Let’s Talk about Shoe Comfort and Style – Adrian Allen Shoes - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Let’s Talk about Shoe Comfort and Style – Adrian Allen Shoes


Good Morning Ladies.

One more week. I know, before you know it , it comes and goes. I am looking forward to the break, however I do wish I could be like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and click my heels together three times to get “home’…. my “home’ for Christmas celebrations that is! Friday we drive to my brother’s place in Virginia, taking 6 hours to get there. The next day will be just 3, so it’s not too bad. Speaking of heels, I want to introduce you to a brand, Adrian  Allen Shoes. Not only are they beautiful, but comfort and style is what differentiates them from others.

Ladies, I know when my disease and symptoms were quite bad, I had such leg pain and foot pain, the idea of wearing anything other than a sneaker was just a dream in my mind. Well, it has been nearly 10 years from diagnosis and I can happily wear nice looking shoes! that are also very comfortable!! When Gwen the founder and owner of Adrian Allen shoes contacted me, I was quite elated looking at the beautiful styles and construction of the shoes that the company offered! Of course, i said yes.

As luck would have it, I  had been thinking of shoes I  wanted to add to my wardrobe. Every lady needs a pair of strappy black heels! I chose the Stella, a leather, platform strappy heel with padding, cushioning and my favorite detail, the tassel in the back of the shoe. The zipper makes it easy to get on and off, and when I put them on, the cushioning was heavenly. I so appreciate, as i think most women do, a shoe that not only looks beautiful on, but doesn’t leave you with foot pain! Gwen Allen, the founder realized that there was a NEED for comfortable stylish footwear. Who doesn’t have shoes that sit in the closet because they are no longer comfortable? That is why I loved these shoes! I also love the fact that they come in a tan leather perfect for spring outfits, as well as offering another neutral option.

The details on the STELLA:

  • Wide 2.5 inch heel with 0.5 inch platform, making a heel differential of 2 inches, creating stability and minimizing pressure on the front of the foot and ankles
  • Straps across instep to keep foot in place with covered elastic located on inside of the ankle to allow for flexibility and comfortable movement
  • Thick straps across the front of the foot to conceal foot blemishes
  • Back zip closure
  • Spacious front of the shoe, eliminating pressure on the toes
  • Thick padding from the ball of the foot to heel, absorbing shock and reducing impact
  • Arch padding
  • Leather upper, lining and sole
  • Made in Brazil

Adrian Allen shoes offer different styles to choose from-the DONNA-The D’Orsay style with a 1″ block heel, the DEBBIE, a darling shoe with a removable strap, and the SARA, a black peep toe, dressy shoe,

The leather is beautiful, substantial and made in Brazil, where her manufactorers of 20 years, working with respected shoe brands, wanted to bring “ADRIAN ALLEN SHOES” to life.

Since it is the Holidays, of course i had to style a Holiday look! I want to stress, however, that these shoes are going to be worn quite often, and be a standard with dresses I have in the closet. This is going to be my Christmas Day outfit I wear to Church. I am wearing my emerald green velvet dress I bought on ZARA  last year, my favorite new bow choker  velvet colored drop earrings ZARA, and a clutch by JJ winters.

If you did miss my posts on the Ghost of Christmas Outfits Past, do check it out!

c/o-The shoes were gifted to me by Gwen Allen of Adrian Allen shoes. All opinions are my own and truthful.

Outfit details

Zara dress- from last year, but love.. another FAVORITE Dress,  This dress, and this dress

Zara choker- coming soon to Zara.

JJ winters clutch

Zara velvet earrings

Stella heels c/o Adrian Allen Shoes

Have a wonderful day and do check out the style of shoes that Adrian Allen Shoes has to offer!

Jess xo



  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 07:43h, 26 December Reply

    The dress is so beautiful Jess, the colour looks great on you! The necklace was made for it! I love the shoes, they look both comfortable and very stylish. Hope you are enjoying the holidays! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:52h, 26 December Reply

      Thank you Emma! This was my Christmas dress and is a fav. The shoes are amazing. Hoping you enjoyed your Christmas as well. xx

  • Ruth
    Posted at 17:19h, 19 December Reply

    Ooohhh look that gorgeous dress! The velvet is stunning and the color is perfect on you!


