Since certain previous shoes proved surprisingly controversial, here’s a different approach to basically the same style. What you’re looking at is #13 of the “Nuncio” series by Nine West, a classic pointed-toe pump with a 2½-inch heel and a modest price tag. Nine West has lots of variations on this specific theme coming up, but this one, recommended by Style Spy to accompany a sheath dress, struck me as particularly apt, what with the simulated-reptile upper (which is leather here, but which can be had in satin or “cow hair”) and the relatively restrained heel. (I was an avid reader of mainstream mail-order catalogs, especially Spiegel’s, as a kid, and I don’t remember anything much over three inches until the early 1970s. This one fact in isolation probably explains more about me than I wanted explained.) I can’t see anyone wearing this with opaque hosiery, either.