2 Ways to Wear Oxblood Pumps

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If you’re a Kate Middleton fan as I am, you may have already heard of L.K.Bennett — Kate’s go-to brand for classic pumps. Already a popular luxury high street brand in the U.K., they’ve been slowly gaining ground here in the U.S. and just launched on Zappos this year.

I’ve had my eye on their pumps for a while, but I hadn’t tried them yet so I was thrilled when Zappos invited me to sample a pair and partner with them to help spread the word about one of their newest luxury brands.

It took me days to choose a pair to feature because they’re all so gorgeous. I debated about a pair of classic nude stilettos or even a pair of casual ankle boots, but I finally settled on these suede pumps in a luscious shade of oxblood. I wanted to choose a shoe I knew I would get a lot of wear out of, and these are perfect for dressing up or down as I will show you in this post!

I have to say, these may very well be the world’s most perfect pumps. I’m obsessed. They have an almond shaped toe that is super flattering, and the 2 1/2″ wrapped block heel is the perfect height for giving you a little lift while allowing you to walk comfortably all day.

The materials and workmanship are the quality you would expect from a luxury brand that is frequently worn by the duchess of Cambridge. The suede is soft and supple, they have a leather insole with a padded footbed, and the rubber outsole allows you to walk with confidence and not worry about slipping.

I wore these shoes all day Sunday and found them to be extremely comfortable. They were a little stiff at first, but they softened up as time went on. I wore them again the day of this photo shoot, and I didn’t want to take them off when we were done. I even wore them around the house for a while when I got back. Ha!

These pumps do run a little bit small so I recommend sizing up a half-size.

I wanted to share a few different ways to style these shoes because when you invest in a luxury shoe, you definitely want to get a lot of wear out of it, but of course you can recreate these looks with any burgundy pumps.

The great thing about a pair of pumps is that you can dress them up or down, and with the 2 1/2″ block heel, these are practical for everything from work to dinner to church to a trip to the mall with girlfriends if you’re feeling sassy!

I first styled one of my typical dressed-up casual looks and paired these shoes with raw hem skinny jeans. Then I topped it off with a camel sweater and a black leather jacket. I love wearing oxblood with camel in the fall. It’s such a classy combination, and then the leather jacket gives off that edgy vibe that I love.

I kept my accessories simple and wore a long pendant necklace. Another option would be a plaid scarf that integrates the colors of the outfit.

The leopard clutch adds pattern and texture and brings the camel and black together, while the pearl earrings are classy and understated.

I love how the oxblood suede adds a luxurious pop of fall color to this otherwise neutral outfit.

I also wanted to show a more office-appropriate outfit with these pumps because the classic styling makes them perfect for workwear.

This time I wore them with black pants and a blush bell sleeve sweater.

I carried a black satchel that is perfect for the office, but you may prefer a tote that can hold your laptop.

I love this combination of blush and oxblood; it’s so elegant and modern. This is also a great look for church or a work conference or any occasion when you want a conservative but fashion-forward outfit that makes you look polished and confident.

When I wear these shoes, I can almost picture myself having afternoon tea in a quaint London cafe with my bestie, Kate Middleton. I’m pretty sure we’d be besties if we had the chance, don’t you?

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photo credit: Allison Cornell Photography