Searching for Funky Shoes

I typically wear booties and sneakers in the fall, winter and spring, switching to sneakers and sandals for summer but am on the hunt for some more “refined” but funky creative shoes with lower heels (2” or less)  to wear with jeans, skirts and dresses in the warm weather. I need support and coverage due to lymphedema in my right leg and can wear T strap style, or cage but prefer coverage. I tend to shop at Nordstrom because of the returns policy but that is really limiting me. 

A brand called A.S.98 which seems to have lots of possibilities but expensive. I would love to hear your source recommendations for shoes that are a little unusual and creative, but not too dramatic. Janet, Suz and Brooklyn?

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  • LJP replied 2 years ago

    I'm neither Janet, Suz nor Brooklyn, but I believe I "get" the look you're after. Try Fly London, Miz Mooz  or Free People.  They are easy to find on line .  

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Thank you LJP!  I really like Miz Mooz and will check out the others.  

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    Bueno is another company with interesting shoes.

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Thanks Jaileen for the source. I will check them out. 

  • Janet replied 2 years ago

    I have a pair of AS98 sandal mules and they are well-made and great unique style. They are a good fit on my feet, which are slightly low-volume and slightly narrow. Check out Free People too — they have some similar styles. You may find something interesting by Born/Sofft. Rag & bone has some good styles but $$. Pikolonos may work if you have a narrower foot.

    I’m on a similar hunt but for a specific chunky-refined sandal. If I see some good possibilities, I’ll share for sure!

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    Try Fluevog too.

  • replied 2 years ago

    Yes,  I was just looking there!

  • nuancedream replied 2 years ago

    Try Intentionally Blank, Cydwoq, and United Nude. I have or had footwear from these brands. They are comfortable with a refined funky element that I seek out in my footwear.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago

    More votes for United Nude, Miz Mooz and Fly London!

  • chewyspaghetti replied 2 years ago

    Lana- A.S.98 seems to be the parent company of Miz Mooz, which is still really nice quality but a little cheaper. I would recommend looking there. I think they have a lot of options that may work for you.

  • kkards replied 2 years ago

    i'll suggest a company called All Black, sometimes Anthro sells them, and i've seen them at smaller local boutiques, but you can always buy them on line

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    Ooooooo so much shoe candy. Thanks everyone!  I will check out fluevog and the others for sure   

    Janet, I have these from free people but I never wear them, maybe it’s the pointed toe but they are excellent quality. 

  • Runcarla replied 2 years ago

    Just came back from a short mall crawl at a suburban mall in the Big City.  Visited quite a few shoe stores looking for sandals for DH, and a dressy flat in navy or silver to replace the 8yo navy ones I just retired.  

    It might be the nature of the mall, but there really wasn’t much ‘dressy’ footwear at all in the shoe shops or shoe departments.  Lots and lots of sneaker variations, Birkenstocks, pool slides, and some colourful loafers that were more driving shoe than loafer, IYKWIM.  I was surprised by the lack of diversity in footwear.  

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    My brown boots are AS 98 and they are really well made as well as interesting. They might be worth the extra $$ if you find a pair you like.

    A lot of my shoes are Australian brands. In international brands I keep an eye out for Allsaints, & Other Stories and Free People.

  • Rejoiceandbe replied 2 years ago

    Have you considered Reiker or Remonte or are they to "pretty" and predictable? They are good for people with high arches that walk a lot.

  • Lana replied 2 years ago

    I’ll check those out Rejoiceandbe, thanks so much!

  • Jaime replied 2 years ago

    I have a few pair of A.S. 98 (they are distributed locally and I find them on the second hand market) and vouch for them also.

  • Jessikams replied 2 years ago

    Seconding All black— they are a rare Taiwanese high-fashion brand and they do beautiful work. They ship to many places and aren’t too expensive.

  • Lesley replied 2 years ago

    I think if Miz Mooz and Fly London had a baby, it would be the very comfy Wonders!

  • Jenni NZ replied 2 years ago

    Actually I have some Wonders also same as Lesley. They are European made and I agree both cool and comfortable.

  • Style Fan replied 2 years ago

    AS 98 are gorgeous and comfortable.  I have been looking at them for a while.  

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