Imagine that you are packing for a week in Paris. You can’t check a bag because, well because, that is just so un-cool. Let’s say you will be walking the Marais, visiting some artists studios and having drinks at cool kid spots like Clown Bar. You’ve been invited to visit the main Chanel Atelier and you’ll also be meeting an important business contact at his serious investment firm. You’ve got the packing color story down, and it’s mostly black and gray, but what do you do about that red dress and the shoes? No more than two pairs will fit in your bag.
Pop quiz begins now!
This Everlane slipper does it right with this Audrey Hepburn-like skimmer. They are gloves for your feet and although we wouldn’t want to walk 20 miles in them, we would pair them with anything and wear them anywhere! We love the neutral color but a pair of black ones will also fit the bill. Oh well, must have two!
A simple pump that says business in front and party in the back works equally well with wide leg pants and rising hemlines. These Ganni Slingbacks with a tortoiseshell block heel add a lot of fashion pep to your step.
Of course a black boot is the simplest solution because it requires absolutely no thought but brown works as well and looks smashing with navy, jeans, gray and yes, even black. Why not step into these cognac suede booties and change your pace?
A black loafer is a must-do-can’t-imagine-life-without-them and this one from the loafer king , Gucci, shods you in a most contemporary sartorial velvet.
Some of us not ever to be mentioned (Susan Feldman) cannot go anywhere without a pair of sneakers or three. Her choice,if she had to have just one, is this basic black hipster from Common Projects and Goop.
If you got away with just two pairs you win , but if you couldn’t decide, and packed all ten of our favorites, you still win–you just need a bigger suitcase.
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