keep footwear

Dear shoe industry,

Please stop trying to make sandals where any seam or edge on the thong is perpendicular to the wearer’s toes.

No love,

Me

Drabble: Of BFF’s and Shoes

(Prompt/Summary: I decided to mesh together a fuckload of tropes/prompts. From the text to the wrong number, to meeting in an elevator. Mostly it’s funny and stupid. Apologies to anyone of likes high heeled converse all stars.)

- April 18th, 2015

From Unknown: What is it with tourists and always choosing the vilest options for footwear?!

To Unknown: I know, right?!

From Unknown: It’s like, why would you wear that lovely blouse, with that beautiful skirt if you’re just gonna use Nike running shoes with it!

To Fancy Random Person: Ugh. Nike sneakers. I’ve never found an aesthetically pleasing pair. Although, if we’re being fair, I think the thing with tourists is that they choose their footwear keeping in mind that they’ll probably spend their entire day walking. Thus, comfort trumps style.

From Fancy Random Person: What?! You’re not supposed to be the rational one!

To Fancy Random Person: I’m not?

From Fancy Random Person: No. I’m the rational one. So when I’m being irrational you’re just supposed to agree without questioning. That’s the deal.

To The Rational One: I’m so sorry, I didn’t realize. I agree wholeheartedly. Ban all ugly footwear!!! I’ll start the paperwork for the petition right away.

From The Rational One: Thank you.

To The Rational One: BTW, I have no idea who you are.

From The Rational One: What?

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I’m still thinking about that Tyrone guy in the Overwatch forum like

“yeah and the taunt should have characters permanently remove their footwear. Males keep their socks on, while females don’t. Makes sense, right?

It’s that “makes sense, right?” that ravages me, Tyrone, you have the persuasion skills of a seal clubber.

Hiking Boots Winter Trend

Stop wearing oxfords and derbies. Only kidding, these are two footwear staples that every man should have. Since it’s winter time though, and it’s probably starting to rain and/or snow depending on where you currently are in the world, it makes sense to give the oxfords and derbies a little rest for the season and instead give this winter footwear trend, the mighty hiking boot, a shot.

Why the hiking boot? 3 reasons:

1. The hiking boot is quite versatile. At first glance hiking boots might look like they can only be worn for treacherous outdoor expeditions, but you can definitely wear them for more relaxed adventures in the city. They obviously work well for a casual look with jeans and a parka or bomber jacket, but they work surprisingly well with a dressy ensemble as well.

2. Perhaps the main advantage of wearing hiking boots is protection from the winter elements. Whether it be snow or rain, this rugged footwear will keep your feet dry, and would actually look better with a bit of scruff; that’s why for days with harsher weather, save your polished oxfords and derbies and put these boots on.

3. Hiking boots add more character to your outfit. A dapper classic look from head to toe will always be appreciated, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get playful with your footwear. Add a bit of street style to a traditionally dressy outfit by pairing the ensemble with colorful hiking boots. 

Before you go ahead and invest in this season’s “it” footwear, here are some things to keep in mind about hiking boots. It takes some time to get used to wearing boots, especially if you’re only used to wearing shoes that cut at the ankle. It’s going to feel awkward walking in them at first, with the collar wrapping around above your ankle, but you will get used to the feeling. Like any other boots, hiking boots will be heavier than your standard dress shoe or sneaker. What else can you expect from the thicker, more rugged soles? Because of the thicker collar that is characteristic of this boot variety, you might have to change how you style your pants with them. Depending on what type of pants you’re wearing, you might want to give them a bit of a cuff just to show a hint of the boots’ collar, or let the pants casually bunch up at the top of the boots.

As for suggestions, here are our 5 favorite hiking boots on the site:

(L-R) DSquared2 Lace-Up Hiking BootSantoni Cool City BootFendi Mario Zucca Hiking BootRalph Lauren Cadell Buffalo BootDanner for J. Crew Light Timber Boots

Now that you’re all read up on this stylish shoe, discover which hiking boots would work best with your wardrobe on Wantering’s Hiking Boot Winter Trend Feature.

