Five Fort Collins boutiques that rock

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Apr 032013
 

Author: Michaela Koretko

Fort Collins is all about the trendy, quirky, funky, and chic. The small, locally owned boutiques help define Old Town and make it unique. Here are five of the must-visit boutiques in town:
GG Boutique
This boutique is young and fun, full of contemporary style apparel and accessories. It features clothing with bright colors and bold patterns in both casual and dressy styles.
Kansas City Kitty
This quirky store sells mostly clothing, featuring many locally made personal and home accessories. It receives new items two or three times a week, but only gets the same item in once.
Killer Rabbit
Named after the beast from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Killer Rabbit sells young men’s clothing, especially hats and plaid shirts. This is the only exclusively men’s boutique in Old Town, and currently features the mustache fad.
Repeat Boutique
Located just east of campus, Repeat Boutique sells gently used clothing, accessories, shoes, toys, and home decor. The styles they consign and sell are mostly trendy and retro.
White Balcony
This store is owned by the same people as Killer Rabbit. It has a large variety of odds and ends, from cards, journals and home accessories to clothing and accessories. One employee described the boutique as “a color-coded treasure hunt.”

GG Boutique: Where clothes create family

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Mar 312013
 

Author: Kendall Greenwood

GG Boutique

GG Boutique is located at 204 West Laurel. Photo by Logan Martinez

Walking into GG Boutique you will be greeted by a plethora of colorful designs. The staff will be friendly and you will get honest opinions about what you are trying on. GG Boutique goes beyond a store mentality by making you feel welcome.

GG Boutique, a women’s clothing store in Fort Collins, opened its doors on Aug. 23, 2012 by owner Laura Ludwin, 37, with the goal of offering customers more than clothes. Ludwin wants store-goers to have an experience.

“I want to offer our customers an experience where they walk in and find [GG Boutique] to be a happy place,” Ludwin said. “[I want them] to find something that makes them feel good without having to spend all the money they have.”

One way GG Boutique achieves this is with the items they stock.

“What you see when you open a magazine is what we aim to have here at an affordable price,” Ludwin said.

New items are on the floor every day. This is what sales associate Julia Chenoweth, 41, enjoys most about the store.

“I think that always makes it fun and fresh, not only for the customers, but for [the staff] as well,” Chenoweth said.

Emily Davies, a 20-year-old CSU sophomore, shops at GG Boutique because she knows she will find unique items.

“If you go in once a week, there is [always] something different,” Davies said. “And, [even though] I know a lot of people shop there from CSU, there is a good chance no one else will have what you [buy].”

The atmosphere created by the staff also makes this store different. For one, the employees refer to themselves as “Team GG.” They have created a family, which Chenoweth embodies when helping customers.

“We try to get a feel for what it is they are looking for and what their style might be,” Chenoweth said. “[So we will] be able to suggest things in the store they might like.”

Davies has seen this herself.

GG Boutique Dress

GG Boutique has a selection of dresses and other contemporary womens’ fashion. Photo By Logan Martinez

“It’s not one of those retail stores where it’s like, ‘Hey do you need help, hey can I help you with that, you should really buy that,’” Davies said. “They’re like, ‘yeah that looks good on you.’ It’s not pushy at all.”

GG Boutique started with the family in mind. Ludwin named the shop after her grandmother.

“I was extremely close with her,” Ludwin said. “I [even] have her chandelier and dress in the store.”

GG Boutique stays connected to their customers with their Facebook page, where they hold giveaways every Monday, so customers can win gift cards, and post new looks.

Davies tries to go to GG Boutique every other week.

“I always get compliments on the stuff that I buy there,” Davies said. “It is a little pricey because it’s a boutique, but [the clothes] are really good quality. [The items] will last me a long time.”

The shop is located at 204 West Laurel St.

Ludwin said she enjoys being able to sell colorful outfits to all generations.

“They can all find something here,” Chenoweth said.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Buy this, not that: a Valentine’s Day guide.

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Feb 042013
 

Author: Jack Krause

With the upcoming lovelorn holiday that reaffirms couple’s love and devastates the single’s heart, we all haven’t a clue as to what to get our significant others, be it a love or a love for oneself. Here are some ideas on what you should steer away from and move towards while navigating this tricky time of year.

Get it like its hot.

