Buying Basics: Pumps
1. Go Nude
When you’re investing in a single pair of shoes, defer to neutrals in order to match everything. Neutrals do not mean black. A pair of nude or tan heels will go with your entire closet, lengthen your legs (visually) and stand our from everyone else.
If Kate does it, you
can should must do it.
Lace And Leather
Again, with the investing, you need to buy leather. Leather will last forever, mold to your foot and hold it’s shape and color. Cheap imitation leather/pleather (I just threw up) will wear out, stretch too much (to the point that they’re floppy) and can get discolored.
Peta friends- don’t flour bomb me - Stella McCartney does make an acceptable vegan alternative, but I like Jimmy Choo better.
So help me, if you buy pleather, I will ban you from this blog.
3. Tighten Up
When you initially buy leather pumps they should be a little snug. As you wear your shoes, the leather will mold to your foot. Don’t start too loose or you’ll be clicking your heels like flip flops in no time.
A warning, they should never be foot binding tight. If you have a foot muffintop over the toe box or your toes have to be bent to put your shoes on, they do not fit.
4. Don’t Be Flashy
When shopping, you may be tempted to buy patent leather, a platform or a peep-toe. Don’t do it…yet. Those are great choices in time, but if you want a truly versatile basic, you need to stick with non-glossy, nude, close-toed pump.
And in the spirit of shopping, I will share with you my latest purchase.
It’s okay to hate me. I hate me a little bit too.
From top: L.K. Bennett, Jimmy Choo, Nine West and Christian Louboutin