  • Elise
    Posted at 16:46h, 19 December Reply

    This green velvet dress is stunning!! Love this entire look!

    xx, Elise

  • Kristin McMillan
    Posted at 15:47h, 19 December Reply

    Great review, Jess, and I’ve got my eye on a pair of those beautiful shoes! 😉 xoxox

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:52h, 19 December Reply

      Hi Krstin! They do feel good and comfort is key for me in clothing and shoes. cc

  • Theresa
    Posted at 11:19h, 19 December Reply

    Holy moly That green velvet dress is over the top fabulous! And those shoes are really pretty and prove you don’t have to wear sky high stilettos to look chic. Love the little platform and the tassel back. You look so elegant and glamorous!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:47h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you Theresa! I loved it right off the bat when I saw it on Zara. The shoes are going to be favorites! Thanks so much, it’s my Christmas outfit this year. 🙂 xx

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:33h, 19 December Reply

    The shoes look great and it’s such a good idea to wear more comfortable shoes during Christmas -pinching shoes are so distracting and unnecessary! x #TurningHeadsTuesday

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:50h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you! Yes, i only wear shoes that are comfortable, and the cushioning feels great on your feet! xx

  • jacqui
    Posted at 02:49h, 19 December Reply

    Love this whole look, velvet dress is amazing, just perfect for Christmas. Super comfy sandals too Jess. Jacqui

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:45h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you Jacqui! I will wear this Christmas Day and letter get into pj salvage doggy pajamas. 🙂 i will wear these shoes often, black strappy sandals are a staple! xx

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 22:58h, 18 December Reply

    I love the heels! I love the tassels in the back and that it has a zipper! I love your dress!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:44h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you Laura, they are very comfortable and the style is beautiful, the tassel caught my eye too! xx

  • Christianne
    Posted at 20:45h, 18 December Reply

    Nice shoes..i love the tassels on your shoes and it looks so comfortable to wear..have a great holiday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:50h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you! It makes such a difference wearing shoes that feel good on your feet and look good! You too, Happy Holiday! xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 13:13h, 18 December Reply

    Thanks for introducing me to a new, stylish and comfortable shoe brand. I will definitely check this company out – are they available in stores or only on-line? After knee replacement surgery last year, I have to be very careful of the type of shoe/boot I wear and many shoes are not comfortable or well made. As always, you look beautiful in this outfit, Jess!

    • Jess
      Posted at 15:35h, 18 December Reply

      Hi Rebecca, I believe online, but I’m checking on that. I understand knee replacement surgery is had! My dad went through it, so you definitely want cushioned stylish and comfortable shoes. She makes shoes that are gorgeous with a 1 inch heel, practically a flat, lovely as well. Thank you for your lovely comment and Merry Christmas . Jess xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 19 December Reply

      Rebecca it is on-line right now, The company pays for the shipping and (for returns too; and most shipments arrive in 2-3 days).

  • Roxanne
    Posted at 11:24h, 18 December Reply

    This forest green color is an absolute dream on you and perfect for the holidays! I love the criss cross straps on your shoes! When stylish shoes are comfy, there’s nothing better! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    • Jess
      Posted at 15:37h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you Roxanne! Yes, comfort is the Priority! I as m thrilled that after 10 yrs I can wear pretty shoes, and like you said, these are a dream! Happy Holidays to you and yours hon. Xx jess

  • Patti
    Posted at 09:59h, 18 December Reply

    Gorgeous dress, and I am on my way to check out those fab shoes. We all need comfort after 40 (and lots more comfort after 60 : > ). Thanks for the referral! xox


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:05h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you Patti! THis is one of my favorite dresses! Yes, so true… shoe comfort is very important and to have great stylish shoes with comfort is a wiin-win! Happy to share. Have a wonderful day! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:43h, 18 December Reply

    Those are lovely shoes. In fact, the woman lives in Denver!!! We were emailing a little bit ago!!
    You look fabulous Jess!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:04h, 18 December Reply

      Hi Jodie! Glad you like them. That is a coincidence! i was quite happy to learn of the Brand as they are gorgeous and comfortable. Thank you Jodie! Have a great day! xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:40h, 18 December Reply

    Beautiful shoes! I have such a hard time with shoes anymore, the older I get the more I need comfortable shoes and I hate to sacrifice style for that. It’s nice to see that there are brands making comfortable and stylish shoes. Although these are out of my price range they are drool worthy.
    I am also loving those earrings, great outfit Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:02h, 18 December Reply

      Hi Kellyann! i know what you mean. I can’t wear too high of a heel and have to have padding or cushioning in my shoes. I was thrilled to be introduced to this line! They are beautiful, and i had just been thinking i needed a pair of black strappy heels. Glad you like the outfit, this is what i am wearing to church on Christmas. Have a great day!! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:29h, 18 December Reply

    Those shoes look fantastic! I love the tassels at the back and the heel would be the perfect size for me!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:00h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you Nancy, the padding and cushioning make these shoes so comfortable! You know i have to wear comfy and stylish shoes, you would love them! xx

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