I have been steadily building my premier designer shoe collection for some time now and in my quest to acquire the “hottest” shoes out there I have unfortunately come across some very disappointing misses. Now, let me make this straight right off the bat – by “misses” I only and explicitly mean that the shoes were very uncomfortable! As in – not being able to stand on your feet for more than an hour. Otherwise, they are all perfect, and beautiful and are my babies! I do not regret buying any of them, however if I had known that my feet will pretty much be numb while wearing them, I probably would have liked to spend my hard earned cash on a different pair.
Either way, I will not bore you with the “Do Not’s” as I would rather tell you about the “Do’s”! I will review these based on versatility of wear, variety of colors and materials, classic factor and comfort level. After all, much consideration has to go into spending close to $1K on a pair of shoes! They better last you forever, they better go with every outfit and they better be comfortable.
So here goes my list of shoes that are worth investing into, some I already own and some are on my list to be added to my ever growing collection.
Valentino Rockstud Leather Pumps
Introduced in the fall of 2010, this shoe has been steadily becoming the “new classic”. Every season there are different colors, materials, styles and heel heights that are introduced on the market. My favorite is the pump that is in one homogenous color, however there are some “color blocks” that look pretty good too, depending on what the colors are. Since I actually own this one, I will go ahead and say that this shoe is VERY comfortable. The highest heel that Valentino carries for this style is about 4”, so no need to worry about your feet giving out on you at the end of the night. The strap is adjustable as well and the leather is soft and stretchy. I love these because they can be worn with any outfit. Throw them on with some skinny jeans for a casual night out on the town, or dress them up with a cocktail dress for an evening affair. Either way, they will bring out your outfit and trust me you will get your monies worth.
Manolo Blahnik – Sedaraby Rhinestone Buckle d’Orsay
If you have never seen or heard of these, then you obviously have been living under a rock! Made famous by a Sex and The City episode where the title of this post was taken from, I have had these shoes on my mind ever since I first laid my eyes on them. First off, no one is more synonomus with shoes than Carrie Bradshaw, so if she has a pair then it is almost mandatory to add these to your collection. These come in satin and leather, and pretty much every season Manolo introduces a new version, be it all leopard, camo (yes it’s true) or floral, but I strongly recommend a classy gold or silver leather pair, or any other solid color in leather, period. Let’s make sure that this pair lasts you pretty much a life time. I do not think that I need to go into much detail as to why this shoe is a must, but to quickly summarize : they are gorgeous, they have a low enough heel to be comfortable, and in my opinion these shoes are a perfect pair for a black tie event, a wedding or any other fancy party that you might be going to. These are my next purchase for sure!
Jimmy Choo – Lang Strappy Sandal
Another one that has been on my “ To Buy” list for a while. Why I love it is for its versatility in colors and materials. Get it in leather, patent, metallic, gold, black or hot pink! Whichever pair you end up choosing, there is no question that it will be gorgeous, classy and most importantly comfy – Hello almost 4” heel! These will take you through black tie events, summer weddings, you can pair them up with jeans or wear with a pencil skirt, and no matter how you dress them they will match. I am looking to find these in a nice, fun, bright color. Since these are sandals, you can only wear them during warm seasons, and warm seasons equate to bright, funky shades.
Christian Louboutin Pigalle 100
One of my all time favorites and my second Louboutin purchase after Prive and what a world of difference. You can get Pigalle in 120 as well, but let me be clear – you WILL hurt! I promise. The 100 version is much more comfortable, and you can be on your feet the whole day and night without any problem. I own a black leather pair, and it goes with absolutely everything. I have worn these to weddings, interviews, dinners and more. They come in different materials and a large variety of colors. You can even snag a fun leopard pair made out of calf hair, a marble swirl, studded, embellished or glittered, and that is just a few of the options. I highly recommend that you add this pair to your list of “Shoes to Splurge On” because they will be absolutely worth it.
Gucci – Gisele Monogram – Embossed Leather Peep – Toe Pumps
Another addition to my ever growing list! Love the simplicity of these, but also the Gucci monogram that is embedded in a very unintrusive fashion. The slight platform does not hurt either! I can totally see this shoe with a pencil skirt, a pair of skinny pants or a nice fitted dress for a formal lunch. So far these come in only two colors, black and pink. If you ask me, I’d go for the pink. Since the shoe itself is very simple you have to have something that makes it fun! I can totally see Kate Middleton in a pair of these.
With that said, I won’t deny that I will probably make some purchases that will not be as worthy or smart as the ones mentioned above, but you live and you learn. At the end of the day, there is no such thing as too many shoes!
What are your favorite shoes to splurge on? Let me know if I missed anything!