The best thing I bought this fall? The Valentino low-heeled, ankle strap pumps on Emmanuelle Alt above middle. I have a pair in black and another in beige, and the patent makes them somewhat all-weather. Great with pants and skirts — they have really gone the distance. I know that I will wear them until they fall apart. That will be a sad day.
The WSJ ran a really good article and pictures on the lower-heel trend– I especially love Shala’s vintage pair below left.