2016 Update: check out our latest favorite strappy pumps to wear with tights to 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.
It’s that classic winter conundrum — you commute in to the office in snowboots or Wellingtons, wearing tights for warmth, and then find that your regular pumps feel super slippery with tights on. My answer to this has historically always been to keep strappy pumps at work to wear with tights (if not commute in strappy pumps)! However, we haven’t talked done a round up of strappy pumps in almost a year, so let’s discuss… Note that if you have fleece-lined tights (or other really thick tights) these strappy pumps may not be the best option. Readers, what shoes do you wear with tights in the winter? Are you a fan of strappy pumps for this purpose — or do you prefer to wear booties and shooties? Bought any great ones recently?
(Update: and, dang it, after writing this entire post I just remembered that we also did a roundup of strappy pumps in September. D’oh.)
A few other strappy pumps, mostly not pictured below:
- Hall of Famers (shoes we’ve written about numerous times): here, here, here, here, here
- Waterproof (note that all patent leather is waterproof): here, here
- Wide widths: (come in sizes like C, W, etc): here, here, here, here, here, here, here,
- Narrow widths: (come in sizes like AA, N, etc): here, here, here,
- Comfort/commuting shoes: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, (don’t forget to check out our entire guide to comfortable heels)
- Booties/shooties: (this is probably a separate post in and of itself — note that this is a trendier style, so KYO!): here, here, here, here — or more casual styles such as here, here, here, or here
|Sole Society has a number of strappy pumps that look great (including the Olyvia and Anneke pumps). These highly rated (28 Nordstrom reviews!) Tamra pumps look great for wearing with tights — the matte suede, the chic pointy toe, the covered back of the foot… lovely. The shoes are $65, available in sizes 5-11. (Note they also come in beige “adobe.”) Sole Society Tamra Pointy Toe Pump|
|Nine West haw a number of strappy styles that I like (Eccentric, Dreamon, Krushonu), but these mary janes are best sellers for a reason — the strap is substantial and interesting. They’re $89 at Zappos. Nine West Getlost|
|This is a much more conservative style than, say, some of the booties we rounded up above — but depending on the office, the woman, the outfit, and more, these may be just right for what you want. They’re $99 at Zappos, available in wide and narrow sizes, and have 11 positive reviews. Naturalizer Orianne Pump|
|Wow: I’m normally not a fan of the super-high ankles like this one, but the cutouts, the sleek heel, and the fun cutouts make me think this should be an exception. I think these would be stunning with dark tights. They’re $150. Ivanka Trump Doval|
|I haven’t yet tried Sarah Jessica Parker’s new brand of heels — any reports, ladies? She also has a number of strappy pumps. I wish they didn’t have a white grosgrain ribbon on the back, as that puts them firmly in category of shoes that live at (and rarely leave) the office, but this patent Mary Jane does look lovely. The shoes are $350 at Nordstrom, EU sizes 36-40. SJP Phoebe Patent Leather Mary Jane Pump|
|I like the gold touches — as well as the mixed materials — on these Anyi Lu heels. The brand is renowned for comfort, and the 3″ heel here looks just right. They’re $445. Anyi Lu Stefania|
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