2018 Update: If you’re wondering what to wear with wine-colored pumps, check out the below content, as well as our most recent roundup of purple heels for the office!
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Every year, I argue that wine-colored pumps are some of the most surprisingly versatile pumps you’ll have, particularly for office looks. Wear them with black, gray, navy, beige, and white! Wear them in spring with kelly greens and pastel colors! Wear them in autumn next to emerald tones and other fall hues! If you’re looking for a fun, colorful shoe, a dark red/deep purple shoe is a great workhorse for your work wardrobe. It was interesting to note that this year there was a dearth in general of colorful pumps of any color — red is about as wild as most brands are going. (Embroidered/fabric/velvet shoes are popular — so many embroidered booties! — but I think that’s more of an impulse purchase and, frankly, much harder to incorporate into a work wardrobe.) So: onward with the wine-colored pump roundup for today — but I’m curious to hear from you guys: do colorful pumps have a place in your working wardrobe? Do you prefer embroidered/fabric/velvet shoes to mix things up at the office — and how do you wear them? (For example, do you play it safe and wear a shoe with a bold print/detail with a neutral or monochromatic outfit? Or do you delight in mixing patterns, colors, and textures?)
Here are some of our favorite wine-colored pumps out there right now…
- Under $100: Franco Sarto, Steve Madden, Charles David, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Bamboo, Samsay, Rockport (older season), Unisa, Ava & Aiden,
- Extended widths (AA, C, W): Rockport (W),
- Extended sizes (4-13): AGL (4-12.5), Prada (4-12), Choo (4.5-12)
- Comfort: Beautifeel, Rockport, AGL, Taryn Rose, Rockport (older season) (don’t forget to check out our entire guide to comfortable heels!)
|I’m always a fan of a strappy pump like this one — if you’ve got narrow heels they can be lifesavers in terms of comfort and fit. I’ve had luck with Anne Klein shoes in the past, and at $80 at Zappos and Amazon (with pretty good reviews) this shoe looks great. Part of the reason I like strappy pumps is because they’re great for wearing with tights — and on that issue I would probably either go with black, navy, or gray; with pants I’d probably stick with nude-for-you trouser socks like pantyhose sheers or fishnets. Anne Klein Fayme|
|Speaking of embroidered/velvet/fabric shoes — we have these absolutely gorgeous ones from Nine West. These are more on the purple side of the “wine colored” spectrum, and I think they’re gorgeous if the heel height is doable for you. It says they’re only 3″ high, but they look a lot higher to me! They come in a zillion colors (mostly neutral) at Zappos; note that Amazon has a burgundy “wine leather” option. Nine West Astoria|
|Here’s another great option under $100: these dark purple options from Franco Sarto. I love the mixed textures — the front of the shoe is suede with metallic leather accents, and the back of the shoe is a matte leather. They’re $89, available in five colors, sizes 4.5-11 in three widths. (If you prefer more of a bordeaux/red, Amazon has that in this shoe in suede — ooh, and ShoeMall has 30% off a wide variety of colors, including the pictured shoes, with code FORTUNE30.) Franco Sarto Darlis|
|I hate the way they’re pictured here — they look a little beaten up! — but these Naturalizer heels are actually really highly rated, with 29 reviews and four stars. They’re on trend with the block heel and round toe, and of course Naturalizer is known for comfortable details like arch support, non-slip outersoles, and more; I also like that these are only 2.25″ high. They’re $99, available in six colors and four widths at Zappos, sizes 4-12. (Ooh: over at Amazon, lucky sizes are as low as $56.) Naturalizer Whitney|
|I adore the little pom-pom details on these 3″ Boden heels — and the sporty stripe up the back — so I have to include. They come in a really fun “forest green” color as well as a navy, sizes 36-42, for $150. Polly Mid Heel Pumps|
|I’m going to go slightly out of order here and jump ahead to the most expensive pump — it’s just too purty to put with all the other ones in the roundup below! I’m not usually a bow-detail kind of girl, but I could make it work with these adorable suede/satin heels from Prada. They’re $690 at Nordstrom, available in sizes 6-11, in burgundy and black. Bow Pointy Toe Pump|
AND — for our final note, there were a lot of “mildly expensive” pumps that, in my opinion, often come down to familiarity with the brand — if you love that brand and like the shoe it’s a nobrainer, but you’re not likely to make the leap up or down just based on the shoe. So for purposes of commentary here, note that these range in price from $275-$395… brands are listed below the collage; all links go to Zappos…
How about you, ladies — what are your tips for what to wear with wine-colored pumps for work? Do you find wine-colored flats to be just as versatile? In general, how do you wear colorful shoes — and how do you feel about the trend for fabric shoes with details like embroidery and velvet?
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