Saturday, February 24, 2018

Women’s Shoe Heels & the Economy

Heels Head Lower, Is the Economy Heading Higher?  Did you read the article on about women’s heel heights and what they may forecast for the economy?   According to the article, research suggests that typically, women’s heels stay high during a downturn…

Here’s the skinny (some narrow shoe fun with a pun!)

In the 1920s, low-heeled flapper shoes gave way to high-heel pumps and platforms during the Great Depression.

In the 1970s oil crisis, platforms came back en vogue as the low-heeled sandals of the late 1960s were cast aside.

In the 1990s, the low, thick heels of the “grunge” period were replaced by “Sex and the City”-inspired stilettos just as the dot-com bubble burst.

This may not be the case, though, during this one, according to the article.

“Usually, in an economic downturn, heels go up and stay up — as consumers turn to a more flamboyant fashions as a means of fantasy and escape,” says Trevor Davis, a consumer product expert with International Business Machines’ Global Business Services unit, in a press release.  IBM conducted a study of social media posts and is predicting that women’s heel heights, which are currently in nosebleed territory, are poised to come back down to Earth.”, writes news editor Christina Cheddar Berk.

“This time, something different is happening — perhaps a mood of long-term austerity is evolving among consumers sparking a desire to reduce ostentation in everyday settings,” Davis says.

At The Narrow, we were certainly aware of  the shift in the amount of elegant flats that are available in our narrow shoe width, as the Fall/Winter 2011 shoes started to appear.  We’ve decided these are some of our 2011 favorites:


This pointed toed flat, available in beige or black, offers a lovely silhouette. Sesto Meucci has a well known reputation for both fit and comfort! It would look great going from the office to a night on the town when worn with nice slacks or a skirt.




Still on trend for the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 season, animal prints are a plenty. While they’re a bit wild, you’ll still feel refined in these sweet ballet flats from Donald J. Pliner. Crafted in Italy, this narrow ballet flat has a haircalf upper with complementing topline and lace-up detailing on the counter. A bow adds some whimsy. Won’t you look fierce in these trendy animal print ballet flats?! They’re just purrrfect for the woman who wants a narrow ballet flat!

You can go from the office to a night on the town or even a holiday party with these lovely Stuart Weitzman flats. Available in several colors including animal print, they’d look great with a cute dress, skirt or nice pants!

 Where do you see the shoe tide turning?  Are you seeing women wearing more flats or more heels where you live, work and play?


The Look in Narrow With a Celebrity Twist – 2010

Remember that television show “The Look for Less,” which recreated a high end look that a celebrity wore for a low end price? Well, we thought we’d do our own variation on the theme by creating “The Look in Narrow” shoes! This year, we’re changing thing up and now our Look in Narrow” is all about celebrity style with a narrow shoe twist! Now you can get “The Look in Narrow” with a celebrity inspired ensemble to go along with it!


The Look in Narrow Shoes – Eva Longoria’s Blue Pumps

Back in May, Eva Longoria was photographed while shopping in Cannes, wearing a gray Herve Leger by Max Azria dress, navy blue Yves St. Laurent Palais Platform Pumps and an Hermes Birkin Bag.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 13: Eva Longoria Parker during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival France. (Photo by Francois Images)

We love, love, love, the silhouette, the rich color of this suede pump and that it just so happens to run narrow! Great news for the fashionistas among us who love Yves St. Laurent and may just fit in these amazing shoes! While the Palais’ steep price at $720.00, it’s steep 5″ heels and 1/4″ platform or the fact that
available in narrow and offer lower heels, lower platforms and lower price tags!

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Celebrity Style Way: Steal the Style!

