Ask Belle: Tortoise-shell Heels for Fall
Oct 13, 2015
What are your thoughts on tortoiseshell pumps and/or flats? I am not a fan of leopard, and recently I’ve been feeling that I need to put some umph in my shoe game (because black on black on black gets old afterawhile). Do you have any good recommendations?
Love the blog! TM
I adore tortoise-shell shoes. Love’ em, can’t get enough of ’em. They’re difficult to find, but so worth it, especially if you want to bring in an animal-print and hate leopard.
Tortoise looks good with shades or brown or black. I also like it with red pieces. And you can use it with navy and other shades of blue in place of nude pumps or brown ones.
Ann Taylor brought back tortoiseshell shoes in a big way this year. The pumps are only available in one size online; I suggest calling the stores if you are desperate for a pair. AT shoes are fairly comfortable. I bought the flats, and they felt great on. (Though, I did not keep them because I need to cut back on my shopping in preparation for my next tuition payment.)
Flats. These ASOS pointed-toe flats are a great entry-level tortoise shoe for $26. These Sole Diva shoes are another great option. If you want to splurge, Ferragamo makes a tortoise flat with a bow and Manolo makes a great basic.
Pumps. Vaneli makes a great slingback pump. I would need to see these Pilner kitten heels in person to make a definitive recommendation, but they could work with black trousers. For a bit of a splurge, try L.K. Bennett.
If anyone knows of another source for tortoise footwear, leave it in the comments. Like I said, they’re hard to find. So if you see a pair you like, snap ’em up before they’re gone.