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Fashion Investment Pieces: Black Heels

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This week’s investment piece is a fairly obvious one in my opinion. Black shoes, specifically black heels, are a wardrobe necessity worth investing in. They go with everything, from your little black dress to your favorite dark-wash jeans, and instantly add sexiness and glamour to every outfit.

Sure, you can get black heels at Charlotte Russe or Forever21, but trust me, as the girl who always buys cheap shoes because I assume my experiences in college will destroy them, the only things that get destroyed are my feet!

More expensive shoes are higher quality and therefore more comfortable and long lasting than cheap shoes. So even if you’re going to buy trendy shoes from a cheaper retailer, I suggest investing in at least one or two pairs of more expensive, classic, “wear with anything” shoes that will last you forever. That’s why black peep toe heels are my investment piece this week.

(For tips on buying a quality pair of heels and what to look for, see How to Buy High Heels.)

If you’ve missed the other installments of my investment piece series, check them out: Fashion Investment Pieces: Black Bandage Skirt, Fashion Investment Pieces: Statement Scarf, Fashion Investment Pieces: Black Jeans.

The Investment Piece:

Basic black high heel

Carvela Ambrosia Mega Platform Court Shoe – Asos – $205

Outfit #1: Streetwear

How to wear basic black pumps for day

Ring – Arden B., Jeans – Coggles, Cardigan – Forever21, Burn-out Tank – Tillys

I love reading blogs dedicated solely to streetwear and models off-duty. They’re so inspiring and give me a reason to dress great, even for class, because who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be photographed and interviewed about my personal style!

This look definitely channels the idea of streetwear. The pattern of the chunky cardigan is cool, yet you can tell it’s definitely comfortable enough to throw on even on a groggy morning before your 8am. Paired with the mineral washed jeans and burn-out tank, you have a few different textures at once, yet they seem to fit together without looking like “too much.” The heels polish off this look by giving it a dose of edge.

Outfit #2: Out on the Town

How to wear black pumps for a night out

Lace Tank – Miss Selfridge, Skirt – Forever21, Faux Leather Jacket – Forever21, Bag – Forever21

Lace is such a hot trend right now. I personally love how a lace shirt looks underneath any type of jacket, especially (faux) leather. This is because a lace tank can be very revealing, but when worn with something over it, it gives that tiny hint of skin and sexiness without showing too much.

The color of this skirt is so perfect for this bad girl-esque outfit and adds a pop of color. I also love the bag because it looks like the perfect size to fit all your going out items and won’t get in your way since it can be slung across your body. The heels are the final touch to make your legs look miles long, which will be followed by boys drooling as you walk by.

Outfit #3: The Office Bombshell

How to wear black pumps at work

Trousers – Arden B., Sweater – Oli, Pearls – Dorothy Perkins, Bag – Newport News

This outfit is a more conservative business casual, but also stylish. The cowl neck sweater and trousers are so classic together, and the structured faux-leather bag shows that you mean business, but still are style-savvy enough to turn heads at the office. The pearls (as you know, one of my favorite accessories) will look great hanging just over the droopy neck of the sweater.

You may think that this outfit allows for no fun and games, but when you put on these peep toe heels, you instantly become the chic, stylish c0-worker that everyone’s talking about.

Outfit #4: Formal

Black high heels outfit for evening

Dress – Dorothy Perkins, Earrings – 1928, Clutch – Debenhams, MAC Nailpolish in Warm & Cozy – Nordstrom

The thing about black peep toe heels is their versatility. First, you’re wearing them to class and feeling like a model, next, you’re wearing them to a formal event and feeling demure and classy yet sexy.

I love the dress above because of its bright color. Jewel tones have always been a favorite of mine, especially in the winter months. Every part of this outfit is dressy: the metallic bag, the shiny dress, and the gorgeous chandelier earrings. Even the nail polish is classy yet trendy (since as I’ve stated, nude tones are very “in” right now). You can even pair this outfit with tights if it’s extra cold in your area.

