The Vine: August 31, 2012
I need the Nation's help finding me a pair of shoes, because apparently I'm too picky and my google-fu is failing me. Actually, I suspect part of my problem is that I'm too hung up on the perfection of the shoes I'm trying to replace — my Sofft Calypsos. I had two pairs of these fantastic shoes, and as a performer I used them in place of character shoes for everything: operas, dancing, recitals, auditions. They were the most comfortable heels I've ever owned, I could wear them with or without hose, and as an added bonus the flirty little flower at the ankle always elicited compliments and shoe envy.
And then, disaster! I lost both pairs (along with my house and all the rest of my stuff) in a wildfire last year. When I went to Zappos to buy some more, I was horrified to discover that Sofft had discontinued the Calypso, and I was probably several years too late to pick up any lingering overstock. Every couple of months I go online to search for Calypsos or something close, but I've had no luck. Sofft has a new pump called the Vercelli that's sort of like the Calypso, but the heel taller and is not quite as wide and chunky (the low, chunky heel provided great balance in the Calypso), and they're only available in suede (which won't hold up as well to the kind of all-weather on-stage wear I need them for).
So does anyone out there in the Nation know where I can find a Mary-Jane-style pump with the following qualifications:
- Low heel (1.5" – 2")
- Black leather
- Wide heel (see the Calypso pic for an idea of what I'm looking for)
- Rounded toe
- Slip on strap (no buckle unless it's just for adjusting the strap, which should be attached with elastic)
- Good traction
- Good arch support
- Soft footbed (preferred, but not a dealbreaker)
- Relatively plain, passable as a character shoe
- Good flexibility, with a minimal break-in period
I have looked at thousands of shoes, but I am starting to think that the only way to get what I want is to invent a time machine and go stock up on Calypsos in 2008 before they disappear forever. I need some first-hand recommendations!
Still saving some insurance money for shoes
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