Originally Posted by JLibourel
I love opera pumps. I would try to get the A-E Ritz on closeout if I thought I were likely to wear formal or semi-formal evening wear in the foreseeable future. I love opera pumps because, so far from being effeminate, they hark back to an era of court dress when an affront to another gentlemen was likely to get you called out to a "meeting" where you were likely to end up with a sword through your guts!
(My apologies to forum regulars who have heard these sentiments from me before.)
The vamp on the Ritz is too high, too much like a loafer and not enough like a pump. Most other pumps have leather heels.
I prefer calf pumps over patent leather. While velvet, grosgrain, or satin/silk don't adhere to the rules, I wouldn't throw you out of my party if you wore them.