Lace Up Shoes 1 (Smart)

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

Lace Up Shoes for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Smart Version

Quote of the day: “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true.  You may have to work for it, however.” – Richard Bach

Shoes. For some women, they are a foot covering. For me, they are a heart palpitating clothing item, that I absolutely love! Now, I realize that they don’t cover that much square footage (pun–ha ha) on your body, but I feel like they can transform an outfit. Yet for many women, the height and comfort of a shoe is all that is important to them.

This week, I’m styling one of the newer styles seen in the foot world this past year. Every blogger seems to have a pair of these lace up shoes. But that’s not why I’m touting them. I think they are perfect for any aged woman. And I’m going to prove it to you with 3 different occasions to style these flats!

So I’ll have our series show these shoes for our well used categories. We are starting off, by wearing them in an office appropriate look. I had us all wear black trousers on purpose to show that any color shoe can work!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I figured I’d put on a pair of ankle pants, so you could see the lace up part of the shoe somewhat better. My color block blouse is from my working days. I loved having a colorful shirt under my jackets!

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

This adorable plaid purse is a recent purchase at a boutique store which we found when we were at the Parade of Homes tour in Castle Rock! I placed my fur bug on it to hold my keys, but you can see that it drags on the ground.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

I am loving the brooch trend lately, so I added one to my jacket for some bling.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

When I first got these shoes, I liked tying the laces so the bow was in the back. The only problem with that approach is then you have to untie them to take them off. Otherwise, there is a zipper in the back, which makes removing them more convenient.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

Pants: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Jacket:Catherine Maladrino for Sams (similar here)~~Top: LOFT (similar here in pastels)~~Shoes: MissGuided (similar here)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I had Nancy don her white button up shirt, and tweed jacket. This blazer was featured in our Tweed Jacket series shown here, here & here.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

Nancy’s lace up shoes are navy in color. I’m not sure if you’ve heard or not, but it is totally acceptable to mix navy & black. Heck, half the time I can’t tell them apart anyways, so they might as well go together.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

The other newer trend that I’m fond of is the small neck scarves. I thought this one of Nancy’s was perfect with her jacket. The advantage of this accessory is that unlike longer scarves or necklaces, they don’t get in the way when you’re working.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

Pants: East 5th (similar here)~~Blazer: Coldwater Creek (similar here only in one size)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: SouldOut through Groupdealz (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: And there I go again, styling mom & Nancy somewhat similar. I had mom wear her white button down blouse and neck scarf also!

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

But at least I changed up the color scheme. I even wanted to be somewhat unpredictable, so I added in a lilac scarf instead of a matching one in brown.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

I knitted this vest for my mother quite a few years ago. It’s a pattern to incorporate both a lightweight and heavier weight yarn. And for the life of me, I cannot remember where I got the pattern.

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women.

You can see in the close up picture, that mom’s pants are actually a small pinstripe. That means, she’s mixing her prints again!! Way to go, mom!

Stylish Footwear for Mature Women

Pants: Coco & Co (similar here)~~Vest: I knitted it (similar here in a solid color)~~Top: JM Collection (similar here)~~Shoes: Sould Out through Groupdealz (similar here)~~Scarf: (similar here with flying pigs on it)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I am extremely grateful for all of your support and comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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There are tons of these lace up shoes in the flat versions—I gave you a range of prices and colors below:

  • Kathleen McDermott

    So many things to comment on! Love these lace-tie shoes. Such a cute alternative to ballet flats. Always love a white button-up. Never gave up my beloved neck scarves and I have a bunch which I love at the neck and tied on my purse. Nancy’s tweed jacket is a favorite of mine and looks great with her coloring. Love the navy shoe with her outfit. Charlotte’s vest is gorgeous and I adore a pinstripe. Always yes to brooches and pins.

    I don’t believe I have a pair of this style shoe and now must acquire (in several colors).

    • I can’t believe you don’t have a pair of these shoes, Kathleen!!
      I know I had to stop myself from getting a pair in every color!! So far, I think I’m only at 2!

  • I just love lace up flats! They are so cute and you can even wear them with tights in the Winter. Jodie, I love your red ones xo

    Carla aka Mrs R @

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Exactly Carla!!
      I think I’m even going to get some print tights this year, just so these shoes can get some more love this winter!!

  • This is very nice trend. I love comfortable shoes. And this is not only comfortable but very feminine too. My favorite are your shoes Nancy. Such a nice color. Thank you for linking up with My Red Carpet.

    Anna xoxo

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Anna!!
      I know many women have commented that they can’t wear flat flats. But I have found these to be very comfortable. I did put an insole in them for a day of touristing, but they were perfect then!

