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Tyler's Splurge-Worthy Patent Pumps

The lesson: Don't borrow shoes you can't afford.
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I've seen Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps in fashion spreads and on the feet of chic editors for years and never quite understood it. They seemed simultaneously too young and too old, as well as too prim for me.

Well, that all changed when I borrowed a pair. They made me feel sophisticated and oddly powerful -- probably because of the block heel, which made that satisfying "click" sound on the floor and didn't cause crippling pain after hours of wear. Now I not only want a pair, I want every pair I can get my hands on. I loved them in basic black, but did you know that you can also customize your own Varas at the Salvatore Ferragamo website?

Yeah, I'm in trouble.

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