The Perfect Black Pumps

Sep 28, 2016

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The classic black pump is certainly an essential to have in the closet, but what exactly constitutes the classic black pump depends upon you, the woman who is wearing them. Textures need to be considered, heel height and style, as well as how much of an investment you want to make..

More than four years ago I came across a consignment pair of Manolo Blahnik black pointed-toe pumps, and I have been wearing them ever since, even after two reheeling at my local cobbler. But now I am wanting to add a different style: perhaps a round toe, maybe a D’Orsay, and maybe it would be nice to have a lower heel option.

And since I was doing my own shopping, I thought I’d share with you an array of options based on all of the variances listed above to build your essential shoe collection. So here it goes!


Consider a pointed toe for your classic work and special occasions pump as it will elongate your leg, as well, it looks wonderful with pants.



Another classic option that works for day and evening



Love this style as it is less constrictive to the foot, allowing it breathe. I have a grey pair of the J.Crew’s suede D’Orsay style below and have been a convert ever since.



A different texture for fall and winter and quite en vogue at the moment.



Patent leather

Patent, especially black patent, is ideal for evening as it adds an extra pop.




Black matte leather

My ultimate go-to black pump that will never go out of style. It isn’t too flashy, but finishes the look. This would be a wonderful pair to invest in.




Now we are all set for day, evening and everything in between. Keep it simple, keep it simply luxurious.

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3 thoughts on “The Perfect Black Pumps

  1. I have one pair of Staurt Weitsman black patent leather pumps for dinners, galas, theatre etc that are comfortable and always ready to go! Your gorgeous pictures remind me to wear heels more often, I’ve been a little remiss with my style lately (staying in my lulus all day) and feel so much better when I’m all dressed up, even just to run to the grocery store! I love your blog Shannon, thank you.

  2. Oh, D’Orsay. Dreaming, but… I have big feet. Size 10W, sometimes extra-wide (depending on the brand). I don’t think D’Orsay was meant for me… 🙁

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