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7 hours ago, Pumped said:

Size 4 or 6? Inseam too long? Hard to tell from your pics, but apparently you are vertically challenged!

Let's just say that I have a small carbon footprint! Since this is Cali's thread, I don't want to get into it here, but oddly enough, I just covered this subject in detail on my own thread.

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Let's just say that a 4 inch height increase from heels is significant in @mlroseplant's case.

 

Wanted to try out the look of my Levis 311 and JS Rachie together. I think this is a winner look.  And the Rachies are extremely stable and easy to walk in. 

The Rachies are a slightly tight, but the are real suede so they should stretch out and fit like a glove in no time. Just have to have to wear for short periods until they are ready.  It going to rain for a week and these still need to be sprayed first anyway.  

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Took a break and ran some errands in the rain. Put the Rachies in some shoe stretchers. Came back and wanted to see how my Express leggings worked with them' From the front, legging with a hoodie.

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Finally with my new sherpa.  I prefer the Express leggings over the Levis 311. Much larger pockets as well, as I have my wallet and cell phone in my pockets

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Looks good

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First a picture with my legs up, enjoy some sun in a friends back yard. New shoes, new socks, new pants.

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My new Jessica Simpson Raxen arrived. Only the Red ones.  They didn't fit. But I love th color and had hoped to wear them to a holiday party next week. That means the black ones coming, also a size 10 wont fit either. :sad:

So I went to Macy's and returned the heels and ordered the size 11 in black. They don't have a size 11 in red.:sad::sad:  So I will get the other one in hazelnut.

Hopefully the size 11 will fit. In the mean time they gave me an additional 30% off, so each pair is under $30. 

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I just love this color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2 hours ago, Cali said:

My new Jessica Simpson Raxen arrived. Only the Red ones.  They didn't fit.

I need to talk to that girl cause my pair of Jessica Simpson pumps also ran small!

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I have mixed results with Jessica Simpson shoes. Some size 10 fit fine, my JS Rachies, slightly tight at first. But 30 minutes in a shoe stretcher and they fit great. Then the JS Rollin knee stilettos, I got them a size 11. But these size 10 Raxens I was nowhere near getting my foot in.  I think it had to do with my high arch. I hope the size 11 fit.

The real trouble with Jessica Simpson heels is when they fit they are wonderful to walk in and so much fun.

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9 hours ago, Cali said:

I have mixed results with Jessica Simpson shoes. Some size 10 fit fine, my JS Rachies, slightly tight at first. But 30 minutes in a shoe stretcher and they fit great. Then the JS Rollin knee stilettos, I got them a size 11. But these size 10 Raxens I was nowhere near getting my foot in.  I think it had to do with my high arch. I hope the size 11 fit.

The real trouble with Jessica Simpson heels is when they fit they are wonderful to walk in and so much fun.

I have bought two pairs of JS heels, and both of them have been normal expected size, which is my case is 8 1/2. Of course, it's a sort of apples-to-oranges comparison, since my shoes are both mules, and not boots. I wore the crap out of my first pair, and both of the unit plastic molded platforms cracked all the way through, as @Jkrenzer warned me they would. That wouldn't have bothered me so much, except that for some reason the right sandal, which had been my friend for quite some time, decided it was going to start wearing a hole on the top of my right fourth toe, and it continued to do so consistently, no matter what I did to try to correct the problem. That pair was binned. I love being able to say that on this British-based site! I still have another similar pair, but I'm ambivalent about them. I'm not going to get rid of them, but I don't wear them all that much.

13 hours ago, Cali said:

I just love this color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really like that color too!

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Got these Shiraz Red Jessica Simpson Rachie last week at DSW. Wore them to work today with skinny jeggings and heart print socks, 15 hours straight. Had at least 10 women tell me that they love the color and love the heels themselves. Very Holiday look with my Santa Hat and purple turtleneck and fleece jacket. I'm so glad I got this color!!!!! My black pair doesn't get a quarter of the attention these do.

