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The Tomboy’s Guide to Wearing Socks with Dress Shoes

So you’ve got yourself a dapper pair of oxfords, derbies, or other swanky masculine dress shoes. Whether you’re a formal shoe newbie with your first pair or an old pro with a closet full of fancy footwear, the myriad rules about what socks you’re not supposed to wear with dress shoes can be a bit mystifying and overwhelming. We’re here to clear some things up and lay out the laws of socks and dress shoes for you, so that you go into the fashion races armed with knowledge. Even if you’re the sort of person who flaunts convention, charging into life with one neon green ankle sock on your left and a greyscale houndstooth business sock on your right, it’s...

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The Tomboy’s Guide to What to Wear with Blue Shoes

 Blue shoes are, without a doubt, a winner in any wardrobe. It’s been said that blue is basically black’s punchier cousin – a dependable way to add color to an outfit while still keeping it subtle. Blue goes well with sedate pastels and earthy tones, but pops perfectly next to vibrant color too. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s a total free for all when it comes to what to rock your new blue shoes with. There are some basic guidelines that we think will help you assemble an outfit that you can add blue shoes to with confidence.   Accessorizing for Blue Shoes Whether you’re going formal or casual, earth tones or flashy bright colors, you always want to...

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The Tomboy’s Guide to Matching Belts and Shoes

When assembling an outfit or shopping for accessories, it can be tricky to feel confident in your choices. With belts and shoes, especially shoes made of leather or vegan leather, it’s easy to feel like you’re committing a massive fashion faux-pas if you don’t have the perfectly matched material in a belt.  As a basic rule, you want to be more traditional with your shoe-belt pairings in formal settings, while giving yourself leeway and going for more modern pairings in informal or semi-formal settings.   The Traditional Rules for Matching Belts and Shoes In formal settings like job interviews, weddings, funerals, black tie affairs, or coronation ceremonies (kids these days go to those a lot, right?) you should abide by...

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My Shoes Stink! What Should I Do?

Sometimes shoes smell. This is nothing to be ashamed of.   Whether the odor bothering you is from super new shoes that still have some lingering artificial smell from the vegan leather or shoes that have been lovingly worn to the point of sweaty foot stank, there is a way to fix the stink!   Tomboy Toes shoes and other formal shoes definitely can’t just be tossed in the washing machine or soaked in cleaning products. So how do you get rid of the smell?   To Fix Artificial, Rubbery Odors in Your Shoes Sometimes when you receive a brand new pair of shoes, the vegan leather was very recently cut, releasing unpleasant artificial smells. It will go away naturally...

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Dress Shoe Fashion Tips: Matching Socks, Accessorizing with Colored Laces, and More!

We're back with another awesome interview blog post, this time featuring the fashion wisdom of Stephanie Ash-Perry, the stylist for the official Tomboy Toes photoshoot earlier this year. For those of us who are just getting into the world of dressing to kill, she's got some answers to our burning questions about how best to wear and pair these formal vegan leather dress shoes. Let's dive into it!   Do I have to pair masculine dress shoes with a suit? Could I wear oxfords with a dress or skirt? Absolutely! A cute pencil or a-line skirt goes a long way - try to keep the hem around the knee because it makes your leg look longer and will be more...

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