Outfit #5: Date Night

How to wear black high heels to a party

Jeans – American Eagle, Body Suit – Topshop, Bib Necklace – Asos

This outfit is very simple without the addition of the bib necklace and heels. But once these two important pieces are added, a plain colored body suit and gray jeans become instantly glamorous and trendy.

Bib necklaces are a great way to spice up any plain piece, whether it’s a basic body suit or a white t-shirt. They’re edgy yet feminine, and paired with the peachy tone of this body suit, you have instant girly glamour. The gray, black and peach combo is enough to make any guy ask you for another date, so wear this when you really want him not to be able to get enough of you.

What do you think?

Do you agree that a fabulous black heel is a great investment piece? Would you wear any of the outfits or pieces shown? Let us know in a comment!

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60 Responses to “Fashion Investment Pieces: Black Heels”

  1. 1
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Hi again! Love this post, but I’d like to inquire for a second time about these bodysuits! On a previous post I was wondering about how much effort is required to remove one of these in case of a bathroom trip? Forgive me if that’s not discreet enough, but I must know. Do they fasten at the bottom like the ones made for babies? It’s just that I would rather not wear something if it’s going to be difficult to remove like a one-piece bathing suit. Know what I mean? Thanks in advance for any tips!!

  2. 2
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I actually need to invest in a high quality pair! I love the outfits too!

  3. 3
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I completely agree with this post. I’ve been following your blog for a while, and I absolutely love your advice for girls on a budget. That being said, every girl needs to invest some money into a couple good pairs of heels. The pair you showed are gorgeous, and some other good places to looks for great heels are from Steve Madden and Nine West. These shoes are generally comfortable and relatively inexpensive. I just bought a pair at Steve Madden for only $70 and they’ve lasted me through several nights out and look brand new.

    Anyway, I just wanted to give you kudos on this post and the site in general!

  4. 4
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I /love/ the outfit suggestions but I’m also wondering the same thing as Elle. And…(I have never worn one before so this is totally out of curiosity), does it feel/look awkward to wear a bodysuit with jeans?

  5. 5
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I love the blog, but yall have missed the mark here and on a couple other suggestions for office attire.

    These shoes are not $200 worthy. These are the shoes you spend $25 on because they can only do one thing: party. Sure, these shoes are cute for a night out, but you honestly think you can wear them to work?

    We’re after an education to become respected, knowledgeable, successful women. You can’t be respected when you’re sending “do me” signals. Platform soles and 4 inch heels most assuredly say “do me”. Our mothers and grandmothers didn’t fight inequality for us to aspire to be the “office bombshell”.

    Rock these shoes on the weekend, but spend $70 on a pair of practical heels from Nine West for the office and show them that you mean business, not sex.

  6. 6
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I really wouldn’t choose a peep-toe. Too cold for winter and a little informal for work or a dressy occasion. I think every girl needs two pairs of black heels like the comment above. Some sexy ones for partying and weekends, and just the boring black ones for interviews and real work.
    lizzypunch.blogspot.com

  7. 7
    February 2nd, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    i definitely agree, peep-toe shoes with that heel height and those huge platforms are cute but by no means classic. $200 should be spent on black leather pumps, not suede party peep-toes.

  8. 8
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    As a dancer I can inform you guys that most bodysuits are not made with snaps at the bottom (some are). If you are going to the bathroom, expect to have to pull down the body suit which would expose you up top. I personally don’t mind, but then again, I’ve worn leotards my whole life so it’s not a big deal.

  9. 9
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    lol nothing says ‘you aren’t getting any’ on a date night like a leotard/bodysuit.

    i def agree tho, black pumps are such a solid investment. i’d recommend leather – not patent or suede – black closed toe pumps as the ultimate versatile and high quality black pump to aim for!

    x

  10. 10
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you, Jasmine!! I figured as much, but I wanted to be sure. :)

  11. 11
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I agree with the posters who have said that those peeptoes can only really be used for partying/going out, and definitely not at the workplace. Although, I guess that really depends on what type of job you have!

