I am not a fan of sneakers at all, the only pair I own is for the gym, however sneakers are a staple on the die hard feters comfortable fete footwear. One friend of mine has sneakers in all colours to match her different outfits, and for the most part you can get away sporting the latest Nike at the public fetes like WASA and Soca Monarch where sneakers can come in handy when running from a fight! If the diva in you shuns wearing sneakers because they look bulky and clumsy with your hot little shorts or sexy dress, there are many “fashion athletic” shoes that are more about style than function but still quite comfortable. Among these are also the very popular skimmers, which look very nice with jeans, shorts, capris and even dresses, just don’t wear them with long skirts as they make you look shorter.
Obviously not your typical wear in Trinidad, not too long ago people wearing boots were mocked and laughed at since it is seen as “cold weather” footwear; today it is more common to see ladies sporting boots and jeans at fetes. Mas boots are an accepted form of footwear and you will not be jeered at, just to be clear. Boots are comfortable, they protect your feet and look stylish. You are more than likely to see boots worn at the more bourgeois all-inclusives where the fashionistas pay particular attention to trends. Personally I love the booties, short ankle boots, but calf high boots do look nice with your jeans and short skirts as well. Of course to make boots work as fete footwear the heels cannot be too high or too thin. Short stack heels, wedge heels and even flat boots are perfect for fetes.
As seen at Eyes Wide Shut
This choice of footwear is a good option for fetes but take into consideration the venue before deciding on wearing toes out or toes covered. If attending a non-inclusive fete such as Eyes Wide Shut or Bacchanal Wednesday where there will be a large crowd, you may want to protect your toes from getting stepped on especially if you intend to up front by the stage. Ballet flats are in style and are for the most part comfortable, one thing to think about however, is arch support as most of these flats do not offer this as well as looking for flats with a sturdy sole. Ballet flats that mimic real ballet shoes with just a silver of sole are not good for fetes since broken glass can penetrate the thin sole. At all-inclusives you can sport dainty thong or greek sandals, just ensure that the straps are comfortable, not rubbing against your heel or between the toes since your feet take a heavy jamming when feteing
If you simply cannot give up your heels either save the stilettos for the fetes where you are not going to break a sweat, maybe Lara’s all inclusive would be a good choice to wear them. My recommendation would be to try a wedge heel to offer more support than the stilettos, yet still giving height. Another thing to think about when selecting heels is stability; you may want to look for platform heels and wedges to give you some balance when getting on bad!
All shoes pictured can be found at www.piperlime.com