WIB: Refined Replacements

In my Random Musings thread the other day (http://youlookfab.com/welookfa.....om-musings) I had commented about my higher heeled shoes being uncomfortable and my inability to wear anything now days over about 2 inches.

I have done some high heel shoe purging but did keep my Kate Spade cobalt patent pumps for dressier occasions and my green Poetic Licence pumps which are actually quite comfortable. My other shoes are lower heeled so ok to wear and my boots seem to be fine. My Doc Martens animal print Danielle shoes and my Doc Sara oxfords are in the "holding zone" for now.

What I was left without was a pair of black pumps for work wear. Now that the warmer weather is arriving I'm wanting to get out of my boots/booties some and wear shoes. But my Clarks Mary-Jane pumps were the ones that made my knee ache and were purged so now I needed to find a replacement.

Off I went yesterday to The Bay to see what they had. I did find Cole Haan kitten heeled Air Juliana pumps which were incredibly comfortable but only available in Sandstone patent in my size. No black in my size and they did not think they were getting in any more. Tried on several that were downright painful but then spied these...Calvin Klein all leather (inside and out) 1.5" kitten heel, rubber grip sole on the bottom, pointy toe, pretty little black pump.  I tried them on (yay - they had my size!) and oh my...I think my feet were smiling with comfort :) Needless to say, I bought them and here they are.

I really like how I feel in these shoes (going back to our "happiness factor"). My feet feel pretty in them and so does the rest of me. I like the ladylike refinement of them and the slight retro vibe (at least in my mind). They are very similar to my Enzo Angiolini pumps (pic #4)) but those have cut out circles and shapes and are really only meant for summer. 

I think these Calvin Klein pumps are going to help me in my desire to merge my love of retro with a bit of urban minimalism. 

What do you think?

Oh and here's a bonus shot of "the boys". Gain and Dusty Bottom are enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon in bed.
This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • jenanded replied 6 years ago
    oh they are cute! and match the shoes:  i think Ange has alerted us to the slimmer shoe shape and I am liking it... can't wait to see the retro styling coming with it Shannon. 
  • annagybe replied 6 years ago
    Great shoes.
  • Glory replied 6 years ago
    Very brave of you on the shoe cull. It is difficult I know. Some shoes just impact the knee and there is little reason sometimes - even flats can do it. These are classic and lovely. I can see them working well with your simplistic style but also jazzed up with some jeans for a weekend date with Mr Shannon.
  • deb replied 6 years ago
    Your feet look very pretty in them. Great find!
  • jayne replied 6 years ago
    Oh, sexy feet Shannon!  Those are perfect pumps.  COngrats on finding them and taking that effort to toss the ones that made you unhappy!

    Kitty cuddles, so cute!
  • amiable replied 6 years ago
    Those are terrific! 
  • Suz replied 6 years ago
    Great shoes, Shannon! I love them. And good for you for making the cull. 
  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago
    Great shoes! I like the cut-out detail and the heel size seems very workable.
    Now- 'Dusty Bottom' please explain!:)
  • replied 6 years ago
    Those are so beautiful and feminine. Just look what they do for your cuffed BF jeans! I share your love of ladylike/retro footwear. :)
  • Debbie replied 6 years ago
    Love these! They look great with the jeans too.
  • catgirl replied 6 years ago
    These are beautiful!  Can I borrow them on Tuesday? :)  Your kitties are adorable.  Do they ever sit like that and then start mauling each other for no reason?  When we had two they would do that - suddenly bust out in a fight and then go back to sleep peacefully.
  • Ingunn replied 6 years ago
    Oh, Shannon! How do you do it? They are perfect. I've been looking for stylish, basic lower heeled pumps for ages, and it seems impossible to find that. I also adore your kitties. Are they both male?
  • Jjsloane replied 6 years ago
    Perfect shoes, I'm looking for some just like it. I realized I need to replace some of my black pumps too and am looking for lower heel pointy toes. 
  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago
    Wwll done on the cull. Love the shoes & the cats are pretty cute too:)
  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago
    Lyn - my two kitty cats are from a no kill rescue shelter. Dusty Bottom is named that because he was found in a wooden box full of sawdust and nailed shut in a ditch beside a gravel road. Someone had badly beaten him and then nailed him in this box and just tossed him out - something I DO NOT understand at all. When the rescue shelter pulled his little body out of the box, all the sawdust stuck to his bottom they said "oh look at his little dusty bottom" and his name was coined. 

    Una - I think we wear almost the same size don't we? If I thought I could overnight express these to you, I'd be happy to loan them :) And oh yeah, the boys will be sitting sweetly and then all of a sudden someone pounces on the other one and away they go wrestling and then just as quickly, there's a mutual grooming session and then back to sleep. It's just hilarious.

    Ingunn - yes, both kitties are male. They were roommates at the rescue shelter and really love each other. We went to just get one cat but couldn't separate them so brought them both home.

    Thanks for the shoe love ladies - I think they are are going to be incredibly versatile.

