J. Renee Jena
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I hadn’t heard of J.Reneé footwear until a search for new party shoes led me to a pair of dainty citron ankle strap pumps. I promptly ordered the Jena’s to see what they were like. They fit my low volume feet perfectly and were quite comfortable for a three inch heel. Three inch heels are ordinarily too high for me, but they’ll work as “sitting shoes” for partywear because they’re cushioning and very lightweight (I find heavy footwear very uncomfortable). Their cutaway side with covered heel detailing is unique, as is their mesh, microfibre and suede fabrication. You can absolutely wear these pumps with nude hosiery for extra insulation. The pump is a refined and well-made shoe — and reasonably priced at under $100. They run from sizes 5 to 13 in four colours, AND across several widths, which is fab too.

The brand is on my radar because the citron pumps were winners, but other styles in the range look promising too. The Olyviatoo’s are a brilliant copy of the Valentino Rockstud pump at a fraction of the price (watch the video to see them on the foot – gorgeous).

The Pamelia slingback sandal showcases a version of the new round square toe in an elusive shade of lilac. The classic Braidy pump will eliminate toe cleavage, while the Niro flat and Annora sandal look hip and comfortable. 

Prices range from $35 to $130 and once again, styles are available across many sizes, colours and foot widths. Here’s a small collection of styles across the range.