Did you know the history of pumps goes all the way back to ancient Rome and Egypt? And that in Britain, due to a more modern precursor, they’re still referred to as court shoes? When it comes to the term “classic,” it’s hard to get a better pedigree than the pump. Throughout history, designers have done their best to update the basic shape in a variety of ways. Currently, the pointed-toe pump is making its return to fashion over the rounded toe and platform styles of recent years, so we’re rounding up some of the best pointed-toe pumps in stores now.
The title says it all, if you own one pair of high heels, it's gotta be a pair like this. These never go out of style. Make sure the heel itself is a respectable 3" to 4" and their chic-factor will last and last.
$112.99 at Zappos.
Red is a wonderful color for autumn, it's rich, sumptuous and reminds us of the prettiest fall leaves. This pair gives something extra with a double ankle strap and tan accents.
$40.17 at Sole Society.
Okay, if you only own two pairs of heels, this should be your second. I know, it's similar to the first, but these are your go-to for every hot date and club night you ever have. They work for cocktail parties, too. Very sleek, very sexy.
$84.99 at Zappos.
Inserts of a different color or material are one way to really modernize a shoe that's been around for ages. Whether lace is a current trend or not, these will always be a mix of sweet and sexy that you can feel amazing in.
$54.97 at Piperlime.
We all know now that metallics aren't going anywhere anytime soon. These pumps have d'orsay side cut-outs and undulating uppers for a contemporary twist.
$49.97 at Piperlime.
Shades of Gray
Colorblocking and heel cup cut-outs might sounds like too much, but given the muted colors of these pumps, it's just right. These are interesting without being garish and are ready for the office.
$76.99 at Amazon.
To a T
T-strap uppers make us think of romantic 1940s style, and that vertical line down the center will draw an eye all the way up your gams. The mix of nude and black means these can be another go-to for years to come.
$79.90 at Express.
Okay, I slipped in a tiny platform here, since it's attached to the classy pointed toe and covered in chic leopard print, I'm pretty sure it will pass. If you want to really lengthen the look of your legs, these will do the trick.
$68 at Nasty Gal.
The exposed back zipper, the cross-over straps at the top... this is why women fall in love with shoes. This pair is walking power and sex appeal.
$69.99 at Zappos.
In the Details
This shoe is available in three gorgeous pastel colors, a sleeper trend for fall. So feel free to pick up a pair like this that mixes up au currant style perfectly.
$65.90 at Loris Shoes.