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Monday, October 6, 2014

Get to the Point

Michael Kors bootie; Source


Keyshia Cole x Steve Madden Collection; Source


Charlotte Olympia Pre-Fall 2014; Source


Ladies, if we can’t fit a square peg into a round hole then why do we keep forcing our feet to fit into pointed-toe shoes? On second thought, please forget that I stated we. Not all ladies decide to wear pointed-toe shoes. I wish I was one of them but you know by now if you follow my blog that I am nothing if not honest. I am still amazed that women, myself included, keep wearing pointed-toe shoes. I guess I am a sucker for how pointed-toe shoes, pumps especially look with everything from skinny jeans to a pair of tailored pants. I still berate myself over this as I have heard from numerous sources that pointed-toe shoes are not good for feet. Still, it is rather difficult to abstain from buying them when they looks as good as those below.


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Stella McCartney heels; Source
It is always interesting for me when I choose to do so since throughout the day a stream of individuals, those who know me well and even those who do not, that they could never wear pointed-toe shoes. It is similar to the reaction I receive when I wear a pair of heels that are more than three inches in height. Do you get this reaction from friends, acquaintances and strangers when you wear certain types of shoes?

I don’t know why I continue to buy these pointed-toe shoes; particularly, because from the time I started wearing heels somewhere in my teens I was instructed by my mother not to wear pointed-toe shoes, which she called king-toed shoes, because I would end up with multiple foot ailments from hammer toe to bunions. I certainly can’t state that I was not warned about the potential consequences of wearing pointed-toe shoes. That was enough to scare me a little but it did not quite scare me straight. Once I discovered how great pointed-toe shoes can look with a variety of different looks my toes were bound to be occasionally tortured but within reason. With the addition of years, has come wisdom in how to pamper my feet. There is a proper way to relieve foot discomfort but still invest in pointed toe shoes. I have invested in all types of cushions that relieve the balls of the feet from the toes.  There is no denying that pointed-toe shoes look quite dashing with a variety of casual and dressy looks so if I have to make an effort to cushion my tootsies when I wear them so be it. Maybe, some of the ladies below also prescribe to this guideline.
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Olivia Palermo; Source



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Blogger Sophie Valkiers; Source




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Audrey Tatou; Source


Pointed-toe shoes are certainly trending as one of the most popular shoes styles this fall but that doesn’t mean I am going to wear them with wild abandon. You may or may not believe this but while I do have nothing but love for pointed-toe shoes I do practice restraint. Out of all of the shoes and boots I have a minimal number have pointed-toes. I give myself some credit also for selectively choosing when I will wear these gems. If I know I will have a hectic day ahead my pointed-toe heels remain in hibernation no matter how cute they are. The fashionable ladies below know this for sure. Look at the fabulous ensembles they created with a pair of pointed-toe shoes. The looks below were sourced from Pinterest unless otherwise noted.





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

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Let me get back to the king-toed reference I used earlier. I finally asked my mother one day why she calls pointed-toe shoes king-toe shoes. Her response was that it is what they were called in the 1960s. Of course, with my curiosity always at maximum peak where anything about fashion is concerned, I could not leave it be. I just had to find out when and why king-toed became part of the vernacular. Can I let you in on something? Apparently, king-toe is a type of shoe technology that manufacturer Red Wing shoes uses to provide more room for feet to stretch in a shoe. I know what you are thinking, I don’t get it either. Initially, it seemed to me that king-toe shouldn’t have ever been used to label pointed-toe shoes.

Luckily, I did not stop my research on that note. It turns out that pointed-toe shoes were immensely popular during the 14th and 15th centuries during the reign of Edward IV and Richard III; however, they were referred to as crakows or crackowes because it was believed that pointed-toe shoes originated in Krakow, Poland. Other historical names for pointed-toe shoes are turnshoe, poulain and winkle pickers. King-toe is certainly a worthy nickname for pointed-toe shoes if winkle pickers was an acceptable nickname for them in the 1950s.
 
14th Century Shoe; Source
 
If you want a reason to justify why you wear pointed-toe shoes just tell anyone who ask that the pointed-toe shoes of today are much more comfortable than the pointed-toe shoes from the 13th to the 15th centuries.  Shoes had such a long toe that they were tied to the leg with whalebone or string. It makes me wonder if the stylish have always suffered for fashion.
 
