Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sky High Pumps
Who says that work shoes can't be sexy? I think closed toe pumps are some of the hottest shoes out there. Their appeal is similar to that of the entirely covered-up yet totally foxy outfit. The clothes are suggestive because of the way they hug the figure: picture a standard knee-length pencil skirt and figure-skimming crew neck t-shirt. Likewise, the allure of a closed toe pump is all in the shape of the shoe and its heel.
Each of these pairs of shoes gives me hope for the potential of fall work clothes. The black pair fits the basic, boring description of "plain black work pumps". Except that they're about as far from basic as you can get. The shape and ultra high heel save the day. Who wouldn't relish the thought of slipping them on before heading out the door for the office each morning?
The grey flannel pair are a sweeter and more unexpected take on sexy. They're still going to be very versatile, but their slightly scalloped edge and classic menswear fabric gives them personality.
Finally, the shiny leopard print pumps maybe aren't for every workplace but they are undeniably hot while technically staying well within the bounds of work-appropriateness.
Shoes like these are such morale boosters. They let you keep your style-loving self-respect while maintaining your credibility on the job. And as if that weren't enough, they also pair wonderfully with evening looks on days when you're heading out on the town straight from work.
Black pumps, maker uncredited. Grey pumps by Stuart Weitzman. Leopard pumps by Christian Louboutin. Images from Harper's Bazaar, July '07.