Calvin Klein Bronia Review

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Do you ever wish you could wear heels without having a reason to? I have good news for you! You can spruce up your professional AND personal attire with the Calvin Klein Bronia Pump! The sophisticated, yet subtle design, makes it easy to pair these pumps with skirts, leggings, dresses, jeans, and dress slacks. A towering, walk-able 4” stiletto heel will boost your posture and your confidence. The pointed toe and color-block finish are added details for a modern twist. The upper is faux patent leather with a glossy finish to add to the sleek vibe of these pumps. Faux leather is also featured in the lining. There is a gel comfort pod insert for extra comfort and a synthetic sole. These pumps are slip-on style and customers report that they run true to size. The color options available for the Bronia Pump include Black/Dark Navy Patent Smooth, Black/Desert Sand Patent Smooth, and Black/Platinum White Patent Smooth.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Modern aesthetic
  • Designer craftsmanship
  • Gorgeous designs
  • Runs true to size
Cons
  • Stiletto may cause instability
  • Material may wear down quickly
Brand

Brand

The global lifestyle brand, Calvin Klein, exemplifies progressive, bold ideals and a minimal, yet seductive, aesthetic. Their aim is to use provocative imagery and stunning designs to thrill and inspire their audience and ignite their senses. Calvin Klein and his business partner, Barry Schwartz, founded the company in 1968. They have built themselves a high reputation as a leader in American fashion; thanks to their sleek aesthetic and innovative designs. In 2017, Calvin Klein brand products exceeded $9 billion in global retail sales.Globally, the company employs over 10,000 associates. In 2003, Calvin Klein brand was acquired by PVH Corp.

With over 135 years in the game, PVH has been unrivaled at growing brands and business with rich American heritages. Because of this, PVH has become of the largest apparel companies worldwide. They have over 36,000 associates operating in over 40 countries. Annual revenues are reaching almost $9 billion. Along with Calvin Klein, PVH owns Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, Arrow, Speedo, Warner’s, and Olga brands, as well as True & Co. intimates brand. Considering the longevity of the company and the high quality, well known brands that they have acquired over the years, it’s safe to assume that PVH is a business you can trust.
Heel

Heel

The Bronia Pump features a towering 4 inch stiletto heel. A stiletto heel is long and thin and is named after the stiletto dagger. Some businesses/people consider heels to be the more professional choice, over flats. Heels that are 1.5 inch to 4 inches are considered suitable for the workplace. Heels that fall in this range will provide you with a boost without drawing too much attention. If you’re in the market for strictly casual/formal wear, you could consider heels that are 6 inches high, but that would not be acceptable in the business world. You may also want to consider if you are comfortable in a 4 inch heel. 3 inches is the average heel height; but the ideal height could be higher or lower for you personally. Heels up to 4 inches are comfortable to walk in, so long as the shoe is designed with quality material and attention to detail. If you’ve had enough practice, 4 inch heels are manageable by everyone. You may want to try on different heights before deciding to purchase the 4 inch.
Aesthetics

Aesthetics

The glossy finish of the faux patent leather upper on the Bronia Pump screams sleek and trendy! The lacquer that was applied to the leather gives these Pumps a more shiny, attractive look that is sure to provoke your friends and strangers to ask where you got those heels. The colorblock pattern adds a touch of sophistication and sass to any outfit; not to mention multi-tone and contrast. The beautifully tall, slender stiletto heel is the perfect accent that conveniently comes with better posture, improved confidence, classiness, and practicality. There is also a small metal circle adhered to the inside and outside of the upper material at the ankle/heel that offers just the tiniest pop of flavor.

Just because these heels radiate high fashion vibes, doesn’t mean that you can’t sport them with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, or shorts. These stunners are so versatile, you’ll want to have an extra set in your trunk for a convenient grab in a spontaneous endeavor.
Upper

Upper

Synthetic leather is the material used for the upper of the Bronia Pump. It is intended to feel and look like actual leather. The big bonus to synthetic leather is that it doesn’t raise ethical concerns about animal rights. That’s just one of the many advantages to wearing faux leather shoes. One attractive characteristic of synthetic leather is that is is easy to clean. Faux leather is cheaper than genuine leather, simply because it is cheaper to produce. The cows the are used to make genuine leather require things that cost money. They need care, land, and food. It costs money to put the cow down. It costs money and requires time for the cow skin to be treated before a shoe can even be a thought. All of these factors, and more, contribute to genuine leather being more expensive than faux leather.

