For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. This fall, as hemlines crawl higher, it’s no surprise that heel heights get lower. Luckily, these aren’t your librarian’s kitten heels or pointy-toe slip-ons. From pretty in pink to sexy suede, these 16 shoes are proof that modest can also be modern.
1. Peggy Gold-Heel Pump ($128) at Banana Republic
Flaunting calf hair, animal print and a metallic heel, this little number rolls three au courant trends into one.
2. Loeffler Randall Reina ($295) at Barneys New York
Yes, single-sole sandals (meaning the ones without an additional platform) are having a moment, but the zigzag print on this pair elevates the silhouette to a whole new level.
3. Buckle Down Single-Sole Heels ($20.95) at GoJane
When Elvis sang about blue suede shoes, we’re not entirely sure this is what he had in mind—though he was definitely on the right track! The thick ankle strap is certainly a saucy touch.
4. MICHAEL Michael Kors Delphine Slingback Pumps ($135) at Dillard’s
Invest in a pump with some sass. Nude slingbacks are practically a must-have for brunch, bridal showers and Easter Sunday. Plus, the gold trim adds a little something extra.
5. Dalinda Pointy-Toe Pumps ($120) at Guess
Red shoes mean business. As Dorothy proved in The Wizard of Oz, they’re essentially the stuff dreams are made of.
6. Via Spiga Ally Suede & Snake-Print Low-Heel Pump ($55.60) at Last Call by Neiman Marcus
Don’t know what to wear with your Canadian tuxedo (read: denim top with jeans) that’s all the rage? Blue-hued heels, of course. The multicolor snakeskin trim is a luxurious and unexpected detail.
7. Vince Camuto Goldie Suede Pumps ($89) at Lord & Taylor
When an office dress code calls for conservative, only a low pink heel will do.
8. New Look Toy Beige Heeled Shoes ($33.74) at ASOS
Doll-inspired patent pumps are the perfect complement to this season’s reigning miniskirts.
9. Enzo Angiolini Pointed Toe Pumps ($110) at Bloomingdale’s
For a more mature (not matronly!) look, these Enzo Angiolini’s are just the thing. They’re sophisticated, understated and take charge in the best possible way.
10. Zigi Soho Roxie Patent Pump ($49.95) at DSW
Appropriately named, these eye-catching shoes look like something Roxie Hart might shimmy down a Chicago stage in. And in the real world, these heels have the right pop of color to jazz up an otherwise monochromatic ensemble.
11. Anika Heel ($268) at Kate Spade
When worn with a midi (mid-length) skirt or city shorts, a pointed toe makes for an ideal pairing. The dove-gray leather and studded bow add a refreshing twist.
12. Rachel Pumps by Karen Scott ($59) at Macy’s
Color blocked with a gilded touch, these open-toe navy, black and gold sandals are a winning combination.
13. Solvent ($85) at Nine West
There are two ways to rock an all-white pump: strictly during the spring and summer months or with opaque black tights for a mod look.
14. Tildon Calla Mary Jane Pump ($49.95) at Nordstrom
Speaking of mod, these checkered Mary Janes are giving off a ’60s vibe and are just the thing to wear with Twiggy-esque short dresses.
15. Jeffrey Campbell Affair Clear-Heeled Sandal ($99) at Urban Outfitters
Who knew? Clear heels can be classy, too! These are an absolute shoo-in for a night out dancing with the girls.
16. Vikara T-Strap Sandals ($59.97) at Rockport
These shoes were made for walking … and shopping … and errand running. Replace flip-flops and running shoes for a sleeker shape that still gets the job done.
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