Fashion, But Make It Barefoot – December 2020

One of my all time favorite things to do is recreate amazing looks with barefoot shoes. I’ve never been one to settle, so why not look amazing in healthy shoes? I share a new “Fashion, But Make it Barefoot” photo every Friday on Instagram and Facebook, and here is a round up of posts from December 2020! Scroll to see the inspo and shop the shoes.

December 4, 2020

Zlatush Flats | $140 | Leather | Handmade

Sending some vintage inspo your way!

If you’re new here (hiiiiii 👋) this account is equal parts functional movement, healthy shoe finding guide, and STYLE. Quite the eclectic combo, but boy does it flow!

Today we’re recreating a whimsical look from A Clothes Horse, #butmakeitbarefoot, because no heels, no problem! The Anya Approved flats I’m wearing are from Zlatush Shoes and I think in my top 10 barefoot shoe finds of 2020. Zlatica hand makes all her shoes to order and you can choose just about any color, not to mention they are super wide in the toes (swipe to see a photo of them next to Lucky brand flats).

Read the review linked above for my Favorite Ballet Flats post! It covers these flats as well as some other amazing ones.

Happy Fri-Yay friends!! I have been enjoying being off social media on the weekends so much I think I’m going to make it a thing. I’ll be testing some cozy winter boots for you (yay for walks!) and working away on more Anya’s Shop orders. What are your weekend plans??

December 11, 2020

The Lisbeth Joe Harare | $108 (after code ANYALJ) | Nubuck Leather

Sexy like Meghan Markle ➡️ Grounded like Buddha

Which shoes would you rather wear for a long night out??

I used to have a section of my closet reserved for “dressing up.” They were the prettiest, but also the most uncomfortable items I owned. That meant I either didn’t like what I was wearing (comfortable clothes) or I didn’t like the way I was feeling (pretty clothes).

Wearing pretty clothes meant ending up with a headache and stomachache because I would be so tense I was barely breathing. I would spend the time sitting still, like a Christmas ornament. Not having fun, not building relationships, not asserting my power.

Conforming to societal norms can effectively silence you, if you let it. For me, being unwilling to put up with uncomfortable shoes and clothes is about reclaiming my power. 👑

I want to know! How else has healthy footwear changed your life? Yes, it helps foot and back pain. But what about your confidence? Your outlook on life? Drop me a comment 👇

My shoes are the Harare flats from Lisbeth Joe and one of my personal faves for dressy shoes. Lee, creator of Lisbeth Joe, has plans to serve us more dressy styles that are completely flat and wide, and I am so grateful to people like her for going out on a limb to start a small business.

You can use the code ANYALJ for 10% off your order. A few ordering deets: this is a US brand and the sizing is wonky so make sure you check her size guide (if you need help measuring check the Brands By Foot Type post). Lisbeth Joe shoes fit a high volume foot and are medium width. All are made of leather. Small footed friends, she has extended small sizing in the loafers.

December 18, 2020

The Joe Nimble WanderToes | $199 | Leather

Can someone please explain to me why shoes that are designed to function have big heels on them? When during a hike does your heel need to be raised an inch and a half from the ground? It seems to me that functional shoes are exactly the ones that should be grounded so you can navigate terrain safely, sensing the ground you are walking on.

I love my Joe Nimble WanderToes for hiking because they look as cool as Fashion Jackson’s hikers (thank you for the fashion inspo!) but they are completely flat, flexible, and very spacious in the toes. They’re also water resistant, and with a sheepskin insole warm enough for cold days (I would say 30 degrees F or more, unless you wore super thick socks).

I reviewed these boots a few months ago, check it out for more pics and sizing info (linked in profile and stories)! I got mine from Joe Nimble US, where they are $199. International peeps can order directly from Joe Nimble and get 10% off their order with code AFFANY10

Has winter arrived to you? I froze my hiney off taking these pics! But it makes for great winter boot testing conditions.

December 31, 2020

The Softstar Ballerine | $160 | Leather | Made in the USA

Get 15% off your first Softstar order with code ANYA

If you don’t ask me what I’m doing for NYE, I won’t ask you. Deal? 😃

Color Me Courtney is one of my fave creators on the gram, but as you can see she is 🌈 while I am ▪️so consider this a #butmakeitbarefoot #butmakeitanya dupe. 😆

If you are going somewhere this NYE, make sure you’re doing right by your feet and opting for spacious ballet flats like these shiny Ballerines from Softstar Shoes (use code ANYA for 15% off your first shoe purchase) instead of sparkly torture devices that squish your toes. No need to add insult to injury right now, am I right?

May your day be filled with walks, bare feet, and time spent with loved ones ❤️

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I first discovered “barefoot shoes” after a long bout of foot issues. I realized that with some extra research (and a whole new set of standards), I could curate shoes that made me feel amazing and didn’t require any compromises. I started my blog Anya’s Reviews to share what I learned with others.

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