Best Pumps Reviewed for Style & Class

If you ever wanted to add a classy and sophisticated look to any outfit, a nice pump is the way to go. Pumps come in all kinds of shapes, styles, colors, sizes, and heights. People have been wearing heels since the 16th century, and those early heeled shoes have evolved into our modern heels. When it comes to heels, you can wear them for any occasion – work, school, parties, weddings, dates, or just going out with family or friends.

Pumps add a powerful feel to any outfit you are wearing. Wearing heels elongates your legs making you look taller and making your legs look sexier. Many people wear heels to feel elegant, sexy, confident, polished, taller, beautiful, and powerful. A great pair of heels garners a lot of compliments.

Last Updated: June 6, 2018
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By Himmatpreet Kaur:

The most recent update 5 additional shoes and an updated Criteria and frequently asked questions section. We updated the pumps in our list, removing some that no longer made the cut while replacing those with the latest and greatest pumps on the market.

Featured Recommendations

LifeStride Parigi
  • LifeStride Parigi
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Cushioned insole
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Dream Pairs Classy
  • Dream Pairs Classy
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Double ankle strap
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Predictions Karmen
  • Predictions Karmen
  • 4.7 out of 5
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  • Classic pump style
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Pumps are sometimes expensive, but you can find some inexpensive, good quality ones. Pumps are for everyone, no matter the size of their feet, so everyone can own a pair. If you aren’t sure where to start, do not worry because these 15 pumps will help you out.

 

15 Best Pumps

 

1. LifeStride Parigi

These are a cute little heel that is appropriate for work, going out for an evening of fun with friends or any occasion, really. Great with a skirt, jeans, slacks or virtually any other outfit in your wardrobe. They are available in a wide variety of colors and textures to suit any taste and with the moderate heel, will be comfortable and good for those who want a few inches of height but are not comfortable with stiletto heels.
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Synthetic sole
The synthetic sole on the Parigi is flexible and provides decent traction on most surfaces. The heel is well glued to the sole, preventing wobbling and separation. It is also just the right height for those who want added height without the strain of a higher heel.

Cushioned insole
The insole in the Parigi is not removable but it is padded at the heel and through the outside of the midfoot for extra comfort. The lining of the shoes is synthetic and sewn in a way that will reduce the amount of friction at the heel and sides of your feet, for comfort. Perforations in the insole also help your feet to breath.

Cost and Value
These cute pumps fall into the lower third of prices on our list, which make them a great value for a shoe that can go from work to dinner to a wedding without stopping in between. Do not expect the same durability from these pumps as you can from shoes with higher grade material construction but taken care of properly, the shoes will last for many hundreds of miles of walking.
Pros
  • Color & texture choice
  • Flexible construction
  • Decent traction
  • Rounded toe
  • Padded insole
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

2. Dream Pairs Classy

Dream Pairs decided to do a fun twist to the classic mary jane by adding a second strap. You have a choice of over 20 color options from suede, glitter, and to vibrant colors - the rainbow is your option. The pumps have a cushioned pad inside to make walking around more comfortable. The heels on these mary janes are four inches making it not too low, but not too high. In addition, with the thick platform, it makes the heels seem longer, which makes you look taller.
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Double Strapped
One of the best aspects of these shoes is that the double straps help the shoes from sliding off. A recurring issue many heel customers face is that whenever they walk the heel of the shoes slide very easily; however, the straps are guaranteed to keep your heels in place.

Toe Room
Squished toes are not an issue with these pumps. The extra room lets your toes breath and makes the shoes comfortable to walk around in them all day. No more pinched toes!

Cost and Value
The cost of these pumps are on the cheaper end of the list, and it is a good price for such a unique looking shoe. If you are looking for a decently priced beautiful shoe, these shoes are perfect for you.
Pros

Variety of colors

Extra room

Adjustable buckles

Unique Style

Variety of sizes

Cons
  • Too wide at toe

3. Predictions Karmen

These are a very cute, moderate height heel at 3”. Available in some unique colors including an olive green and a merlot and in either a faux suede or a synthetic leather. The pump offers decent traction on most surfaces and a softly rounded toe for comfort. With very traditional lines and two textures to choose from, you will find a pair that suits most of your outfits.
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Durable Construction
The shoes are built with durable, though synthetic materials that will last well so long as you take care of them properly. Replace the heel lug as it wears for even longer life and for a slip-free experience, the sole is thick enough for scuffing to improve traction.

