Once upon a time, in a decade far, far away, I owned a pair of black and white saddle shoes. Every time I wore them I felt gosh darn cute, wholesome and ready to rock around the clock, twisting the night away at the nearest sock hop in my pleated skirts and girly lace ankle socks, expertly folded over.
Fast forward x years later and I'm still feeling nostalgic about my old saddle shoes, although these days I'm into sexier shoe styles that are more chic than chaste, and unless I'm headed to the beach you'll almost never find me in flats.
Thankfully, there's a new style of saddle shoes in town that have a hint of height and sex appeal whole evoking the essence of Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks instead of Joanie Cunningham from Happy Days. When it comes to vintage meets vampy, no one serves up the sexy saddle better than Modcloth.
Tis the season for closed toe shoes and I'll be spending this Fall & Winter in smart saddles that will give me a sexy collegiate/librarian vibe while serving as a nice alternative to boots.
Go neutral with the more ensemble accessible Soft Serve Heel for $59.99 that has a creamy caramel on vanilla tone, or think pink with Rachel Antonoff's for Bass Saddled with Sweetness Heel for $108.99. When you're saddled up in these babies, no one will bother asking you who killed Laura Palmer. They'll be asking you where you got those shoes.
Want a saddle that's more high class? Try Fendi's sexy Saddle Platform Pumps from Bluefly. If you prefer flat over phat, check out the comfy Seasteader Sneaker also from Modcloth, the Bass Odette from 6pm.com or the Montgomery Leather Brogue from Asos.
I prefer being higher up in the saddle myself, but it's your call. Flats are fine, just don't expect to seduce FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper while wearing them.