Something Fun: Payless Block Heel Pumps – $18

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Payless Brash Block Heel Pumps – use code 59863 for 40% off (thanks, Kellie!)

I’m not usually a platform nor block heel kinda girl. I feel that chunky heels can weigh down short legs, and make them look stocky versus long and lean. There’s something about these pumps, however, that’s done right (especially for a discount brand). The slightly tapered block heel and high-cut arch look retro chic, without being too clunky.

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(Above) Trying ’em on with a holiday mini (or black tights) and (Below) with Seven Gwenevere jeans

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These shoes retail for $36.99, are currently on sale for $29.99, plus you can use code 59863 shared by my awesome reader Kellie to get another 40% off. I initially ordered the soft gray version with a lesser discount, plus free ship to any Payless store (you just have to go pick it up).

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The black is currently sold out online in all sizes but 5.5, but the product locator showed plenty in-stores. The only downside to buying in-store versus online is the price ($29.99 in stores), but I found an amazing SA who entered the 59863 coupon code into the register and gave me the online 40% off : ) I only plan on keeping one pair, so will await the greys to arrive and do a compare.

Fit: True to size. A sz 5 fits me perfectly. For reference, I typically take 5 in Ann Taylor perfect pumps, and am between a 5 and 5.5 in BR shoes. No toe cleavage.

Comfort: So, so surprised at the comfort. The toes are semi-squared, so no crushed toes. The chunky heel and platform are sturdy and easy to walk in. I am not sure how these feel for wider feet, though.

Measurements: Heel height on my sz 5s (measured from the back center) is about 4.75″ and the platform is about 1.25.” Insoles of the size 5s measure about 8.75.”

Quality: I’m not usually a fan of Payless shoes even for the price, but these are better-made than many of their offerings. The outer is a micro faux-suede, and the soles are a plastic-rubber mix and don’t skid. Worth the $18 in my opinion.
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Readers – Did anyone else pick up these pumps? How will you be styling them?

PS- For anyone who ordered a Coldwater Creek chambray shirt from my last post, a reader kindly shared the following: “There is a 40% off sale on all items with free shipping until 12/18 midnight with code BEST40. If you have already placed your order…contact customer service and ask for a credit.” I called and got my price adjustment painlessly. The shirt is now $10.19 w/ free ship!

PPS – In love with H&M; Spring arrivals so far (lots of kelly green and ivory). I tweeted a preview, and will do a review post soon.

 

50 thoughts on “Something Fun: Payless Block Heel Pumps – $18

  • Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} December 15, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Wow, I really love these shoes! They look so cute and I don't think they weigh you down at all. Hmm, I may have to purchase…

  • DSK Steph December 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    I really like the dark pair! I will look for them tomorrow when I got shopping. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing and thanks Kellie for the coupon code!

  • Karen (littlepiecefnb) December 15, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Love those!! I think I need to get a pair of the grey ones…=P

  • Girlie Blogger December 15, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    They don't weigh you down at all. Looks great with the skirt.

  • Carrie December 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Oooo, that's really pretty. I like your skirt too! very cute.

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  • Kathleen December 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I just bought the pair in grey for my brothers wedding. I LOVE them. I wore them all night + dancing. Such a great deal ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Angie December 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    they are fun indeed. i like the shape of the brash line at payless and i swear by them because they're the closest 5's that fit my feet and student's budget. will be on the lookout in stores!

  • girl in the poodle shoes December 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    wow really cuteโ€ฆ no, but i wish i did!!
    Girl in the Poodle Shoes

  • Jackie December 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thanks for the review, Jean!! I love the blocky heel.

  • Loveeepekay December 16, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I love how its block heels.. Gorgeous =)

  • SugarNikita December 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Finally, shoes I can afford! I don't usually like a chunky heel, but these are cute!

  • Kim December 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for sharing! I just ordered a pair in black. I think it's meant to be because I'm a size 5.5 =)

  • Kiwi December 16, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I picked up the gold glitter ones =]
    But I bought it before reading your post… I wonder if I can ask for a price adjustment in stores.

  • diaryofashopper December 16, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I saw an antique Goyard trunk on One Kings Lane in the exact same print as your bag, and I thought of you! Have a lovely holidays, Jean.

  • Jen December 16, 2011 at 1:52 am

    These sort of remind me of the YSL mohawk pumps but without the feathers at the back! Very chic. I've actually found that chunky heels flatter my legs quite nicely – but that's probably because my legs are chunkier than yours haha. Anyway, good to see you getting so much use out of that sequined mini; still jealous that you got it at the outlet!

    xox
    Jen

  • Karen (littlepiecefnb) December 16, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Those look amazing on you! Great find!

  • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 3:09 am

    It looks wonderful on you and I love it when you pair it with your holiday skirt. It is so chic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing the code too. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.

  • contrary kiwi December 16, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Those look great! Definitely don't look bad with your wee legs ๐Ÿ™‚ I like them in both looks but especially with the green jeans. Very good pairing.

  • Shelli Lynn December 16, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Hi Jean, could you post the style # for the H&M; spring collection blouses you mentioned on twitter? I'd like to run out to H&M; today before the insane crowds hit this weekend. Thank you!!

  • C. December 16, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I SUPER love your gold skirt <3
    xC.

  • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I just tried to order – The 40% off coupon code is not valid.

  • R.L. December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I was skeptical about the platform shoes when I saw your tweet, but you definitely have an eye because they look great both with the skirt and the leggings (which I love!). Also, I was able to live chat with Coldwater Creek and get my price adjustment. Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Whoops – I kept trying and it worked – sorry!

  • Cardigan Fiend December 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hi Jean! Just wanted to say Thanks for posting about the H&M; blouse. I added it to my closet and even blogged about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • PetiteAsianGirl December 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

    @Shelli Lynn Blouses are #030395, comes in green and ivory. Great value at $17.95.

  • My Dressy Ways December 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

    These look great on you! A good change from your usual sleek pumps, gotta take risks now and then, right?

  • JJ December 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

    I saw those shoes in stores and thought they were SO cute! Unfortunately, even the size 5 was too large on me, because my feet are just impossibly small. Sad, because they did seem comfortable (not to mention super affordable).

  • Anna December 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

    You wear them really well but I'd pass them up because the quality looks simply awful (I haven't been to Payless since my high school days). They would have to be discounted further for me to consider them because $18 is still too much for their craftsmanship.

  • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I don't like them on you. They look cartoonish. They would be more balanced on a woman who was not petite.

  • AubreyOhDang! December 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    if i could fit, i'd totally wear payless shoes like Kendi does. After following her blog, I have a new appreciation for payless.

  • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Please post about the DIY jewelry case soon! I've been stalking your blog in hopes of catching the instructions to make one for myself!

  • Ping December 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    jean– those shoes are hot! i can't believe they are comfy! so surprised too. look great with that skirt (still love it on you!!).

    btw — i just picked up a green dress from h&m; a few days ago. since i'm blocked from twitter, wondering if you tried that on too? it was $34ish.

  • Petite and Hungry December 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    looks great on you!

  • Shelli Lynn December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for providing the style number so quickly Jean — you are such a gracious and sweet blogger and woman! Unfortnately my local H&M; they don't have those blouses in yet, but they did have about 4 of the green dresses (in black as well) and a kelly green slouchy t-shirt and open knit sweater. Maybe I'll try back Sat morning hoping they'll receive a shipment so I can get dibs on the size 2 before the crowds scoop up everything/anything in sight! Thanks again!

  • Anonymous December 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    where is your blouse from (the one you wore with the gold mini)? i LOVE it!

  • shirley December 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    3.5" heel looks quite painful to wear. Does it feel painful to wear such high heel? I'm always hesitate to get anything taller than 3" heel(minus the platform of course).

  • Victoria December 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Just want to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog in 2011. Wishing you more beautiful and stylish in 2012. Happy Holiday!

  • dietingfashions December 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Ohhh, nice heels. Very stylish. I do like the retro heel. Maybe style it with flared bottoms and a blouse top and floppy hat.

  • joanna December 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    hey

    i found a pair of riding boots that have a narrow shaft width! its the Etienne Aigner Shoes, Chastity Boots.

    i'm about the same height and weight as you, and these fit my calves perfectly . let me know what you think

  • PetiteAsianGirl December 17, 2011 at 1:10 am

    @Anonymous I will, as soon as I figure out how to fix an issue with the hanging hooks : )

    @Shelli Lynn Ah, you also have to find the most knowledgeable SA's. The ivory version of the blouse was tucked away in the most discreet place, but a knowledgeable SA took me straight to it. Hope you can make it back there to get one of these!

    @Anonymous Thank you – the blouse is old H&M; from maybe 2 years ago.

    @shirley These are the highest shoes I have and I don't plan on going too far in them : ) They are comfortable for the height due to the platform and the wide base and heel, but I don't think ANY shoe this height are meant for prolonged periods of wear.

    @joanna Hi Joanna – congrats on finding your perfect boots. Do you mean these? http://www.shoebuy.com/etienne-aigner-chastity/481212/1017647?cm_mmc=googleproductads_pla-_-none-_-none-_-{keyword} Or do I have the wrong style. THe shaft height and calf circumference measurements look a bit tall/wide.

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