13th of 14th Century Shoe; Source
 

Medieval Latchet Shoe; Source
 
 
Unknown Century; Source
 
Do you own any pointed-toe shoes or do you have the fortitude to just say no when you spot a must-have pair while shopping? What are you doing, if you do own pointed-toe shoes, to ensure your toes have breathing room in your shoes?

My inquiring mind wants to know. I love receiving comments so don’t be shy.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate your support.
I think it is quite fitting as I leave you for now if I state,  If the shoe fits wear it and if it does not let it go. This is especially true with pointed-toe shoes, ladies.
Enjoy the shoe views below as I bid you goodbye for now. Note: The images below were sourced from Pinterest unless otherwise noted.
 
 







 
 
 
 
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76 comments:

  1. La selección me ha enamorado totalmente. Qué zapatos más bonitos... siempre me han encantado los zapatos con la punta estrecha, estilizan y son muy chic, pero yo no puedo usarlos. Me destrozan los pies, aunque he de reconocer que alguno tengo.
    Me ha encantado el post!
    Besos

    http://www.diseneitorforever.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thank you, Emilia. I was attempting to demonstrate how versatile pointed-toe shoes are so I am really glad you like those that I included in this post. I appreciate your comment and your visits to my blog.

      Sharon

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  2. Simply wow!!! Love them all :)))

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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    1. I am happy that you like them, Elena. I am awestruck over many of them. They are so captivating.

      Sharon

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  3. I adore a pointy toe shoe! They go with every outfit and add such sophistication to skinny jeans. I say they are well worth enduring a little discomfort lol!
    Great post Sharon!!!

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Keisha. They are pretty fabulous. I guess that is what makes them hard to resist. Thank goodness for Dr. Scholl's though :).

      Sharon

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    1. I am so glad you like them, Lorena. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  5. Today I would wear Mc Queen's black leather dress :)

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment, Elena. Alexander McQueen was one of my favorite designers. I do still enjoy viewing the collections from the label. I only hope that one day I will be fortunate enough to be the owner of one of the garments or an accessory from the label.

      Sharon

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  6. Love your picks! Have a beautiful day!

    http://withlovefromkris.blogspot.com

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  7. Love the visual display of this post!! I completely understand your point of view on pointy toe shoes: wear but don't let them wear your feet! Definitely not the most comfortable shoes (especially when 5" heels are added on) but one can't deny the pretty factor :)

    xoCristina

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    1. I am glad you like the display. There are some amazing pointed-toe shoes and boots I just try to be cautious about how often I wear them. It is good to rotate when they are worn to give my feet some rest from being closed in such a tight space. I am so happy you visited. Enjoy the rest of your week.

      Sharon

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  8. nice shoes and really amazing post

    Please also check out me very first Blog post !!

    http://thefashionsateen.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/welcome-to-the-fashion-sateen/


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    1. Thanks so much. Of course, I will check out your first post.

      Sharon

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  9. Every single pick you have on this post is so on point! Love them all!! :)

    Ro
    www.twentyeightvia.blogspot.com

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    1. I am so glad you like them, Ro.

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  10. Hey beautiful! I really love this post :)
    Thank for your lovely comment on my blog, yes I'd like to follow each other. So I'm following you on Bloglovin and Google+. Please follow me back.

    Blog: J'aime les feuilles rouges
    Clothing Haul

    xoxo Marta

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    1. Hello, Marta:

      Your comment is very much appreciated. I was already following you on Google +. I have followed you back on Bloglovin.

      Sharon

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  11. Nice shoes! :)


    http://jennidiamante.blogspot.fi/

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    1. Hello, Jenni:

      I am glad you like them. I find that some shoes and boots make a statement in their own right and can really enhance an already stylish outfit.

      Sharon

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  12. Great post, Sharon!

    You made a point (haha)! The pointed shoes are the most uncomfortable shoes I have, but I still manage to wear them couple of hours. I got an advise from my mom too and that's that you shouldn't wear only high heels and switch shoes regularly/wear different fits. That makes sence to me! Your feet don't want to be squeezed in one type of shoe all the time, for sure not in a pointed toe one ;)
    Thank you for the visual inspiration, I am in love with those Michael Kors booties, such an elegance!
    I wish you a great day!

    xx, Marky

    www.mypinkboudoir.eu

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    1. Hello, Marky:

      Thank you so much for leaving such a detailed comment. I so enjoy receiving feedback about my posts. I admit that I do find it hard to refrain from wearing pointed-toe shoes and booties because they are so flattering to different types of hemlines. I love wearing them with trousers and jeans, especially, because they really give the illusion of a sleek appearance. I hope you have a wonderful week.

