Review: Leopard and laces…reloaded

What: Lace-up flats in leopard calf hair by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Calf hair upper, leather lining and soleebelandi_jcrew_flats_calf_leopard_bis_4

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Very pretty flats. Unlike the previous lace-up leopard flats, the laces here are made of suede or velvet-like material instead of leather.  Both work though I prefer the leather laces 🙂 ebelandi_jcrew_flats_calf_leopard_bis_3
  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
  3. Quality: Great quality leather and calf hair.  The calf pattern here is pretty unique, the laces are well made as well.  My only complaint is the heel…too close to the ground in my opinion so I foresee early wear and tear if you plan to walk with these a lot.
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  4. Sizing: True to size.

Why Not (Cons): The price…

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper! What do you say?

Review: Avery and tartan

What: Collection avery embellished heels in tartan by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Wool upper, leather lining and sole

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Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Cute pointed toes with a square heel. Clean tartan pattern.
  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
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  3. Quality: Great quality leather.  The J.Crew description says in man-made sole but the item I received had genuine leather sole…
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  4. Sizing: True to size.

Why Not (Cons): The  cheap looking buckle. Once removed, I think the shoe looks much better.ebelandi_jcrew_avry_collection_tartan_4

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper if you like tartan patterns. What do you say?

Review: Elsie and tweeds

What: Elsie tweed pumps by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Wool upper, leather lining, man-made sole

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Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Old Hollywood glamour, really vibrant pink in real life, lots of pairing opportunities. Well done J.Crew!
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  2. Comfort: Comfortable if you’re used to pointed toes. Manageable heel height.
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  3. Quality: Well made! Apart from artificial sole, nothing to complain about.
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  4. Sizing: True to size.ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_4

Why Not (Cons): Not much.ebelandi_jcrew_elsie_tweed_pumps_2

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…and on sale!

Review: Glossy ankles

What: Glossy leather ankle strap pumps by J.Crewebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_1

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Leather upper and lining, man-made soleebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_2

Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Clean ankle straps with rounded toes. Very classic!ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_5
  2. Comfort: Very comfortable.
  3. Quality: Good quality leather upper and lining.ebelandi_jcrew_glossy_leather_pump_4
  4. Sizing: True to size, with a little room but not enough to size up in my opinion.
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  5. Sissi’s pairings: Knee-length dresses, midi skirts or ankle pants/jeans.

Why Not (Cons): Not much, artificial sole works well here at the sale price.

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper. What do you say?

Review: Dorsay and snakes

What: Elsie D’Orsay pumps in snakeskin printed leather by J.Crew

When: Winter 2016

How (Material): Leather upper and lining, man-made sole

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Why (Pros):

  1. Look: Sophisticated shoes that can be paired as neutrals for almost any outfits.  The heels remove the casualness of the flat version, though both are equally cute (see flats reviewed by Gigi Gone Shopping and Easy Petite Looks and a pairing by Economy of Style). I particularly love the glitter detailing in the lining.
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  2. Comfort: Comfortable pair, the pair is a little slippery on carpets (typical with artificial soles) but nothing crazy.
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  3. Quality: Good quality leather upper and lining, adorable glittery details.  The artificial sole is a deal breaker for me, but it works here.
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  4. Sizing: True to size.

Why Not (Cons): The price…and the man-made sole.  Hard to justify a high price tag for man-made soles…

Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…if you don’t mind the artificial sole (and you get it on pop-back as the pair sold out quickly). I returned mine. What do you say?