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The Classics: Black Pump


The classic black pump. Perfect for day or night, work or play. A shoe that will never, ever go out-of-style and with the right cobbler, will last forever. They might all look very similar, but not all pumps are created equal.

The iconic black pump is truly an “investment piece”. When considering the purchase of the perfect pump, there are several points (pun intended) to consider, including craftsmanship, quality of leather, toe shape, heel height and arch support. This is not an item that can be purchased online, one must kiss many frogs before finding a prince.

From a power suit or LBD, to a favorite pair of designer jeans, the classic black pump instantly creates a chic, put-together look. The reliable shoe is a vital component in every women’s closet. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Jimmy Choo ~ Anouk Patent Leather Point Toe Pumps: $575.00

2. Christian Louboutin ~ Decollete Calfskin Pointed-Toe Pump: $625.00

3. Manolo Blahnik ~ Manolo Blahnik BB: $595.00

4. Prada ~ Leather Point-Toe Pump: $620.00

5. Zara ~ Leather High Heeled Court Shoe: $89.90

Best Dress-ed: Met Gala 2011


Celebrities gathered last night in Manhattan for the 2011 Met Gala. The favored color palette this year was clearly a flesh-tone nude. My pick for Best Dress-ed: Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing Stella McCartney. The actress-turned pop star stood svelte and statuesque in a crystal-covered, backless gown.  With a gorgeous Judith Leiber clutch in-hand and Louboutin’s on-feet, Gwyneth Paltrow glistens.

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