The Look in Narrow: Mila Kunis – Remember that television show “The Look for Less,” which recreated a high-end look at a low-end price?  We thought we’d create our own variation on that theme in our newest blog category:  Celebrity Style the Narrow Shoe Way-The Look in Narrow.   With the help of our new sister blog, , this  new “look in narrow”  is all about finding celebrity style  inspiration from the  narrow shoes on up. Now, not only can we show you our picks for narrow width shoe alternatives to the shoes the celebs wear (which, of course typically aren’t narrow), we can inspire you with a lower-end alternative to their stylish outfits, as well.
The Look in Narrow – Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis Premiere

HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Actress Mila Kunis arrives for the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great And Powerful.”

Mila Kunis looked elegant on the yellow brick road as she posed for photographers before the Premiere Of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Oz The Great And Powerful” premiere. She wore an ecru Dolce and Gabbana flared skirt dress along with a beautiful pair of silver Christian Louboutin satin peep-toes with bow accent. An updo complemented beautiful purple Sutra statement drop earrings.

Our celebrity style the narrow shoe way look includes an off the rack Dolce and Gabbana Convertable Floral Print Dress with a similar siloutte and a high price ($8,775–we haven’t found a lower priced dress yet that compares, but when we do we’ll update this post!), which we would pair with shoes from Stuart Weitzman’s evening collection.

Dolce and Gabanna Floral Print Dress

Dolce and Gabbana Convertable Floral Print Dress

The Marimbow, pictured below (click on the shoe to get more information) is available in narrow at   It’s also available in narrow at and  You can click on these links to get more information and buy directly from them, as well.

Stuart Weitzman Bridal & Evening Collection - Marimbow

Stuart Weitzman Marimbow

Though the Marimbow has a differently shaped bow, we think it adds just the right touch to the outfit.  By clicking on the image of the Marimbo to the left, you can get information about these shoes or chose a plain peep-toe like the ones the model wears.  Similarly, if you’re looking for a special dress, you can get information about this  Dolce and Gabbana Convertable Floral Print Dress by clicking on the blue link and search for more lovely dresses at, as well.



The Look in Narrow: Camilla Belle

While the U.S. Open men’s final was suspended on Monday due to gloomy weather, Camilla Belle’s white floral dress, accessories and shoes were anything but!  Her crisp and summery looking white floral dress, paired with the rich brown tones in her belt and bag and cute red ballet flats blended fabulously for a delightful early autumn day.  How would we re-create her style the narrow shoe way?  By adding adorable red ballet flats in our narrow width, of course!



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Narrow Feet Love Mary Janes!


Nina Kids - Bonnett (Toddler/Youth) (Black Patent) - Footwear

When a girl’s got a narrow foot,

[Click here to find girls narrow Mary Janes at xxxxx and still more girls narrow Mary Janes at ]

Naturalizer - Irma (Black Croco/Leather) - Footwear

xxxThe Mary Jane has grown-up, however, and for the last two seasons has been looking quite sophisticated and stylish!  Women’s Mary Janes  have pointed toes, platforms and flat, low,  medium, high and even sky-high heels varying from skinny stilettos to chunkier stacked heels.   Yet,  just like the Mary Janes you may have worn as a child, the grown up version has one or two straps across the middle of the top part of the foot.  [Click here to find this single strap pair of Mary Janes along with other narrow Mary Janes here at andhere to find this double strapped narrow women’s Mary Jane and more at xxx

Now for a little shoe history!

Ever wondered how Mary Janes got their name?  Well, back in 1904 an executive from the Brown Shoe Company met the creator of a much loved comic strip called Buster Brown He purchased the rights to the name from him.  Though many people mistakenly think the company was named after the character, that’s just a coincidence, as the brand was created 25 years after that fateful meeting.   While in the comic strip Buster is wearing the iconic shoe, the name was based on Buster’s sister, Mary Jane who can also be seen wearing it, as well.

The company made marketing history when they hired a series of actors, dressed them up as the comic book characters and took them on the road, selling the Buster Brown brand as they performed in theaters, department stores and shoe stores.  How’s that for a “walk down memory lane?”

Image Credit for Buster Brown Advertisement: The Ephemerist

Image Credit for Comic Panel and photo of actor: NPR