    A couple weeks ago, I purchased some black leather pumps by Nine West at TJ Maxx for $30. They are the same as these shoes ( http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=4016&vid=0&pid=621413&scid=621413002 ). They’re platforms, and the heels are relatively high, but I think they’re cute enough to wear out, and tame enough to wear to interviews and work (although I’m not 100% confident about this… they might be too high?). What do you all think?

  12. 12
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I can’t see the photos. All I see is the collegefashion.net logo… :/

  13. 13
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I love this article and the outfit suggestions – but I do agree with some of the comments. The shoes featured are 6 inches high, and I personally (especially as I’m already 5″8) wouldn’t even feel comfortable wearing these on a night out, never mind for work.
    I think a nice pair of low heels (1-3 inch) would be have been more appropriate for the article and for the different scenarios, but as I said I love the outfits!

  14. 14
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    @elle and natalie: bodysuits typically come with snap closures (like babies), but some do not. I recall a piece of shapewear I used to wear with a certain dress that didn’t have snaps. It was a pain and this is weird but I just had to kind of stretch and hold it out of the way. BUT yes they do typically come with closures!

    @Sarah: While I agree that EVERYONE should own a great pair of black heels, I think you are a little off point here. Like a lot of the other pieces you have featured, they are less investment and more trendy. Investment heels that are versatile for parties and the office should NEVER be more than three inches. 4 inches are a HUGE stretch for an office, and the heels you featured are OVER 6 inches! In fact, I wear professional dress to work and would not be caught dead in peep toes. You have really great ideas, but if I were going to spend over 200 on shoes, I’d definitely go for something both classic and versatile. I don’t want to sound harsh though, because I love your style and your writing. I just think you need to reconsider how you view investment pieces. I always go with the simple question: “Will I still want this in 3 years?”

  15. 15
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    ugh, I love street style inspiration but I’m not a fan of outfit number one. Its less Kate Moss/MK Olsen and more old homeless lady. I love all the other outfits though!! Although I’d probably wear tamer heels for work. Question, what are the rules for wearing tights with peep toe shoes?

  16. 16
    February 2nd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    oh yeah, and I totally understand where Sarah is coming from with the choices she has for investment pieces. I’m sure we’ve all been beat in the head with the perks of a LBD, dark boot cut jeans, a white button down, a trench coat, etc. Its neat how she talks kind of about the not so basic basics, ya know?

  17. 17
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I love this post!
    i actually love the investment piece segments. I’m a girl who likes things to stick with me in the long haul.
    However, sometimes I don’t quite know whats worth the plunge into my wallet, so this segment helps me a lot in terms of sorting.
    I love the outfits too!

  18. 18
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I love the black pump you chose and I think it’s a great investment piece. Just a word of advice (especially those in college)…be careful where you wear your investment pieces to. I had a great pair of Michael Kors patent leather black pumps a few years ago and because they’re a black pump and go with everything, I wore them all the time. They are now completely ruined from those long nights out walking to and from parties and not even a shoe repair person could fix the damage (very disappointing).

    So ladies, if you choose to purchase an investment piece (which I always recommend), just be careful because you don’t want to ruin your gorgeous black pumps!

  19. 19
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I agree with what a lot of people said-those shoes are not classic and are not worth the money. Peep toes are not versatile for every season and are not office appropriate. And six inch heels?

    I like the idea of a truly basic black pair of heels. Although they aren’t a must for my closet (I am a flat girl….heels are painful, I think) I think for most girls, they are truly an investment worthy purchase.

    Also, the body suit is not practical suggestion for an outfit. Only a small, small percentage of the population would look half way decent in a body suit. I’d like more outfit suggestions that could work for girls who aren’t built like models.

