The Fashion Archetypes Shop for Shoes

The Fashion Archetypes Shop for Shoes

A visit to the shoe department this season may be a bit alarming. It appears that everything is about the sneaker. Don’t get me wrong, I do love sneakers, but the sneaker made it down the runway with pantsuits, pretty dresses, and even evening gowns.

Would you be surprised if I said there’s a sneaker for every fashion archetype? That’s almost true! But there’s more to footwear than sneakers. I’ve prepared a shoe guide with focuses on seven style personalities.

You may find that you resonate with one category or maybe you are a mix of categories. Enjoy reading through them all. There may be shoe style you want to wear when you’re feeling like a tender romantic and then you may want a shoe style for when you like to go preppy chic. Have fun with this guide and your footwear this season.

The Luxury Peasant

There is a sense of wonder, romance and creativity in your soul. You appreciate beauty across the eras and notice refinement. You enjoyed playing “dress up” as a child and are an imaginative adult.

Others might describe you this way:

  • Imaginative
  • Exotic and dreamy
  • Feminine-Goddess
  • Magical
  • Romantic-artistic
  • Fairytale-like
  • Enchanted

Shoes you’ll find to bring out your enchanted style

  • Fringed booties
  • Brocade mules
  • Wooden flat platforms, ankle wrapped with studded pattern details
  • Lattice worked flat gladiator in almond, saddle brown, or olive
  • Crisscrossed slide sandal in burnished olive

The Preppy Chic

This is not LL Bean but you’re drawn to tradition. It comes naturally to you to be on time, organized and pulled together. You can find security in high quality labels and don’t mind if people notice. You prefer timelessness to “fast-fashion.”

Others might describe you this way:

  • Traditional
  • “On time, as scheduled”
  • Proper and polished
  • Attending to details
  • Confident
  • Crisp

Shoes you’ll want to wear:

  • Classic penny loafer in white with tassels
  • Adidas sneakers
  • Logo sandals
  • Gray nubuck leather bootie with no detail
  • Flat espadrille slip ons with asymmetrical tap toe in pink



The Risk-taker

Your goal isn’t to push other people’s buttons, but to fearlessly express yourself. You’ll expand the boundaries of what’s possible. If you aren’t entirely understood by everyone, you don’t need to be.

Others might describe you this way:

  • Understood Salvador Dali
  • Shines in the spotlight
  • Fearless
  • Willing to be the first to experiment
  • Playfully rebellious
  • Re-inventor

What you’ll find:

  • High platform thick strappy metallic sandal
  • Metallic street sneaker
  • Black to the knee  gladiator sandal
  • Hot pink mod open toed mule with flashy floral embellishment
  • Fur lined slides


The Organic Fashionista

Less is more and you pay attention to form, function and origin. You are a nature lover who’s also tech savvy. You’re not afraid to pay more for a well-sourced product.

Others might describe you this way:

  • Pared down
  • Relaxed but alert
  • Strives to avoid excess
  • Lives “green”
  • Nurturing, soothing
  • Natural and in harmony

What you’ll find:

  • Cowboy booties made of faux leather
  • Clogs
  • Birkenstocks
  • Blush perforated high-top sneaker
  • Cork block heel suede mule with fringed detail


The Edgy Sophisticate

You live in a town, small or large, but are a New Yorker at heart—even if you’ve never been there. You have understated glamour. Your outfits always have a unique element, but you’re not seeking the center of attention. You are too busy living your own life.

Others might describe you this way:

  • Classic but with a twist
  • Urban connection
  • Modern, doesn’t linger in the past
  • Thoughtfully put together
  • More sleek, less fussy
  • Has a high fashion IQ with a knowledge of fashion history and its evolution

 What you’ll wear:

  • Kitten heeled red sandals with thin straps across toes and ankle
  • Black quilted slip on sneaker
  • Minimalist lace-up loafer in white, blush, or metallic
  • Black to-the-ankle block heeled caged sandal with peep toes
  • Chelsea boot with pointy toes



The Tender Romantic

You take the time to wonder, reflect and appreciate. You’re drawn to beauty. You care deeply, feel passionately, and have a sentimental side. You want a charm bracelet more than designer tennis shoes.

Others might describe you this way:

  • Thoughtful and considerate
  • Loving and nurturing
  • Feminine
    Soft around the edges
  • Deep and dreamy
    Serene and sensual
  • Cherishes memories

 What you’ll find:

  • Blush colored block heeled pump
  • Suede ankle wrapped ballet flat
  • Floral print sneaker with wide ribbon ties
  • Ankle gladiator sandal with floral embellishments
  • Heeled slide sandal in lush suede


The Alluring Temptress

You are a woman who can handle attention. You understand the importance of what is hidden and what is revealed. You have a playful side, but you are a strategic thinker and planner.

Others might describe you this way:

  • Evocative
  • Strong
  • Vivacious
  • Captivating
  • Womanly and sensual
  • Comfortable standing out in a crowd
  • Theatrical

What you’ll find:

  • Python print booties with zipper at center seam
  • Stiletto or block heeled rockstud gladiator sandal
  • Blue suede block heel slide
  • Open toe and open heel over the knee stretch suede boot
  • Peep toe bootie with tall stack heel and corset lace up detail in the back


Has this shoe guide stimulated your fashion sense? Shoes make such a difference for an outfit and for your style personality.

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