Memory foam insole
We love heels, we do but they can be incredibly uncomfortable along the midfoot and forefoot because of the pressure of walking in an elevated position. This pair of pumps come with a good quality memory foam insole to give you additional comfort and remove some of the pressure on the balls of the foot.

Cost and Value
These shoes are the least expensive in our line-up. For a very reasonable price, you may be tempted to grab three or four pairs, to match each of your outfits and add a bit of punch to your wardrobe. They will last if cared for well, increasing the value for money that you achieve.
Pros
  • 3” heel
  • Memory foam insole
  • Faux suede or synthetic upper
  • Color variety
  • Classic pump lines
Cons
  • Scuff easily

4. Hot Chocolate Antoinette

4. Hot Chocolate Antoinette
Hot Chocolate shoes are fun – there’s no other way to describe them. Each style is unique, colorful, bright and cheeky. This pair offers a covering that changes the look from a Mary Jane style pump to a full bootie. These are a great shoe to express your individuality in a youthful, stylish, high-quality way.
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Printed upper
These are a fabric upper pump that carries vibrant, humor-filled and youthful printing. Marie Antoinette on the right and her famous cake on the left. The shoes also come with a slipcover that converts the shoe to a lace-up bootie style for a completely new look.

Arch support
The inner sole in this pair of pumps is cushioned and designed to support the arches, making them perfect for overpronators. They will provide comfort all day so that you can concentrate on all the fun you’re having and not worry about sore, painful feet.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the higher third of prices for shoes on our list. For the investment, though you are getting a comfortable, high quality, unique shoe with an updated yet vintage style. The soft fabric lining will help keep your feet comfortable along with the great arch support and cushioned inner sole.
Pros
  • 9” heel
  • Youthful style
  • Vibrant color print
  • Arch support
  • Non-marking outsole
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

5. Kaitlyn Pan Studded

5. Kaitlyn Pan Studded
These are a very stylish pump that is offered in a number of dark or bright colors and even an animal print. These shoes are copied quite a lot with lower quality material and build so beware of knockoffs. The shoes have pointed toes which will elongate your leg, and have fun studded, strappy closures over the top of the foot and the ankle.
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Genuine leather
The upper and insole of this shoe is made from genuine leather and genuine lambskin materials, respectively. The leather is breathable and insulating at the same time, leaving your feet cool and dry which is great if you have sweaty feet.

Microfiber lining
The microfiber lining in these shoes and on the straps make the straps appear long and thin while remaining comfortable against the skin. The microfiber leather performs better for the purpose than most genuine leather and is also moisture wicking.

Cost and Value
This shoe falls into the top third of the prices for our list but assuming that you’ve looked out for the many knockoffs that are out there, you are getting a quality leather shoe that will leave your feet comfortable and provide a unique, stylish flair.
Pros
  • 4” heel
  • Genuine leather upper
  • Lambskin insole
  • Microfiber lining
  • Unique style
  • Wide color choices
Cons
  • Front fits wide

6. Sam Edelman Okala

6. Sam Edelman Okala
Sam Edelman is known for making high-quality, stylish shoes. The Okala is a twist on the Mary Jane with the ankle strap but open sides. Available in nude or black leather, you can count on this shoe being durable and made of quality materials. The colors will fit with most any wardrobe and look as cute with a pair of jeans as they do with a skirt or slacks
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Elegant style
The elegant style of these pumps will fit anywhere from work to play to a formal occasion. Mary Jane around the ankle, classic pump in front, they are sleek, simple and fashionable. Down to earth and sophisticated at the same time, these are a great addition to any wardrobe.

Mission Comfort
Sam Edelman emphasizes comfort in all the shoes that he makes. These pumps are lined with genuine leather for comfort and breathability, have a gently rising midline to reduce strain and an adjustable strap for great fit, all of which ensure a comfortable shoe that you can live in.

Cost and Value
These shoes are at the higher end of the price range but you are assured a quality, comfortable shoe in a style that is versatile and made for wear. It is a moderate heel but not so high as to cause strain in the mid- and forefoot. The leather material will also last, increasing the value of this shoe.
Pros
  • 3” heel
  • Leather upper
  • Leather lining
  • Adjustable ankle strap
  • Versatile style
Cons
  • Narrow toe box

7. L'Artiste Wondrous Dress

7. L'Artiste Wondrous Dress
L’Artiste by Spring Step makes a number of bootie pumps in a variety of unique cut, painted leather, and embossed styles. The Wondrous dress pump is hand painted and features a number of details that give it an overall vintage-inspired Bohemian-chic appearance. It also features a stacked heel at a reasonably low height of 2 ½”. The width of the heel makes it much easier to walk in without the wobble.
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Unique style
The style of this boot is ready for work or play. It features hand-painted leather blocks, a decorative button, vamp stitching and leather whipstitching details. Available in three color variations from red/black, red/yellow and blue/green, there is a palette for everyone.

