J. Crew Elsie Suede d’Orsay Pumps Review

In case this hasn’t been obvious, I love shoes. And J. Crew has some of my absolute favorite pumps. I’m obsessed with their suede Elsie pumps. I have them in a few neutral colors, but am having a hard time staying away from their other beautiful colors, especially the cabernet and the newly on super sale rose blossom. I convinced myself to put the regular Elsie pumps on hold for now, though, and try out their d-Orsay version instead. They just arrived! Here are my thoughts…

comfortable d'orsay pumps

Sizing: On J. Crew’s website they recommend “ordering a half size smaller than your usual size.” I am a TTS 6, but sometimes size up to a 6.5 so I can add some extra padding into the foot bed (I sized up to a 6.5 in my other Elsie pumps for this reason). But for these I decided to stick with the size 6. They fit perfectly, just a tad big, which will be enough for a smaller foot cushion, probably a foot petals one.

Fit/ Comfort: These are quite comfortable, but not perfect. First, the good. They are super easy to walk in. The heel height is perfect (3 7/8″) and the heel doesn’t slip what-so-ever. My toes aren’t squished and have lots of breathing room. The only problem I have with these is that they’re on the narrow side at the vamp. This isn’t a problem right away, but after a day of swelling feet, they get uncomfortably snug. I may end up doing the “sock and heat” trick to stretch them out more quickly (the suede stretches quite nicely).

Style: This is obviously just personal preference, but I love d’Orsay style pumps, especially combined with a pointed toe. I coveted Vince’s d’Orsay pumps for ages, but could never justify the price. But J. Crew’s version is even more flattering, so I’m glad I held off! Their version has a pointy-but-not-too-pointy-toe, and the heel is high enough to be perfectly leg-elongating (but still totally wearable, like I said). They’re flirty and fun and can easily be dressed up or down, or even to work with an otherwise conservative outfit.

Quality: J. Crew shoe quality can be hit or miss. I’ve noticed that their pumps are higher quality than their flats for some reason. These are still made in Italy and have beautiful, saturated colors and soft leather. As always, I’d inspect any shoe for defects. My pair doesn’t have any significant defects to note.

Overall: I have to say these are keepers for me! If you’re a shoe lover too, these are definitely worth checking out. They’re $255, so not cheap, but definitely reasonable for an Italian made pump (of similar quality to Prada, Jimmy Choo, Manolo, CL, etc). One word of caution though, if you have a wider foot, I’d either size up or skip this pair and go back to the regular Elsie pump to eliminate the potential of painful pinching at the vamp.