Stylish must-have #3: Hot pumps
A woman can never have too many shoes. I love my shoes. It wasn’t always the case though; I used to have a single obsession with handbags. I owned more handbags than I did clothes; I was the quintessential bag lady. I still love my bags, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve also now understood the importance of a hot pair of pumps.
Now what’s really bad is my growing love for designer shoes. My credit card feels the pain. Not only do I love designer pumps, but I’m single handedly ruining my friends’ finances as well. I’m ashamed to say I convinced my friend Nada to buy her first pair of sexy black Jimmy Choo pumps. Sorry, but not really sorry. She then proceeded to buy the most beautiful pair of Cinderella-like sparkly heels for her wedding. If only she would thank me by gifting them to me now that she’s married.
People say “you don’t need to wear heels, you’re so tall!” I wish I could slap them. As if women only wore heels to look taller. A beautiful pair of heels defines the curvature of your leg, gives you confidence, and adds flare to your outfit.
If you open up my closet, you’ll find Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Dior, Gucci, all hanging out having a jolly old time. I don’t care. You buy a beautiful pair of pumps, spend a little bit (ok maybe a lot) of cash, and they (and you!) will look fabulous for a long time.
This week my heart broke into a million pieces when I broke the heel on my gold Jimmy Choo pumps. I’ve had these for years and I still get compliments on them to this day. I knew it was time. Time to go shopping. Off I went to Dubai Mall, shopper’s heaven, where I scrowled around looking for a new love to make me forget Jimmy. I fell on a beautiful pair of classic round toe Dior pumps which I immediately purchased to mend my broken heart.
Along the way, I got very, very distracted.
Things to consider when buying a hot pair of pumps:
Comfort: For God’s sake, if you can’t walk in them, don’t buy them! There’s nothing worse than a woman with a gorgeous pair of heels wobbling her way into a restaurant. I cringe at the mere thought. Listen, it’s ok to need to practice beforehand. Sometimes I walk around my apartment in a new pair of pumps and my pajamas just to make sure I break them in.
Size: As in love as you may be, don’t buy too small and don’t buy too big. Make sure it’s your size; actually get your feet measured again in store. The type of leather and shoe material makes a difference as it may stretch with time.
Heel size: You may need a smaller heel for work and a 10cm heel for nights out. I own both in various pairs. Again, what matters is that you look and feel confident and sassy when wearing them.
Brand: I don’t care what anyone says. Designer shoes are expensive because they last longer, yes, they do. These people know what they’re doing; Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Prada, etc. Yes, yes, everyone loves their Louboutins. Whatever. I have yet to meet a girl that owns a pair and claims they’re comfortable. I’m personally not a fan. However, I do allow myself the caveat to change my mind in the future.
As they say, Italians do it better. Shoes that is. I would stick to the likes of Prada, Gucci, Ferragamo, and so on. I run around all day at work in these pumps and I adore them. Yes, I know, one cannot always afford expensive shoes. If you do go high street, please make sure the quality of the leather and sole are solid. Your feet are precious and they deserve to be taken care of.
Your closet: I always mentally make a checklist of outfits that would go with my new pair to make sure the expense is worth it. Don’t buy a crazy pair that wouldn’t match a thing in your wardrobe.
Now go and strut your stuff.