Sturdy stacked heel
For those that are not accustomed to or not comfortable with a slim heel, the wider stacked heel on this pump makes it very easy to walk and stand in. There is no risk of slipping off balance in this heel. A padded insole increases the comfort of these pumps.

Cost and Value
These shoes are in the top third of the price list but they are very durable and high-quality. They will last longer than many pumps, which increases their value and they are a unique, stylish and chic choice that is both casual and work appropriate.
Pros
  • Leather upper
  • Boho chic
  • Good traction
  • Hand painted leather
  • Padded insole
  • Stacked 2 ½” heel
Cons
  • Strong chemical odor when new

8. Jessica Simpson Cirrus

8. Jessica Simpson Cirrus
Jessica Simpson makes fun, flirty shoes, and she didn’t disappoint with these ankle strap pumps. You have a choice between 10 very unique and stylish colors that will catch the eyes of everyone around you. The design of the shoe is so different that you will stand out. With the adjustable buckle, you can adjust the pumps to where they feel the most comfortable on you. The heel is a decent height that you can walk around without falling down.
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High End and Fashionable
Due to the unique colors and the placement of the strap, these pumps are viewed to be more fashionable and attractive. In addition, since Jessica Simpson is the brand, many consumers see these shoes as high end and trustworthy.

Ankle Strap
The ankle straps on these pumps are great for adjusting the shoe to fit you perfectly. Also, they make it to where the shoe doesn’t slip off of the back of your feet. You will feel them firmly planted comfortably all day long.

Cost and Value
These pumps are about in the middle out of the rest of the list. You do have to spend a little bit of money, but the shoes do last a while and have many great features. While wearing the shoes, you will look like you paid more for them than you actually did.
Pros
  • 4" heel
  • Vibrant colors
  • Adjustable buckle
  • Stylish
Cons
  • Pinch toes

9. Greatonu Slingback

9. Greatonu Slingback
These Greatonu Slingback pumps are great for any occasion. You have 14 different colors to choose from- solids, bright, glitter, and neutral. You can wear them for a long work day or even a long event. The slingback and adjustable buckle maximize comfort by keeping the shoe in place. The heel is 1.5 inches, so you can walk around without having to worry about falling over. The shoe also comes with additional cushioning at your toes to add more comfort with every step you take.
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Slingback
One of the best aspects of these pumps is the slingback with a buckle. With the slingback, it will be planted firmly on the back of your heel and won’t move all day. Since it comes with an adjustable buckle, you are able to place the shoe in the most comfortable position for you.

Low Heel
With these low casual heels, you will be able to do anything with ease. You will look casual, but classy at the same time. It is the right amount of height to add length to your legs as well.

Cost and Value
These pumps are in the affordable range. On this list, they are basically right in the middle of prices. For a low heel shoe, the price is very reasonable.
Pros
  • Adjustable buckle
  • Secure fit
  • Peep hole
  • Low casual heel
  • Variety of colors 
Cons
  • Squeaky heels

10. Jessica Simpson Claudette

10. Jessica Simpson Claudette
This pump is another fun, flirty and youthful pump from Jessica Simpson. It has a 4” height and a d’Orsay silhouette (it is open on the inside of the midfoot) that is sleek and stylish. Available in a variety of colors and textures, everyone will find a version they love.
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D’Orsay silhouette
The d’Orsay style was originally worn by men in the 19th century and has since become a woman’s pump. It is a classic style that leaves the midfoot open on the inside. The style will suit any occasion from work to a formal wedding.

Versatile styles
The Claudette comes in a variety of colors and textures from a silvery laced shoe that is appropriate for brides, a flowered, embroidered like style that is casual and great with jeans to a hot, tropical printed version that you can pair with a light and bright summer dress. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to wear, one of the Claudette’s will suit your style.

