Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Oxblood, burgundy, port, wine, sangria, claret — I’ve always thought this purpley/red wine-blood color is perfect for work shoes. Wear purple pumps to work as a neutral with navy and black — add a tiny touch of color to light gray outfits — and have fun contrasting them with pops of yellow, bright blue, and bright red. Ladies, do you wear purple heels for work? What exact shade is your favorite? Of the trendier styles (pointy toes, block heels), do you have a favorite? Do you have any favorite purple pumps from years past?
- Hall of Famers: Manolo Blahnik, Corso Como, Rockport, Comfort Plus by Predictions, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nine West
- Under $100: Corso Como, Comfort Plus by Predictions, Michael Michael Kors, Athena Alexander, Tahari, Charles by Charles David, Sole Society (block heel), Calvin Klein (1.75″ heel), Me Too,
- Splurges: Prada, Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood, Chloé,
- Waterproof: Aquatalia (block heel), Aquatalia (skinny heel)
- Extended widths: (come in sizes like AA, C, W, etc): Naturalizer (N M W), Trotters (N M W, under 2″), Trotters (blockier heel), Rockport (M W), Sam Edelman (M, W), Naturalizer (platform, N M W WW)
- Extended sizes: (come in sizes 4-13): Naturalizer (4-12), Sam Edelman (4-12), Franco Sarto (4-13), Nine West (5-13)
- Wedges: Clarks, Eileen Fisher, Tod’s, Easy Spirit
- Heels under 2″: Eileen Fisher, Athena Alexander, Calvin Klein, Trotters,
- Comfort: Naturalizer (strappy), Rockport, Eileen Fisher, Earthies, Trotters, Trotters (blockier heel), Naturalizer (.5″ platform), Easy Spirit (strappy) — don’t forget to check out our entire guide to comfortable heels
Some Hall of Famers are pictured here — these are best selling styles that come back year after year, priced $15-$595…