ALDO Nicholes Pump Review

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For a brand like ALDO, most people see their classic, clean styles and don’t realize their dedication to the people who create, sell, and buy their products. ALDO wanted to take an ethical approach to shoes. When they create footwear, they want it to help foster a sense of community, confidence, and love. While their compassion isn’t apparent in this sky-high Nicholes pump, their desire for a more confident customer is. You will look like a million dollars when you step out in this chunky-heeled, pointy-toed pump. Anyone who loves bold lines and stacked heels will be enchanted by this Nicholes by ALDO.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • 4¼-Inch Heel
  • Great Traction
  • Multiple Color Options
  • Adjustable Heel Strap
  • Cushioning On Footbed
Cons
  • Narrow In Toe
  • Minimal Support
Color

Color

These days it can be so hard to find staple heels for a night out, office party, or first date. While designers were putting out a lot of truly colorful options in the last few years, including ALDO, it became rare to see true neutrals coming from cutting-edge brands. Kitten heels could be found in nude, black, and navy, but it was hard to find truly high options that weren’t in jewel tones or brocade. This Nicholes by ALDO has really versatile color options. It comes in two prints, one is a delicate floral on a light background and the other is a bright and beautiful print that is reminiscent of paisley pocket-squares. These bold prints are completely stunning but ALDO doesn’t forget to include the less
Comfort

Comfort

This is a very high heel with a very simple structure, so comfort isn’t going to be a very prominent feature of the Nicholes. While reviewers found it to be surprisingly comfortable despite its height, this is a little bit too high to be any kind of practical shoe. Save this option for parties or date night, because it won’t feel great for a casual day in the city or even a longer-than-normal stroll. What helps it be not so painful is the thick heel and cushioning of the footbed. It still isn’t enough to make this shoe palatable enough to be considered actually comfortable. It needs reiterating that buyers did feel that it was comfortable considering what it is, which is a special occasion shoe, more than anything. If you want to wow the crowd or accent a seductive outfit you have in the works, this ALDO will definitely amp up your style. If you need a heel you can depend on for all-day wear, something more conservative would be much more realistic if you do not regularly wear very high heels.
Durability

Durability

What is so great about ALDO is the quality they put into every shoe. When they were one of the first brands making the colorful leather mules, they were also the brand that was making the highest quality of that style. Same goes for their heels. This Nicholes pump is textile, but it is a strong fabric that won’t tear or fray. Visible glue and tearing or coming apart tends to be a nightmare, and heels are a frequent victim of these things. This ALDO is made with extreme care to ensure that won’t be a problem for wearers. Many reviewers who found it comfortable exclaimed that they were wearing it every day and it still looked as gorgeous as the first day they bought it. The wrapped heel won’t scratch due to it being covered in fabric, and rubber soles are the best material for lasting wear on a heel. Overall, this shoe will hold up well despite its delicate appearance. The area that will be most prone to breakage is the ankle strap, so be careful with yanking and pulling when you’re trying to secure it onto yourself. Just stay mindful when working with the thin fabric loop that the ankle strap is threaded through.
Fit

Fit

Many reviewers claimed that this ALDO fit true to size, which is awesome, but they had a lot more to say about how it fit. While those who the shoe worked for felt it was relatively comfortable, if not a bit uncomfortable for long periods of time, many said the actual build of the shoe was problematic for them. The way the shoe arches up due to not having a platform made many reviewers feel they were going to fall out of the shoe as soon as they stood up. A common complaint was of tightness in the toe area. Pointed-toed footwear can often be an issue for anyone with a wide toe box or long toes. They squeeze and pinch. In a shoe that is this high, where most the pressure will be on the ball-of-foot, there not being room for toe spreading make it quite uncomfortable to wear for many wearers. It was much too tight to work for multiple purchasers and this resulted in a return. This is a pretty big risk when considering buying this shoe, so be wary of purchase if you have wide or long toes, because there simply will not be space in the toe box of this shoe for them.
Heel

Heel

The heel on this ALDO is absolutely lovely. Block heels are great for a variety of reasons. They increase the stability of a heel, which is awesome for heel wearers. Block heels also disperse some of the pressure from just one point on the heel, more evenly distributing the pressure from the ground when standing. This block heel is four-and-a-quarter inches, so it packs quite a punch in terms of height while making quite a statement with your favorite outfit. Another helpful boost for this stunning heel on the Nicholes by ALDO is the fact that it is a wrapped heel. This makes the whole shoe look much more cohesive, as it flows perfectly into the heel section of the upper. The sleek design is simple but eye-catching. This is the type of shoe to absolutely turn heads. Another benefit of the wrapped heel is that it will prevent large scratches or scuffs on the heel from showing immediately. Though the fabric may eventually wear, the heel itself will present much cleaner and newer for much longer than it would if it was just a block heel left completely exposed. Reviewers really loved the aesthetics that this shoe offered, and it is easy to see why when you look at it on. It elongates the leg and gives you a bit of height. A great pick for a last minute dress you forgot to hem!
Notable Features

