No idea how I stumbled across this post, but I've been reading many of the responses and had to chime in (after having a good laugh, of course).
I've never been one for fashion, but over the past couple of years I've really started to find my "sense of style." I love feeling "girly" but hate spending a lot of money on clothes. Therefore, I do a lot of bargain shopping (i.e. thrift stores) and finding the perfect cute dress to wear with pumps gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Anyway, I don't wear high heels but I LOVE pumps and kitten heels. I have to wear the Mary Jane styles or t-straps or else they slip off my heel. This is also why I don't wear flats. Not only do pumps make me feel girly, but I have to admit I love the sound of my heels clicking on the floor.
I did a lot of research on "teacher shoes" before getting my job and was really bummed to see that the typical comfortable "teacher shoe" was definitely not my style. However, I did find brand names like Born and Naturalizer and after doing some digging on Ebay I found some really great shoes that were really affordable. I recently found a pair of red Aerosoles on Shoes.com that have completed my basic collection of pumps. I now have a pair of browns, blacks, and reds.
Here are the reds that I have:
My black pair and brown pair are different brands, but a similar style. My co-workers think I am crazy wearing heels, but my feet don't hurt at the end of the day - that's a well made shoe for ya!