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I have been so busy lately that I have THREE boxes of shoes that I haven't unpacked yet. These are all Jessica Simpson Raxen, a similar style. One pair is a black size 10 which I know is too small and will be returned, The other two are size 11, on in black and one in the same Shiraz Red as above. I hoping they fit

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Yesterday I was running some last-minute errands, the last stop was my PO Box. As I was entering, I noticed a woman walking in from the side. Just noticed her short-heeled bootie. As we walked to the boxes, I heard both my heels and her heels on the hard surface. She turned a bay before mine. As I was extracting the mail from my box, I heard “I thought I recognized those heels, but now I don’t.”  It took me a minute to figure out how I knew her. 

She has her nails done from 1 – 2 while I get mine done from 1:30 – 2:30, so we sit next to each other on a semi-weekly basis. We sometimes talk shoes like we did last week when I had Jessica Simpson stilettos.

She was right, she hadn’t seen these particular heels, Soda Agenda.

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I wanted to relate a conversation I had with several women.about high heels. Yesterday was my biweekly manicure, I have some damaged nails that have acrylics to hold them together, so I get a "fill" and a gel manicure as well. When I entered there was only two of the manicurist working (New Years Eve) and each had a client. I wore my Red Jessica Simpson Rachie stilettos in. My manicurist was running a little behind. She does such a nice job, is a true artist booked thru May, so when she goes over because she doing some special art I just wait, because she does special art for me all the time. Since I have been having my nail fixed for over 9 years, I am acquitted with many of their clients, including these two women.

As I enter the shop the talk was about my heels.  First the color, this is the "In" color this season and they all just loved the color. Then the talk went to how they could not be able to walk in them, so high, heels always hurt, etc. I said these are comfortable (they really are), I can even jumped. To which one said, okay let me see. So I stood up and jumped about 6 to 8 times, then sat down. Now I didn't jump very high, with a 7/8 inch platform and a 4 7/8 stiletto heel its hard to get much height. She said, okay, surprise you didn't break the heel (you don't land on the heel - that's how). Since I wear high heels almost always, these women have seen many of my heels. 

The conversation continued into how I make sure the heels are comfortable before I buy them. The other manicurist talked about how she has bought shoes and after 3 hours they hurt so they become dinner heels.  Dinner heels are heels you wear from the car to your table so everybody gets to see how pretty they are; take them off after be seated; put them back on for the trip from the table to the car. At that point my manicurist finished with her client and I sat down. I got wrapped and my manicurist went to finish lunch. The conversation then went to posture and how you have a different posture in heels.

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I have had 3 boxes of Jessica Simpson Raxen that had been sitting for the last 3 weeks. I finally got the time to open them up. Size 11 still didn't fit.  It's the shape of the shoe and my high arches, just can't get my feet in them. So I returned all three pairs. The woman that took them back at Macy's liked the style and was going to buy the Shiraz Red for herself tonight after work.

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Cali,

I'm a big fan of JS heels and have both wedges and pumps in her line. The JS sixe US11 has fit me well as had several size US10 I believe my foot is somewhere in between a 10 and an 11. The vamp opening is important. I normally need a US11 in closed toe and a 10 or 11 in open toe though many wedges in size 10 fit me well. I also have a pair of knee high boots with 6 in/15 cm chunky heels by JS which fit me extremely well and I have worn them in cooler months quite a number of times. Your wine-coloured ankle boots are choice! HinH

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HinH - I know your a big JS fan. I had tried to find JS shoes that fit for some time. Tried several ordered on-line in size 10 and size 11 and they didn't fit.  However, the JS Rollin' knee high stilettos in size 11 did. I even got skinny jeans so I could wear these boots on the outside. I  made the mistake of walking thru a DWS and the JS Rachie, stiletto booties, begged me to try them on.  Surprisingly the size 10 fit so I just had to buy them. Macy's had a "BOGO free" sale and I saw the Raxen and got them in black and Shiraz red, size 10. Before they arrive, I again made the mistake of going to DWS again and saw the Rachie in the same red but they didn't have a size 10 in stock, so I ordered them on-line.

There no such thing as "too many stilettos."

A size 10 Raxen showed up and I was sad to find out they didn't fit, so I returned them for a size 11. They didn't have a size 11 in the red, so I got two black pairs. 