Cost and Value
These shoes fall into the mid-range of prices and are quite a steal given the versatility of the shoe, the choice you have in color and pattern and the padded insole which will allow you to wear them longer than many stiletto style pumps.
Pros
  • 4” heel
  • Choices in color and pattern
  • Padded insole
  • Classy dress pump
  • D’Orsay style
Cons
  • Sizes run large

11. Calvin Klein Brady

11. Calvin Klein Brady
This is the classic pump stiletto with a 4” heel, elegant lines and a great quality build. You cannot expect less from the Calvin Klein brand. Available in classic colors – light brown, black and an off-white with a brand detail just below the ankle, this shoe will fit your best power suit, your favorite skinny jeans or even an elegant, flowing wedding gown.
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Pure classic style
The Brady is the definition of a classic pump stiletto. It has long and elegant lines that enhance and emphasize your feet, elongate your leg and say power, style, and confidence.

100% leather
The upper in this pump is 100% leather, the lining and insole are also leather. This construction makes for a breathable and durable shoe that will last a long time if cared for properly. Leather is also easier to clean and treat than many other materials.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the mid-range of prices on our list. For a classic made of durable and high-quality materials, this represents a real bargain. The shoe will not trend out of style and will remain a favorite part of your wardrobe for many years.
Pros
  • 4” heel
  • 100% leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Classic style
  • Leather lining
Cons
  • Very little traction

12. Clarks Brier Dolly

12. Clarks Brier Dolly
This is a platform heel from Clarks, maker of comfortable footwear. The shoe features a comfortable footbed, a broader heel that is easier to walk in and a platform that adds height without adding additional instability. Available in muted and dark colors in a choice of textures, this shoe is versatile, easy to walk in and will not leave your feet pained at the end of the day.
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Ortholite footbed
The Ortholite footbed in this pump is a large part of what makes it oh so comfortable. From heel to toe, your feet will feel pampered through long hours at work. Other comfort elements include the breathable leather upper and lining.

Modern classic
This shoe is a classic pump upgraded with modern style elements – like availability in gloss and snakeskin uppers, a modern platform and broadened heel that make walking in its 3.25” heel so easy.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the mid-range and for the money, you have a shoe that is durable, very comfortable, goes with almost anything and you will be proud to wear to work for a long shift. Clarks knows comfort but they also know clean, classic styles.
Pros
  • Classic, modern style
  • 25” heel
  • 100% leather
  • ¾” platform
  • Ortholite footbed
Cons
  • Fits large

13. Calvin Klein Gayle

13. Calvin Klein Gayle
Another classic pump style from Calvin Klein available in a variety of colors, textures, and materials – from super glittery metallic colors to lush suedes and leathers. These pumps are versatile, sleek and elegant, with a metallic branding detail on the heel counter.
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Gel pod comfort
From super sexy to super professional, these pumps let you play or work all day with the gel pods in the insole which absorb shock and provide comfort where you need it most in a heel. You can shift your weight off the forefoot when you have a comfortable heel.

Moderate heel
The 3” heel on this pump makes it appropriate for work. It’s not so tall as to cause undue stress on your feet and unstable movement while maintaining the look and feel of a good-sized heel. For beginners, this is a step up from the kitten heel and will make a good transition to the stiletto varieties, if that is your ultimate aim.

Cost and Value
This shoe is at the higher end of the price range but you are getting a fantastic amount of choice, a number of great styles and colors. They are constructed of high-quality materials like leather and linen and will match virtually anything you can think to put on. The extra gel cushioning will make them wearable during a work day as well.
Pros
  • Large array of colors
  • Durable, synthetic sole
  • 3” heel
  • Comfort pod in insole
  • High quality construction
Cons
  • Narrow at the toe

14. Bella Marie Mary Jane

14. Bella Marie Mary Jane
With these Bella Marie pumps, you can walk around wearing a fun classic mary jane. If you want to change up your look for a more exciting vibe, you can choose their glitter option or the animal print option. You can walk around comfortably with these pumps because the heel is low enough to where a person who has a harder time wearing heels can walk. The round toe lets your toes have room, so uncomfortable pinching doesn’t occur. In addition, the adjustable buckle is great, so you can find the right fit for your foot.
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Low Heel
One of the worst things is having to walk in uncomfortable heels all day or tripping and falling because heels are too high. You can wear these heels all day at work, school, or just out comfortably without having to worry about those nasty blisters and achy feet.

Great for Any Occasion
With these shoes, you literally can wear them for weddings, work, school, parties, etc. They are classy yet simple. With the four different color options and the price, you can choose a neutral color for work or school and then a vibrant or glitter color for going out!