There is a downside to everything, right? The downside to synthetic leather is that the laminated surface often cracks after a few years of use and cleaning with harsh chemicals; whereas genuine leather has been known to last 10-20 years or even longer. Make sure you’re considering how rough you plan to be on your heels and how long you will need them to last.
Durability

Durability

The upper, lining, and sole are all constructed with synthetic leather material. Synthetic leather is less durable than genuine leather, that is no secret. But, synthetic leather shoes are designed to hold their shape and are usually very durable. Faux leather does beat genuine leather when it comes to water-resistance. Real leather can suffer damage and stains when exposed to the elements. Synthetic leather is meant to hold up against multiple weather conditions and withstand the wear and tear that comes from extended periods of time of walking and running. It can handle more abuse from scratches and scrapes that would typically mar genuine leather. Unlike real leather, synthetic leather is not as prone to cracking or peeling. It also will take a longer time to fade in ultraviolet light. Considering that most of this pump is made with synthetic leather, it is safe to conclude that they will be considerably durable.
Protection

Protection

Let’s face it, heels are not the most protective form of footwear out there. But, that’s not the priority for someone wearing heels, is it? The good news is, for heels, the Bronia Pump does a great job at providing all the protection they could pack into a shoe of this form.

Synthetic leather is made from polyurethane (or similar materials), which has properties in common with plastic. This means that is does not absorb water. This is good news! Faux leather is waterproof and does not require you to apply any waterproofing sprays.

While faux leather provides you with protection against abrasion, it is considerably easier to puncture than genuine leather is. This is because synthetic leather lacks the natural elasticity or structural forgiveness that genuine leather has.

In general, faux leather is not very breathable. Some versions are more breathable than others, but none of which are impressive compared to other materials. Since it is not breathable, these pumps wouldn’t be great protection against sweaty, stinky feet. If you have a problem with either of those, consider adding a moisture-wicking insole.
Color

Color

The Calvin Klein Bronia Pump comes in 3 different color variations. The first is black as the main color and dark navy as the accent color. Believe it or not, black and navy do go together. You just have to be careful with the shades. Also going against everything you’ve been told, navy goes wonderfully with any color. Orange, green, red, yellow, and lavender alike.

With a main color of beige and an accent of black, you can mix and match many colors. Beige is a very light form of yellow, to put it simply. Yellow’s complementary color is blue. A good strategy for putting colors together is to picture them in nature. Sandy beaches is where you can find a lot of beige, with the blue of the ocean right alongside it. Mushrooms in the forest prove that beige and green go well together. Using colors that go together in nature with help you create a balanced and natural color scheme.

The third option is black and platinum white. I don’t think I need to tell you that you can wear this color choice with any and all colors. The classic style of black and white together will never go extinct. The old fashioned trend continues to look sleek and trendy to this day.
Terrain

Terrain

It’s common sense to not wear 4 inch stiletto heels for a hike in the woods. If you’re going to wear these heels out and about, and you know that your plans may, or are going to, include endeavors after the main event, you probably will want to pack up a pair of sneakers or boots or sandals to change into. Not only do you want to protect the tall stiletto heel from breaking or getting stuck in a crack, but you also don’t want to get that gorgeous, shiny faux patent leather dirty or knicked.

If you have special occasions, like a wedding or romantic picnic, that you don’t want to sacrifice wearing heels for, there is a solution. You can buy heel protectors, which are small flexible pieces of durable, recyclable plastic that attach to your heels. They are simple to slip on and off and are reusable. They come with a convenient storage bag you can carry with you in your purse or glove compartment. The protectors allow you to walk on grass, gravel, sidewalks, and other uneven surfaces without sinking in or getting stuck. They add some surface area to your heel, which is what keeps it from getting trapped in cracks and sinking into grass or mud.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Calvin Klein Bronia Pump is unparalleled in aesthetics. With a 4 inch stiletto heel and a sleek look with beautifully contrasting colors you’re guaranteed to receive compliments when you add these heels to any outfit. You can spice up your leggings and tunic by throwing them on. Wear them with rolled up or skinny jeans, skirts, shorts, dresses, dress slacks, you name it. Just because these heels scream fashion and sophistication doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them for whatever you want. As long as you pair your clothing items together well and have confidence, you’ll be able to rock the Bronia Pump any way you want. Quality material and added measures for comfort also make this heel desirable. Consumers report that they run true to size and are a comfortable and easy to walk in. While the Calvin Klein Bronia Pump lacks in areas like breath-ability and support, it is virtually perfect in every other way.