We’ve all heard Coco Chanel’s old advice that you should always remove one thing before leaving the house. It’s supposed to ensure that your look stays natural and never crosses the line into “overdressed,” but mostly it just makes Coco sound like a party-pooper. I’ve never been a big fan of that saying, particularly since it so often doesn’t apply. That being said, I really wish Cole Haan had listened to Mademoiselle Chanel during the design process of the Cole Haan Air Violet Paisley Printed Leather Pumps.
At first I didn’t even notice the embossed texture on this shoe’s nude leather, but after reading the name and taking a closer look, I really couldn’t deny the existence of the seriously unappealing embossed texture anymore. Coco, for her part, is probably up in fashion heaven saying, “I told you so.”
Without the paisley, this shoe would have been nearly pristine. The nude color is on-trend and totally wearable, and the delicate perforated trim and bow provide texture without making the shoe unwearable for everyday. A higher heel might have been trendier, but at this height, a variety of women will be able to wear it to work. If only I could unsee the paisley…Buy through Saks for $328.