2019 Update: We still love these purple pumps, but you may want to check out our latest roundup of classic wine-colored heels for work.
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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: purple pumps are one of my favorite things to wear to work. I like all shades of purple, truth be told, but my absolute favorites for pumps are the ones the color of wine, with a lot of reddish brown in them (but too dark a color to be considered a classic red or even a cordovan pump). They add a tiny bit of pizzazz, and look great with a variety of colors, including: black, navy, gray, cobalt, olive/army green, and beiges and whites. We haven’t done a roundup in a while (2014, 2012, 2010). Ladies, what color heels (not black or nude) do you find to be the most versatile color for pumps? Have you bought any purple pumps recently, or loving any older pairs?
Some roundups of special interest shoes (most links go to Amazon, Nordstrom, or Zappos):
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- Hall of Famers (specific styles that have stood the test of time): Marc Fisher LTD, Jimmy Choo,
- Under $100: Franco Sarto, Essex Lane, Nine West (pointy), Anne Klein (strappy), Anne Klein (pump), Cole Haan, Ann Taylor Factory, Aerosoles, Botkier
- Splurges: Jimmy Choo (buckle), Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo (snake-embossed), Malone Souliers
- Low Heels (2″ or Under): Vionic, Trotters, Aquatalia, Cole Haan (block heel), Calvin Klein, Cole Haan (wedge), Bandolino
- Extended widths (AA, C, W): Vionic (M W), Trotters (N M W),
- Extended sizes (4-13): AGL (5-12), Vionic (5-12), Trotters (5-12), Jimmy Choo (4-12),
- Comfort: Cole Haan (block heel), Cole Haan (wedge), Aquatalia, AGL, Linea Paolo, Taryn Rose, Anne Klein (strappy), Anne Klein (pump), Aerosoles (don’t forget to check out our entire guide to comfortable heels!)
|I don’t think we’ve featured the Margo before, but it’s been around for a while, has a classic look, and is offered in tons of colors. Amazon has it on sale today (take an extra 20% off with code NEW4FALL) — Zappos also has it, with a ton of reviews, if you prefer to purchase there. (Check out our “Under $75” category, above, for more in this price range.) Pictured, marked to $63 today: Nine West Women’s Margot Suede Dress Pump|
|I always like a good strappy pump, and these dark purple suede ones are from a brand I’ve had great luck with in the past for comfortable heels: Anne Klein. This 3″ heel comes in four colors, including purple suede. Other options in this price range: Ann Taylor (two pumps come down to $75-$80ish with code FRIENDS40 during their Friends & Family sale). Pictured, at $79: Anne Klein AKFion|
|These Sam Edelman pumps look awesome — trendy pointed toe, nice deep vamp (assuming you’re not squeamish about toe cleavage), and a reasonable 3″ heel. They’re also available in sizes 4-13, in regular and wide sizes, for $109 at Nordstrom. Sam Edelman Orella Pump|
|On the con side: yes, these shoes are super high (4″ heel!). But there are so many other pluses I had to feature them. For starters, they’re from reader (and personal) favorite brand Stuart Weitzman — and a gorgeous shade of purple — and on crazy sale at 6pm for $128. (They were originally $425!) And, booyah: they’re still available in sizes 6.5-11. Stuart Weitzman Diploma|
|These 2″ heels from Vince look like the best of a ton of worlds: conservative, trendy, comfortable. (I always think a vamp that exposes a bit of toe cleavage is more flattering, but the straight line vamp, like here, is very popular right now). These shoes are $350 at Neiman Marcus and available in a number of other colors. Other options in this splurgey price range: Stuart Weitzman, Ferragamo (on sale at Bluefly), Anyi Lu, Via Spiga. Pictured: Vince Aurelian Suede d’Orsay Pump, Eggplant|
|In the priciest tier, Manolo Blahnik is in our Hall of Fame and offers a lovely “bordo” suede, but I’m more partial to this gorgeous Prada almond-toe pump. At 3.25″ (85mm) the shoe is high but not crazy high for work — I also like that it comes in sizes 4.5 through 12. Other options if you want to splurge: Sergio Rossi, Nicholas Kirkwood, Salvatore Ferragamo. Pictured, at $650: Prada Almond Toe Pump|
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