  • I did find myself jumping on the lace up flat trend – I love your red pair, and I agree, shoes can make or break a look, completely.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think they’re a great shoe!! But I have to laugh a little, because as much as I see them on bloggers; I’m surprised I don’t see them in day to day life as much!!

  • All three of you look great in your lace up flats! Your red ones are so fun, and I love the shade of blue of Nancy’s. And your mom’s are just a great neutral pair!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think they are a fun and ageless style!!
      Of course I still covet a silver pair like you have!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to the Ageless Style linkup party!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for hosting it—-the theme is right up my alley!! Ageless Style!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    You know I love me a fabulous pair of shoes…and lace up flats are something I might have a pair or two of…lol! All three pairs are perfect in regard to colors…I’m really digging Nancy’s navy/black combo. The post I’m currently working on features a navy and black look. I love the two together; probably because some still consider it a risky fashion move!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Shoes are definitely a weakness for many of us, huh, Debbie?
      I have had to restrain myself from buying another pair of these—I don’t know why, but I just love them so much!!
      And the navy & black? Yippee!! I mean really—how can it be that bad? Most of the time, I have a hard time telling the difference!!

  • PetiteOver40

    I’m with you about shoes transforming outfits! If you wore–I don’t know–sneakers or boots with these three looks, you’d have a completely different feel for each one!

    Quick question: Do your feet get cold this time of year wearing flats and no socks? This time of year I will wear shoes that I can at least wear a footie sock with because my feet get so cold otherwise. So, although I love the look of flats–and yours are even more fun because of the laces–I tend to avoid them until late Spring.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      We’ve actually had the hottest October on record this year Sherry—so my feet haven’t been cold at all.
      But my mom says the same thing. I find that if the rest of me is dressed really warm, then one little area of my foot being exposed isn’t really cold (just like my hands are exposed). But I did wear these shoes with tights during the winter last year—just because I didn’t want to wait to wear them!!
      I’ve also been seeing a couple of bloggers wearing socks with interesting shoes—so that could become a new trend! It’ll be interesting to see!

  • Lace up flats might me one of my favorite trends of the moment. Love yours!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Mary!!
      Aren’t they such a fun trend? I really have to restrain myself from buying another pair!!

  • I have several pairs of lace-up flats and they are the best! Comfy and cute 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they fabulous?
      Thanks for stopping by Jamie!

  • This is funny because I tried on a pair yesterday but they were not flattering nor comfortable on my feet. Instead I chose pumps, but these look great on all of you. #TopoftheWorldLinkUp

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ohh…what color pumps did you get??
      I always think pumps are a good choice—they can work in so many situations!!!
      My red lace ups are actually quite comfortable, but then again I did add an insole to them when we were walking around town all day!

      • Burgundy suede pumps and love them.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Nice Antoinette—I’ve been seeing a ton of burgundy lately!!

  • Judy Gramith

    After developing Plantar Fasciitis I need to be more careful about wearing flats. Even when I add my orthodic inserts they just don’t work that we’ll for me.
    You all look very cute in yours. They have a feminine /ballerina vibe and do nice things for the ankles. In this case I think they feminise your business/blazer looks really well.
    We’ve had such a lovely fall that it’s fun to still be talking about pretty shoes and not trudging around in big ol’ boots!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Nancy has plantar fasciitis, but luckily these shoes don’t bother her for the time. But we also didn’t go walking over a mile in them either.
      I’ve been so lucky with my feet!! I can wear heels & flats and really have no problems.
      I wore these flats the day we walked around Grand Rapids, although I did put an insole in them…but they were great!!
      It’s funny that the calendar says November, because it’s still been so warm and lovely outside. I’m sure that will change soon—then we’ll be pulling out the boots!
      Thanks for the love, Jude!!

  • Laceup shoes have been one of my favorite trends this year! I’m loving all 3 looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!
      Me too!!

  • mummabstylish

    I never jumped on this trend, not because I don’t like them, just need quick slip on shoes, but I do love them, all yours look fab. Nice work Jodie. x Jacqui

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I hear you Jacqui!!
      Although they are a lot easier to get on & off with the zipper in the back! I can’t believe I was tying and untying them all the time at first!

      • mummabstylish

        Oh that’s a better idea Jodie – I’ve only seen ones that you tie yourself!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Ahhhh….that could definitely steer me away from them!!

  • This makes me think I need a pair of lace-up flats…you ladies wear them so well!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes, but you do have a fabulous selection of other shoes Tara!!

