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Chantal's Triple-Buckle Mary Jane Pumps

For those days where you need to look sophisticated *and* walk backwards in heels.
Tabitha Simmons "Ginger" pumps, $745, available at Moda Operandi. 

Tabitha Simmons "Ginger" pumps, $745, available at Moda Operandi. 

I have spent many years lusting after Tabitha Simmons's patterned and texture-heavy shoe designs without ever really coming close to pulling the trigger on a pair. The price point isn't insignificant, and I was honestly satisfied with appreciating them from afar — through a computer screen or the pages of a magazine. 

But recently, as I've wondered what kind of walkable but not orthopedic, close-toed but not a boot, and understated but distinctive shoe to wear this fall to do things like, for example, appear on stage at FashionistaCon, my feelings have changed. Are Tabitha Simmons's patent leather Mary Jane "Ginger" pumps what I've been looking for? They have three — three! — levels of buckles. Man, I love buckles. Also, the heel is low and thick, perfect for gliding over subway grates with ease. Plus, patent leather is basically waterproof (well, much more waterproof than normal leather or suede), so it's a smart choice as we approach another snowpocalyptic season. I can even wear them with socks; everyone says that's very hot right now, while also, I imagine, being decently warm.

Okay, sure: they are black and boring in comparison to the rest of the designer's bold, colorful offerings. I don't care! These "Ginger" heels are just like Fred Astaire's famous dance partner: graceful, smart and effortlessly timeless.

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Tabitha Simmons "Ginger" pumps, $745, available at Moda Operandi. 

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