A month ago I made a very big purchase. I had just graduated university, moved to a new city, and celebrated my 22nd birthday. I figured that these things, along with a genuine need for a pair of heels that could take me from an interview to a date night, justified splurging on my first pair of designer heels. So, I decided on the Jimmy Choo Romy 100s in kid leather (also known as smooth leather).
I’ve owned these shoes for over a month now, so I thought I’d post a review of my thoughts on them so far to help anyone considering purchasing a pair of their own! I’ve scored these shoes on different areas and my ratings are at the bottom of this post, just in case you want to grab the facts in a hurry!
To begin, I think it’s VERY important to stress that Jimmy Choos (and most other designer shoe brands) are handmade, meaning that each pair fits slightly differently. I’d strongly recommend trying the shoes on in store and walking around in them to make sure they fit properly rather than ordering a pair online, even if you’ve bought shoes from them before.
I tried on my Jimmy Choos at the end of the day to make sure my feet were good and swollen (your feet swell slightly at the end of the day, so this is the best time to shoe shop, FYI). I got my shoes in a size 8, which is a half size up from what I normally wear. Still, they were tight when I tried them on, almost to the point where they were pinching my toes because I have a wider foot. I wavered between getting a size 8 or a size 8.5, and I’m very glad I got the 8s. I wore the shoes inside my apartment for about an hour each day and within a week they had completely moulded to my feet and didn’t hurt at all. There is definitely quite a bit of stretch in the leather, so don’t be afraid to get a size that’s a tad snug on you.
In terms of the soles of these shoes, they are made with a more durable leather than the rest of the shoe, but they are still leather. After a few walks outside, my soles were already quite scuffed from the pavement. I knew this would happen when I bought them, but if you don’t like the idea of the soles scuffing easily then I’d definitely advise you to pass on these shoes in favour of a sturdier sole (Valentinos are a great alternative option). The soles on these also mean that you need to be quite careful of what you’re stepping in because it won’t take too much to damage them. That means being mindful of puddles, rocks, and uneven sidewalk. These are definitely shoes that you’d want to carry in a bag if you have to walk a far distance. I’ve included a close-up of the scuffing.
In terms of the walkability of these shoes, I’d definitely say that you should be fairly comfortable in heels before purchasing these. With a 100mm (4 inch) heel and no platform, they definitely require heel experience. However, I found them quite easy to walk in after a few strolls around the block. The price you pay is definitely worth it as these shoes mould to your feet perfectly in no time at all. They have a very slight upward curve in the toe of the shoe which makes for easier walking (pictured here). I’ve found that this helps to prevent excessive pressure on the balls of your feet compared to other shoes of similar height, although that will definitely vary depending on your comfort in heels and personal opinion.
The upper leather of the shoes is really nice and soft. I decided to get the smooth leather over pebbled or patent just because I like the look of smooth leather, but this means that the shoes are more likely to scuff or wrinkle. Smooth leather is generally less durable than patent or pebbled, so this is something to take into consideration. Smooth leather will stretch more, but sturdier leathers like the ones mentioned above are less likely to scratch and tend to hold up to more wear. The Jimmy Choo Romys are also available in black patent, so that’s an option for anyone who’s worried about excessive scratching or damage. So far, I have a few wrinkles in the shoe of my foot that’s slightly bigger – something I don’t love but can tolerate.
Overall, I really like my Jimmy Choo Romy 100s. They are a gorgeous classic black that will never go out of style and will hopefully last a long time. They do require extra care because of the leather sole and the smooth leather upper, but I don’t mind the bit of extra work. I care for my shoes using the tips I discussed in my post Caring for Your Clothes: The Shoe Edition. They aren’t beginner shoes in terms of the heel height, but they are easy to adjust to after a few wears. I’d definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a classic black pump to add to their wardrobe and enjoy for years to come.
Durability: 6.5/10 | Wearability: 7/10 | Stretch: 9/10 | Appearance: 9/10 | Overall: 8/10
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