Most women are guided by a simple shopping rule: If the shoe fits, buy it. Even when they know the tortuous work called “breaking them in” lies ahead, they’re on shoe-purchase-auto-pilot. I know. As the saying goes – been there, done that. Recently something happened to make me toss out the old adage about simply settling for a shoe that fits.
I discovered shoes so alluring, so glamorous, stylish and comfortable, my first reaction was shock. Did I mention High-Heels with a capital H? I’m talking about Ron White All Day Heels®. I know; I probably sound like an infomercial but these amazing shoes are now more than just a personal favourite. They’ve become an important part of the wardrobe mix when I’m working with private image enhancement clients. In fact, Stage Six of the process focuses on finding the right footwear for a client’s newly finessed outfits.
Earlier in the month, on exactly this kind of mission, a client and I were in Ron White’s Manulife store when I spotted the designer-magician, himself. Ron was busy. Nice to see he’s really in touch with his customers, I thought. And then I looked again – Ron was personally assisting Canada’s First Lady, Laureen Harper. The interesting part of the incident is that Mrs. Harper had gone on record saying she now only wears Ron White All Day Heels®. These shoes are essential for anyone who must stand and stand and stand – for hours at a time – while looking smartly turned out. Incredibly, the collection covers all the bases from understated pumps to edge-y, glam stilettos.
National Post dubbed Ron a “sole man” in a recent article about his ascendency to shoe royalty. Ron didn’t actually aspire to become a shoe designer. As an established shoe-retailer, he thought the so-called comfort brands he purchased for his stores underestimated the importance of the style component. He tried repeatedly to convince world-renowned footwear companies to consider the innovations he suggested. No takers. But Ron steadfastly refused to believe that “glamorous comfort” and “all-day high-heels” were oxymorons.
Finally, in frustration he started to work independently with Italian factories and experiment using cutting-edge, high-performance materials to create ultra-feminine, flattering shoes that never reveal the comfort aspect to the observer, only the wearer. The secret is in the shoe itself – to understand the mysterious, undetectable comfort factor, you must try them on. Et voilà, like stepping on a magic carpet.
Over the last three years, Canadian women have embraced these miracle shoes, until now sold exclusively at Ron White stores. What many of these followers may not know is that earlier this year, Ron successfully launched his eponymous brand at San Francisco’s preeminent shoe store, Arthur Berens. Actually, successful is an understatement. While in the company of major world-class designer brands, within one week of arrival, All Day Heels® almost sold out!
Another little known fact about Canada’s youthful, world-class shoe designer? His All Day Heels® are the new gold standard for red carpet walks everywhere. I guess we could call Ron Shoe-Whisperer to starlets! Bravo et merci beaucoup.
See the entire Ron White All Day Heel ® collection and read more about Ron:
- The less the dress, the less the shoe – A pump with a suit and a sandal with a sundress.
- A shoe should be either darker than the hemline, same colour, or tone on tone.
- If you want to have your shoe as your main accessory, there’s nothing wrong with a little black dress, a purple shoe and matching handbag.
- A low heel with a very short skirt is more appropriate than a high heel.
- The mood of the outfit should be reflected in the shoe.
The Kitten heels may not appear as sexy as the stilettos but they are just as flattering and versatile. They work well with both office attire and cocktail clothes whether it is a suit, a sheath dress or straight, pleated and A-line skirts. Depending on the shoe, kitten heels may be paired with cropped pants.
The stilettos is best when paired with slim skirts. If you wear stilettos with trousers, you’ll get the leggiest look by wearing the hem of your pants across the top of the shoe allowing only the toe to peek out.
Flats look best with narrow and cropped pants. They also look great with long or short skirts, with a knee-length skirt, however, flats can look dowdy. When you wear them take a look at yourself in a full length mirror.