Coffee Break – Dorell Oxford Pumps

Gabriella Rocha – Dorell (Black Suede) – FootwearBoth 6pm and Zappos have great sales on these high-heeled oxford shoes from Gabriella Rocha — and I think it’s a good sign that they have all positive reviews on Zappos.  Suede can be tricky in the springtime, but so long as it’s dry outside and you’re wearing something on your feet (whether it be a pair of tights, knee-highs, or a hidden nylon sock), I think these are still wearable for a few more months. The shoes are available in gray, pictured ($72 at 6pm, $84 at Zappos), a brown “camel” ($60 at 6pm, $69 at Zappos), and black ($48 at 6pm). (The price difference between the two stores may be negligible considering the free shipping and easy returns that Zappos offers, so I thought I’d list both.)  Gabriella Rocha – Dorell (Black Suede) – Footwear

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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

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Coffee Break: Myka Suede Wedge Shoes

Women's Merona® Myka Suede Wedge Shoes - PlumCorporette commenters have sung the praises of these $30 wedges for a while (including today), but I don’t think we’ve ever featured them properly on the site. To hear the commenters tell it: They’re comfortable. They’re versatile. (And they come in purple suede, which you know I love.) They’re $30 at Target.com. Women’s Merona® Myka Suede Wedge Shoes – Plum

Coffee Break: Bandolino Purple Suede Heels

Bandolino - Signmeup (Dark Purple Suede) - Footwear We’re always a fan of a purple pump, and we like these dark purple suede ones from Bandolino. We like the quarter strap (more flattering than a straight-across-the-ankle Mary Jane, but just as walkable); also liking the chain detailing, provided they’re not too noisy in real life. The price is certainly right — the shoes are $68 at Zappos (also available in black and gray).   Bandolino – Signmeup (Dark Purple Suede) – Footwear

Coffee Break: Stuart Weitzman’s Daisy Pump

Stuart Weitzman Women's Daisy Pump,Roccia SerpentToday we’re loving this classic shoe from Stuart Weitzman.  The serpent print is a great “neutral” with some personality — it also comes in a gray “snake” print, a multi-colored “serpent” print (all of the prints for $285) and a red and a basic black leather (both on sale at Endless for ~$150.)  Zappos also has the shoe in a number of patent colors for $298 — beige, hot pink, navy, and red — as well as a black suede and some croc prints (for $315).  Lovely!  Pictured: Stuart Weitzman Women’s Daisy Pump,Roccia Serpent

Will Flats Fly in Court?

flats for courtToday’s reader mail comes from an injured reader who wonders if she can wear flats to appear in court –

I am a junior partner at a smaller firm in Pennsylvania. I am also a mother of two young children and therefore, on any given day, can be seen carrying my 8 month old in her carseat/carrier, holding a file in my other hand, with my laptop bag strapped across my chest and purse on my shoulder, prodding my almost-three year old forward with my knee as necessary. And of course, I commit this balancing act in heels. Unfortunately, I think this routine has taken its toll, and on Monday, I woke up with such tremendous back pain that I literally could not get out of bed. After four days on the couch and some visits to the chiropractor, I am finally mobile again. However, he has cautioned against wearing heels for a while, until I am feeling 100%. I am concerned about upcoming court appointments – the climate here is fairly conservative (judges have commented on female attorneys wearing pantsuits before, noting they are “inappropriate” for court) and I wonder how flats will play in court. How should I handle this? Should I say something, even informally, to make the court aware of my back issues? Apologize for the flats? Ignore the whole situation and hope that no one notices? I just feel like I won’t look professional enough wearing flats with a suit for court.

Feel better soon! To answer this Q, we asked a friend who had foot surgery — her doctor similarly put a blanket prohibition on heels.  Her thoughts: “I think flats are totally acceptable.  I wore them for months after my foot surgery.  It was only when I was wearing my sneakers for 2 months after the operation that I would say something to judges or attorneys.  The flats, however, should look as professional as high heel shoes which can be difficult to find.”  We agree 100%. [Read more...]