Casual footwear was good at this year’s NAS. Lots of emphasis on sneakers — the shoe of our fashion era — and flats. Dressy footwear looked a little repetitive, uninspiring, and was in some cases extremely high-heeled. Surprisingly, there were no salon shoes at the sale this year. No white boots for me either. But busloads of animal print, and a strong nod to footwear comfort. Round toes aplenty too.

  • Joanna Bootie: A sharp yet casual bootie with clean lines. Nicely made. Very comfortable on a lower and regular volume foot. The shade of saddle brown is yummy and best.
  • Shari Bootie: If you need a W or WW extremely comfortable bootie - try these. Your feet will thank you. Add heel inserts if you need a narrower fit on the heel but a wide width in the toe box. Comes in black.
  • Zanya Sandal: The knot detailing looks like it would dig into your skin, but it doesn't. Surprisingly, it's super soft, and looks interesting on the foot. Works on a range of foot shapes, and feels like a sandal sneaker. Comes in three colours.
  • Moving Sneaker: Seinfeld Fabness, and a fun nod to the late '80s. The idea is that you pair these ultra trendy sneakers with ANY outfit, like they do on the catwalks. They run short so go up half a size, and pad the inside with insoles if they're too wide. I have these in white and with insoles they fit perfectly. They aren't as comfy as my Eccos, but they ARE comfy, and I'm enjoying them. They come in beige.
  • Cathryn Water Resistant Bootie: A sharp looking bootie for a regular or lower volume foot. The pointy square toe looks fresh. Nice industrial zipper. Quite comfy if you can manage the heel height.
  • Salem Waterproof Bootie: Best comfy and versatile boot at the sale. Weatherproof. Beautifully made, classic, refined, and VERY cushioning. You have to like round toes to like this boot.
  • Edge Lux 3 Running Shoe: Fab on those with grey hair, and by all means wear them with all sorts of outfits because that's today's fashion. No need to reserve them for running. They've worked on every foot shape because the fabric moulds to the contour of the foot.
  • Elvina Waterproof Bootie: Waterproof, classic, comfortable, and versatile. The bootie had quality issues in the past with what was probably a defective batch of the repeat style. But there are too many rave reviews to ignore how well the bootie can work. I vote pattern all the way.
  • Sloan Bootie: A sleek and comfy style on a lower volume foot. Well made, especially for the price. They look polished and tidy on the foot. Four colours, and the browns look fresh.
  • Irena Loafer: An extremely well-made loafer that looks Italian designer. Extremely sharp on the foot too. But they are not soft and cushioning so consider yourself warned. Run a little wide and maybe half a size big.
  • Milandi Sandal: Extremely comfy on a regular volume foot if you can manage the heel height. Great with dresses and skirts. Comes in four colours.
  • Bobbi Moto Boot: Best buckled boots at the sale. A quality hard-edged piece with loads of refinement. Nice tailored ankle fit, and cushioning insole. Works on a range of foot types. Side zipper for easy access.
  • Pyrgos Laceless Oxford: The back of these oxfords have a super cute vertical stripe so check it out. Very comfy on feet that do not have high insteps or bunions. The grey is lovely too.
  • Vicar Water Repellent Studded Bootie: Best casual burgundy boots at the sale. Very comfy, well made, and work well on regular volume feet. Low-volume feet need insoles. Can work for higher volume feet, but not very wide feet. A little less red in person.
  • Caley Wedge Sandal: Best comfy sandal at the sale. Comes in FOUR widths and FOUR neutrals, and looks a whole lot better on the foot. The front crisscross detailing is cute and flattering.
  • Randie Slip-On Sneaker: A slip-on sneaker that comes in FOUR widths and three neutrals. The navy with grey sole is quite unique, and so is the sueded metallic. Very comfy and streamlined on the foot.
  • Harlie Open Heel Bootie: A fab and comfy sandal bootie for higher volume feet. Comes in solids.
  • Soft 7 High Top Sneaker: Best hi-top at the sale. These have worked on every foot shape apart from a very wide foot. Lower volume feet can add insoles, and higher volume feet have room. The tops create a neat and tidy finish on the foot that looks crisp and graphic. Comes in black and burgundy metallic.