  20. 20
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I actually get one of those lovely pair of heels for free. My homemate found them on the street and gave it to me. But I like the outfits!

  21. 21
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Sure can’t date short guys in those.

    Outfit 3 is in.

    Miss

  22. 22
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I agree with the idea of the black heels but I did not like the shoes chosen and I also agree that they are definitely not worth $200. I would also never wear those shoes to work.

  23. 23
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Six inch heels? And a peep toe? I think that that is not an invstment piece. I have black closed toe heels with some ruched detailing and a 2 inch heel. THOSE are an investment.

  24. 24
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    These are really cute….. but maybe you could write an article on a variety of different black shoes. $200 is QUITE an investment. I don’t know who exactly your audience on this website is… but I’m guessing they’re college girls like me who can’t afford a $200 pair of heels. My idea of an investment is like, $75… max.
    So maybe you could list a few different styles of black shoes, and also in varying heights? (I’m tall…..)
    The outfits are super cute though :)
    thx!

  25. 25
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Hi everyone! Just to answer a few of the comments: you don’t have to invest in the exact pair of heels I picked out! In my opinion, in the jobs/internships I’ve done, this type of heel would have been fine when paired with such a conservative top and trouser. But the basic idea of this post is to show you that black heels are a really great investment piece and to inspire you to wear them in ways you may not have thought of. Of course some people work in very conservative atmospheres, which is why you should scan the site for posts about work-appropriate outfits. The work outfit I chose was one of five outfits, and was just meant as an inspirational outfit idea! Thank you for the feedback though, I’ll take it into account when I do my next post.

    XOXO,
    Sarah

  26. 26
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    PS – On the body suits:

    Some have snaps, and some do not. The basic ones I’ve seen for the most part do not, but I have gotten some from places like Topshop that do feature a snap feature. It’s a hassle to pull them on and off sometimes, but in the end, it’s definitely not a big enough burden to completely write off the piece over!

  27. 27
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    you know, everybody says you should invest in black heels, but i have some from (cough cough) payless that have lasted me four years. and they’re very comfortable. and they’re a little more basic. patent…closed toe…four inches.

    oh also! if you want to make fake louboutins, paint the soles with some red nail polish! just be sure to use inexpensive heels (in case you mess up). and tape up the sides with blue painter’s tape so it’s clean.

  28. 28
    February 2nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Even after your explanation, this would’ve been a much smarter article if you just used a 2-3 inch black pump, and then provided the alternative of that 6-inch peep toe stiletto – it’d still give off the same feeling, while actually staying true to the “Investment” part of the article.

    I really don’t think 6 inch heels are really very practical for most jobs, and you didn’t specify what kind of job/internships you have done, but I am very sure that is not the norm. Please consider your wider audience for the next installments, and not base it entirely on your own personal experiences.

  29. 29
    February 2nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I mentioned Steve Madden above and I went on their site and found a pair of 4 inch pumps (I know that’s still high) for $39.95. They are suede, but if you want to check them out, here’s the link:
    http://www.stevemadden.com/item.aspx?id=49588&path=|womens%20shoes|womens%20pumps|

    Another option would be these black leather pumps, only 2.75 inch heels. I actually have this pair and I love them to death. I live in Canada and I got them for $40 at Winners (Canadian version of TJ Maxx and Marshalls) and online they are $69.95.
    Check them out: http://www.stevemadden.com/item.aspx?id=50293&path=|womens%20shoes|womens%20pumps|

    I appreciate the article above, but these are my suggestions for making it more practical.

  30. 30
    February 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I agree with the concept – black heels are a versatile, classy and worthy investment to every girl’s wardrobe.

