sole that does not feel too close to the ground.
- Paul Green Paul Green Sheridan Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: Fabulous looking bootie on the foot, and in the prettiest shade of sand (they are NOT grey as the description reads). Buckled yet streamlined. Works on lower and higher volume feet if you manipulate the size. Impeccable quality.
- Blondo Blondo Lila Waterproof Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: A simple black bootie that streamlines an outfit and does not draw attention to your feet. Weatherproof and quite comfy, but narrower in the toe box. Best on lower volume feet.
- Paul Green Paul Green Stella Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: GORGEOUS bootie on the foot, and very comfortable if you can manage the heel height. Sharp, streamlined and chic. Make sure you are comfortable in three inch heels and do not be seduced by how fabulous they look in the mirror. Impeccable quality.
- Aquatalia Aquatalia Fiamma Weatherproof Bootie (Women) | Nordstrom: These were tricky. They either looked fably sleek, or dodgy. Either way, they are comfortable, weatherproof and well made. Work on low and regular volume feet. I preferred them on a wider ankle, and all the colours are nice.
- PUMA PUMA IGNITE Flash evoKNIT Training Shoe (Women) | Nordstrom: A spongy and supportive slip-on trainer that's like walking on clouds. Peach colourway is nice too.
- Nike Nike Blazer Low Essential Sneaker (Women) | Nordstrom: A Trendy Classic that can be worn with just about anything these days since we are a sneaker generation. Very comfy. Works best on wider feet.
Here’s the collection page if you would like to see the items alongside my descriptions.
NAS Top Picks by Category
This post is number 1 in a 6 part series:
- Footwear (this post)
- Jackets, Coats & Vests
- Knitwear & Tops
- Skirts, Pants and Jeans
- Accessories, Lounge & Active Wear
Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. Be sure to also browse wardrobe basics like underwear, socks, loungewear, sleepwear, or workout wear if you like to use the sale to replenish those types of items at this time of year. Also lots of fun stuff in homeware. Good hunting and happy NAS!