I needed a classic black pump for interviews, and found one at Brooks Brothers a few weeks ago. It was my first experience with the brand, and the WASP aesthetic is totally over the top (especially out here on the West Coast). However, I’m very pleased with this shoe. The heel height is just right, as is the fit and style–I needed an anonymous, non-flashy shoe that would see me through a variety of situations, not the least of which being job interviews. There is a decent amount of padding in the insole, and the heel is narrow enough to prevent your foot from slipping out, while the toe is almond-shaped and not too constricting. (*and they’re currently 50% off*)
For the last two years after grad school, I’ve been a temporary hire in my city’s school district. Basically, this means I’ve been hired in mid-October, once student enrollment levels have been confirmed and an extra teacher is needed, and I’ve legally been required to be laid off in mid-June, due to the nature of the contract. While I’m enjoying the part-time nature of the work (and the high hourly pay that somewhat makes up for it), a little more certainty about my next paycheck would be, umm, nice. Good thing I like my night job, which is playing music, and blessedly year-round.
At any rate, these last two summers I’ve spent interviewing, as the economy has resulted in an unusually large amount of teachers laid off, and a correspondingly deep candidate pool. I’m proud to say that I’ve made it to the last round of interviews several times, but when you’ve had one part-time teaching job under your belt, compared to teachers with 7-8 years of experience and former heads of math departments, well you know how it goes.
At any rate, to make a long story shorter, I anticipate these heels to get lots of use this summer!