“Your shoes are leopard!,” exclaimed the waitress as she led my friend and I through the crowded restaurant to our table last Saturday night.
“Normally animal prints are just so tacky,” she continued, following a compliment with a veiled insult. There goes her tip, I thought. “But you really pull it off,” the feisty brunette said with a smile.
And just like that, she redeemed herself.
What makes my Guess leopard-print satin pumps so special is their stereotype-busting abilities. Sure, animal prints were staples in the wardrobes of 80’s big hair bands.
There’s no denying leopard patterns are favorites among women with names that start with Zsa Zsa and end with Gabor. But to me, animal prints are chic, adventurous and evoke a timeless style and confidence.
On this particular night of dinner, drinks and dancing with my favorite partner in crime – my laugh-out-loud funny friend and wardrobe critic, Jimmy– my shoes turned a typical pair of jeans and a white button-down into a weekend-worthy outfit.
They’re the kind of shoes you can wear to turn a monochromatic outfit from boring to brilliant. And best of all, they are the kind of shoes that make a girl feel like she can handle anything when she’s wearing them.
Except, perhaps, lots of stairs.
My fabulous pair of shoes finished off their fabulous night by dancing at a club where they were called “fierce” more than a few times.
And they certainly are.