Jimmy Choo FW11 Phyllis in Black Patent Leather and Glitter Leopard-Print Wedges
Despite all the WTF bags and shoes JC has been producing these days, Tamara Mellon has at least done one thing right; ie she’s kept the tradition of making stylish work shoes, cute flats, and wonderful summer wedges and espadrilles. I can’t get enough of their wedges which is why I bought my third pair! Not only are they comfortable, they are very reasonably priced for well-crafted shoes for about 400$. You can often find them 30-40% off, which makes them even more affordable at only 250$. These days, it’s absurd how some contemporary brands have mass produced, machine-made-in-(insert your favorite developing country here) shoes that run in the 200-500$ price range. JC’s wedges are always my go-to shoes in the summer for a quick run of errands, groceries, or all day shopping! I’ve been wearing my turquoise Phyllis to death, which is why I thought the addition of a black pair would help to share the abuse lol.
Some women however, have mentioned that Phyllis and similar styles are made really small and cut into their skin. In defense, I would say that if they’re small, just buy the next size up! Problem solved! Now if you do have wide feet, I can understand how the vamp can be quite tight since they’re cut higher for a mule-style. The thing is that they’re supposed to be tight because there’s no other strap to secure your feet into the shoes! If the vamp was cut lower and looser, you’d end up losing your Cinderella wedges! Not to mention that you might fall, sprain your ankle, or even break your legs and hips!
These black glitter wedges are gorgeous IRL and they give you more height while keeping your feet comfortable all day. I like how JC has added a small metal logo in the back of many of their shoes. I think they started doing this last year? The logo is discreet and not blazing out JIMMY CHOO! That would be a major killer for me if JC went along the Tory Burch route… Anyhow that’s a whole different story! lol
Lastly, my small little collection of JC’s wedges and espadrilles 😀
Jimmy Choo FW11 Whirl Flats with Croc-Print Toe Cap and Nude Patent Leather
I’m still not fond of JC‘s nude which is very dark and has slight green undertones, but for only 200$ on sale at NAP they’re a pretty good deal. The shoes are very comfy and fit me well. I like how there’s a rubber outsole and the gold metallic insole is beautiful. Had the toe cap been a contrasting color like black, I would not have bought them since this would resemble Chanel‘s flats. I find it atrocious to have bicolored shoes like that. This is not to say that I don’t like patterns and prints which are fine, just that when the toe cap is in such an obvious different color, it actually brings MORE attention to having large feet rather than what Mlle Chanel originally intended. Her thought at the time was that nude shoes help to elongate the leg while paired with a black toe cap from afar would shorten the length of one’s feet (she was never pleased with her large feet), which I agree with, but how often is the background dark or black?!?! Most of us wear flats in the day time now, so to have a black sploch on your shoes from far away looks bizarre imho. Sorry, but I’m very particular when it comes to feet, which theoretically, I’m on par with the Chanel philosophy, despite their end-product being far off than ideal. This is why I do not buy Chanel‘s shoes.
Sweater dress – Material Girl
A new dress that I got from The Bay for 20$. It’s 100% cotton and has really nice gold detailing at the sleeves! I also got some other stuff, including an AMAZING Topshop long black dress that will perfect my RO ensemble! Will post modeling pix next week!
JC SS11 Gilbert Metallic Faux Snakeskin-Print
Another pair to add on to my work shoes. JC honestly makes the best working shoes – comfortable, conservative, and stylish. What more can you ask?
JC SS09 Colorado Heels in Smoke Patent Leather
– Purchased in 2009
– My first pair of Jimmies and they’re my favorite work shoes! So comfy and stylish! I always get compliments on the striking, unexpected green heel. After 2 years of wearing them quite frequently (about once every 2-3 weeks), the beige part of the patent leather is turning yellow…
JC SS10 Quiet Heels in Patent Leopard
– Purchased in 2010
– I love the tiny glitter on the patent leather. Really beautiful pair of heels and they’re very similar to my CL Lady Claude in tortoise patent leather (please forgive me if sometimes I get confused and mention these JCs also with tortoise pattern lol). I like the look of JC’s better, but in terms of comfort, I prefer CL’s. The weird thing with JCs is that their work shoes are so comfortable, but anything that’s more than 3 inches, they tend to go on a really high and awkward pitch. So unless you have a super high arch, they become more difficult to walk in.
JC SS10 Glenys Heels in Patent Natural Elaphe Snakeskin
– Purchased in 2010
– Love these strappy heels! I’ve been eyeing this style for a while now with the original being a mid-forest green patent Elaphe snakeskin color that was featured in major magazines (see pic below). Various other materials and textures were made since then. My only issue with these shoes is that the zipper is really user UNFRIENDLY! They’re really difficult to zip up and it’s not because of my foot. The zipper drives me nuts on its own, then I’m afraid that the dainty tab will break! I’ll have to find time to wax it eventually.
Above: Jimmy Choo FW08 Glenys (Main) Ad Campaign
JC SS10 Palm Cork Wedge Heels in Denim Fabric with Studs
– Purchased in 2010
– Great for the summer and I love the studs! I wore these back to China and walked in them for hours shopping around with no problem. The heel is really high, but given that it’s a wedge, they’re really comfortable.
JC SS10 Phyllis Espadrilles in Turquoise Patent Leather
– Purchased in 2010
– These JC classics are another pair of summer shoes that I frequently wear. The pitch isn’t as high as the above Palm wedges, but the vamp runs really high. So after a while my distal metatarsals kinda start to cramp. They’re still one of the first shoes I run to just cuz they’re so easy to get in and out of in the summer.