My current shoe collection mostly consists of nude and black colors, with the occasional "color pop" sandal, and by occasional, I really mean one pair. However, when I saw these silver metallic Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps, I knew that they would be a useful addition to my wardrobe, providing just the right amount of "BAM!" to my outfits. These shoes, my friends, were destined to be mine, and I scooped them up after ogling and dreaming about them for quite some time.
One of the reasons why I wanted to dedicate a post just to these shoes was because I wanted to talk about the sizing. When it comes to designer shoes, sizing tends to be a bit inconsistent with non-designer shoes--they usually run on the smaller side, but every once in awhile they will run true to size (TTS) or even large.
Now, with the case of these Anouk pumps, I was at a crossroads when it came to choosing a size. Let me mention right now that I'm normally a 7.5 in non-designer shoes, with a narrow-to-normal width. Although the reviews regarding the Anouk pump sizing were mixed, (too small vs. TTS), my feet tend to run on the narrower side, and when your feet are narrow, many times you can get away with wearing your true shoe size while everyone else has to size up. So I ordered a 37.5 (European sizing). When I received the shoes, however, while it fit me perfectly in the heel and in width, the toe area was just too tight. So tight in fact, that my toes were extremely scrunched and even overlapping in a few places. A couple of reasons for this: (1) pointed-toe pumps are usually smaller/tighter in the toe box than their non-pointed counterparts, and (2) my toes are quite long. (Just like my long piano fingers.) I know shoes stretch over time, but I don't think any amount of stretching could have fixed the overlapping and scrunching. When I exchanged the pumps for a 38, (equivalent to a Size 8), the toe area fit perfectly! The heel area, on the other hand, was another story. It was loose--not so loose that my entire foot would come out, but loose enough to have a little bit of heel slippage. (You can see it a little bit in the pictures.)
The solution? Instead of exchanging the shoes (again) back to a 37.5 and trying to stretch out the toe box, I decided that it would be a better idea to insert heel grips so that my heel won't slip out of the shoe.
My recommendation? If your feet run narrow and your toes are short-to-normal length, get the Anouks in your regular shoe size. If not, then start by going half a size up.
What do you think of these Jimmy Choo Anouk pumps? Do you usually size up, size down, or are TTS with designer shoes?
PS -- For those of you in the market for a more affordable pair of silver metallic pumps, check out these other cute options here and here!