I found this post in my drafts and apologize for the belated review, but it’s less fun blogging about items that don’t work out! Last month, I was determined to add some fun shoes to my collection full of AT work pumps (btw, friends & family at Ann Taylor and LOFT has begun! Use FRIENDSAF for 40% off your entire order. Tried the crepe shift dress (c/o AT) on here). First and foremost I wanted neutral pointy toes, as pointy has made a comeback and are great for lengthening legs. I was also interested in classic cap toes, and entertained the thought of a fun printed/patterned pump:
Before we get to the shoe-mania, here is a quick dress review. Last month when I ordered this bright blue peplum dress (now 40% off, see review), I also picked up this yellow number as a cocktail prospect:
This dress is a petite exclusive, and since the models are definitely not petite, I was hoping that it would have a little more coverage and length than shown in the stock photo…
Unfortunately, it’s just as plunging and short in-person as it looks online, so this is less cocktail-appropriate and more like something I wore on spring break many moons ago. A big issue for me was the back wrap design – it’s a faux wrap and ends awkwardly in the black center, like a flapping tail. I also want to note that arms are snug, and the belt is much too loose for the dress unless you punch extra holes. Returned.
Onto the shoe reviews. I apologize for the veiny foot closeups, but I wanted to point out some fit issues and what I look out for when shoe shopping. Out of all the shoes, the only keeper for me was the pre-owned pair of Louboutin Pigalles from eBay that conveniently knocked out my desire for both neutral pointies and cap toe pumps. Out of the non-keepers, I will start with the best out of the bunch:
Unfortunately, the beige looked green against my skin and I was disappointed in the silhouette of these. “Sleekness” is probably my top criteria these days for shoes, as a sleek silhouette can really streamline shorter legs and make non-designer shoes look more expensive. The toes on these are very round from all angles. Look at the BCBG’s in the above left pic and see how they taper down towards the toes and are fairly flat, and compare that to these which appear thick all the way to the end. Also, the puffy quilting adds about 0.5″ total outer width to each foot. If you want a sleeker alternative, I adore how these pointy cap toe pumps look on Wendy, plus they start at sz 5 and come in three color schemes.
As for fit, these run true to size. I got these in 5 and they were very snug on me. The inside (as with all Corso Como pumps) is heavily padded to cushion the balls of your feet, and are comfy. In my experience, Corso Como shoes tend to be for medium to wider width feet (vs Louboutin which runs very narrow), and women with such feet tend to love them. See Elle’s review.
This is the third time I’ve ordered Asos brand shoes (keep in mind they carry other brands too) and I think it might be the last. The first two times I got ankle boots that almost sliced off my ankles with every step. The blue woven pumps here are part of their pricier “Collection” line and had decent craftsmanship, but ran at LEAST one size too big and were very stiff. The nude pumps had such a high gap in the toe box (this is hardly ever an issue for me) that I could fit my hand in there. The faux-leather was very plastic-y in-person. I only wanted to try these because ASOS carries size 5 at affordable prices with free ship & returns, but the value to me is definitely below that of Target shoes.