Shoe Love: Valentino 'Couture Bow d'Orsay Pump'

How do I love shoes?
Let me count the pairs...

If you have been a follower of the blog for awhile you will know that I love shoes. I am always looking for new pairs and you can often find my latest lust worthy pair in my What I Want Wednesday or What I Wore posts. After my Shoemint review and a few pics of my closet on Twitter I had quite a few of you comment that you wanted to see more of my shoes. Well, my friends, I am going to show you! This will be a post every week or two. I would love to hear from you what you would like to know about the shoes or designer. All shoes are NOT made equally so ask away!

I am not a classic dresser. I often favor a slightly edgy, California casual look. BUT I do believe that you should own classic pieces in your wardrobe...shoes NOT excluded. My Valentino Bow Pumps are not only classic in shape and color but they are a classic piece in the Valentino collection. These shoes are the epitome of what Valentino stands for. Valentino believes that the only color after Black and White is red. His collections were feminine, flirty and girly. You will see bows and roses in a majority of his pieces. Knowing that about the famous designer and longstanding design house I knew that I had to own a classic. This is the first pair of Valentino shoes that I bought back in 2008. I chose to buy them in red to own a pop color and to have a really sexy pair of shoes. Red is such a sexy color and I feel sexy when I wear them.


Valentino runs true to size for me in their pumps. This pair is a size 39 (US 8 1/2-9) and fits perfectly. Open toed heels always feel a little big because there is room for your toes to move around. Valentino makes shoes in many heel heights. These are slightly on the shorter side (especially for my shoe wardrobe). I have a few pairs of sandals and they run a half size big. All my sandals are 38 1/2.

I have definitely babied these shoes. I have not worn them outside. I wear them inside and have worn them for hours. I add a padded insert to the back of the heel to prevent sliding. Due to the open toe and side cut out the can slip off easily. I wore these shoes to work a lot and to a few events. They look great with a simple dress and totally punch up your basic jeans and collared button up.

These shoes are comfortable for about four hours. Any longer than that I would definitely add inserts like foot petals or Dr. Scholl's. The sole is on the thinner side and there is no platform. They hug your toes but don't pinch.

*** This is where your questions come in. I will add to this section if you all want to know more. I appreciate the feedback***

DISCLAIMER: I feel more comfortable in HIGH heels. I worked in Retail for 8 years. YES, I wore HIGH shoes every day so I am used to being in them!


  1. These shoes are gorgeous and super sexy!! I'm in love with them. Such a classic pair that will ALWAYS be wearable. L.O.V.E!

  2. No questions. Just awe. You lucky lady.

  3. These shoes are so dreamy! Perfection- I say :)

  4. I love these! They may be my favorite pair you have showcased so far. Super cute.

  5. GORGEOUS!!! i used to wear high heels ALL THE TIME too. i would actually LEAVE my heels at work and wear flats in and change into my heels at work!!! =) now it is easier and more comfy (for me) to wear wedges. just bought THREE pairs yesterday (oops)!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  6. those shoes are AMAZING! I love Valentino...only have one pair...of white little kitten heels but love wearing them.
    These red ones are perfection!

  7. These have been on my must-buy-at-some-point list forever but i've never pulled the trigger. They're gorgeous and so classic! Thanks for the fit details!


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