    Nevertheless, if in the worst-case scenario I could only have one pair of black shoes, I think I’ll skip the 6-inch peep-toes and stick with a pair of high-heeled mary-janes — like these ones by Steven Madden Babbett: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=10037189

    <3 from pretty-preoccupied.blogspot.com

  31. 31
    February 2nd, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Great outfits! I have been following you since you started your blogging and love your practical creativity. I’m a recent college grad who is lucky enough to be working!!!—in Manhattan —and have to make a comment about some of the comments. In The City (aka The Big Apple ) almost every woman is wearing VERY high heels to work. It might not sound practical to some of you, but after a day’s work a lot of us go straight to our nighttime destination after grabbing a bite locally. I invested in a pair of Black patent high heels (about 4″+) soon after I started working and they’ve served me very well, so I can totally relate to your choice of making them an investment piece. I wear them with my biz suits, my jeans and my sexier outfits, as well. The cost $275 at Century21 (Manolos that originally retailed at over $600)—and well worth it since I usually have feet that kill me after a few hours wear if they’re inferior in workmanship.
    Keep on bloggin’…I’m a big fan of your style choices!!

  32. 32
    February 2nd, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    wow i adore outfit number 2!!!

  33. 33
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I am in complete agreement. Black heels are vital. At least one or two different styles as well. Give you a little lift and a bounce in your step. Love these looks you composed. Am truly inspired!

  34. 34
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I have a pair of black heels just like these and I wear them out all of the time! They are most definitely worth the investment. They may have a large heel, but they can be worn for many different occasions, such as the ones showed. I never thought of wearing them in a work environment, but with the outfit showed, I am definitely going to try it out.

    Thanks Sarah! Great post

  35. 35
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Can’t stand peep toes, they just crush my first two toes through the peep, and it looks like two awkward teeth.
    Would have been better if you didn’t feature peep toes, but instead wrote about a good pair of heels and highlighted different toe styles and what they’re appropriate for.

  36. 36
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I love this post!
    I was given my first pair of Louboutin shoes 2 years ago, and ever since then I’ve been saving $$$ and buying new pairs.
    They are absolutely fantastic. They dress up basically any outfit, and they are SO comfy for heels!

  37. 37
    February 2nd, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t think stilleto’s or open toed shoes are appropriate if you want to be taken seriously at work. At work I want people to notice my work and ideas, not my sexy looks.

  38. 38
    February 2nd, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    My boss would call me a stripper if I showed up to the gallery in those.

  39. 39
    February 2nd, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I love these outfits! I’m not a peep-toe fan myself, but I think they look nice on other people. I’m tempted to wear one of my dance bodysuits out in public now too…

  40. 40
    February 2nd, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Kudos to you Sarah for providing some excellent advice! Investment in some high quality pieces is necessary to bring together the whole outfit as a whole. Being a male your advice is not applicable to me, however, is entertaining to read and serves to keep me abreast of the latest trends in women’s wear .I have found that cheaper imitations are often put together in a poor fashion and fall apart after minimal usage, and a quality item from a trust worthy brand will prove to be far more glamorous after multiple wearings. My investments are currently in quality footwear by Gucci and Prada. Your series on investment pieces is quite entertaining and informative, however, there is one “investment piece” as you put it, that money can’t buy. I am now going to step on A LOT OF TOES.

    Perhaps this may be controversial, but how many of you ladies are fans of Edward Cullen or Chuck Bass? I am going to hazard a guess and say quite a few. Asides from a number of amicable qualities (particularly in the case of Cullen) one of the magnetic properties of these men is their impeccable sense of style. So what is my point?—far too frequently on college campuses one can observe an intelligent, beautiful young woman dressed with such poise and finesse that when on lookers see her they stop and say “wow”. Perfectly matched, her every accessory brings out her true character and personality until we see her boyfriend—the walking advertisement for such companies as Aeropostale or American Eagle. Baggy pants, hoodies, abominable footwear, etc. Perhaps their mentality is what Tom Ford was talking about in his interview with the New York Times when he was quoted as saying “I had to leave America. My own culture was inhibiting me. Too much style in America is tacky. It’s looked down upon to be too stylish. Europeans, however, appreciate style.” Ladies you can adorn yourselves in the most beautiful of garments, but until the men in your lives learn to step up their game and follow suit….they will tragically cause for your whole outfit to flop. Just food for thought ladies! Much love, and keep on styling!

