Coffee Break: Poppin Kitten Heel

Poppin Kitten HeelKitten heels are either the “hot new trend” or the “classic that’s back in style,” depending on your point of view. Personally, I love kitten heels for the office, particularly with pants — with a low enough heel, you can even wear the same pants you wear with flats. Anne Klein has a number of shoes on sale today, including this fabric-covered kitten heel with a fun button detail on the toe. It’s available in the black fabric as well as a bronze — was $79.99, now $49.99. Poppin Kitten Heel

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Coffee Break: Naturalizer – Beacon

Naturalizer - Beacon (Oxford Brown Leather/Shiny) - FootwearWe got an e-mail from reader C, raving about this “Beacon” shoe:

The heel is higher than it looks and oh-so-so-comfortable. I bought these to be able to commute in dress pants and heels (my comfy commuting flats only work with skirts b/c all my trousers are tailored to heel-length). From the subway stop, I have to walk 3 avenue blocks and 3 street blocks (in NY) to my internship at a not-for-profit law office and these are amaaaazing.

We agree — these are great shoes for pants, either for commuting shoes or just regular running-around-the-office shoes. The brown is on sale today ($69), while the black are at the regular price of $78.  (Reader C also noted that she had gotten them for $51 at Nordstrom, but there doesn’t seem to be a link online.)  Naturalizer – Beacon (Oxford Brown Leather/Shiny)

Coffee Break: Ann Taylor Pumps

Ann Taylor Perfect Elle pumpsWe’ve heard raves about these “perfect” pumps from Ann Taylor, and they’re on sale this week — were $155, now marked to $99, take an extra 30% off with the code FRIENDS. And they still have normal sizes left! Not bad — not bad at all. Perfect Elle Pumps

 

Wednesday’s TPS Report: ‘Night Shift’ Sheath Dress

Halogen ‘Night Shift’ Sheath DressOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

We love this lightweight sheath dress.  The color of the gray feels more spring than fall to us, and the flower applique on the belt helps that impression.  (We’re guessing the belt can be removed pretty easily if you don’t like the look, although you might try to save the flower to wear as a brooch.)  We’d wear it with a structured jacket or, perhaps, a cardigan (the yellow cashmere one from Banana Republic that we featured week or so ago, for example).  It’s $118 at Nordstrom (which just began a shoe clearance, incidentally).  Halogen ‘Night Shift’ Sheath Dress

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: Charles by Charles David’s Melange Pump

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
Women's shoes/bags: Charles by Charles David Melange - Dark brown
Happy first day of fall!  We’re liking these simple but interesting 3″ pumps from Charles by Charles David — the three different colors of brown make it sure to match something you own that is brown, and we like the layered look of the leather.  It’s available in navy, as well, in sizes 5-10 at Piperlime, for $115.  (There are pretty good sales going on at Piperlime, anyway — use code TREAT through 9/23 to take 20% off all shoes and handbags; if you’re buying from Piperlime and another store in the Gap family you can get free shipping with code SHIPPL. Gap also has a “take 20% off through 9/25” code, EXTRA20.)  Women’s shoes/bags: Charles by Charles David Melange – Dark brown

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Reader Mail: Can Oxford Shoes Be Worn to Work?

VANELi Ipswich OxfordToday’s reader mail has to do with shoes…

I am going to be a summer associate in a couple months in a large New York City law firm. I also have been secretly drooling over women’s oxford style shoes in the last few months. My question is are these shoes appropriate or do I stick to basic pumps for summer associates? What about as a first year attorney? If so, would they ever be appropriate with a skirt or only with pants? Thanks!

Born – Pace (Black Leather) – FootwearThis is a great question, as the style seems to be on deep discount at a lot of stores (including the pair featured above, on sale at Nordstrom for $65: VANELi Ipswich Oxford) For our $.02, the shoe pictured above is totally appropriate for the office — with the higher vamp, it’s perfect for girls who have a slightly hard time walking in pumps — and it’s great for getting a more comfortable shoe that still has a great heel. (We own the Born oxfords, pictured at right — very comfy — available at Zappos for $102: Born – Pace/a>.) That said, we believe our mother would call this a “nun shoe” — unless the oxford has 4″ heels and looks very fashionable, you will feel a bit less attractive if you wear it with skirts. Does it mean that makes it somehow inappropriate for the office? No. But it just might not be the look you’re going for. [Read more…]

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