Wednesday, October 3, 2012

To the point

Do you, or do you not, love pointy toed shoes? 

I remember when they became a popular trend three different times in my life. The first was in high school in the early 80's (maybe 1983). All the rage was the pointy high heeled pump. I loved the trend and charged right home and into my mother closet to see if I could find any remnants from the 1960's that she had held onto. No luck, so then it was onto Grandma's house and there I found a few pairs, one in particular that I became enamored with; brown leather with a snake skin embossing. I also went and bought myself a black patent pair and I was all set!

These held on until I abandoned the trend and embraced the 1990's, Dr.Marten's, clunky platforms, squarish toed shoes and everything not a pointy toe. Then the early 2000's, I remember distinctly seeing a girl with a beautiful pair of leather pointy toed pumps and a flare jean and I fell in love again. I held onto this love of the pointy toe up until 2006 when I again abandoned them for an almond toe or round ballet flats.

Now, they are back and I have to admit, I'm a bit ambivalent.  I know that when a trend repeats its' self it is not always in the same form as before. Which is good news because, about a year ago, I got rid of all the pointy toes in my closet, with the exception of two pairs. I remember really thinking about it, do I keep them or not? The two I decided to keep were a dark blue suede flat and a black leather pump. I think I deemed them in good shape,of a nice quality and therefore a classic.

So what is different this time around?  To be honest, I really researched  and thought about this to see if mine (the blue and black pair) fit into 2012. Just short of pulling out a protractor and ruler, I made two determinations for 2012: first, the point is not as "pointy" the angle is different and is right about 45 degrees.  Secondly, the length of the point is less severe-the distance between the tip of the point and where the top of the foot becomes visible is shorter. 

So, do I wear these that I've kept around? Or, do I call it a trend that needs a fresh life and buy some new?

I was really, really lucky the other day and I found a brand new pair of black flat Sam Edelman pointy toes at a thrift shop for one dollar. I bought them.


  1. OMG - I can't believe your new sammies were $1.00!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  2. I don't know if I can go back to pointy toes. My toes protest!

    Nice find on the Sam Edelman shoes!

    1. I think the new point is much less severe than 10 years ago, it might give more room!

  3. Excellent point shoe analysis! Sam Edelman for $1! Whoo hoo!

    1. Yeah, you can probably tell I've been rolling this around in my mind for a while.