Mad About Plaid

Whether you refer to it as plaid or tartan, this type of fabric has been a fashion element for centuries, and it has often been associated with Celtic countries such as Scotland.

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In more recent years, however, tartan has become more than just a symbol of Celtic heritage. Today, it may convey a preppy style, a rocker/indie look, and even be sported by your favorite celebrities (left to right: Carrie Underwood, Jessica Simpson, Sienna Miller. Photos from

However, a more subtle and sophisticated way to do the tartan trend, instead of a bold jacket or distinguishing wrap, is with a fun pair of plaid-patterned shoes. And, of course, has plenty of options.

Around the office, add a splash of attitude to your wardrobe with the Seychelles Silver Spoon in Brown Plaid. Paired with shades of chocolate or even denim, this upturned wedge is an adorable indulgence, and one which I personally could not resist.

Vans Classic Slip-OnOn the weekends, get a little (or a lot) more vibrant with a pair of Vans Classic Slip-Ons in Daiquiri Green (left), Plaid or Cashmere Blue. The comfort of this timeless style is undeniable, and Solestruck’s selection of patterns can’t be beat.

Rocket Dog Grade SchoolFinally, you can’t forget one of my all-time favorites, the Rocket Dog Grade School. Solestruck carries three Scottish-inspired tartan patterns of this chic wedge–black, brown and green (right). The mary-jane form appeals to a girlish look, but the 3 1/2″ heel adds mature height. And with a 3/4″ platform and plenty of padding, it’s incredibly comfortable, too (trust me, I’ve tried it)!

Isn’t about time you gave the tartan trend a try? Just stick to solids for the rest of your ensemble, and your perfect plaid pair will snag the spotlight for sure.


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  • Elle

    Your blog post has inspired me! I’d really love some plaid shoes right now. While I love dressing up, my style is a little more casual, so I am really enjoying the idea of the Rocket Dog Grade Schools.

    But I have a few questions before I make up my mind. I see that both the Rocket Dog Grade School and Rocket Dog Gumdrop are very closely related…they both have a cool wedge, and they both have a mary-jane-style buckle. And I like the colors of both of them.

    The heel on the Grade Schools, though, seem to be more of a foamy material, and I’m afraid that it’ll be too lightweight to carry me (I’m heavier), and it’s my worst nightmare for my shoes to sink back while I’m wearing them. Also, they have more of a textured upper, so I’m not sure if they’ll be okay to wear after winter.

    What I like about the Gumdrop is that it has more of a smooth, cottony upper that I think might last into the spring and summer. Also, the wedge is a sturdy rubber, so I don’t think I’d be worried about falling into the heel. However, the platform isn’t as tall on the Gumdrop as it is on the Grade School, so they’re not as comfy.

    What should I do??? What are your thoughts?

    Thank you!

  • Katie

    IN RESPONSE TO ELLE: My vote is the Grade School. They’re actually what got me started writing the blog on plaids. I love them cos they’re so super comfy and cute. And I don’t know about the texture only being for winter … the heel is definitely light, but I think it was pretty sturdy.

    I had thought about the Gumdrop too because it looks similar, but you’re right that it doesn’t have the same platform as the Grade School. It isn’t quite as comfy, but still cute. And the material is canvas, so it would go year-round. You might try ordering them both, trying them on and compare, then only keeping the one you like best.

    I don’t know if you’re set on having a wedge, but if not, another shoe to consider is the RD Embassy. It’s similar in the mary jane style with the plaid, and it’s comfy and kinda chunky.

  • Victor

    Very Nice! Thanks!