Notable Features

The Nicholes by ALDO is a very basic pump. Though it looks a bit intimidating and definitely has a sophisticated appearance, it is a very basic style that has become a favorite due to its simple elements. The ankle strap looks sweet and delicate. It offsets the chunky heel of the Nicholes extremely well. This strap also helps to ensure you are staying firmly in the shoe while standing, as the heel of the foot can sometimes move away from the footbed while walking in high heels, which is obviously pretty dangerous. The footbed of this ALDO is lined, but it also has a bit of padding on both the heel and the ball of the foot. Very high heels really need a bit more cushion if they are going to be wearable, so this is great news for those who love this look. To finish off this sleek and sophisticated look, the toe is pointed to perfection. Not only do pointed toes elongate the leg, but they also have a slimming effect on the foot and ankle, which is flattering as well, compounding the elongating effect.
Outsole

Outsole

What too many heels lack is a substantial rubber outsole. While the ball of foot on this ALDO Nicholes pump is not rubber, it does have some traction to it. Smoothed bottoms on the ball of the foot seem to be really common in heels and it is always refreshing to see a shoe that includes traction on both parts of the shoe. Due to the heel of the Nicholes being a block heel, there is actually quite a bit of the rubber sole making contact with the ground. Since the heel strikes first, this will absorb a lot of the shock from when your foot strikes the ground. Mixed materials on the ball of the foot help the traction even more on the Nicholes Pump. Even though there isn’t much to the outsole of this pump by ALDO, its performance speaks for itself.
Price

Price

One thing that people tend to love about ALDO is that they’re surprisingly really affordable. Generally, high heels can set you back one hundred dollars or more. While this may be reasonable to many, and in the case of some shoes an absolute steal, many of us cannot justify buying a heel that we won’t wear frequently for that kind of money. To keep up with the trends, it is important to learn how to look for a great deal in footwear. ALDO consistently provides spectacular pricing for its gorgeous options. You can get all the look of a high-priced, stylish, and current item, at a price that won’t devastate your wallet. This Nicholes pump by ALDO is almost half of the price of its competitors. Anyone who knows shoes knows that that is going to be a fantastic deal for the consumer. A shoe such as this may not become your new daily pump, but you can definitely strut your stuff in these Nicholes pumps and do so without any buyers remorse.
Stability

Stability

One thing about high heels is that they probably aren’t going to be very stable when comparing them to other shoes. Unless the shoe is a wedge or platform, any serious height on a shoe, like this heel of over four inches, is going to leave you feeling a little bit wobbly. While we understand that is the case and aren’t expecting this shoe to be especially stable, it actually performs pretty decently due to the width of the heel. This block heel is placed a bit closer to the midfoot than a narrower heel would be, so that creates a better balance due to how we bear our weight on our feet. The thicker width also allows for the pressure to be dispersed over a greater surface area, as mentioned before. That makes this a relatively stable heel, as far as very high heels go. Though I wouldn’t recommend break dancing or running a marathon in this ALDO Nicholes pump, you could pretty confidently stand in it without teetering over. For those who have the confidence to wear heels, this shoe is going to be a cakewalk to navigate in due to its proportions. The base is so much more substantial than the upper also helps to balance the shoe, with the ankle strap being the finishing touch for securing it to your foot.
Support

Support

Despite having a bit of cushion in the footbed, this ALDO Nicholes does lack support. This won’t hurt your arch due to being too flat, but it very well could overextend it, so be careful if you are not used to this kind of height. There isn’t even any lining within the shoe, which means there is little cushion preventing rubbing and keeping your foot resting where it should be within it. The heel is supportive because it is a chunky block heel, but with no platform, it can be more of a strain on the foot than anything else. While heels that are a little more aimed towards being supportive are available, this is simply just not one of them. There are much safer options if you need a supportive shoe. Without the ankle strap, these can even be hard to keep on at all during a night out.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Anyone who is on the lookout for a sleek pump with an edge, this Nicholes by Aldo is going to be right up their alley. The heel is thick and chunky but still has a slim silhouette. It is bare bones and modern without being boring. Any heel lover will immediately see the value in this affordable ALDO Nicholes pump. While it isn’t the best for long term wear or those with long or wide toes, it functions wonderfully as an elegant black heel to wear when you’re feeling daring.