Ever since I became aware of Sofia Coppola and began aspiring to her level of understated chicness, I've developed a thing for ankle-strap heels, particularly those that are open on the sides, black and of a sensible height.
The simplest shoes tend to be the hardest to find at a not-Céline/The Row price point, so this is not a style I come across often, and when I do, I buy. There have been quite a few pairs that match the above description in my closet over the years, but it's been a while since I've seen anything that fits the bill. But leave it to Rachel Comey, also the purveyor of my favorite simple black ankle boots, to be attuned to my footwear needs.
If someone asked me to design my ideal shoe, it would more or less be this. Unfortunately, I'm not the only one who appreciates this shoe's perfection, because it appears to be sold out everywhere in my size. This is probably good because I don't really need them, except that I really do.
Rachel Comey Bali closed toe Mary Jane in black, $395, available at Need Supply.
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