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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.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — pumps are great, but for days where I’ll actually be walking/standing/running around, I always prefer shoes with straps. T-straps are classic, ladylike, and often super comfortable even if they’re not pitched as “comfort shoes.” In walking cities like NYC, they’re often great for the rainy fall day because they stay on your feet while hopping around puddles and running from sudden showers. I’ve rounded up my favorites below (in both a slideshow and a chart, oo la la) — readers, have you bought any great T-strap pumps lately?
|I actually first saw these in person at Macy’s (where they have all 4 colors), but Endless has a better sale on both the tan/ox and the black/black colors. These look like much taller shoes than what they are because of the hidden platform, but still very buttoned-up and professional. They were $99, but Endless has them for $69.99 (all four colors still full price at Macy’s). Naturalizer Women’s Baila T-Strap Pump|
|I’m not sure what it is about these shoes, but they look more like commuting shoes to me — you know, where your pants are hemmed for 3″ heels and you need something 3″ and comfortable to run around in so your pants don’t drag on the ground. That said, they might also be great with black tights and skirts. They’re $88.95 at Endless (available in black, gray, and a purpley blue). Aerosoles Women’s Grapevine Pump|
|Ha cha cha. I actually like these the best — all of the color combos look sophisticated and cool. The red ones are really lovely, and black suede/”ginger” snake print (pictured at top) might be kind of perfect as well. They’re $99 at Zappos. Jones New York Helkie|
|I wish the T didn’t come quite so high on this one, but it still looks like a great shoe. Note that she has some variations on the theme: the “Ginger,” pictured here, comes in black/black and beige/black; the “Gingerly” pump comes in ivory/snake trim, and the “Ginger2” is a black lace that would be great for evening. The “Ginger,” here, is $89 at Endless. Ivanka Trump Women’s Ginger T-Strap Pump|
|Ha cha cha, indeed. These have a little bit of a rock and roll vibe to them, but I think they’re still subdued enough that you could get away with wearing them at the office — and the 2.5″ heel looks comfortable. They were $231, but are now $118 at Endless (in 3 colors): black, gray, and a medium brown. Lola Cruz Women’s 228Z30BK T-Strap Pump|
|I usually like to go a bit nuts with the “expensive” choice for the Hunt, but I honestly prefer these $295 Rachel Zoe calf hair pumps over some of the $1K pumps I was looking at. These just look classic, ladylike, and I think the top strap is dipped enough that it would also be flattering to the leg. Gorgeous. They’re $295 at Neiman Marcus. Rachel Zoe Karolina Calf Hair T-Strap Pump|
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