Review: J. Crew Valentina Pumps vs. Kate Spade Licorice Pumps

On uninspired days, I opt for vanilla combinations like navy and white with a dash of red. It’s classic, patriotic, if not bromidic. With a few accessories and texture play, though, even boring combinations can be rejuvenated.

One of my other safe bets is the traffic light, an examples of which can be found here

What color combinations do you currently wear and re-wear tirelessly?

Juicy Couture Jersey Blazer | J. Crew Petal Stream Tank | Forever 21 Striped Waist Skirt | SewPetiteGal Cameo Pendants & Pearls on a Chain Necklace | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch | Tory Burch Daria Top-Handle Satchel Bag | J. Crew Valentina Pumps (love it in metallic silver)

During one of J. Crew’s sample sales last year, a friend picked up a pair of Valentina Pumps for me on the last day when prices were slashed an additional 50% off. I have been a fan of the style and its many incarnations since its inception and was so happy to get them cheaply.

The Valentina pumps fit true to size (or a size larger than other J. Crew styles). If you are between sizes, take the smaller of two. Patent Valentina’s fit slightly smaller compared to full-grain leather versions.

If the sky’s the limit for you and you find the Valentina’s too straitlaced, consider the Kate Spade Licorice Pumps. I got the ruby red (currently sold out) for about $65 via Amazon in February but returned them when I made a mental list of just how many red pumps I own already. I do love how it looks and will wait for other colors (like an emerald green or a print) to be made available. 

Buy them in black, beige, seafoarm, confetti glitter, neon yellow, pink, suede/jeweled, light pink (also here, on sale), gray, teal snakeprint, black suede, camel suede, navy suede, pink snakeskin, tan, red suede, metallic bronze, brocade, or hologram.

The Licorice pumps also run true to size but skew small. Patent leather versions will probably require a short break-in period. It is not the most comfortable shoe in the world but its prettiness justifies its less-than-ideal comfort level.

Both shoes have long enough toe boxes to conceal toe cleavage, which I consider a definite bonus.

Have a great week, everyone!

Hi, I am Elle!

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