After the Punk Fashion exhibit at the MET last spring, there was an upsurge in studded and edgier shoes for women. Although daintier styles had their moment in the spotlight as well, it’s pretty clear studs are here to stay for a while. And I’m not complaining, because it’s nice to throw in that extra detail from time to time.
I have five pairs of black pumps. When people ask me why I have so many, I explain that they are all different, which every shoe love knows is the truth. Not all black pumps are the same, therefore it stands to reason that you can’t have just one pair and hope that they function for everything.
I bought these in February and have been waiting impatiently for spring to wear them. I’m not sure what the retail price is, but I found them at Nordstrom Rack for an unbelievable price! I literally did a little dance in the aisle.
It’s not very common to find luxury designer shoes at my local Rack (the designer collection usually consists of Coach, Via Spiga, Kors, and Stuart Weitzman), but occasionally a few stunners will find their way onto the shelves. I’ve seen Jimmy Choo, B Brian Atwood, and a lone pair of Manolos. They’re usually past season, but it doesn’t bother me since I don’t believe in wearing something for just one season. Some Rack stores have a much better selection, so call the ones closest to you to find out! So far, the best one I’ve been to is the Rack on State St. in Chicago. I saw many high-end shoes there, some were priced pretty normally while others were marked down far below retail. You’re most likely to find a good deal if you have super small feet or super large feet because the average sizes sell out very quickly. And if the stars are aligned just right, I’ve heard it’s possible to score a pair of Louboutins!