  • Laura

    Thank you for the reminder! I have been neglecting my lace up shoes and I can definitely wear them to work! Love these outfits!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I know what you mean, Laura!!
      I’ve been wearing my ankle boots so much that my other shoes have been getting jealous!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Love again. Those shoes are so cute and I do not have a pair! I am so far behind. Nothing new there as here I am again trying to catch up. Ha, ha. All three of these are great outfits and go with the shoes perfectly. I love that vest you knit for your mom. Very pretty and how cool using the two weights of yarn to give it so much texture and interest. Great job, Jodie! – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the love Amy!!
      You do have some great shoes—I’ve seen them on your blog!! I don’t think we always have to have every style available, but I did think these lace ups were a great option for any aged woman!!

  • Molly Hogan

    Love those shoes!



    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Molly!

  • I’ve seen these lace-ups on everyone and admire them with envy. My feet do not like flat shoes.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I hear you Suzanne—somewhat flat is fine, but when there is no arch support, I add in my inserts!! Of course it depends if we’re planning on walking or just sitting too!!
      Happy Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

  • I do like all the lace up trends, I have a high heeled pair. You are all looking fabulous as usual x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laurie!!
      I really love all the versions of the lace up shoes. I think it’s because it adds a little extra to the shoe? I find myself wearing more flats lately, so I didn’t get the heeled version (at least, yet—ha ha)

  • I have a pair of lace up flats. I usually reserve them for more casual styles, but it’s a smart idea to try to dress them up

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I admit, that I usually wear mine with jeans—but I don’t see why we can’t wear them for the office! It’s not like they are tennies, right?

      • No, they are definitely more sophisticated than a sneaker!

  • lace up shoes are my fav! so perfect for fall time! cute looks ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they great Kelsey??
      And I’m sure they look great on every age—that’s why I had to do this series!!

  • Aren t they just great! And you can wear them with anything! I have a pair in black!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They are what I would consider a perfect shoe right now!!
      Thanks Nancy!

  • I share your sentiments for shoes! Lace up flats are ideal because they are wearable yet trendy. You all styled them so well with the trousers.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      Even though I still love and wear heels, it is nice to have a variety of heel heights—just in case!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Floortje!

  • I’m all about the lace up shoe!!! You all look FAB!
    PS I JUST bought the latest trend shoe…the fur pom pom sneaker!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Wow Darlene—I had to google it to see what you meant by those sneakers!! How fun you got a pair—which color (or should I guess black?)
      I totally can’t wait to see them!!

      • I got the nude/tan ones! Surprised aren’t ya! So am I… hahaha

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Right? I would’ve bet money on a black pair for you!!
          I’m including your dress photo with you wearing the tan lace ups in my Friday’s post!! You looked great!!

  • I have one pair of the lace up flats, bought last year at Nordies sale. Love of course that your glasses match your outfits ( wink) The shoes are very cute with pants and so versatile. Love the colors in your outfit, the tweed on Nancy, and what a pretty vest you knitted for your mom. Love the lilac scarf, a pretty combination!
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!
      I left out the fact that I even bought myself a pair of the cheaper lace ups from that Groupdealz, but the zipper broke the first time I used them. I was going to send them back, but the postage was half the amount—so they are still hanging out!! It was so silly to even order that extra pair—ugh!!
      Happy Monday!!

  • Believe it or not, I still do not have a pair of lace-up flats. I have been keeping my eyes open for some, though. I really like the vest you knitted for you mom and would wear it in a heartbeat. So fun the three of you have completely different colors of these shoes and they are each a wonderful pair!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s funny, because sometimes when I see a new style, I think “nah, I don’t want to try that one, or I’ll wait”. But for some reason I loved these kind of shoes the first time I saw them.
      And after I wore mine, I figured my mom’s could use them too! I did notice that even though most of the bloggers have them, I haven’t seen them in the public yet as much! It’ll be interesting to see if they catch on there!
      Thanks for the nice words about my knitted vest—I haven’t been knitting as much lately with all this blogging….I need to remember that life is a balance!

  • I love lace up flats, they’re so comfy and stylish. Love all three colors you ladies styled!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Aracely!
      I think they are a fun, stylish foot option!!

  • Great all three optiops! I love your these three looks!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Olya!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Loved the style!!


    Mónica Sors




    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Monica!

  • Love the lace ups!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!!

  • Love lace ups! Great styling! Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    We have to love that flats are so nice these days and that they can really add a finishing touch to an outfit You also have to love it when brooches come into style as we all have them. . I love all three of these looks. Your top is great against the neutrals, the mint and lavender scarves are perfect. Great find on that purse. These flats would be great with ankle pants or rolled jeans.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do like these shoes with my ankle pants, just so you can really see the fun lacings, Tracey!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments!!

  • Gotta love lace ups! They are so cute and look great on all of you ladies!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Erica!!