  • Soft 7 III Slip-On Sneaker: Best slip-on sneaker at the sale. These were by far the winning sneaker on clients, and some bought both colours. They were astounded at their comfort, and how well the slip-on stayed on their feet. Also, it worked with every outfit clients were wearing. Wear these sneaks with ANYTHING as long as the colours coordinate. I wish they came in white.
  • Dalaran Bootie: Best snakeskin bootie at the sale. Looks chic under flares and straights. Comfortable on a regular and lower volume foot.
  • Soft 7 Sneaker: Best bright sneaker at the sale. This sneaker has worked on every foot shape apart from a very wide one. Low-volume feet can add insoles, which I did. I wear them with two strategically placed insoles, have three colours, and they are the BEST low-top fashion sneakers of all time. They are supportive and extremely comfy. They look more like an oxford than a sneaker - very clean and crisp - which is probably why I like them.
  • Tombeau Lace-Up Boot: Best comfy stomping boot at the sale. Works well on wider feet with high insteps and arches, and is super cushioning. Easy side zipper access. Wear it with skirts and dresses, or cropped pants and jeans.
  • Lidia Waterproof Bootie: These are adorable in the olive, and fit an orthotic quite comfortably if your feet aren't wide. Comfortable. Run a little short so size up. Casual round toes are looking fresh.
  • Neda Tall Weatherproof Boot: Best tall boots at the sale, and quite good on narrow calves if you wear a smaller size. Best on regular and taller ladies for a clean shaft fit. Get the BROWN.
  • Faria Weatherproof Genuine Calf Hair Bootie: Sharp, well made, and fun in the leopard. Comfy on low and regular volume feet. Runs narrow.
  • Pointy Toe Mule: Best mule at the sale. This worked on a range of foot shapes and is as comfy as it is sleek and chic. Well made.
  • Edge Lux 3 Running Shoe: The best athletic sneakers at the sale. They fit most foot types because they stretch and mould to the foot. It's VERY trendy to wear these with just about any outfit, so do just that. The white and grey are just as nice.
  • Lilah Ruffle Flat: These worked well on many foot shapes, and are comfy if you don't need a lot of arch support or a wide toe box. Cushioning and classic on the foot. Four neutrals, and the black is the least effective in the style because the ruffle disappears.
  • Becca Loafer: A classic loafer with a '90s lug sole. Beautifully made, and comfy on an assortment of foot shapes. Higher volume feet have room. Lower volume feet sized down half a size. Try the rich and yummy BROWN.
  • Old Skool Suede Low Top Sneaker: Retro Sneaker Fabness that works on an assortment of foot shapes if you manipulate the width with laces or with insoles. The red is cool and yummy. Wear them with ANYTHING because that is what modern fashion is all about.
  • Saltwater Waterproof Rain Boot: A fabulous repeat style that is super cute with jeans, and very comfy. All the colours are nice, but the pink and blue look the most exciting. They run wide but are very good with insoles and thick socks for lower volume feet. Good with orthotics too. I have these in cream from two years ago.
  • Barnstable Loafer: Extremely comfy loafers that work for a wider foot. Comes in six colours and the suede is more comfy than the regular leather.
  • Gazania Sandal: Super comfy on regular volume feet. Soft and stable if you can manage the heel height. Quite supportive of the arch.

Here’s the collection page if you would like to see the items alongside my descriptions.

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Joanna Bootie
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Shari Bootie
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Zanya Sandal
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Moving Sneaker
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Sloan Bootie
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Irena Loafer
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Milandi Sandal
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Bobbi Moto Boot
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Dalaran Bootie
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Soft 7 Sneaker
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Pointy Toe Mule
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Lilah Ruffle Flat
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Becca Loafer
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Barnstable Loafer
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Gazania Sandal
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This post is number 2 in a 5 part series:

Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. Good hunting!