  1. Chocolates – Can’t go wrong with this cliched gift; everyone who loves anything loves chocolate. In case of allergies though, they sell various allergen free chocolate delights.
  2. Flowers- Still cliched, but it isn’t going to break the bank, and its going to make your lover swoon.
  3. Poetry- Now this gift can be made or commissioned, but regardless of the author, nothing says “I value your existence” like some words that rhyme together.
  4. Date Night- While this can be expensive, the investment usually can justify the end. Standard date package is dinner, dessert, and a show.
  5. A playful joke- Now this one can backfire on you, in case you don’t have a significant other with a sense of humor, have the flowers and chocolates on stand-by.
  6. Adventure- Now I know what you may be thinking, how does one give adventure? Just go out and plan a day of sightseeing and cheap fun all over town; they’ll love you for it.
  7. “A day-off”- Everyone could use a day off from responsibility, so make plans to let your other half sleep the day away, eat what they want, and just relax. It’s probably one of the best gifts you can give.
  8. The Vintage Homemade- Nothing says I love you like a prepackaged box of candy, but if you want to join the major league of love, you’re going to have to shell out your time instead of money. Make them something they will keep forever. Just make sure it doesn’t easily burn, because if your relationship goes south, you don’t want them to be able to easily destroy it.
  9. Music- This one may seem broad, but if you have any inkling of musical talent, learn their favorite song and play it to them under candlelight.
  10. If all else fails, go look at their Pinterest or Esty pages. It is literally a list of things your significant other wants.

Avoid like an ex during flu season.

  1. Elaborate and consistent pranks- Seriously, one is funny, two is pushing it, three is you punching your single card. Its Valentine’s Day, not April first.
  2. “Protection” – Nothing is more romantic than handing your loved one a thin piece of rubber. Seriously, you’re a modern day Casanova.
  3. Anything in a D-I-Y kit- Don’t buy your lover a kit for them to do unless its something they love. It’s like buying someone an obligation.
  4. Any movie or concert only you want to see- You will hear complaining, and you will learn to hate what you once loved.
  5. Fast-food date night- Just don’t.
  6. Anything that is an implication- This is the time of year that we see news headlines talking about that person who bought their loved one a weight scale, and how their body was just found.
  7. Cheap Jewelery- its the lazy-man’s cliche. Last minute shopping leading to long-hour regret.
  8. The Twilight Book series- If you’re a guy, this one makes sense. Don’t need any mythological sparkly men distracting your lady. If you’re a girl, well… I’m sorry honey, but you may have bigger problems then just figuring out a V-day gift.
  9. Any plant that isn’t a flower- Nothing says I love you more like a potted plant or better yet, a cactus.
  10. Seriously, just look at the Pinterest or Etsy boards. It will save you time and embarrassment.

Old Town offers gifts for everyone on your list

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Nov 262012
 

Author: Nicolle Fagan

Do you have a special someone on your shopping list? Do you want to one-up your sibling and get your parents the better gift this year? Do you want to share a piece of your life at CSU with someone else in your life?

There is no denying the stress you feel around the holiday season to get the best of the best for your loved ones. Fortunately, College Avenue has compiled this list of go-to items for everyone on your shopping list. From your mom, to your brother, to your dog, there is something special for everyone. All the items hunted down for this list can be found in Old Town and will make this year one to remember.

Specialty olive oil from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil company. Photograph by John Sheesley

Speciality olive oil from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil company. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Mom: Specialty Olive Oil from the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company; $18.50 to $33.50

You wouldn’t think olive oil was all that exciting, but the flavor selection at the Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company is sure to change your mind. From Cinnamon Pear to Thai Lemongrass Mint, the wall to wall options will make it easy to find something for any mom’s pallet. A 375 mL bottle runs around $18.50 and the larger 750 mL bottle costs $33.50. And if you can’t decide which flavor to get, they offer sample packages that make awesome gifts.

 

Dad:Fudge from Kilwin’s; $15.95 a pound

Chocolate turtle fudge from Kilwins. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Chocolate turtle fudge from Kilwins. Photograph by John Sheesley.

What dad wouldn’t enjoy a pound of fudge to wash down their holiday meal? Kilwin’s offers classic fudge flavors like chocolate and chocolate peanut butter, but they also have specialties like maple walnut, turtle, and Fort Collins mud. Kilwin’s also gives out free samples for tasting, so Dad isn’t the only one who gets some of the deliciousness! Your dad doesn’t like fudge? They have plenty of other sweet goodies for under $20.

 

The Worst Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar for 2013 from Killer Rabbit.

The Worst Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar for 2013 from Killer Rabbit. Photograph by John Sheesley.

The Boy in Your Life: The Worst Case Scenario Daily Survival Calendar for 2013 from Killer Rabbit; $12.95

Simply put, it is “a day to day guide to surviving a year’s worth of peril.” Each day has a funny (and sometimes helpful) tip in the form of a history lesson, a mini hero story, or a how-to guide. Some examples are how to survive a fall onto subway tracks and how to stop unwanted PDA.

