Heeey, I’m Mary. You may have seen me around the Internet or on Crossroads’s Instagram feed at some point. I’ve somehow made it all these years on the Crossroads Style Council without an official Crossroads blog post. So, here I am with a little about me, my style philosophy, and my favorite Crossroads finds!
Officially, my career is personal shopper and stylist. I work in fashion and interiors with individuals & brands. You could also call me a “Youtuber”, as my largest audience is at my channel HeyMaryElizabeth. I live in Los Angeles with my mini schnauzer and nearby thoroughbred, dreaming of my future ranch and organic garden.
Born in the suburbs of Los Angeles, skate and surf culture permeated the air. Neighborhood kids searched for empty pools to skate, and Vans and Converse were the epitome of cool. And high tops were the height of it—I mean, of course the ones with the star were coolest. Duh.
Luckily, their appeal hasn’t worn off, and it’s been a lifelong love affair. I recently decided I needed a pair of high top white All Stars, and a few weeks later—as fate would have it—I stepped into Crossroads in Studio City to discover my size, like new, for under $20. SOLD—the perfect addition for all my cropped pants. We’ll just call ‘em winter white. A girly tomboy for life, here’s how I paired my new friend, Chuck:
Between you and me, there’s nothing a pair of over-the-knee boots can’t do to jazz up an outfit. Not only are they versatile, you can use them as an extra layer for warmth during winter. Consider investing in a great pair (make sure to check out your local Crossroads!) for an easy, effortless way to make a casual outfit look more chic.
Any of these combinations are a fail-proof shortcut for pulling off over-the-knee boots.
Fall is all about sweater weather, listening to Sam Smith’s new song on repeat, and wearing boots all seven days of the week (because, why not?). Boots with heels, stiletto boots, thigh-highs, over-the-knee, ankle boots – there are so many options to choose from. With that being said, here’s our six-point guide to style boots this fall:
Going for a more casual style in your boots? No problem! Wear long boots over a pair of ripped skinny jeans, and style it with a light colored blouse. We suggest anything with ruffles or lace, for a more romantic feel.
The weather is warming up and stores are switching over to their spring and summer lines. This year, it’s all about fun, bold, and quirky pieces, including shoes. Are you more of a lace-up girl or a funky flatform one? These trends may not be entirely new, but they have been reinvented for 2017. Put a little ‘spring’ in your step and take a look at this year’s top spring shoe trends.
All Wrapped Up
Lace-up sandals and heels will be everywhere this season and are such a fun alternative to a traditional flat or heel.
Give your feet a break while keeping the boost of a heel. The flatform shoe is back and better than ever.
The return of this trend may garner mixed reactions. From sandals to booties, stilettos to block, the ’80s kitten heel is back and will either be loved or hated.
Slides, Slippers, and Sandals
2017 fashion is looking like it’ll be made up of the most comfortable trends, and that includes shoes. Slides, slippers, and sandals will make your feet happy while you stay on trend.
I wouldn’t consider myself a sneakerhead, but I sure do love shoes. And I’m hard on them—they were designed for outdoor activities, after all. They can pretty unpleasant after wearing them to parties or just the regular day-to-day abuse. I’ve been told that the first thing people look at when they meet you is your shoes. Those bad boys better be sparkling clean!
Treat the items that you value as well as they treat you. Your car gets you around, and after certain mileage you have to do maintenance. Well, the same thing applies to your shoes after some hard miles.
To help me do some sneaker maintenance I picked up the Jason Markk essential kit, but you can use any gentle brush and shoe-cleaning solution.
The shoes I’m cleaning are not only some of my favorite sneakers on rotation, they’re also #CrossroadsFinds that I picked up for less than $20 a pair!
The process is very simple and only requires three things: a brush, some cleaning solution, and a bowl of water.
The Fila before cleaning:
The Nike before cleaning:
The part of my shoes I most struggle to keep clean is the back of the sole, so naturally that’s the part I focused on the most.
With some light scrubbing and very little effort, I was absolutely blown away with the results.
The Fila after cleaning:
The Nike after cleaning:
As a frequent thrifter, I’m always finding sneakers that just need a little maintenance. I’m very pleased with the results of this cleaning set, especially for the price. I purchased my set at a local Chicago sneaker store for under $18 with tax. You can find it on the Jason Markk website for just $16 + tax and shipping. If you’re looking to clean your shoes, this kit is great!
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