Then the red Rachies arrived. They fit and the red color is a homerun. I have gotten so many comments on them (see above where two women almost walked into each other while mesmerized by these shoes. Glad I ordered them when I did since they are sold out now.

5 hours ago, HappyinHeels said:

Your wine-coloured ankle boots are choice! HinH

The size 11 Raxen didn't fit either. The difference is the seam up the front of the Raxen and the front "V" cutout in the Rachies.  But I am very happy that at least one of these versions of JS stilettos fit.

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I've been on vacation for the past 5 weeks and today was a "All Hands Meeting" with about 300 - 400 hundred people, 50/50 men to women.  

We read how no one sees women in heels. Well at this meeting there were least 10 women tall tall stilettos, another 20 had 3+ inch other heels (block, wedges, etc.), and still another group with shorter heels, including kitten heels.

So not all is lost, there are still women who wear heels.

I had my black Jessica Simpson stilettos, see above.  I had several heel chats with women in stilettos. Its funny that I now know several women who have asked to try on my heels.  However even more people wanted to look at my nails. I'm known for my heels and my nails

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You are very diligent with your nails AND your heels. And the SF Giants. So, you're my pal :fine: Keep up the great, and elevated, work you do. HinH

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I visited my PO Box at the post office this afternoon. A woman walking the other way looked down at my heels as she passed and said, "I have those in black," and kept going.

Soda Agenda in burgundy with Express Denim Perfect Lift leggings 10 Short.

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On 1/25/2020 at 3:55 PM, Cali said:

I visited my PO Box at the post office this afternoon. A woman walking the other way looked down at my heels as she passed and said, "I have those in black," and kept going.

Soda Agenda in burgundy with Express Denim Perfect Lift leggings 10 Short.

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Cool shoes!

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So I have been expanding my boundaries lately.  Last fall I decided to show my knee high boots, not hide them under long pants (34 inch), so I got skinny jeans and leggings. I the first pair turned out to be from Express and they only had size 10 Short, so I got them, 25" inseam. They come 2 inches above my ankle, and a full 9 inches shorter than my other pants (and they have usable pockets!!). I also got three Levi's 311 with 30 inch inseams, they come to just at my ankle. Both jeans are super stretching shaping skinny jeans ;-). I have been wearing these to work most of the time now. I love how my heels are no longer hidden AND they fit inside my boots.  Last week I finally got the last pair of the Express version in black (now sold out). For Halloween I bought a fuchsia faux suede moto jacket and had wanted to wear it again. Even though I have worn my leopard sherpa to work and other places, I was still too scared to wear something as feminine as this jacket. I decide to calm down the fuchsia with black.  Black turtleneck, the new black leggings, black socks, black Delicious Elowen booties  with faux back laces. (no platform)

Once I left home there was no turning back.  I had at least 10 women and 4 men compliment me on the jacket, several of the women also loved the heels. One woman wanted to "steal my look."

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And now the back view...

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Great look, Cali! Although I must say, we all have our weird, individual hangups about things. I don't really see anything in this outfit that I wouldn't have worn three years ago, but on the other hand, I would never wear nail polish, even if I liked it! For me, that would be pushing it too far. But with your permission, I might steal your look, with the exception of the nails. Also, I think I'll skip the "headless" look. :giggle:

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Way to go Cali. I like your look. I don't get a full color mani. I just color my little pinkies and get clear gel on the rest of my fingers. Right now I have bright red polish on my little pinkies with white hearts for Valentine's Day. My wife likes the look. Yesterday, before the snow and cold came I went out shopping in my Valentine's Day leggings, red women's, mock neck shirt, red women's puffy down jacket and my Soda, red booties with 3" chunky heels. Got a nice compliment from the check-out gal in Walmart, who said she liked my leggings. I replied, "thanks, I bought them here a couple years ago".