 

The Girl in Your Life:Texting gloves from White Balcony; $26.95

Fancey texting gloves from White Balcony.

Fancy texting gloves from White Balcony. Photograph by John Sheesley.

A gift that is fashion-forward and practical is the best way to go. White Balcony features texting gloves that are softer than cashmere. Milk protein inside the fabric’s fibers makes the gloves cushiony-soft. The gloves will keep hands warm while they use touch-screen devices.

 

Hide a Squirrel toy from Wagz.

Hide a Squirrel toy from Wagz. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Dog: Hide a Squirrel toy from Wagz; $14.99 to $21.99

Dogs are part of the family too! Wagz offers a unique toy that is designed to entertain pups with puzzle-solving. The toy is designed to keep dogs occupied, and the three squeakier toys inside can be interchanged with treats to make the “search” more fun. The Hide a Squirrel toy is available in both a small and large size for the tiny Maltese to the Great Dane in your life.

 

Grandma:Recycled Newspaper Picture Frame from Ten Thousand Villages; $18

Recycled Newspaper Picture Frame from Ten Thousand Villages.

Recycled Newspaper Picture Frame from Ten Thousand Villages. Photograph by John Sheesley.

When you were little, Grandma loved getting your homemade gifts. You can still show her your artsy side while supporting artists in developing countries. At Ten Thousand Villages, all products are sold to support artists in countries that don’t have the market or appreciation for art that we have in the United States. Philippine artists create usable items from recycled newspapers and magazines, and the picture frame is just one of many options. Just place a picture of the two of you in the frame, and it will be a gift that Grandma can share will all of her friends.

 

Tea in a Jar

Tea in a Jar from Happy Lucky’s Tea House. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Grandpa: Tea in a Jar from Happy Lucky’s Tea House; $20

Nothing compliments retirement like specialty tea. For the tea-lover in your life, Happy Lucky’s offers a Great Wall of Tea to choose from. Buy by the ounce or in a gift jar; nothing from this little shop will disappoint.

 

Aunt:River Stones for Massage from Nature’s Own; $20

Massage Stones

River Stones for Massage from Nature’s Own. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Life can be stressful and no one would turn down a massage kit! Hot stone massages are soothing and therapeutic, and a perfect way to let your aunt know that she should spoil herself every now and then. Don’t know anything about hot stone massage? Nature’s Own offers instruction books for purchase as well.

 

Uncle: Six-pack of beer from Odell Brewery; $8.99

Fort Collins is known for an active beer culture, so get your Uncle a uniquely Fort Collins ale. O’Dell Brewery is located downtown, but you can find their beer at any liquor store in town.

 

Note Pads from Curiosities. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Note Pads from Curiosities. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Roommate:Note Pads from Curiosities; $8

Wish you had a way to list all of the annoying things your roommate does? Curiosities offers a variety of funny checklists that will help your roomie blow off some steam!

 

Shelves of books at Old Firehouse Books.

Shelves of books at Old Firehouse Books. Photograph by John Sheesley.

Friend: Any book from Old Firehouse Books; Prices vary

Old Firehouse Books is the perfect combination between a used bookstore and Barnes & Noble. With both new and used books available, you can spend hours looking for something interesting to read. Sales on overstocks for Christmas are just around the corner, so it’s the best time to snag a great deal. If you have no idea what kind of books your buddy would like, they also offer gift cards!

 

Ten holiday gifts under $10

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Nov 222012
 

Author: Michaela Koretko

Are you having trouble finding the perfect holiday gift on a college budget? Are you looking for gifts for roommates and friends? Here are ten gifts each under $10 that are sure to crack a smile without breaking the bank:

These bracelets are available at outdoor stores and hobby shops.

These survivor bracelets are available at outdoor stores and hobby shops.

1) A mug and a box of tea or cocoa is a classic comfort of the season.

2) A scarf is sure to warm anyone’s season. Nobody ever has enough scarves!

3) A warm pair of socks and a deck of cards is a good way to remind someone to take a holiday break.

4) A set of bangles or a survivor bracelet can be suited to the fashion forward or the practical person.

5) A memo board, perhaps with its first memorable moment tacked on, is the gift for someone who has everything else!

6) A stationary set, whether prepackaged or personally assembled is a holiday reminder to keep in touch.  

7) A desk calendar will certainly inspire hope or laughs on New Year’s and beyond.

For that friend who teases you, and then turns sweet.

9) A coupon for an “I’ll buy” coffee date is the gift for that person you wish you could simply give some time.

