Shoes That Are Age Appropriate

Hi Deborah,

My friend and I  met you a few years ago when we attended the More Reinvention Convention.  We’ve followed your blog ever since. Thanks for all the great info.

I saw your post about dressing too young and you mentioned extreme platforms can look too young.

This shoe has great style and is age appropriate for any age!

This shoe has great style and is age appropriate for any age!

I wanted to know what you thought of this shoe for a women of my age, 53?

I have a bronze colored sheath dress that is very simple and am looking for a pair of shoes to wear with it. I  thought these had some style, but wonder if they might be too much for my age?

I don’t want to look silly.  I don’t know why, but I struggle with this issue lately (I am size 4 petite). Looking forward to hearing your opinion. Thanks, Donna

Hi Donna,

I get a lot of questions about whether shoes are age appropriate, so you are not alone.

Your  shoe is absolutely fine and certainly age appropriate. I really like platforms because they give the illusion that you are wearing a very high heel, but the platform makes them more comfortable!

gold pump

Chunkier is less elegant and not as sophiticated for older women.

The shoe below, left, is similar to the one you chose, but it’s not as refined and I think refinement is the way to go over 40..

Have fun at your party!



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  1. I have always love beautiful and high heel shoes. Now I am sixty years young, and find that the shoes being made today are just to high for a woman my age. I would love to buy beautiful shoes made on todays’ style, but with at least 2″ to 1 1/2″ heel. If the shoe makers would consider older women in their style, the market for shoes would be even greater.

  2. Hi Bonnie,
    LOVE those shoes… I have a similar pair that I wear all the time and have them on with my black lace dress!

  3. Sorry I can’t spell…..taking down Christmas decorations , ha! That would be sling – back. Bonnie

  4. Being petite…5″ and normal weight range, I have a pair of black patent, slink-back open toe platform shoes I adore that are like a very expensive pair of designer shoes that I wear in the summer with dresses to church. I didn’t think anything about it cause having a size 5 foot always means hard to find shoes. I am past 50 . Mine are black patent and look something like this. Is this ok to wear? Hope you can see the pic….not real sure how to do this. Thanks in advance for you answer……..bonnie
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_L9oMWmzr4sY/Sk7yE8S2yRI/AAAAAAAAAdA/HSqsUmHRNdM/s1600-h/colehaanslingback.jpg

  5. Great Shoe! I have the same one. I love the bling.