I really liked these shoes when I bought them – about 5 or 6 years ago in London. They are from Nine West, and were relatively expensive (especially as at the time we only got about 38p to the dollar!).
But I found myself most disappointed when, only a few months later, almost the exact same shoe (same toe, straps, slingback etc, but with a chunkier heel) was being sold at a discount store for considerably less than I paid. Suddenly these shoes were everywhere, and the shoes I thought were great in London somehow lost their sparkle. Which, on reflection, I think is a bit sad – something I originally liked so much shouldn’t be less special just because everyone has the same thing. But that was how I felt at the time (and a part of that was annoyance that I’d paid too much for mine, and brought them all the way back from London thereby excluding another pair of shoe possibilities!). And when I chipped a bit of leather off the left toe (you can just see it in the first photo), I consigned them to the back of the wardrobe.
Looking at them again with the benefit of some years, I think, in the end, my mistake was to stop wearing these – they are quite comfortable and after all, I do love a slingback!