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

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7 hours ago, mlroseplant said:

Great look, Cali! Although I must say, we all have our weird, individual hangups about things. I don't really see anything in this outfit that I wouldn't have worn three years ago, but on the other hand, I would never wear nail polish, even if I liked it! For me, that would be pushing it too far. But with your permission, I might steal your look, with the exception of the nails. Also, I think I'll skip the "headless" look. :giggle:

I got over the "boots on the outside" barrier last fall with the introduction of tight skinny jeans and jean type leggings, even faux leather leggings.  Although the jacket doesn't have any darts, not many men wear fuchsia jackets, specially cropped that short with gold zippers accents. However, I think the otherwise all black outfit toned down the color and how close it is to Valentine Day. The only bad thing was I expected the jacket to be warmer than it was. I'm now in the market for a leather or faux leather version.

@mlroseplant you have my permission (as if you needed it) to copy the look, and the nails are optional.  I get a real kick out of it when a woman likes how I put my outfits together enough to want to copy it. It tells me I must be doing something right. This woman even wanted to copy my nails.

1 hour ago, bluejay said:

Way to go Cali. I like your look. I don't get a full color mani. I just color my little pinkies and get clear gel on the rest of my fingers. Right now I have bright red polish on my little pinkies with white hearts for Valentine's Day. My wife likes the look. Yesterday, before the snow and cold came I went out shopping in my Valentine's Day leggings, red women's, mock neck shirt, red women's puffy down jacket and my Soda, red booties with 3" chunky heels. Got a nice compliment from the check-out gal in Walmart, who said she liked my leggings. I replied, "thanks, I bought them here a couple years ago".

Happy Heeling,

bluejay

That's a bold outfit to me @bluejay , more red than I wear, but I must admit that I have gotten three pairs of red heels in the past 6 months.

Like many of you on this forum whose love for heels started at an early age, my love of nail color started as a teen. I started to get pedicures when my hand was in and out of casts for 8 months and with color soon after; that was over a decade ago. I damaged two fingernails to the point that they need to have an acrylic cover to be held together and after years I want them to all look the same. I had color once and have been having it ever since. I simply love it and I find it very strange the few times a year when I don't have full color gel. I constantly get random compliments on my nails from both men and women.

These short black jeggings was also the great way to show off the most important feature of these Delicious Elowen booties, the faux lace up the back. This is completely hidden by longer pants that hide the heels.  I thinking I might even get more heels with fringe on the side. Celebrate and enjoy the fact that I wear high heels.

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To work on 2/25, I wore a fleece top over a sleeveless turtleneck (both black), with my black knee-high thick stiletto boots over my blue Levi’s.

Got an email about a big SHOE sale at Macy's so went to check it out and the large mall it is part of. Macy's didn't have anything I wanted, but I did try on several pairs there. I talked with a woman who was also trying on boots. Left and went to Aldos and tried on several heels. Again, none fit (looking for new sandals) and they didn't have a size 11 in the styles I was looking at :(.  Two stores down is a Steve Madden store. Looked in at what they had in the store, but they didn't have my size in the heels I liked. Steven Madden sale associates know me as a good client so they go out of their way for me.

On the way back to my car I came across the same lady who was also looking at the boots with me in Macy's.

Looking surprised she said, "Oh, I didn't realize you had boots on before."

"I always wear at least 4-inch heels, I need the rise for my hip."

We talked for a while and as we were parting, she complimented me on how well I walk in them. I laughed.

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At work I had one woman walk out of her way to tell me how she "seriously LOVED my boots."

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3 hours ago, Cali said:

To work on 2/25, I wore a fleece top over a sleeveless turtleneck (both black), with my black knee-high thick stiletto boots over my blue Levi’s.

Got an email about a big SHOE sale at Macy's so went to check it out and the large mall it is part of. Macy's didn't have anything I wanted, but I did try on several pairs there. I talked with a woman who was also trying on boots. Left and went to Aldos and tried on several heels. Again, none fit (looking for new sandals) and they didn't have a size 11 in the styles I was looking at :(.  Two stores down is a Steve Madden store. Looked in at what they had in the store, but they didn't have my size in the heels I liked. Steven Madden sale associates know me as a good client so they go out of their way for me.

On the way back to my car I came across the same lady who was also looking at the boots with me in Macy's.

Looking surprised she said, "Oh, I didn't realize you had boots on before."