10) A chocolate bar and a heartfelt note or letter— because sometimes, it truly is the thought that counts.

 

Too School for Cool: Regifting without the regret

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Nov 162012
 

Author: Allison LeCain

We college students are hard to shop for. Usually I end of getting rolls of cash instead of tangible items for holidays, which is great. Other times I receive items that I would rather live without, such as girly smelling lotion, my fifteenth pair of sunglasses, or jewelry that is not my style.

Since it’s uncommon for gifts to come with receipts, these presents get thrown into my closet and forgotten about until moving day. Seems like a waste, but fear not, for there’s a solution.

Christmas gifts.

Christmas gifts. (Photo credit Wikipedia)

No one wants to turn into a hoarder and the holidays can be a stressful time of spending money. You can eliminate both these fears by regifting unwanted presents from years past.

For example, in the case of the girly smelling lotion I received to my dismay, I prefer softer, fresh scents, like oatmeal and vanilla. I recall that my roommate loves floral scents, so the lotion would be a perfect thing to regift to her this holiday season.

One of the keys to regifting is that you should still put as much thoughtfulness in it as you would if you were buying something new. If you got a punk CD you dislike for your birthday, don’t give it to your friend who also hates punk music. This is inconsiderate and doesn’t show how well you know them as a friend.

Also, avoid regifting a present back to the person who gave it to you in the first place, unless you’re prepared to pull-off the old “well I liked it so much that I thought I’d get you one too!” No one likes a liar. Keep it clean, people.

When regifting, be sure to consider the item’s condition. Don’t regift something that has been used or has missing parts. The gift receiver will know it’s been used and won’t appreciate your gesture.

While regifting is a perfectly practical way to ‘shop’ for the holiday season, it is better not to tell people when you are regifting to them. In addition, don’t tell the person who originally bought the item for you that you gave it to someone else. No hard feelings are necessary in this practice.

If you own something that you don’t need that doesn’t qualify for regifting, remember that there are homeless shelters and donation spots in town that would be more than happy to receive gently used items, especially this time of year. So either way, the joy of giving is always an option.

Too School for Cool: Penny skateboards hit the streets

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Oct 192012
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Bruises with Penny Board

Penny Board (Photo credit: well.written.or.badly.written)

I see a student almost getting run-over by a skateboarder on a regular basis around campus, but lately the skateboarders have looked less threatening and more affable.

A not-so-new type of skateboard, the Penny board, has come back to life from the 70s. These skateboards are only 22 to 27 inches long and are made out of plastic, unlike your typical 43 inch wooden longboard.

Penny boards come in every neon color imaginable and are only four inches wide, fitting perfectly in any skater dude’s backpack. You know what that means – no tripping over longboards that are leaning up against your classroom wall!

While these skateboards look adorable and vibrant, they may not have a very manly effect on the boarder.  I’ve never heard a guy yell out, “Sweet hot pink wheels, bro!”

Too be honest, I’m not a huge fan of skater guys, so this possible flaw in color choice may be lost on me. The only true use I see for a skateboard is to sit on it and roll down a hill, but my butt probably won’t fit on a Penny board anyway.

These intensely colorful retro mini boards may be a scheme to get more girls into the skater market, but I’ll stick with my single-speed bicycle from the 80s. Hopefully now, when skate boarders do run over pedestrians on campus, there will at least be less damage due to the size and structure of the skateboard.

In The Know: An inside look at Beavers Supermarket

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Oct 162012
 

Author: John Sheesley

Two bicyclists ride by Beavers Supermarket on the corner of Mountain Avenue and Shields Street. Photo by John Sheesley.

Don Beaver opened a small, locally-owned grocery store called Beavers Supermarket in Fairmont, Nebraska in 1946. His son, Doug, began working there before and after school in 1960 when he was just 8 years old.

“I remember the railroad bums would come by on the railroad, and I would have to go down in the basement and help work with them and that always kind of scared me; I was just a little kid. We had to sack our own potatoes and handle our own eggs and all that,” Doug Beaver said.

Fifteen years later, Doug and his wife Cheryl would open their own Beavers Supermarket in Grand Junction in 1975. Soon after, however, Doug had an opportunity to buy a store in Fort Collins and moved to their present location on the northwest corner of Mountain Avenue and Shields Street in 1976.

“The neighborhood, mostly Mountain [Avenue] here, has changed — the area has upgraded to a higher class of people, you might say, over the years,” Beaver said. “The general store has stayed the same. As far as some of the products we carry, we’ve changed to carry more of the higher end of things. Organic is a bigger deal now, of course that wasn’t even around back then.”

According to Beaver, the most difficult thing about running his supermarket for the last 36 years has been competing with the large supermarket chains.

