I am struggling with my shoe game! I would like to invest in shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and long lasting. I notice that guys purchase one expensive pair of work shoes but they last their entire careers. I work in the finance area in a young company. Have you seen any gems lately you would like to share?I’m curious to hear what readers think here, because I have mixed opinions about this. First, the “classic” black pump does change — right now toes are pointy; in recent years they were almond-shaped instead. Second, beware of pregnancy, aging, and feet — many women find that their shoe size will change throughout their lives. Personally I gained about a half size with each pregnancy, which — after having to donate the vast majority of my shoe collection — makes me happy I never committed and spent the money on that pair of Manolos or Choos. Even just with aging, your arches may fall and your feet may widen. So: I kind of don’t believe in “lifetime” shoes for women. That said, I do think that a well made shoe is worth your money and will last a lot longer than most inexpensive shoes, particularly with proper shoe care — and I generally think they’re more likely to be comfortable heels. If you apply our fashion math to neutral shoes you wear 1-2x a week, the cost per wear really does come down significantly. We recently rounded up black pumps for work, as well as beige pumps; the following brands and particular styles are ones that I see readers note over and over again as being worth the splurge:
- Stuart Weitzman — many favorites have been sold for years, such as the Platswoon, Poco (older colors are also at spots like Amazon for a discount), Power, and Nouveau
- Kate Spade Karolina
- Salvatore Ferragamo Carla and Vara
- Jimmy Choo Anouk (check out our old Newbie’s Guide to Designer Shoes, as well)
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