Knock-out pumps come in every altitude, from barely an inch to stratospheric. Kittens range from 1 to 2 inches, while stilettos rise above 4 inches tall, usually topping out at a sky-scraping 7 inches. But in that wide spectrum, you could choose chunky heels for sturdy stability; wedges with a solid heel that supports the shoe from front to back; or tapered heels that narrow down to the ground. Low-heeled pumps are suitable for work, conservative outfits and comfort anytime. Taller pumps will elevate your skinny jeans look or a flirty dress on date night.
Toeing the Line
A classic pump comes with a closed toe that can be round, squared or almond-shaped. Slingbacks and stilettos might be paired with a toe shape pointy enough to verge on the scandalous. Open toes and peep toes call for a reasonably recent pedicure. A chunkier pump could be square-toed to balance a stacked heel. Round toes are feminine in traditional Mary Janes and sleek, chic go-everywhere pumps that work for you all day and play with you at night.
Gotta Get Some — the Must-Haves
The mid- to tall-heel, round-toe platform pump in black or nude patent or matte leather is a wardrobe staple. Nude pumps lengthen the line of your leg. Black pumps dress up or down to suit the occasion. You could sashay through an entire season, well-shod, with only black and nude pumps in your arsenal. Pack pumps in both colors for travel to save space in your luggage and you’ll have the right shoes to wear with everything. Make room in your closet for elegant conservative pumps for more conventional occasions – a lower heel and spare, sophisticated shoe.