  41. 41
    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    i think the shoes you chose are gorgeous! all the black heels I’ve bought are so beat up from wearing them so much though so i wouldn’t trust wearing a pair of $200 shoes to the college dive bars i frequent. Outfit 2 looks exactly like one of my sat night ensembles!

  42. 42
    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I totally agree–I have a pair of Jessica Simpson black pumps and they totally save my butt when I need to wear dressy heels but don’t have time or money to buy a new pair to match my outfit! They were about $76 and totally worth it! They’re extremely comfortable at 5″ and all my friends ask to borrow because it’s such a universal shoe. I would recommend the Jessica Simpson shoes to anyone–and they’re not THAT expensive either!

  43. 43
    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I like the general idea of this post, but the outfit choices are a little trashy to me. Mainly the second outfit and the last one. In the second one, the skirt is extremely short, and those heels are sky high. That doesn’t seem like a classy combination to me. Also, the last outfit doesn’t really seem like a very smart combination either. That shirt is going to be fitted (obviously) and pairing that top with skinny jeans and high heels is risky. My favorite outfits are numbers 3 and 4. In outfit 3, the severity of the shoes is balanced out by the sweater and wide leg trousers. In outfit 4, the part dress matches perfectly with the shoes. Even though that dress may prove to be somewhat short, the sleeves and style even out with the shoes.

  44. 44
    February 2nd, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    How about those who can’t wear the type of shoes shown (stiletto)?

  45. 45
    February 3rd, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I think that black heels are definitely a neccessity, but I don’t think you need to spend $200 for a good quality pair. My favorite heels are from Famous Footwear (probably about $60), and they have lasted me about 3 years. Sadly they are beginning to show some wear :( But I have worn them hundreds of times and they are so comfortable, appropriate for work, and cute for going out. I wish they still made them, because I would buy another pair in a heartbeat!

  46. 46
    February 3rd, 2010 at 12:55 am

    I have been dying to try a body suit since you’ve been featuring them. I actually think they look more classic than sexy, especially if you aren’t super curvy. Which I think makes them perfect for day or night, and I love the seamless look of them tucked into jeans.

    thanks for the inspiration!

  47. 47
    February 3rd, 2010 at 1:24 am

    An option for peeptoes in the colder months is to wear tights. I think that opaque tights or slightly sheer tights with a pattern look best, but that’s just my own opinion.

    I would tend to disagree with the statements that some of these outfits are trashy/sloppy. I think that the pieces themselves are good pieces and that how these outfits look have a lot to do with how you carry and present yourself. These shoes may not be the best to start a new job in, but when you’ve established yourself as an intelligent, successful woman, I personally don’t think shoes alone will cause you to lose respect. That being said, I understand that these outfits won’t appeal to everyone, but I think it’s a nice variety.

    Thanks for the article!

  48. 48
    February 3rd, 2010 at 10:54 am

    When I started reading comments, I had the same thoughts about those stilletos being worn to work, but than I took a second glance at the outfit. And to be honest, I think the pants Sarah had chosen make those shoes pretty much appropriate for work or job interview (because of the flared leg, that would cover the shoe and they would just make you a bit taller). I this is a great post about how to choose a bit trendier, not-that-boring pair of black pump and still be able to wear then for different occasions.

  49. 49
    February 3rd, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Black heels are definitely an investment for a girl’s wardrobe, but the ones you’ve featured seem a little too trendy. As others have said, they’re also inappropriate for a conservative office. I think a 3″ heel would be a better choice for every day use. Save the 6″ heels for a night out.

