"First off, these are 3-inch heels - not 2 1/2. 2 1/2 is my cutoff point, because I don't do well in heels. I ordered these online, so I had no way of knowing that. That aside, these shoes are gorgeous. I bought them to go with a pants suit and dress that each have a hint of turquoise in them, and the shoes make a fabulous accent to my outfits. They are on the greener side of turquoise, which could be an issue if your outfit is on the bluer side. As for the ankle strap, which a number of reviewers have complained about, I am pleasantly surprised. I can fasten it loosely enough that it doesn't rub my ankle, but the shoe still stays in position. I did keep the shoes, in spite of the heel height, because they are just too perfect for my needs, but I won't wear them on days when I have to do a lot of walking at work. (That's just me - I know a lot of women love the high heels.) I am a big fan of Kelly & Katie shoes - I find them to be beautiful and affordable."