Found it! The PERFECT black pump. They arrived last week, and I’m so in love I did a little happy dance. Simple, effortless, ladylike. Some women might completely disagree with me on the perfect pair having an ankle strap and kitten heel, but those were exactly the details I was looking for after spotting Emmanuelle Alt wearing a demi version at Milan Fashion Week. T Magazine seems to agree on the ankle strap, and the lower heel is really more sensible if we’re talking about a true wardrobe essential for the office. Now for the bad news: I stalked these suede Alexander Wang pumps for two months on Shopbop, then they miraculously went on sale at the exact same time Shopbop had their big Cyber Monday deal. So I scored huge and reduced my overall investment a great bit. Lucky for me, but unfortunately they are now sold out everywhere! I did try these Michael Kors pumps (more sizes here) and this Brian Atwood version first and can honestly say either would make an excellent substitute. However, this Enzo Angiolini pair might be the absolute best find, and at an unbeatable price!
I promise I’ll do my best next time to share an essential that is still available to purchase. Oh also, any perfect black blazer finds? A few readers emailed with some great suggestions after I mentioned my hunt for one last month. I’ll keep you posted on my search.
UPDATE: Ann Taylor is now carrying an ankle-strap kitten heel in the exact same style as mine, in leather instead of suede!