So, how about these Valentina pumps, from J. Crew?
There's something classic and almost vintage about that pointed toe and slender, lower heel. Ideally the color would act like a neutral and work with practically everything.
Then I saw these Elevated Oxford pumps, from Anthropologie:
I lovet the menswear detailing and they look like they might even be comfortable. And they're much less expensive (although still pricey, $148 vs $228). I confess I'm feeling unusually worthy of a shoe splurge since I've already spent several months trekking around in very cheap Reef flip flops — three pairs from previous seasons.
If the golden color turns out to be a bit much, both styles come in other colors, including faded rose, coral, and brown and gray leopard patent for the J. Crew pumps:
And raspberry, which looks purplish brown for the Anthropologie style:
All of these will probably bomb since my feet are terribly delicate and I wouldn't wear these with stockings. But it's fun to fantasize... and it's also free.