Style Sleuth: Ladies in Red

September 9, 2006 • Magazine

Style Sleuth: Ladies in Red

Style Sleuth: Ladies in Red

Sat, 2006-09-09 17:00

Pumping Up Those Stylish Stuart Weitzman’s — and Their Look-Alikes

By Rachel Yeomans

A woman’s closet is a miraculous thing. Racks of clothes, hanging belts, and the rows upon rows of footwear. Notice something — during the scan for the outfit’s final and “pull-it-all-together” accessory? It’s the question running through your head, formed after the coffee has started its daily kick, “Out of all these black shoes, which pair do I pick?”

Black may be the classic color with a history of being the standard of comparison. You know, “_____ is the new black,” sort of thing. But when it comes to footwear, why not kick it up a notch?

Take the pump. Now turn it suede. Now, color it red. Pair those with your all-black pants suit and congratulations, you’ve just kicked it into high gear. Stuart Weitzman can easily tote the reputation of providing women with the classic, gorgeous pump in that jazzed-up scarlet tone. Remember his now discontinued Lady leather pump in Red Quasar? Shanna Swendson, author of Enchanted, Inc. (described as Sex & the City meets Harry Potter), revealed in an interview with Thomas Gale Publishing this past June, that she centered a great deal of her recent novel around a pair of red stilettos, which were inspired by these very shoes. The novel, aptly termed, is entitled Once Upon Stilettos, and was released in April.

So naturally Stuart Weitzman would grace our shoe racks with another red pump patron, and what better pair to welcome the fall than his Purist Pump in Scarlet Suede? Featuring a round toe, 3 1/4″ heel, a kid leather upper and a leather lined footbed, slightly padded for comfort, this pump can work it! But this new item listed with that new designer price might make some feel thankful that Stuart Weitzman’s classic and coveted looks are so classic and coveted, that they are quickly copied and distributed with slightly slimmer budget lines.

If you’re not dying for that suede texture, there are many lovely leather burgundy pumps strutting into the season. The least expensive — but too chic to term “cheap” – are the Na Na Wales pump sold at Nordstrom’s BP department for the bargain price of $64.95. The pump is curvy with leather upper and lining/rubber sole and a heel height of approximately 3 1/2″. It also features an almond-shaped toe and leather-wrapped heel.

Another Nordstrom find is the MICHAEL by Michael Kors Raceway Pump. This shape is a closer match to the chunkier look of the Stuart Weitzman pair, only with a higher heel and made with leather. Unfortunately, these will have to share the space with your other black cohorts ó colors only come in black, brass or chocolate. The pump features a stacked heel reaching 4 1/2″ with a 1/4″ platform, and runs about a 1/2 size smaller than the average foot size.

Back in the red department, we have the Charles David Euphoria Pumps with patent leather upper, rounded toe, lightly padded footbed, leather sole and a 3 1/4″ heel. Did I mention it was red? No, it’s not suede, but Charles knows that mere red leather doesn’t quite cut the cakeóthese are red patent leather. I’m sure Stuart wouldn’t scoff.

Now finally, the closest match this style sleuth could scrounge from the shoe racks, the Steven by Steve Madden red suede Lemore Pump. This shoe mirrors the Stuart Weitzman Purist all except for the wooden platform, which I have to say, adds quite a cool earthy edge to the pump. The shoes are suede with suede or calf hair uppers, synthetic lining and leather soles, and the heel measures approximately 4″ with a 3 3/4″ platform. And yes, it’s still cheaper than the Purist.

All in all, the find is pure gold. Or should I say, red.

Stuart Weitzman Purist Pumps $224.99

Na Na Wales Pump Nordstrom’s: $64.95

MICHAEL Michael Kors Raceway Pump Nordstrom’s: $128.95

Charles David Euphoria Pump Zappos: $193.95

Steven by Steve Madden Lemore Pump Nordstrom’s: $138.95

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