2016 Update: check out our latest favorite strappy pumps to wear with tights to work.
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.
As the weather turns/stays nasty, I’m often reminded of a trick I’ve employed for years: wearing a skirt and tights to work with commuting boots (either snow boots or rain boots — I’ve always preferred a skirt in truly nasty weather since my pants seemed to always get yucky from the knee down) — and then switching into regular heels at the office. Personally, I vastly prefer strappy pumps for wear with tights — styles such as the Mary Jane, a T-strap, and ankle strap have always been much more comfortable. We haven’t rounded up strappy pumps in a while, so I thought I’d hunt down a few. (Check out our roundup of strappy flats as well as regular pumps if you’re on the hunt for those.) Readers, do you share my preference for strappy pumps with tights? Have you bought any great strappy heels lately?
|These suede/patent leather Clarks pumps have 17 glowing reviews at Zappos. Although they look high to me, they’re only 2.75″, and I like the rubber outsole, cushioned footbed, and little details, like the black buckle on the strap. They were $120, but are now marked to $85. (Also in this price range: the Sofft Obella and the Miz Mooz Petula.) Clarks Loyal Peony|
|I’ve posted these before, but since I own them myself (and find them comfortable) I thought I’d repost. I like the 2.5″ heel mixed with the hidden .75″ platform — they’re very walkable. 6pm has them in black, brown and slate for $129-$142 (originally $235); Amazon has very lucky sizes but some marked as low as $78. Gentle Souls Rem Emberme Black|
|I am totally unfamiliar with the brand Carolinna Espinosa, but these are GORGEOUS heels, with good reviews, on sale. Hello, lover! I prefer the more sedate black/gray combo (pictured at the very top of the post), but the teal/purple combo is quite fun as well. They were $255, but are now marked to $171. Carolinna Espinosa Lilou Pump|
|I like the feminine, quirky details on this Mary Jane style from Kate Spade — the bow detail on the strap, the gold-lined heel. Fun. These are high ones (3.75″) but the one reviewer gave them 5 stars. They were $328, but are now marked to $198. (Also in this price range: the Via Spiga Ballard and the Gentle Souls Funtastic.) Kate Spade New York Nouvo|
|Ooh: I love the delicate straps (and cutouts) on these T-straps from Michael Kors. (They actually remind me a lot of the Kors flats we posted last week.) They’re $350 at Neiman Marcus. Michael Kors Sahar T-Strap|
|I am still smitten with the Valentino rockstud pump, but usually what I like about it is that the straps are available in a light beige, which (if you’re very pale) leaves a nude-floating-rockstud look. Still: any roundup of strappy pumps would not be complete without Valentino, and I do think the black-on-black look will look far better with tights, so I suppose we’ll all just have to get two pairs. They’re only $1,045. (Oh, you’re on a budget? Manolo Blahnik’s two Mary Jane styles look downright affordable in comparison: Campari and Campy.) Valentino Noir Rockstud T-Strap|
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