J Crew Valentina patent d’Orsay pumps are currently available at regular price in acropolis blue, black, dark wisteria and soft desert. Bright persimmon, burnished rust and manchester grey are on sale for $169.99 online.
Size 8 – Per usual, taking my “J Crew size” of 8, instead of my retail shoe size of 7.5. I am sometimes 8 in other brands, for the records. My left foot is a little bigger than the right one and sometimes it pushes me to 8. As I said and always say, I’m consistently an 8 in J Crew shoes with the exception of the Ceces and Darbys.
A good description of the style on About.com: A d’Orsay style pump…the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and the sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot.
The grey is perfect. It’s on the lighter side, so you an really tell it’s grey. The pics may look like they have a bluish cast, but they are grey-grey irl. Blues and navys would definitely look nice w/the color.
There’s that cutout vamp. I usually don’t like a pointy shoe because I don’t want to look like I’m on skis. These work, though. The cut looks really nice under trousers.
Here’s a pic of the bright persimmon Valentinas. I got these in early 2013. The Valentinas aren’t the most comfortable shoes. I have to use to get them shoe stretcher spray to give a little. I spray a little of it on the upper inside and then wear the shoe. That helps. If that doesn’t give enough stretch, then I do the spray & a wooden shoe stretcher overnite. A JCA recommended putting half soles on the bottom, which I did. I think it made a difference in the solid leather black ones I have. I don’t own, but did review the black patent Valentinas in this post.
30% off sitewide with GIFTNOW 12/11 – 12/24
40% off sale items with GIFTNOW 12/19 – 12/25
Addtl 25% off clearance with SALE25 12/17 – 12/22
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also good in-store