The fresh produce counter at Beavers Supermarket. Photo by John Sheesley

The fresh produce counter at Beavers Supermarket. Photo by John Sheesley.

“I’m competing with a store that’s how many times bigger than me and I just can’t carry everything they can,” Beaver said. “I just can’t carry everything they do, so people have to go other places at times for certain things; nothing I can do about that.”

Beaver has been creative about managing expenses and space to keep his prices low enough to attract savvy shoppers away from the large chain grocery stores, while providing a large selection of goods.

“Our warehouse is a co-op, so its owner owned, and we’re actually one of the owners,” Beaver said. “They’re big, they do over $1 billion worth a year in sales and they’re in a lot of states so we’re with a big supplier, as big as [the chain stores] are in terms of actual warehouse space. Customers can get most anything they want and be in and out fast.”

He counts on a loyal customer base coupled with neighborly service to keep Beavers Supermarket in business.

“There are some [customers] that are five generations, and have been coming here as they grew up,” Beaver said. “We’re local; I think a lot of people like that — the atmosphere of the smaller store, a lot of people like that. We have, counting [Cheryl and I], 15 employees right now.”

Former CSU student Brenton Noon at the Beavers Supermarket meat counter. Photo by John Sheesley.

Former CSU student Brenton Noon at  Beavers Supermarket’s meat counter. Photo by John Sheesley.

Former CSU student Brenton Noon has been an employee of Beavers Supermarket for seven years now.

“It was my part-time college job,” Noon said. “We try to get some students in here, as far as the employees go. Every now-and-then, we’ll cycle some in and out; it’s been good work for me, and students, that’s pretty much a huge thing for us. We get a lot busier when school get back in session, no doubt about it.”

Noon works the meat counter, calling regular shoppers by name and helping to find the perfect cut of meat. The supermarket employs a full time butcher and carries USDA choice cuts and 10 flavors of their very own homemade sausage.

“Our meat here, and the fact that we make all of our sausage here, and things like that, that helps give us a unique edge, and that’s the sort of special thing; local products and a local store — people want to support that.” Noon said. “It’s definitely that kind of community store, the kind of a place where a lot of the customers that come here, come here five times a day. This is their cupboard and their refrigerator; they just come and get what they need, then go home and come back later on in the day.”

A sign hanging in Beavers Supermarket. Photo by John Sheesley.

A sign hanging in Beavers Supermarket. Photo by John Sheesley.

According to Beaver, the most rewarding part about owning his supermarket has been the people he has gotten to know over the years.

“The customers — working with them and the employees both — you get to know them, you’ve been around for years and you know them by name. It’s home, they’re like family,” Beaver said.

FoCo Fashionista: Heels – which type are you?

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Oct 052012
 

Author: Brian Guiducci

English: High Heels on pink background

Cute heels that would be a bad idea to wear on campus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Waking up in the morning, you go to your closet and pick out an adorable outfit to wear for the day, often times going through about five different outfit selections till you find the right one. Then comes the important decision of what shoes to wear. You glance at your gorgeous new pumps that you recently bought and ask yourself that common question that every college girl deals with: is it worth it to wear heels on campus?

I believe that there are three different types of girls when it comes to whether or not they wear heels on campus:

The Clickers: These are the girls who know how to walk in heels and how to pick the perfect pair of heels to accessorize with any outfit. They are often seen walking all over town and campus wearing heels, and the days that you don’t see them wearing heels is a complete shocker. If you ever look at their feet, you will probably not be surprised to see a ton of different blisters from the constant day to day wearing of heels. Also, they will always keep a package of band-aids handy in their purse.

The Sorority Girls: These are the girls that only wear heels on occasion on campus. Most of the time you will see them wearing flats or other types of shoes instead of their pumps; but when you do see them wearing them, you get a 50/50 scenario in which some can pull them off while others can’t. The ones that can’t pull it off will often be seen wearing some tight skirt and top that is always revealing just a little too much.

The Hippies: These are the girls who will avoid wearing heels at all costs. When it comes to their shoes, they are always for comfort. On that very rare occasion when they dress up, they will wear a cute pair of flats but never heels. Comfort, Comfort, Comfort, it is all that matters to them.

Whatever your opinion on heels may be, there is always one rule for wearing heels: if you don’t know how to walk in heels, don’t wear them, or at least get some practice before you do. There is nothing that I hate more than seeing a girl who is wearing an adorable outfit with some heels and is stumbling all over the place. It just ruins the whole look.

In the end though, its always up to you to determine when or whether to wear heels or not, but ask yourself that question girls, which category do you fall under?