  50. 50
    February 3rd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I agree every woman should have a pair of black pumps but like many others said these aren’t the ones for me. The perfect pair of black heels should be comfortable, versatile, and timeless. I think its one of those things that are hard to find like the perfect mascara or something.
    If I had the money I’d get this:
    http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3064463/0~6006558~6007166~6007167?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6007167&P=3

    But until that happens- I’ll probably stick with some Steve Maddens I got on sale.

  51. 51
    February 3rd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I’m pretty sure I would get fired if I showed up to work in platform, peep-toed heels like those. I don’t know where you work, but at my job, peep-toe shoes and heels that high are against the dress code.

  52. 52
    February 4th, 2010 at 5:07 am

    wow nice
    i have a pair of black leather peep toe pumps
    they are comfy…..and sexy
    great ideas fr outfits
    thanks

  53. 53
    February 4th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    i suggest looking at nordstrom rack for higher end heels for a cheaper price. i bought a pair of jessica simpson heels normally 90 bucks for 35 there because someone bought them at the regular nordstrom, wore them, then returned them and nordstrom refurbished the bottoms and shipped them off to nordstrom rack. theyre the best heels i own

  54. 54
    February 8th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I think one pair of wear-with-everything shoes is a difficult concept. But saying that I am one of those people with over 50 pairs of shoes, but I do lack one pair of black heels that will go with everything.
    I have shoe boots, gladiator sandals, mary janes but strangely enough I do find such choice restricting.
    As lovely as the pair you’ve chosen are, I think for girls like me who need a lot of variety I’d rather have 4 pairs of £50 shoes than one pair for £200. I don’t know if I’d be comfortable going out in shoes (which invariably get scuffed after every night out) that I know have cost me over a month’s pay from my bar job!!
    Also, I do actually own a pair of 6 inch heels, but the absolutely cripple my feet, and even though i’m only 5’5″ they’re a bit impractical!!
    I’d love to be one of those girls who can wear heels every day but unfortunately I’m still weaning myself onto them!! I think in school and university though the girls who wear heels in the day time always look like they’re trying too hard!! When i have a full time job though I think i’d like to be able to wear heels every day.
    I do like this post, but I do think the shoes are a bit too high, a bit too restrictive in style and a little impractical!! I would prefer to see a choice of black heels more suitable for everyone.

    xxx

  55. 55
    May 16th, 2010 at 6:03 am

    yeah i agree, not worth $200, but i like them, i’d pay about $80, but id probably obly wear them once, or twice

  56. 56
    November 8th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree.
    I recently needed to replace a pair of black heels. I first went for a cheaper pair from DWS (Rampage brand Hallee pumps in black) which I purchased for $39. In less than a week’s time, the rubber backed heel had broken off, they were scuffed, and already the synthetic leather-like material was rubbing off in places. I only wore them to the office twice, one date night, and church, so I was pretty shocked that they would be that poorly made and get trashed that quickly with such minimal wear!

    I actually remembered reading this post a while back, and decided to invest. I ended up buying a pair of Cole Haan peep-toes (the Carma OT air, to be exact) in black leather. They are amazing!!!!!!!! The best part – I found them at Marshall’s this week marked way, way down. So not only did I get great designer shoes that will last, but I got them for a steal. win-win.

  57. 57
    April 19th, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Wow! Obviously this article’s already 2 years old, but anyway, it’s amazing to me how people equate “professional” with boring, just because boring is easy. The thing about style is that you have to know how to wear things. I’d wear a heel over 3″ paired with conservative trousers or a knee length skirt. I wouldn’t do the peep-toe for most offices. But height is all relative: consider the color of the shoes, open/closed toe, plain/ornate/ruffled/etc., the rest of the outfit, etc. The thing is how you look *all together, top to bottom*. If you’re looking for a true investment heel you’ll wear everywhere, a 3 inch heel won’t work cause it won’t look very good at night on weekends. Go for a 4 inch heel or even 4.5. You can still walk, you’re not a stripper (and if you think that’s for strippers, you haven’t gotten out much), but you’re still a young, adult female (not Margaret Thatcher).

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