It’s easy to pair a black dress with a pair of black pumps and call it a day. Not only is it a simple, chic outfit, but it’s a reliable one – the combination works well in many different environments and appeals to a variety of sartorial audiences. The problem, though, is that eventually most women get sick of wearing that combination, even when it’s appropriate.
If you’re looking for a way to update your office or cocktail party attire, ditch your black shoes for something like the Pedro Garcia Emelyn Satin Pumps. The design is still dark and neutral, but the subtle color differences and attention to detail make this shoe a standout in a sea of basic black.
The shoe’s slightly Victorian, almost gothic sensibility sets it apart from other dark-colored heels immediately. The choice of materials, unfinished edges and front lace-up detail give the shoe a vintage feel without actually making the shoe look old, which is something of a feat when dealing with design elements that so pointedly evoke a bygone era.
My favorite part of the design, however, is the juxtaposition of navy blue and black. The color difference creates a much sharper awareness of the shoe’s details than would have happened had the shoe been rendered a single color. I could see these coordinating beautifully and easily with almost any kind of black skirt or cocktail dress. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $495.