Coffee Break – Misty Pump

B. Makowsky - Misty (Plum Suede) - FootwearReader E wrote in to recommend this lovely purple pump, noting “I first got this one at Nordstrom Rack in the grey which has blue tones in the croc pattern. Really bridged the gap in my shoes from the too-staid, too-parochial navy pump and plain grey ones. Loved it so much, found the purple suede on line. It is soft leather, a comfortable and supportive heel, shows enough of the foot to lengthen the leg, has a bit of a rubber sole for those building floors, and a point that is not extreme. I wish someone, anyone had the purple croc in my size. This is a sad lesson in ‘waiting.'” Well — while I can’t help Reader E, I will note that 6pm has a ton of colors and sizes still available for up to 60% off, including plum suede (pictured), black leather, black suede, brown snake, camel suede, caramel leather, grey/blue snake, purple snake, and taupe leather, in prices ranging from $39.15 to $49. Amazonalso has limited sizes and colors for around $40.  B. Makowsky – Misty (Plum Suede) – Footwear


Are Louboutins Appropriate For the Office?

louboutins for workAre Louboutins appropriate for the office with those sexy red soles? Reader J wonders…

What do think about wearing Louboutins in the office? Is the red sole too sexy?? I have a pair of Simple 85s, which are not high at all. They’re conservative, black kid leather, round toe, surprisingly comfy, but they have this in-your-face scarlet sole. I’ll be working at a bank that has a reputation of being somewhat laidback, but I don’t want to make the wrong impression… Help please?

When I was a first year associate I was completely jealous of another first-year associate who had done some serious shopping during her bar trip — LV bags, Hermes scarves, and Louboutin shoes. She had a classic kitten heel Louboutin, with the trademark red sole. This was before Louboutins were quite as “big” as they are today, so the red sole really stood out, and I thought, looked fabulous. So for my $.02, yes, simple Louboutins are appropriate for the office. [Read more…]

Coffee Break – Rouge Peep-toe

Isola - Rouge (Mocha/Chocolate) - FootwearI don’t think I’ve featured Isolá on the blog before, but this is a brand to watch if you’re a fan of comfortable but stylish shoes — it’s the new big sister to comfort brands like Born and Sofft.  Love the look of this mocha/chocolate peep-toe heel — the black shiny buckle, the animal printed leather — and there’s even a “metallic leather interior lining” that “wicks away moisture to keep feet cool and dry.”  The shoe was $169, but is available for $91.50 at Zappos (mocha only: Isola – Rouge (Mocha/Chocolate) – Footwear), as well as in a leopard print and black “zebrino” print at 6pm for $73.15 each.  Nice!

N.B.: Peep-toes are not appropriate for every office — know your office!

Coffee Break – Fierce Pump

rsvp – Fierce (Dark Purple Eel Skin)Love these dark purple eel skin pumps from RSVP. Like the slight point to the toes, as well as the high heel (3.75 inches), and the price. Note that for some reason several customer reviews mention a bad odor with the shoes — so be sure to air them out (I would also imagine it would go away after you spray them with waterproofing). They’re $79 at Zappos (also available in black, black snake, bronze textured, dark brown eel, natural snake, and pewter textured). rsvp – Fierce (Dark Purple Eel Skin)


(If you’re looking for a more basic pump, have you checked out our Guide to Comfortable Heels?)

Coffee Break: Easy Spirit Pumps

Easy Spirit Shoes Lizzie Comfortable Dress Shoes (Purple)Reader A sent in these shoes — and they look to be great purple pumps. I like the buckle detail on the front, as well as the stripey detailing on the toe and heel. They’re available in black and purple for $39.97 (buy 1, get 1 50% off!) at Easy Spirit (available in sizes 6-12, M and W). Easy Spirit Shoes Lizzie Comfortable Dress Shoes (Purple)


Coffee Break: Lisbon Oxfords

Me Too – Lisbon (Black Goat)In our conversation yesterday about basic black pumps, readers reminded me of a very comfortable brand that I forget sometimes — Me Too. True enough, this oxford pump has glowing customer reviews on comfort (yes, despite the height) and walkability. As I’ve said before, I think this style can be one of the easiest to wear in the winter with tights and pants, and I love that a comfortable iteration is on sale. They were $109, now $87.20 at Zappos. (Available in black, black patent, black suede, brown suede, and grey suede.) Me Too – Lisbon (Black Goat) – Footwear