SXSW Style Essentials for Guys and Girls

Trekking to Austin, TX for South by Southwest soon? Before you jet towards the festival, make sure you’ve got these SXSW style essentials packed in your bag! With the city’s notoriously quick changing weather, you have to both dress to impress and dress for the elements. So cool kids of SXSW, whether you’re primarily there for Film, Music, or Interactive sessions, bring these essential fashion items with you to the festivities!

Indispensable Eyewear
When the sun is at its peak and you don’t have the convenience of an indoor venue, how else are you going to avoid blindness? Sunglasses don’t just protect your eyes from intense sunlight, they add style points to your outfit too. Guys, you’ll appreciate this Ray-Ban’s folding frame; no more hanging sunglasses on your collar when not in use.

Guys: Ray-Ban Clubmaster Folding Polarized Sunglasses
Girls: Marc Jacobs Perfect Circle Sunglasses

Mod Hats
Looking for a shield to the Austin sun, or a cover when the weather gets wet? Need something to hide a messy hairdo when you don’t have time to style your hair to get to earlier events? A hat takes care of all that. 

Guys: ASOS Straw Pork Pie Hat
Girls: Eric Javits Braid Dame Hat

Stylin’ Shorts
Applause to the fashionistos and fashionistas who can wear awesome-fitting pants or flowing maxis to the festival! Inevitably though, the Austin temperature will reach highs on some days of SXSW that will just be too hot to not wear shorts. Let your legs cool down! We just love this adorable high waisted shorts from ASOS for the ladies.

Guys: Ralph Lauren Riva Corduroy Short
Girls: ASOS High Waisted Shorts with Notch Detail

Lightweight Jackets (because there are high chances of rain for the weekend)
Do yourself a favor and put a lightweight jacket inside your SXSW luggage right now. When the rain starts pouring, or when the temperature drops below 45°C, a lightweight jacket will be a treasure for you. No need to bring coats; they’ll be too warm for the trip!

Guys: Lacoste Live Camouflage Lightweight Windbreaker
Girls: The Kooples Lightweight Denim Jacket

Comfy Footwear
Be strategic when it comes to your festival footwear. Keep in mind, you’ll going from one venue to the next and will probably be standing or walking for good chunks of the days. This burgundy low-top from Vans is a great choice for guys; it’s comfier than leather shoes, and can be easily dressed up or down. Ladies, feel free to don shoes without heels, no judgement here. If you have to wear something dressy, be nice to your feet; go for chic sandals and other low-heel alternatives.  

Guys: Vans Low-top
Girls: Givenchy Flat Toe Strap Sandal


Hope this SXSW style guide helps you out for the next week! Need ideas on what to wear to different events? Want to get your hands on the upcoming season’s trendiest items? Get your shopable fashion inspiration on Wantering.

Wantering Pin Ambassador of the Week

Looking for adorable fashion inspiration for the cold and wet season? Pin Ambassador of the Week Jas B. has the perfect fashion pins for you! Just because the weather’s not as warm or sunny doesn’t mean you can’t leave home looking stylish! Our favorite pins from Jas this week:

1. Anchor Skirt and Hunter Boots - satisfy your Hunter Boots craving here
2. Street Style
3. Weekend Chic
4. Blazer with Elbow Patch - find more women’s fashion with elbow patches here

There’s more style and design inspiration waiting for you in Ambassador Jas’ Pinterest boards! Keep up with fashion trends by following our ambassadors’ expertly curated Wantering Pin Ambassadors Group Board.

If you happen to be in the east coast right now, you can probably use weatherproof footwear to keep your feat comfy from slush and freezing weather. These Hunter Boots on Wantering will do the trick (in lots of colors too)!