Sergio Rossi metallic and patent leather pumps

black sergio rossi pumps with gold trim

Sergio Rossi pumps, $695

Earlier this week I was talking about the different techniques designers can use to make a simple, pointed-toe pump stand out from the crowd, and these Sergio Rossi stilettos are a really good example of one of those techniques.

Without the gold leather section snaking around the foot, these would be just another pair of black court shoes, albeit a very nicely shaped pair. Add that simple little detail, however, and they become the kind of shoes that make you mentally stop in your tracks when you see them, as I did when I spotted these a Net-a-Porter. The overall look is sleek and unfussy, but the contrasting section gives the shoe a bit of wow factor, as does the d’orsay cut, which reveals even more of that gold:

gold and black shoes

How to save these shoes?

Net-a-Porter have styled these with a classic black shift dress, and black was my first choice of colour for these, too: they’re the kind of shoes that will provide the focal point of any outfit you wear them with, so I’ve decided to let them take centre stage, with an all-black outfit. To keep things interesting, I’ve added a variety of textures, which I think is important when you’re wearing head-to-toe black. In addition to the patent leather on the shoes, I’ve used a matte leather skirt, a wool sweater (with a touch of gold on the shoulder, to pick up the gold on the shoes) and accessories which stick to the black and gold theme:

what to wear with black stilettos

What to wear with black stilettos:

Whistles leather pencil skirt // Marc Cross bag // Versus turtleneck // Lafont Desiree glasses // Right on Time watch


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