Dressy enough

Tatyana finds a shoe she can live with:

[I]magine my joy (yes) when I saw them at DSW: low (but noticeable) heel, comfortable ankle hug detail, reliable arch support, figured (not plain) leather. And very unusual play on “maryjane” theme. Something very “roaring 20s” about them, isn’t it?

I like it. It’s from Josef Seibel, billed as “the European comfort sole,” and while I didn’t spot it in the current line, there’s a distinct advantage to buying a style that’s on the way out, especially when it doesn’t look like it’s on the way out.

Low-heel Mary Jane variant by Josef Seibel

Given DSW’s pricing, she almost certainly snagged these for under $100. And that Mary Jane variation is clever: you see two straps from this angle, but they meet just before a single buckle on the outside.


  1. ETat »

    6 November 2016 · 8:50 am

    The top-view photo does them better justice. The lighting form my desk lamp distorts the side view, particularly the elegant shape of the hill.

    I rarely buy shoes priced over $100; what’s the point of living in the city bursting with couture merchandise and triple-discount sales – and buying MSRP? Besides, the trick of dressing well is not in following fashion and buying the latest line: it’s buying what suit you – your body, your own style, your own aesthetic sense.

  2. CGHill »

    6 November 2016 · 2:06 pm

    Yea, verily. Increasing the digits on the price tag doesn’t make it better suited to you.

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