Inspired by the classic menswear shoe, oxford pumps are a more feminine expression of an already-popular Autumn trend. I first fell in love with the style after browsing wholesale-dress.net and coming across this particular pair..
I really wanted to order them, but there were a few problems. I didn’t know if I could trust the website with my credit card information. It was sketchy enough that the site has a reputation for less-than-stellar customer service and incredibly long processing time. But the shipping fees were also huge, since the package would have been sent from China.Instead, I started searching for a relatively cheap pair online. Mostly because I didn’t want to splurge on a trend that I didn’t even know would suit me. :P Since the style is becoming increasingly mainstream, it wasn’t hard to find a few good ones. So many options in style and color, too! But what I was really going for was a classic, black, versatile pair that didn’t have a ridiculously high heel height.
I ordered the ones pictured above through Sears – who would have imagined? As far as quality goes, they aren’t the most perfectly crafted pair of shoes. Up close, you can see a few stitching mistakes. But at a normal viewing distance, these flaws aren’t even noticeable. The details are cute and they’re actually pretty comfortable to walk in. :) What’s even better is that I only paid like $21 for them, and was eligible for free 2-day shipping! ;) My only issue is that the laces are super cheap, stiff, and difficult to tie. I may buy separate laces sometime next week to replace them. :P
And not to seem like I’m posting a completely random and awkward photo, but I really liked my outfit the other day. It was my first time wearing my new oxford pumps, and I was actually surprised that they didn’t hurt my feet at all by the end of the day. And believe me, I do a lot of walking around campus. :<
They look so professional when paired with tights, but I’m afraid that they don’t flatter me so much when worn with skinny jeans or denim leggings. My legs are already pretty short.. so wearing any type of full-coverage, closed-toe shoes with pants make me look even shorter. :'(
I’ve also been into the whole leopard print shoe trend. For some reason, I feel like they just go so well with the Autumn season. I was going to order the flats pictured above from DSW, but they didn’t carry my size or even recognize my school address as a valid location. ;_; Small feet, ftl.
I also find the pair below to be gorgeous, but after some consideration, decided that it wouldn’t be the most practical investment, given the 4.5-inch heel. And that isn’t including the built-in platform at the front. :<
At this point, you guys probably think I’m a shoe-maniac. And I swear I’m not! I’m just really good at distracting myself with online shopping when I should really be doing schoolwork. XD Furthermore, as much as I love these two trends, I’m not a fan of them existing in the same pair. All the power to you if you can pull it off, but I personally could not. :P
On a final note, now that Halloween is approaching, I want to let you guys know that my friends at ILoveSexy.com have a wide selection of sexy shoes to fulfill all your costuming needs. So if your outfit is missing that final touch, feel free to browse their website and get yourself a pair. ;) Until next time! ^.^