June 7, 2013

Leather v. Pleather

Navy up top and grey on the bottom. Pretty simple. Just another suit separates combination that I haven't shown on de blog yet. Wore this last week on another rainy dreary day. So, I know I just talked about shoes in one of my last posts but I want to talk about them again. Recently I've been buying more expensive shoes because I truly have noticed a difference in comfort and how long I can wear my heels when wearing leather shoes vs pleather shoes. However, these shoes below are one of the several exceptions in my closet. They are from Forever 21 and are some of the most comfortable heels I own. I am going to be so sad when they inevitably need to be retired - they will probably last me through this summer, and maybe less if I get caught in the rain with them again. What's your take on leather vs pleather shoes? Do you spend the money to get the real deal? Do you have any inexpensive shoes that are more comfortable than your leather pairs?
Blazer: Theory (currently on sale at Nordstrom)
Top: Ann Taylor (similar)
Belt: Ann Taylor (similar)
Pants: Kohls, altered into straight leg (similar)
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)
Bracelet: Ebay (similar)
(not pictured) Silver ball earrings: unknown (similar)


  1. I've found the same thing - for the most part, the pricey shoes are made better and last longer. They are typically more comfortable too. There are always exceptions, of course, but I started to notice I was replacing my cheapo pleather shoes way more often than the nice ones, so I was actually spending way more on shoes than if I just bought a real pair. Good to know some Forever21 shoes are actually really comfortable!

  2. I totally agree. More expensive shoes do last longer and leather lasts longer. But sometimes it is nice to get something trendy that won't last long at a cheaper price. Thanks for linking up.



  3. Lovely professional outfit! :) I've found leather shoes age better and last longer too. And they are definitely more comfortable for me! I hold out for sales and check outlets, a lot of my leather shoes from sales are cheaper than the full price pleather ones I used to buy.

  4. Once upon a time I had a pair of Cole Haan pumps that I was very proud of. And then, for no apparent reason, other than to ruin my day, one of the heels broke off. I ended up ducking into a Payless and buying a pair of plain black pumps for $20 to get me through until my "good" ones could be repaired. The Payless shoes were comfortable, needed no breaking in, and looked almost exactly like the super expensive ones. It was like, *mind blown*

  5. I've been trying to be smarter about buying shoes. If the inside is plastic, I immediately pass no matter what. I hate my feet getting stuck to my shoes, and how uncomfortable they are. That's my only rule!

  6. that's the worst thing about pleather heels, especially in the summer

  7. i also have a pair of payless pumps that are super comfortable! it's very hit or miss though, but i love being surprised every once in a while

  8. PS - did you happen to get the email that ann taylor is having 50% off full price shoes in store and online this weekend? i might take the opportunity to buy a pair of the perfect pumps

  9. every once in a while i find a cheap pair that exceeds my expectations, but i think the safer bet is to just buy nicer leather shoes. my feet should thank me haha