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The last thing I expect in 2023 is for Helen Mirren to become a fashion influence. Don't get me wrong, the actress has always been stylish, often adding fun twists to her classic outfits, but between appearances at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival and clicking for Shazam. The Wrath of the Gods star is one to watch, especially when it comes to shoes.
When Mirren paired a fuchsia dress and striped sweatpants with white sneakers, we (and our readers) were instantly hooked. She was an inspiration to everyone with her style that easily transitioned into business casual. And just this week, Mirren further confirmed the shoe's influence by dressing it up in a pair of black bow heels, one of this year's small but mighty trends.
From the runway to the red carpet, we've seen the detail incorporated into several looks, adding an instant touch of femininity to any outfit. While hair bows can be an obvious way to incorporate fashion into your look, I prefer Miron's more subtle approach. To try out the star trend, I found 10 similar styles, including heels, flats and sandals, at shopper-favorite retailers including Amazon, Nordstrom, Anthrpologie and more, starting at $27.
Lou Bow Ballerina Sale, $27; amazon.com
Musshoe Mules, $33 (originally $46); amazon.com
Emiway Pointed Nose Bow, $57; amazon.com
Journey Collection Tiara Pumps, $60 (originally $90); www.dsw.com:
Vivaia Pointed Bow Pump, $79 (originally $97); www.vivaia.com:
J. Renee Ilona Pointed Asymmetric Bow Mule, $89; www.nordstrom.com
Bibi Lou Bow Ballerinas, $170; anthropology.com
J. Lucy Bow Crew Slingback Sandals, $190 (originally $238); jcrew.com
M.Gemi The Esatto Flat Fiocco, $195 (originally $298); www.mgemi.com:
Kate Spade Veronica Flat, $198; www.catespade.com:
Emiwey's pointed toe flats are a more practical alternative to the bow shoes worn by Mirren. Like the acting pair, they have a satin gloss finish and the arc is set slightly to one side rather than straight through the centre. You can always go with the actress and wear them in black, but this style comes in darker colors, including emerald green and bright barbie pink. A customer who bought them for a wedding said they were "comfortable wearing the shoes all night with no problems".
Buy Now : $57; amazon.com
For a more casual look, grab the bow pumps available at DSW. These shoes offer a little more height with a three-inch heel, but despite this slight increase, buyers report that it's still easy to wear. “They fit my feet like a glove… [and] the heel height was very comfortable,” wrote one customer who explained being able to put them on without pain. One said they were "beautiful, elegant and very comfortable".
No Shop : $60 (originally $90); www.dsw.com:
When it comes to comfort, there's no better brand than Vivaia, whose heels were voted "Comfortable Shoes" by our fashion editors. The brand's flagship, Rainbow, like the entire shoe, features a dual-layer foam footbed designed to provide cushioned comfort similar to that of a sneaker. What I love about this version is how fun it is, with a big tartan bow adding fun to the classic design. They are also for sale.
Buy Now : $79 (originally $97); www.vivaia.com:
And it would be remiss of me not to include the brand known for its bows, Kate Spade, in this review. In fact, I may or may not add all of her amazing Veronica apartments to my cart. I love the green pair because I love how bright and supple this shade is, but they also come in hot pink and classic navy. While these flats may be pricey on this list, shoppers say the shoe "fits like a dream" and is incredibly versatile, "looking chic with jeans, summer dresses, or cool pants."
Buy Now : $198; www.catespade.com:
Are you ready to transform your wardrobe this spring in the spirit of Helen Miron? Shop more of our favorite bow pumps below.
Buy Now : $89; www.nordstrom.com
Buy Now : $27; amazon.com
Buy Now : $190 (originally $238); jcrew.com
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