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:
Asos petite long sleeve belted wrap dress in US1, comes in 3 colors. Thrift store shoes, H&M clutch
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.
Eek - not at all sure what happened to the colors in this photo! This dress is a true canary yellow color.
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:
BCBGeneration Cielo pump, available in 8 colors. The "vachetta" color (pictured) is 33% off
This is a nicely-made shoe in the perfect neutral, and a nice, matte leather with covered heels (important to me...I prefer no wooden stacked heels w/ leather pumps!). The shape is classic with a 3.75" heel. Fit is true to size and felt comfortable, but the smallest I could find in this color was a 5.5 (I'm between 5-5.5) and it was just slightly wide on me. I have shoe inserts at home, but I reserve those only for after shoes stretch out - which most real leather shoes will do with wear.
Next up, the Corso Como Del quilted cap-toe pumps (also available in non-quilted, non-capped solid colors like nude or red) that start in a teensy size 4. I've seen these at many stores, but only good ol' Nordies has them in extended sizing and for 40% off! I hope Nordstrom never goes away, because no other retailer offers this spectrum of shoe sizing, a great price matching policy, plus free ship both ways.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.
Readers - Have you brought your pointy pumps back out?