      Sharon

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  13. I realy love this post, dear Sharon! !!!
    I adore shoes and you have the best for us!!!
    Have a nice day!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Eirini. I am glad you enjoyed reading this post. I tried to include a variety of pointed-toe footwear so I am pleased you like those I featured. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

      Sharon

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  14. i love this kind of shoes, so elegant. xx
    http://www.littleprettymess.com
    Instagram @littleprettymess
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    1. Yes, they are elegant and they give a sleek appearance which is great since I am petite. I am so glad you enjoyed this post, Tania.

      Sharon

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  15. Que bonitos todos los zapatos!!
    Bsss guapa
    http://unvestidorconideas.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Thanks for always commenting on my posts. I value your opinion so much.

      Sharon

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  16. Hey,
    You have a really lovely Blog. Do you want to support each other and follow via GFC?
    If yes please tell me and i follow back :)

    Greetings from Germany
    www.sophias-fashion.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Sophia. I appreciate your comment very much. I have followed you on Google + and on Bloglovin. I hope you can follow back.

      Sharon

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  17. wow love them!!
    I really like your blog!!
    I'm your newest follower i hope you will visit me soon :3

    xoxo,
    Alice's Pink Diary

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    1. Hi, Alice:

      I am so happy you like this post and that you took the time to leave such a nice compliment. I enjoyed reading your latest post about planners. I have followed you back on Bloglovin.

      Sharon

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  18. To be honest i have never been a fan of the point pumps myself though Style experts say that they often give an illusion of long elegant legs,well being 6 foot plus and all I already have legs from here to yaya and I guess thats why they dont appeal to me that much. But I must say I like the ones I see here on your blog. Great post dear.

    www.stylenbeautylounge.com

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    1. I can understand. I am completely the opposite since I am petite. I like them but I try not to wear them too often since they are not great for the feet. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Sharon

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  19. Hi sweet Sharon
    this selection is amazing
    I love the first booties
    Kisses <3
    Maggie D.
    <a href="http://www.indiansavage.com”> Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion Blog </a>

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    1. Hi, Maggie:

      The boots are so glam. Thank you for always reading my posts and leaving such great comments. Hopefully, you know how much I admire what you do on your blog.

      Sharon

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  20. Great post Sharon! I collect shoes and usually get lost in a world of shoes but the pointy toe ones tho! My latest pair was about to be the death of me. I actually posted on it. Not a natural fit, and most of them don't have platforms making it so hard to pull off. They look so sexy on tho, but let's just say I won't be investing in another pair, lol. We'll see. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks, Idu. I am such a shoe hoarder. I can not help myself. Pointed toe shoes can become quite uncomfortable though. I think the worst are the pointed toe stilettos. Those are so bad for the feet. I try not to buy those; at least not often :)

      Sharon

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  21. I actually love pointed-toe shoes. Love your selection, and those from 13th century were very interesting, it's good that we are not living in those days. LoL.
    http://ninasstyleblog.blogspot.com

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    1. LOL. You are so right! It must have been painful to wear those shoes back in the day. That is the first thing I thought when I saw them.

      Sharon

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  22. Thanks for this shoes history tale, it's very refreshing, personally, I just adore pointy shoes !
    xoxo
    http://pandamone.blogspot.com/2014/10/blue-jasmine.html
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    1. I am pleased that you enjoyed reading this post, Maja. I love fashion history and try to include in a post something about the history of whatever garment(s) is the subject of my post.

      Sharon

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  23. Obsessed with pointy toes always!!

    Xo
    Ro
    www.twentyeightvia.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Ro. I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  24. These shoes are on point no pun intended lol fabulous picks they look great on but ouch.....

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    1. Hi, Delores:

      LOL. I love your comment. They are painful for sure but also so fabulous. I am just happy that sometimes my head rules rather than my heart or I would own more pointed toe shoes than I do.

      Sharon

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  25. Hi, Sharon!

