I was saving up to buy these shoes for a while as a 22nd birthday present to myself, and with the help of two of my closest girl friends and their push, I successfully found and purchased my first pair of "red bottoms." The people at the boutique on Madison Ave. in the city were so kind and helpful and really got me excited about my first pair. I mean, I know it's their job, but it was still a really fun experience.
These do run a little bit small and I usually wear an 8.5/9 in shoes, so for these I had to get a 40 and even had them stretched a little bit more. They're painful to walk in the beginning, however after my third or fourth wear, they're no longer a struggle to walk in. These are some tricks that helped me stretch them out a bit more:
- Stuff them with newspaper when they're not being used, there is some sort of "chemical reaction" that happens between the material and the ink. Leave them in the shoe for at least 24 hours.
- Walk around the house in them with cotton socks on.
- Go to a boutique that has a special machine to stretch them, which is what I had done.
There are other techniques such as warm water however, I haven't tried that since the others seem to have done the trick for me.
The sole does get scratched up over time, but it's just something that happens. However, you can take them to a cobbler to get them repaired. I love these shoes and I wear them any chance I get. I think I would definitely get another pair in nude, perhaps the Pigalle 120mm, just because I would love to have those staple pieces to pull together a nice classic look.
Til next time!