kay* asks: i’ve been wanting to invest in a pair of classic black pumps for the longest time and think i’m going to do so…i was thinking jimmy choo or louboutin – what’s your pick for the best classic black pump (any designer..but not a round toe please)? would love to get your opinion!
Hi Kay*! I love this question because I am obsessed with black pumps. I seriously can not stop buying them, although I should stop because I think I’m becoming quite boring. Hopefully the Manolos I just bought will help bring color inspiration to my shoe wardrobe!
My picks for you!
I wasn’t sure how high of a heel you were looking for so I just chose shoes that I would wear but most are in the 3.5 to 4 inch range.
Jimmy Choo is hands down my favorite shoe designer. Their shoes never vary in size, when I’m ordering online, I always know that a size 5 will fit. All of my pumps by Jimmy Choo are really comfortable and I even wear them out shopping! The leather they use is really soft and basically molds to your feet.
You can go with the classic ones on the left which I think look great at the office but are also pretty enough to wear out to dinner. I’m a big fan of his cut out pumps like the ones on the right because I love that when they peak out of my dress trousers, you can see the bit of design at my toes.
Size wise, Louboutins vary within a 1/2 size for me so I’ve only ever bought them at the store because I need to make sure that they fit. Comfort wise, they are not the most comfortable because of that factor I mentioned above. The sexiness comes from the arch of the shoe which surely make your feet look hot but it’s not a natural way to arch your feet for 8 hours a day. Also, Louboutins always give you toe cleavage which I adore, but I know some people hate.
Cole Haan is my go to shoe for traveling. I do not believe in traveling in sweats and tennies, even for those 19 hour flights to Singapore. I like being well dressed at all times but of course I want to be comfortable on the plane as well. These shoes are part of the Nike Air line that gives them the cushioning that they use in the Nike shoes. They really are that cushy, what a genius idea to combine the two right? Another great thing is that the price of their shoes is fantastic for the quality.
Gucci always has a brilliant twist on their pumps like the bamboo detail on the heel of these shoes. Love the platform front too, it makes wearing that high of a heel just a little bit easier. One thing to watch, Gucci sizing is a bit wacky. Sometimes the fit is right, but then it’s too tight in the toes, so I always recommend trying them on in person or if ordering online order your size and the half size up, just in case.
A great trick that works for me when the toe part is a bit too small is I stuff it with gym socks for a few days and the leather will loosen up and you’ll be able to get your foot in comfortably.
One thing that I do to almost all my designer shoes is to resole them after a few wears. I don’t know why but I like to wear the original soles for a little bit and then take them in to get resoled. But make sure to do it while they are relatively new! Don’t wait until the soles are completely weared out or else they might not be able to do it. I take almost all my shoes to Nordstrom, even if I don’t buy them there. They just do a great job and are relatively fast. If you don’t live near a Nordstrom, I’m sure you could find any shoe repair store near you to do it. The cost is usually less than $20 and worth every penny.
Kay*, I hope this helps you and come back to let me know what shoes you end up getting!
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