2019 Update: We still think these purple pumps are cute, but you may want to check out our latest roundup of classic wine-colored heels for 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.
This is one of my favorites, ladies: the purple pump roundup. (A reader just requested it, and I was surprised to see we hadn’t done it since 2012 and 2010! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again — I think the purple pump is such a versatile shoe that every woman should have at least one purple pair in her closet. You can wear the color with conservative basics (gray, black, navy), or add it as a contrasting color when wearing red, green, or yellow pieces. It can also be a great complimentary color if you’re wearing blue or purple. (IMHO I wouldn’t wear a purple pump with pink, but never say never…) They can be tough to wear with tights, however, so they often look best with bare legs or nude-for-you hose, which makes them perfect for fall, spring, and summer.
While looking, I noticed that bright purple is super popular right now (as you can see below!), as is a darker wine-colored purple — almost more of a red. There were a few Hall of Famers that are available in purple (pictured at bottom): the low-heeled Weitzman Poco, the Edelman Okala, the Cole Haan Air Tali wedge., and the Ferragamo Vara. Ladies, what is your favorite non-neutral shoe color (i.e., not black, gray, navy, brown, or beige)? Have you found any great purple pumps lately? Do you have any favorites bought in previous years?
|These Ivanka Trump purple suede shoes are high, but cute, and I always take it as a good sign that they were offered in so many other colors — 6pm has seven other colors still available. These pumps are $45, marked down from $120. Ivanka Trump Amoro3|
|I’m always a fan of Isola pumps — it’s the sister company to Born, and while they’re higher than a lot of Born shoes, they’re often just as comfortable. The thick heels and round toes have almost a vintage vibe, which is cool. 6pm has limited sizes for $50, but Macy’s has a lot more for $99 (take an extra 15% off with code BTS). Isola Eleni|
|These Seychelles wedges come in “plum exotic,” but they also come in an almost purpley cobalt. I like the sleek, pointed look to the wedge, the closed toe, and the slight V to the vamp. They were $90, but are now $66 at 6pm. Seychelles High Hopes|
|Sam Edelman seems to be killing it with office shoes lately, and I like the dark, matte “burgundy suede” pictured here. (There were, incidentally, a TON of shoes that were more burgundy and less purple — they weren’t included in this Hunt, but if you’re looking for for an oxblood/burgundy shoe right now, there are a ton out there.) Piperlime has four colors of this shoe for $100. Sam Edelman Opal|
|I first discovered Stuart Weitzman shoes through Corporette readers, and I’m always thankful for that. These shoes have great quality, comfort, and style, and these “prune kid” 3″ pumps are on-trend with a pointy toe. They’re $345 at Zappos. Stuart Weitzman Pinot|
|There are a TON of great pricey options for heels (here, here, and here), but my absolute favorite pair of pumps is this eel skin purple pump at Saks Fifth Avenue — gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. They’re $825, and available up to size 12. Manolo Blahnik BB Eel Skin Pumps|
Psst: I always get asked to include flats in these roundups, which have always felt like including apples in an orange roundup… but readers seem to be digging the “similar” recs, so I thought I’d include some purple flats I like (pictured at bottom), including here, here, here, and here.
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