Fallen for High Heels

Let’s get this out in the open: Even though I hit 6’2″ in height, I do not discount the opportunity to wear a pair of heels. I remember so vividly being a high school freshman sitting in Geometry class when some girl with an attitude commented on my height and my chunky heel Esprit loafer and loudly declared, “Why she wears heels? I have no idea.” A classmate blurted out an unrelated comment before I got a chance to escalate the discussion.

Many years after I moved past my affinity for a chunky heel Esprit loafer, I became a convert to Cole Haan with Nike Air Technology footwear. I found myself logging many a mile walking around the city as a young professional and graduate student living in Washington DC. Because the length of a pencil skirt looks disproportionate with a pair of flats, I turned to the Cole Haan Nike Air line for a walking-on-air-no-not-really-these-are-three-inch-heels experience. Unfortunately the line was discontinued and I had not purchased new high heels since – until last week.

While the fiance was in Haiti on a relief trip, I found myself with some extra time on my hands. When this happens, I tend to shop online and it just so happens that I have been loving the shoes J.Crew has released this season, specifically those with sturdy, block-y heels.

From J.Crew, I ordered the Faded Blush Lena Leather Pumps with Patent Cap Toe and Vintage Cabernet Lucite Heels in Suede both in a 10 and 10.5. From J.Crew Factory, I ordered the Black Esme Jeweled Kitten Heels, Snow Leopard Olive Calf Hair Heels, both in 10 and 10.5, and the Navy Canvas Espadrille Wedges in a 10.

I am a size 10 in shoes. The espadrille wedges were final sale, and luckily the size 10 fit. I found the remaining shoe sizing to be inconsistent. The Lucite Heels and the Esme Jeweled Kitten Heels in a size 10 fit my feet; however the size 10 in the Lena Pumps and the Olive Heels were too small.

Aside from the sizing, I was not sold on the Lena Pumps and the Olive Heels. I don’t say this often, but the 3-3/4″ heel height on the Lena Pumps and the Olive Heels was a bit extreme for me. Even after walking around the carpeted portions of our apartment, I couldn’t talk myself into keeping either pair.

Let’s discuss the Vintage Cabernet Lucite Heels in Suede, shall we? The 2-1/5″ lucite heel is the statement feature on this shoe. It is everything. Even my fiance admired it as I held it up to the light- and encouraged me to keep it regardless of the fact that I purchased it for the full price and that I am accident prone when it comes to suede. I wore these shoes for the first time this past weekend to go to dinner at Parc in Rittenhouse Square with a houndstooth skirt, opaque tights, herringbone vest, and turtleneck – the ideal combination of layers for that evening.

It was a perfect fall night so after dinner we walked across the city for a total of nearly three miles. Not only were these shoes comfortable the entire walk, they didn’t even wear blisters on my feet. Unfortunately I missed out on the velvet version. Now excuse me while I order the black ones before those sell out.

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