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Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe: Black Pumps

I’m starting a new segment on my blog called “Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe”, where I will discuss staple, classic wardrobe pieces that you will have for years.  One major wardrobe classic are black pumps.  I got my first high-end pair of simple black pumps in 2007 and I still have them.  I’m wearing them here:

 

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I’m wearing my classic Manolo Blahnik pumps that I’ve had since 2007.

 

How do you keep your high-end items looking great for years?  Check out my How to Recondition a Leather Handbag for tips, these tips can be used for anything leather from shoes, belts and handbags.  Here are my tips for finding the right black pumps:

          • Know your budget and stick to it.

             If your budget is $150, find the best shoe you can for that price.  I would suggest going to online stores like The Outnet and Saks Off 5th.  There you can find higher end pieces at a reduced price.  Here are some options at $150 and under:

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How to Choose a Classic Wedge Shoe

I love a good wedge…..shoe that is, but the salad isn’t bad either. I always have several wedges in my shoe wardrobe because they are beautiful AND practical. What else would you wear to an outdoor event, especially if it’s on grass such as a wedding or graduation?  

I think that wedges are classics, they don’t go out of style.  Even if you don’t see them in every fashion magazine one season, they will come roaring back the next.  According to Wikipedia:

“Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. This design dates back to ancient Greece…..Wedgies for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s.”

There are also health benefits to wearing a wedge shoe….who knew!?!? According to Leaf.tv:

“Women wear heels to make the legs look longer, to make the body look thinner and to improve posture. Wedge heels offer more support than stilettos or high heels. Balance is easier on a wedge, reducing the number of falls that accompany high heels.

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