theyskens' theory classic black flats
this was not on my shopping list this season, but it has been on my 'need list' for several years. i had pretty much given up on looking for well-made and comfortable black leather flats. intermittently, i'd check out the Christian Louboutin version (the cheekily named 'pigalle' flat), but the price put me off. i was very happy when i found these black leather pointy-toe flats by theyskens' theory on sale the other day. perhaps finding just the right wardrobe foundation item is a bit like dating after all - you end up with exactly what you're looking for when you're not looking!
anyway, in case anyone is curious about theyskens' theory shoes, here's my mini review:
they run a little short - so half sizes should size up by half (i'm usually 6.5, so the 37s fit me nicely). the shoes are beautifully made out of calfskin, and unlike a lot of other similar shoes in this style, don't feel flimsy. the lower vamp also shows a little toe cleavage - which i'm fine with. i really love that there's no embellishment or unnecessary crap on these shoes - too many other styles i've looked at have grommets, ribbons, studs, etc. that totally miss the point of what a classic black dress flat should look like. the soles are slim in keeping with the elegant silhouette, but since these are dressier-occasion shoes (and therefore not going to be worn nearly as much as, say, my boots), i think i'll just take them to my cobbler to get a thin vibram half sole put on for a bit more traction.
i am a bit of a wimp when it comes to heels higher than 3 inches, so i'll be wearing these a ton for work events and evening when i want a more elegant shoe, but still want to remain comfortable and mobile.
what's your version of the classic dress shoe?