To Keep Or Not To Keep…

While frantically doing my holiday shopping, I of course had to peruse the sale shoes at Barneys on Rodeo Drive. The shoe department had apparently exploded, and equally frazzled women were picking through the mangled remains of F/W 2008.

Being a size 5 (35 if we’re talking European brands), the availability of fun styles is very limited even at full retail price, so it’s almost impossible to find anything even a smidgen decent on sale. Then, my eyes rested on these Dolce & Gabbana goddesses (discounted down to $199 from $795!), I threw my Amex at the first available sales associate and floated the whole way back to my car in euphoria.

My babiesDolce & Gabbana Oxford, Fall 2008


I love menswear. I have more fun playing in the men’s sections of department stores, touching the tweeds and houndstooths, than I do playing in the women’s chiffons and cashmeres. So, my mind trailed back to the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2008 RTW looks, loaded with menswear for women, and I couldn’t wait to look like the 1920’s cross dresser those crazy Italians sent strutting down that runway.


So I got them home and now I’m faced with the eternal question…what do I wear with them???

I usually buy practical things…such as things I can wear a variety of places and can walk in for hours. These fours inchers are not practical, and now I’m undecided on whether or not I should keep them. My inner fashionista is in love with them…but my inner prude is screaming, “money better spent on something else!” Add this to the fact my wardrobe is anything but expansive or high fashion, and I’m in a dilemma.

So…here is my first attempt at putting something together (with a limited wardrobe, mind you) to help convince myself to keep them:

B.P. shirt, Banana Republic petite waistcoat, Paige Premium Denim, Dolce & Gabbana oxfords

Yea or nay?

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Shoes That Run Small: Franco Sarto

Franco Sarto shoes are great quality at a very affordable price point, not to mention they come in sizes 4 and 4.5! I like Franco Sarto for reliable work shoes (modest looking shoes that are good quality, so I can wear them to death) or for trendy styles that I don’t want to dish out designer shoe prices for. They run about the same price point as Nine West, but in my experience, are much better quality.

Franco Sarto Artist Collection “Hammer” Oxford, $109.95, nordstrom.com
These oxford pumps will look great with the menswear inspired looks this season!


The best place to find Franco Sarto in tiny sizes is Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom stores. If you find a style that you like, but the Nordstrom in your area doesn’t have your size, just ask a sales associate to search for your size in other Nordstrom stores. They will ship your shoes to your home for no extra charge. I recenlty had these Franco Sarto’s shipped to me during a sale. I love Nordstrom!

Zappos.com also has Franco Sarto shoes, but I find that a lot of their offerings start in size 6. If you live near a Nordstom Rack store, you can find tiny Franco Sarto’s for deep discounts.

Shoes That Run Small: Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin, photo from nymag.com by way of Barneys

When clothes that fit are hard to find…wear beautiful shoes! There are many beautiful shoes that run small, which is good news for those of us with tiny feet. For those of us with a small and narrow shoe size, Christian Louboutin will keep us looking chic and stylish with classic styles and that irresistible red sole.


Many of Christian Louboutin’s shoe styles run nice and small, so if you’re a size 4.5 (Euro 34.5), you might be able to fit some size 5’s (Euro 35) with a few strategically placed shoe pads. But if you’re smaller than a size 5, fear not, because Christian Louboutin makes sizes 4 and 4.5.


Christian Louboutin size 5’s are available in high end department stores and online, but that size goes fast, so jump on them quickly. Sizes 4-4.5 are available in Christian Louboutin boutiques, and are often available for special order, so call a boutique and ask! And if that’s still not small enough, you can get a custom made “last” of your foot and have the shoes specially made just for you (at a cost of about $3,000, ouch!).

Note: Patent leather styles fit smaller than regular leather styles, and stretch less, so you might be able to size a 1/2 size up if you normally wear a hard to find size.

In Memoriam: YSL Pumps

When I first saw theses shoes, I fell in love instantly. They were my favorite neutral, grey, with a fun streaked design. I began to imagine all the fantastic outfits these patent leather 3 inch pumps would tie together. Non surprisingly, my size was not available in store, so I scoured the internet for my loves. There they were, at saksfifthavenue.com, and in size 35! And even more exciting, a little note under the item description saying:

Our fit model recommends ordering one half size up as this style runs small

This was great news, as I tend to run on the smaller side of size 35. “Fantastic!” I thought, “maybe I’ll even need to get a size up!” When the package arrived, I was overjoyed! My babies were finally here! I pulled them out of their beautiful box and crispy tissue paper packaging and slipped the first one on. But something was amiss…these “small” shoes were not very small at all! My heel slipped ungracefully out with each step, and the shoe didn’t even touch the top of my foot.

Note the ample space between the heel of my foot and the back of the shoe.
Also note the ample space between the top of my foot and the toe box.


Sadly, not even shoe pads helped remedy the problems, and I returned these shoes to Saks, so if anyone is interested in “small” size 35’s that are not very small at all, give the Beverly Hills store a call.

Perhaps Saks needs a new shoe fit model.