Cost and Value
On the list, these shoes are the cheapest. So, if you have an event coming up or want new shoes, but need to stay on a budget these pumps are definitely what you should buy.
Pros
  • Very affordable
  • 4 different types 
  • Adjustable buckle
  • Extra parts
  • Variety of sizes
Cons
  • Excess glitter

15. Naturalizer Michelle

15. Naturalizer Michelle
The final shoe on our list is the Naturalizer Michelle, a modern platform pump with a moderate 3” heel. We love that it comes in a variety of nude tones along with a few other colors. It is a very lightweight pump for all the comfort features that are built into it and has a great balance between the heel and toe which decreases the pressure on the mid- and forefoot. It will be a favorite in no time.
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Small platform
The small platform in this shoe helps take some of the “height” our of the heel, reducing the pressure on your mid-and forefoot. It also provides for increased stability and durability which is great because you’ll wear this shoe a lot. From work to play to just hanging out, the Michelle will be a new best friend.

Excellent cushioning
Naturalizer emphasizes comfort in shoe construction and these pumps are comfortable. First, they are very breathable, with a soft lining that will not irritate your feet, the flexible soles help the shoe move with you so you can walk in a natural gait and it is cushioned from heel to toe for comfort all day.

Cost and Value
These shoes fall in the higher range of prices but you are getting a quality, comfortable shoe that you can wear all day long. It is a very durable shoe that will last for many years of regular wear. Increased wear means increased value and neutral colors meaning a broader array of choice to match the shoe to your wardrobe.
Pros
  • Platform pump
  • Classic style
  • Cushioned insole
  • Breathable lining
  • Balanced heel to toe
Cons
  • Upper is stiff

 

Pumps are a great way to feel powerful and dress up an outfit. Heels come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. You can have a different type of style for every occasion – work, school, events, parties, weddings, and even just going out. Some people worry about how to walk in heels; however, many types of pumps come with extra cushion to maximize comfort, and you can wear a lower heel to start, to avoid injury. Whenever you wear pumps, you will grab the attention from everyone around you. Do not be afraid to go out and try different pumps!

 

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Pumps

Pumps are considered a staple by some. These simple yet classic shoes are boosters to any outfit. They can be worn with a cocktail dress or a pair of rugged jeans, they are that versatile. The taller the pump the more your leg will appear elongated. Our buying guide looked at the best pumps in the market, and now we will take you through the criteria we used to choose the pumps. This will give you the information you should consider when shopping for your next pair of pumps. The good thing about pumps is that they come in a variety of heel heights, so one can go for the one that they are most comfortable with. Despite your dress code, be it, office, smart casual or flashy glam a pair of pumps will definitely compliment your look.

Below are some of the metrics we looked at when choosing the best pumps.

 

Height and Size

Truth be told, people like a few extra inches on the heel. If you are not experienced with wearing high heels though, it can be scary, wobbly and injuring. The adventure of higher heels comes with a risk of getting blisters, bunions and not to mention an embarrassing wobbly walk and falls. The good thing about pumps is that they come in a variety of heel heights, so you have the freedom to pick from a variety from low to very high. For first time buyers, it’s advisable to choose a lower heel height. You can start by going for a pair of pumps that have kitten heels and they must be of high quality. The other option for first timers would be to start with low heel wedges. After getting the low heel pumps you should allow your feet to adjust and get used to the shape of the pump. Wear the shoes in the house for 15 minutes and check the reaction of your feet to the shoes. Let your feet be fully comfortable in the pumps before deciding to wear them the whole day.

With pumps, it’s very crucial that you have the correct size. The sizing of this classic footwear will determine how graceful your walk will be and also the comfort of the shoes. When you have loose fitting pumps your shoes will always be slipping on and off, a very tight fit will make your feet feel suffocated and very painful, both of these fits will leave you very uncomfortable. Many brands have their own customized sizing systems that they use when making their pumps so it’s important to read sizing charts carefully when choosing a pair of pumps.  Also, check reviews to determine whether sizes run large, small, wide or narrow.

Durability & Quality

Any good pairs of shoes that are durable and comfortable are always a good investment to the buyer. Having a pair of classic pumps that have been well-constructed will definitely be a good investment in footwear. For maximum durability the shoes, you will need to take good care of them. Go for something that will last you many years. Pumps are considered to be a preferred dress shoe and that’s why high-quality material is very important when determining the value of a classic pair of pumps. High quality and synthetic fabrics will guarantee you comfort and ample breathability. Remember that cheaper fabrics and construction equals a short lifespan on your pumps. Don’t shy away from spending your money on a high quality and durable pair of classic pumps. