Nicholas Kirkwood pearl-detail pumps

Nicholas Kirkwood black pumps wiyth pearl black shoes with pearl tucked under heel

Nicholas Kirkwood pumps, $853

Well, there’s a first time for everything, and this is definitely the first time I’ve seen something like this. Whatever “this” is. I mean, I THINK that’s a pearl tucked under the heel: a fake one, anyway. What it’s DOING under the heel of this shoe, however, is anyone’s guess. I think it’s supposed to feel a little bit like a hidden gem, tucked away where you least expect it, and if so, it’s certainly achieved that.

As far as shoes go, however, while I appreciate the attempt to do something different, I’m less taken with the result, which just strikes me as a little awkward, with the heel bending around the pearl. I’d also worry about damaging that pearl while wearing these: I’m assuming it’s pretty strongly anchored to the sole, but I can be clumsy at the best of times, so having ANYTHING attached to the soles of my shoes would probably be a bad idea for me! I’m also not sure how visible it would be when worn: these photos are obviously taken at eye level, but when you wear the shoes, they’ll be viewed from above, so I’d be interested to see how apparent they are then, or whether they are truly “hidden gems”.

What do you think of these? I show you a lot of shoes with giant embellishments on the toes, and we’re all very used to that look by now, but what about giant embellishments tucked under the heels?

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