Surprisingly Comfortable Pointy Toe Pumps

October 2, 2014 in comfortable womens shoes

I absolutely adore sky-high heels… on others. Sadly, I find them nearly unwearable for me these days. Such high heels are just not comfortable (at least without an obnoxiously high platform). I’m not willing to sacrifice my comfort (and foot bone integrity) for “style.” I’ve come to appreciate the slightly lower (~3.5″ heel). Not only are these immensely more comfortable, they’re also work appropriate. An added bonus? Since all of my heels hover around the same height now, I can hem my pants to the same length and not have to worry about which shoes go with which pair. Whew, less thought required in the morning!

most comfortable heels
Finding comfortable, classy pumps is a serious challenge, though. I’ve gone through a lot of pairs… I can’t even count how many pairs I have returned or sold over the years! But I have managed to find some keepers. So, based on my experiences (and supported by many positive reviews), here are my TOP SIX favorite, surprisingly comfortable pairs of pointy toe pumps (from $ to $$$).

ann taylor norahAnn Taylor Norah – Remember back when Ann Taylor had the all-popular Perfect Pump? I loved those. Sadly, they were discontinued (why??). Ann Taylor has since come out with a number of replacements (some good, some not so good). Their recent hit is the Norah Leather Pointy Heels. They are quite the comfortable pump with their manageable 3.5″ heel, padded footbed and wider toe box for extra toe room (no squished toes!). They retail for $138, but you can frequently find them on sale for at least 50% off. Probably one of the best heels on the market in this price range as far as quality goes. Cons? They only come in a textured leather with few color options. (FYI, I got a size 6, tts)

_9154962Louise et Cie Hermosah – If you haven’t heard of this brand, its an off-shoot of the Vince Camuto brand. Similar to the VC brand, this brand makes more affordable versions of popular high end styles. They have a few pumps in the 3.5″ height that are worth checking out. My favorite is the Hermosah pump, a d’Orsay style. I already have a black d’Orsay pump, so I didn’t take these home. They’ll cost you $117.95 or less if you find them on sale. Cons? Again, only available in textured leather and few color options! (FYI, these fit best in 6, tts to slightly big)

elsieJ. Crew Elsie – J. Crew has had some excellent pumps over the years! Last year’s hit was the Everly pumps (I have them in rose gold). This year J. Crew is going for a sleeker, sexier version of the Everly called the Elsie pump. I adore these. They have a surprisingly high ~3.9″ heel, but you’d never know it. The shoe is amazingly easy to walk in. These also feature a wider toe box to eliminate toe compression. I wore these for 10 hours without any break-in period (I am on my feet a lot!) and was only mildly sore on the balls of my feet by the end of the day. I threw a pair of foot petals in the foot bed and they’re now impressively comfortable. Sadly, these will run you $245 (and they’ve been excluded from every J. Crew sale thus far). Cons? These only come in suede leather and prints/ metallics thus far. (FYI, I got a size 6.5, 1/2 size up/ normal J. Crew size)

vinceVince Claire – They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Vince’s Claire pump gives an interesting twist to the typical d’Orsay pump. They have a slightly shorter heel at 3.25″, and a somewhat higher vamp, perfect for those who aren’t fans of toe cleavage. Vince’s shoes are typically very well made and quite comfortable, and these are no exception. I haven’t personally pulled the trigger on these because I’m opting for the flat version in the future! Cost is $375. Cons? Besides the cost, you’ll have to make sure the vamp hits at a comfortable spot! (FYI, Vince typically runs TTS, although I haven’t tried this style on!)

jimmy choo abel pumpJimmy Choo Agnes & Abel – Jimmy Choo’s Agnes and Abel pumps are both exceptionally stunning and comfortable. The Abel is the slightly taller version at 4″ and the Agnes is slightly shorter at 3.5″. They both have an extremely similar cut to J. Crew’s Elsie pump, and the same wide toe box (perfect for a foot cushion)! Definitely wear all day comfortable (the Agnes is more comfortable for me). They each come in all sorts of colors from basic nude or black to vibrant pinks and blues, to studded, velvety pieces of art. Cons? You’ll be paying a small fortune for these at $595… Unless you sniff out a great sale or pick them up on eBay like I did! (FYI, I got a 36, tts)

prada pointy toe pumpPrada Pointy Toe Pump - Prada is well known for their comfortable flats and heels. Of course they have a stunning and classic version of the pointy toe pump! This mid-height pump features a slightly more substantial 3.25″ to 3.5″ heel and wider toe box for all day comfort. It comes in a variety of beautiful neutral colors and leathers. They’ll cost you a lot of money at $650 per pair. Cons? Nothing but the price (and finding classic prada pumps on sale is not easy!). (FYI, I typically take a 36 in Prada, tts)

Feel free to share your favorite brands of comfy pumps :)

Its Not a Problem

September 25, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Its not a “problem,” its a process. This is your chance to practice. 

Many of us view things that dissatisfy us as problems. Need examples? Here are mine: My thighs aren’t toned enough. I’m not studying as much as I should. I’m not saving enough money. I’m not finding time to blog. I’m letting myself get upset from work stress… I could go on, but I’ll spare you. When I find that any of these thoughts are floating around more often than I’d like, I give them some direct attention. I think about what the problem really is, and why I think its a problem. Then I think of what I’m doing to change it. Am I doing enough already or is there something else I should be doing? Its a process. Things don’t just happen, I need to practice.

This mindset helps put me more at ease. I’m not “settling” and just accepting where I am. But I am aware of where I am, and know that I have the ability to change who I will be tomorrow, in a month, or in ten years. Its a healthier way to view these dissatisfying aspects of life, and to take control over them. At least in my opinion!

 Lace Sweatshirt
Dolce & Gabbana Sweater (great solid colored alternative), Mother jeans (non-destroyed version), J. Crew Pumps (my favorite J. Crew pumps yet, actually… so comfy), Celine Mini Luggage

That’s my bit of yoga-inspired blabber for today :) I’m continuing on my recovery month… which hasn’t been so relaxing thus far (I decided to pick up some moonlighting shifts that ended up being nice and busy). Today was my first day not working. It was amazing. I cleaned! And grocery shopped. And took blog pictures. And napped! And exercised. And ate too much pizza… it was a good day! I almost feel like a real person again. The next three days will be spent getting some studying in for my USMLE exam on Monday & Tuesday. Bah, I hate long exams. By the end of the day my butt is numb and my right hand feels like it developed arthritis.

Celine Bag
Clothes! I’m getting excited about clothes again. Its been so long since I’ve worn regular clothes that it takes me a ridiculously long time to find an outfit to wear (that doesn’t involve black). I really love this sweater that I bought a while back (on eBay, of course). But its surprisingly difficult to pair with (perhaps a solid version would have been better… like this beautiful LOFT one?). I think this bi-color sweatshirt looks lovely with a pair of black trousers for work (black black blaaaaaack!!!), but finding pants to pair it with beyond that is difficult for me. I  got these Mother jeans a while back for super cheap ($20-something shipped… here’s the non-ripped version). They were sitting on the top of my jeans pile, so I decided that, whether or not they match the sweatshirt, they will be worn! And there you have it. This is why I could never maintain a “real” fashion blog.

Pink Lace Sweatshirt
Whew, I wrote a book-of-a-post today. Don’t know how that happened. Maybe I’m just subconsciously trying to avoid studying. Hmmm, yeah, that’s probably it. That’s all for now then, I suppose. Thanks for stopping by!

Recovery

September 22, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Blogging… it feels so good to blog again!! Its been a while. Usually I can sneak in a post or two even when I’m on a difficult ward block. Not this time. This month was definitely busy and physically demanding, but more significantly, it was emotionally draining. I had next-to-nothing left when I got home every night. It took all of my remaining energy to drag myself to a much needed yoga brain-cleanse. And after that, I passed out. That essentially sums up my month of absence.

ETRO shirt
But this month is a recovery month. A relaxing, low demand “elective” block. Finally! What better way to start it off than to put some clothes on?!? My wardrobe has been slowly expanding these last few months through the combination of avoiding my semi-annual closet clean-out and intermittently acquiring excellent eBay finds… excellent in my opinion, anyway!  This is another outfit composed entirely of pre-owned goodies. I think the pumps are my favorite – they’re just so pretty!! They don’t exactly qualify as comfortable quite yet, but I’m grabbing some foot petals to see if they help (usually they do). I can’t believe how much these shoes retail for, I mean, you’d think they’d be like walking on clouds for that price?

scarf print shirt
ETRO shirt, DSquared2 skirt, Manolo Pumps, Fendi handbag
I’ve found that one of the good things about shopping on eBay is that I tend to avoid trendy (and typically unflattering) items. I just, well, buy what I like! I buy items that I think will be flattering on me, not what looks flattering on the tall J. Crew models  or any of the many gorgeous bloggers that I follow. I’ve found I’m attracted to certain things. Fun prints, like on this blouse, is one of those things. This blouse is by ETRO, a brand I love to admire, but only from afar (stunning patterns – completely in love with this blouse). Their retail price is absurd. Another attraction of mine is black. Boring but classic. Trousers, sweaters, leather pants, suede heels… gosh I love black. You’ll be seeing much more black on this blog, I apologize in advance.

draped neck top with skirt
I haven’t been keeping up with networking and socializing as much as I’d like, but I really hope that you are doing well, relaxing when you can, and trying to enjoy life as much as possible. I hope your week is off to a good start… happy Monday!

Alright, first comeback blog post done! :)