  • replied 6 years ago
    Oh, those are great, Shannon! I really like the, and think you will have a great time wi them. I love the retro vibe, but they don't look dated or of a particular time.
  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago
    Perfect! Your feet do look pretty in them, and I love that look with the rolled BF jeans! Yes, they'll be versatile for sure--modern, classic, a little retro--yes! It's amazing that you found the perfect closed version of your Enzo Angionlinis. Well done. Kitten heels and kitties, too--Gain and Dusty Bottom are also adorable.
  • Nicole D replied 6 years ago
    A kind-hearted cat lover like you deserves a fabulous pair of shoes - and I think you found them.  They are sexy and classic.
  • Scarlet replied 6 years ago
    So pretty, and based on everything you said, they are a perfect find. Just a tiny bit retro too, like you said.
  • Deborah replied 6 years ago
    Beautiful shoes Shannon.  Such a feminine shape and such a slender look on your feet.  Great choice.
  • Sveta replied 6 years ago
    Very nice little pumps and if they are comfortable - what else a gal might want? :-) This kind of shoe purging can be quite heart-wrenching, I am glad that blue KS and green wedges survived the purge: they are beauties!
    Your kitties are so cute. It is funny how they go from cuddling to fighting to grooming in a blink  but I guess this is their feline nature to have instant mood swings... not unlike us gals, eh? :-)
  • hedgiehog replied 6 years ago
    What a great purchase. The shoes are lovely and look so feminine. Pretty on your feet too. :-)
  • rholmes27 replied 6 years ago
    Oh I would love to see these in gray. Off to do research.
  • Karie replied 6 years ago
    Oh my goodness, your black and white cat looks just like my Jasper.
    The Calvin Klein shoes look great, love the heel height. Comfortable AND cute? A definite keeper!
  • Ariadne replied 6 years ago
    Those shoes are amazing.  Perfection.
  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago
    Very elegant, simple and chic!  Sounds like you're making some good choices, Shannon!  Looking forward to seeing your Spring combinations!
  • Joy replied 6 years ago
    Those shoes are just lovely on you, definite keepers.  
  • christieanne replied 6 years ago
    My most comfortable shoes have been Calvin Klein - have had quite a few styles and not a miss in the bunch. Love that heel (just my style so of course I would) and it's a classic little pump you will get tons of wear from.

    I am so off heels as well and thankful there are more shoe options in stores these days.
  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago
    Firecracker - it's funny you mention liking the pumps with the rolled jeans. I was surprised at how much I liked the look too and am now checking out all sorts of outfits on Pinterest combining those items. I can see trying some sort of combination on Casual Friday.

    Sveta - there was just no way I could part with my KS or Poetic Licence pumps. They are faves.

    Karie - don't you just love black and white cats? That way they can get both our black AND white clothes covered in hair - lol!

    Christieanne - that's great to hear how comfy you find Calvin Klein shoes. This is my first pair but based on the fit of these, I could see myself turning to that brand again. And yes - thanks goodness for heel height options!

    Thanks everyone!
  • Diana replied 6 years ago
    They're fantastic!  Thanks for the tip too - I'm going to check out some CK shoes to see if I can handle them.  I have been looking for comfy black kitten heels for a long time to replace an old, dated, but comfy pair.  Do you happen to know the name of this style?
  • replied 6 years ago
    Shannon, I adore those shoes on you!  Adorable little kitten heels!

    And kiss-kiss-kiss to the boys.  God bless your family for adopting them!
  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago
    Diana - they are Nicki Kid Skin pumps, style #E4030. And for me, they are true to size. I wear a 6.5 and that's what these are. And surprisingly, they are not too narrow across the top, which I can sometimes have trouble with in this style of shoe. Good luck - I hope you can find them and they work out for you!
  • rae replied 6 years ago
    The heels and the boys are adorable! I have to say, when I had a foot comfort crisis a while back when starting at the Rack, I just about had a meltdown. You are weathering this shoe purge SO much better. And how awesome is it that the heels are lined in leather? It peeves me so. oh. so. much. when leather shoes are lined in synthetics. 
  • shevia replied 6 years ago
    Haven't read the comments, but these are perfect for you imho! As you said, they marry your urban minimalism with your retro flair, they are refined and pointy, they are comfortable and they look fab! I can't imagine anything better.

    ETA How could I forget to mention the shot of your kitties holding hands? Talk about warm fuzzies!
  • Thistle replied 6 years ago
    Your boys are amazingly cute.  Such a sad story, but he has an amazing home now. Thank goodness for people like you! I remember hearing somewhere to watch how people treat animals. It tells you a great deal about them.

    cute shoes, too!  Wile I really like them, just want to make sure your knee will be okay with the "pointier" heel on these. Otherwise, total keepers.
  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago
    Thank-you for the story about Kitty's name Shannon.
    It is so hard to understand how a human could be so cruel to an innocent creature!
    I am glad he has such a loving Mum and play companion now, and the life he deserves.
  • annaj replied 6 years ago
    Gorgeous shoes! I think they are perfect!
  • replied 6 years ago
    Firstly, Shannon you have such beautiful feet! Those shoes are fab, isn't it nice to find a shoe that makes your feet happy. Your furry friends are adorable, I could eat them up :)
  • Aida replied 6 years ago
    Fab little pumps Shannon! I love to wear this type of pump with jeans especially, and they really do work quite nicely with BF jeans.
  • Mo replied 6 years ago
    These are great!  I am finding myself doing upgrade/replacing this year almost subconsciously.  Upwards and onwards!  
    Adorable fur babies.  I love to hear of rescues.  There are so many animals in this world in need a big heart and warm home.  

You need to be logged in to comment