Depending on which style tomes you read, the black pump is a staple. Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, for example, reinforces the idea of wearing monochromatic shoes and stockings to elongate the figure: "It's always a good idea to wear beige shoes, the same shade as your stockings, with a very pale dress." She's right, absolutely, except that, as the Infintessimal Readership well knows, I'm only a proponent of "stockings" if they're actually tights, worn in the colder weather. Her concept holds, true, though, even with bare legs.
On the subject of black shoes, though, she supports the patent leather choice, as they "harmonize with the colour of every outfit." Amen, Madam Dariaux. She's silent on matte black shoes.
With that in mind, and my own style principles in hand, I'm off in search of a black pump to replace my reliable kitten-heeled Katarras (which I've had reheeled about 3 times, already - enough is enough). The requirements:
- Mid-height heel (so I can wear to drive without having to keep other shoes in the car)
- No pinching, rubbing, or other types of hurtfulness
- Preferably under $100
- Well-made - leather, reliable brand
- Versatile, but absolutely not boring, staid, or otherwise "old ladyish"
I haven't yet gotten H's opinion - which is valuable. But I'm opening up to the Infintessimal Readership. Here are my choices so far. Tell me what you think, especially if you've worn or tried a pair.
Nine West Nuncio - hooray for black patent, and the pointed toe is good with trousers or skirts
Sofft Gabriela - black patent, flirty 40s platform, and Sofft is reputed to be amazingly comfortable
Bronx Shoes Flore - another 40s throwback, interesting cutouts - but I don't know the brand at all
Nine West Bradeton - more black patent, pretty peep toe