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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.
Animal print shoes are everywhere for fall — so I thought it might be fun to round up a few different options for today’s Hunt.
As I’ve said before, I embrace animal print as a classic (although it definitely has moments of ultra-popularity, like now), and I actually think animal print pumps can work as a great neutral with blacks, browns, beiges, and more.
Plus, animal print adds a touch of quirk to an otherwise professional look.
When it comes to what to wear with animal print pumps, I always opt for classic silhouettes in solid colors — think a straight-leg pant or pencil skirt, paired with a basic button down or turtleneck. But don’t be afraid to experiment and add a little animal print into your outfit — try a leopard print pump with a floral dress, or an animal print pump with a plaid blazer.
Bottom line: animal print pumps are definitely worth the investment for fall. They add instant edge and personality to any outfit, and can easily be dressed up or down. Animal prints are always on-trend and will never go out of style. Happy shopping!
Ladies, do you like animal print pumps for the office? How do you wear them — and have you bought any great pairs recently?
Update: Some of Our Latest Favorite Animal Print Pumps
Stock photo at top via Deposit Photos / Paris, France – March 03, 2019: Street style outfit – Elisa Nalin after a fashion show during Paris Fashion Week – PFWFW19 — Photo by AGCreativeLab.
Some Older Animal Print Pumps for Inspiration
|Personally I’ve had bad luck with Bandolino, but the numerous glowing reviews (“it’s a slipper with a heel!”) suggest it may be time to try again. This mid-heel pump in Giraffe is marked to $59.99 at Macy’s (down from $69). (Also at Macy’s: this Life Stride pump in “sable.”) Bandolino Inspire Giraffe Pump
|I’m a fan of the whole Isola/Sofft/Born shoe family — they make super comfortable, well made shoes for reasonable prices. I think of Isola as the “sophisticated daughter” of the other shoes because the vibe is younger and trendier, and this gorgeous pump fits the bill. It’s also available in a red/zebra version, although I suspect the black/leopard one will work better with fall tights. Both shoes are $109. Isolá ‘Isabel’ Pump
|I’ve featured the lovely Okala pump before in burgundy — but both the leopard/black and cow/beige versions of the shoe are on trend (and, at $129, another reasonably priced, comfortable option). Sam Edelman Okala Pump
|I absolutely love this Manolo Blahnik pump, and I think it’s a great example of how really committing to animal print can be a sophisticated but fun look. Here they’ve mixed leopard print calf-hair and snakeskin into one shoe — for those of you bored with Animal Prints 101, this is a great example for how to take the next step. Gorgeous. The pumps are $895 at Neiman Marcus. Manolo Blahnik Crux Gala Leopard-Print & Snakeskin d’Orsay Pump
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