2019 Update: Hunting for low heels for work? We just rounded up a ton of low nude pumps for work over at CorporetteMoms; you may also want to see our 2018 discussion of comfortable work heels on Corporette.
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.
One of the most frequent requests I get from readers is to feature lower heeled options, so I thought I’d do a round-up today of some of the most classically beautiful heels you can get with a height of less than 2.5 inches (trying to focus on 2″ and less because that’s really my own definition of a low heel). Some of the ones that I’ve mentioned in various posts and not mentioned here include the gorgeous Kate Spade Simon pump, the Joan & David Gila pump, as well as bunch of mini wedges such as ones from Halogen, Madewell, and Cole Haan. Readers, what is your ideal heel height? For those of you who prefer lower heeled pumps, which brands do you swear by?
|Readers have sung the praises of the Comfort Plus by Predictions line at Payless before — and while most are 3″, these buckle pumps are only 2.5.” For $25, not a bad option. (Also in this price range: the Merona Maren Kitten Heel Pumps, available at Target in five colors.) Women’s Janelle Buckle Pump|
|I really like the look of this 2″ heel from Rockport, and not just because it’s in a lovely purple (although hey, that helps). It features adidas sport technology in the heel and forefoot, and I like the rubber outsole. It’s available in four colors at Zappos (“sparrow,” pictured, as well as black, brown, and beige), on sale for $69.99 (was $100). Rockport Hecia Pump|
|The Franco Sarto Rema looks like another great pump, this one with a heel height of 2.5.” This “rose red” color is a great classic, and I like how the texture adds interest. There’s a silver textured leather available, as well as a taupe patent, and then a black and brown kid leather. The red ones, pictured, are $79 at Zappos. Franco Sarto Rema|
|Pretty! I think these patent kidskin heels from Brooks Brothers look like perfect basic heels — they’re 2″ high with a slightly pointy toe. They were $168, but are on sale now for $126. Patent Kidskin Kitten Heel|
|Stuart Weitzman and Cole Haan are regulars in these Hunt roundups, if only because they’re always high on the list of comfortable heels for women; I actually recommended the Poco heel in last year’s roundup of low-heeled pumps. I’m including the shoe again because I now own it (bought in a purple kid leather), and must say, the softness of the leather, the comfort of the heel (right out of the box), and the feminine but low look (1.75″ heel) are all exactly what I wanted. These “tan wood snake” ones, pictured, are $315, but Zappos and 6pm both have a ton of colors available for $97-$315. Cole Haan doesn’t seem to have a very low heel like this available for sale right now, but they do offer a 2.75″ pump that has a .5″ platform, which makes it similar to a 2″ heel — the highly rated Chelsea Low Pump, available for $165-$298 at 6pm and Zappos. Stuart Weitzman Poco|
|Wow. Wow! I’ve been drooling over these gorgeous Valentino “Rockstud” pumps (in all variations) for a long while, but these low (2.25″) heeled ones are actually part of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale. Amazing. They were $845, but are now marked to $506.98. Nice. Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Metal Heel Pump|