"I always wear at least 4-inch heels, I need the rise for my hip."

We talked for a while and as we were parting, she complimented me on how well I walk in them. I laughed.

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At work I had one woman walk out of her way to tell me how she "seriously LOVED my boots."

Well done!

 

Does Steve Madden carry size 11 in the US? I don't see that size up here in Canada...

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Size 11 is rarely in Steve Madden stores, sometimes in outlets, and in some styles on-line.  I wear most size 10.

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After 14 hours of work yesterday in my Jessica Simpson knee high boots, I stopped for a quart of ice cream at a hometown speciality ice cream store.  Only two younger women customers at the counter waiting to get their ice cream. As I brought the quart to the cash register one of the women couldn't keep her eyes off my boots.

So I said “Do you like them?”

“Oh I love them, I wish I could wear knee highs but my calves are too big,” as she showed me her WIDE calves. “But then I probably break my ankles in heels that high.”  As this conversation was happening the cashier rang me up and I handed her my money. The cashier went crazy over my nails, so the customer had to see my nails and the cashier had to see my heels. The cashier wanted to know where I get my shoes, so I told her Macy’s to which she said “Oh, Macy’s money?”  Unfortunately for the cashier, she has size 12 feet.

Just a normal day in CaliWorld.

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3 hours ago, Cali said:

Just a normal day in CaliWorld.

How fun it is! :happy:

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I try to limit the items I can't wear to work or in public to just a few , 2 or 3.  I've had a sleeveless turtleneck bodysuit I had purchase several years ago that I had never worn, it's egg shell blue.  I finally figured a way to wear it, with some Express leggings, a Polo top, and Madden Girl motorcycle boots. I've been showing the tops of my boots and loving it. I know you can't see the top in the photo below, but that's the real point here.

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In another thread there has been talk about wearing bodysuits. I wanted to show a problem you may encounter with bodysuits.  Some don’t cover your hip.  If you wear high waisted pants this may not be a problem, but with these mid-rise leggings I needed to be careful to keep my shirt from rising too far up.

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32 minutes ago, Cali said:

In another thread there has been talk about wearing bodysuits. I wanted to show a problem you may encounter with bodysuits.  Some don’t cover your hip.  If you wear high waisted pants this my not be a problem, but with these mid-rise leggings I needed to be careful to keep my shirt from rising too far up.

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Well, to be honest, it looks like your pants are sitting way too low in back, unless you intentionally dropped them to show the issue more clearly?   LOL.  Most of my jeans are low to mid rise and have even worn them with a body suit like that and still covers everything.  I do agree that the combination of very low rise jeans and a higher cut body suit can create a small gap on the side, that is why you should never put the two together and part of the reason there are multiple variations in rise for jeans available.  :) 

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I went to get my beans from the coffee roasters this morning. Spooky downtown with it empty because of the corona 19 virus.  Freeways are empty too. My favorite shoe boutique is next door to the coffee roasters, so I usually go in and see what they have.  They weren't open yet, however, the owner open the store for me.They didn't have anything new I wanted to try on, so we just chatted for a while. Downtown is ghost town with almost no customers, so she wanted to talk. They are thinking of what they will order for the summer and fall. I put my "4" cents in (things are more expensive in California) for wedge sandals, lace up sandals, and stiletto knee highs with full zippers like Jessica Simpson's. The owner also loves her Jessica Simpson and we talked about how the heel placement on Jessica Simpson stilettos makes them easy to walk in. 

I would encourage all to obtain a relationship with at least one footwear store. You get treated better than the regular customers, they know you BUY heels and sometimes your size and styles.  I have also been given "discounts" simply for asking! They will tell you what's coming in and save things for you.  I have a relationship with 3 stores now and it's great. I can walk into a crowded store, pick up a heel I want to try on and just show it to the sale associate on the other side of the room and she will go get it (in my size) without a word spoken while other customers are waiting to get served.

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""I can walk into a crowded store, pick up a heel I want to try on and just show it to the sale associate on the other side of the room and she will go get it (in my size) without a word spoken while other customers are waiting to get served.""

I haven't seen a store like that in years !!

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