    Great article! :)

    xx
    cams

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    1. Thank you, Cams. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it.

      Sharon

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  26. oh I love the first boots so much!♥ great picks!:)

    www.Lorietta.cz

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    1. Hello, Petra:

      I am so glad you like them.

      Sharon

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      Sharon

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  28. What a fun post! I love history (I'm a historian by training). Our shoes today are definitely more comfortable, but we also have distances to walk to be fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

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    1. Hi, Luci:

      I am happy you enjoyed reading this post. I do tend to include historical information in my fashion posts. I just love researching the origin of garments and accessories. It is great to meet another history lover. Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate it so much.

      Sharon

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  29. Nice pics!! I'd love to own a pair of the Stella McCartney heels x
    Visit my blog? We can follow each other via gfc and bloglovin if you want, leave me a comment if so!

    Sammie
    sammiethestargirl.blogspot.com || Bloglovin

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    1. Thanks, Sammie. There are so many shoes featured in this post that I am in love with because they are very amazing. I would love to visit your blog. I am going to do so right now and follow you. I hope you follow back.

      Sharon

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  30. So many shoessss... And the weird part is that I want them all ! :p Lovely post
    Followed you , hope you follow back
    xoxo
    Cassie Fashion
    http://cassie2fashion.blogspot.com/

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    1. I would love to own some of them too, Cassie. They are so fantastic. Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I have followed you back on several sites, including google +. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon

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  31. Such a great post Sharon! I love to wear stilettos and knowing the pain I doing to my poor feet but any outfit looks like the same as when you wear heels.
    I try to make the best for my feet and compensated with oxfords and ballerinas sometimes.
    Love the shoes and the outfits are amezing with them!! ♥
    Have a wonderful week ahead lady!

    www.myladytrends.com

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    1. Hello, Rosa:

      They do add such a powerful vibe to an outfit. I too try to rotate wearing them with more comfortable shoes. On the weekends I usually wear comfortable sneakers, flats or low-heel shoes. I hope you have a wonderful week also.

      Sharon

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  32. I'm kind of obsessed with pointed shoes. Awesome inspo post dear.
    I would love to come back soon.
    Wish you a lovely day.
    xo

    www.kelpasdiary.com

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    1. Hi, Kelpa:

      Your comment really means a lot. Thanks so much for your visit.

      Sharon

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  33. I love shoes, this post is amazing. I need! I am crazy for this, for me i buy everything shoes in the world.

    Kisses.
    www.pimentasdeacucar.blogspot.com.br

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    1. Hi, Juliana:

      I love shoes, handbags and all things fashion-related. I am so happy you enjoyed reading this post.

      Sharon

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  34. great shoes!
    kisses

    http://lestyledelapetiteblonde.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. I am so glad you like them, Miriam. Thanks so much for your visit and comment.

      Sharon

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  35. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! :) I followed you back. Keep in touch!

    Sammie
    sammiethestargirl.blogspot.com || Bloglovin

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    1. Hi, Sammie:

      Thanks for your visit. I have followed you back on Google + and Bloglovin.

      Sharon

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  36. Haha the things we do for the love of shoes!!

    Thanks for the lovely comment. Keep up the great posts :)

    Paige
    www.herandthehighstreet.com

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    1. I know. It can be a struggle for me sometimes to choose between comfortable shoes and a glamorous but uncomfortable pair. Thanks for visiting, Paige, and for leaving such a nice comment.

      Sharon

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  37. Thank you so much for visiting and your lovely comment on my blog, I was very pleased! ;)
    OMG so many awesome shoes, they are gorgeous and to die for!! If only I could, would get them all!!! ,)

    Dana
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

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    1. Hi, Dana:

      I wish I could buy them too. I don't know where I would put them all but I am sure I could find some additional space in my closet.

      Sharon
      http://www.afashioncrowd.blogspot.com

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  38. Very chic shoes, these will dress up any outfit!
    Greetings from Italy,
    Sonia Verardo
    http://www.trenchcollection.com/

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    1. Hello, Sonia:

      Thanks so much for your visit and comment. I am glad you like the shoes. I really like wearing pointed-toe shoes with jeans, pencil skirts and so many other pieces. They just add such an air of refinement. I do try not to wear them too often though since they are not the most comfortable footwear. I hope to hear from you soon. Let's continue to stay in touch.

      Sharon

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