I have been feeling the lack of a black pump/dressy shoe/pump alternative for a while. Like, since last summer, when my Naturalizer pumps gave me epic blisters. I thought I'd get by with the Docs Marcies for work another year, but they are too heavy and clunky for work most of the time. I'm probably going to sell them. I have my spat booties, but they are much too high to wear often.

I tried this comfort brand that has been getting good reviews. Turns out they do live up to the hype, but I'm worried about the snub toe. Even deeply discounted, these weren't cheap, and I don't want to look matronly or out of date.

I also tried on these BP ankle boots that everyone says look like Rag & Bone. Also pretty darn comfy with a fabric lining and WAY less expensive. Didn't get a pic, but they are obvs. chunkier and less refined. BUT, they are a current item we sell and probably trendier.

Then there's #7, which I am totally, utterly in love with. But those are neither a pump alternative nor a Nordy item.

I'm confused. Greed, vanity, thriftiness, and practicality are all warring. WDYT?

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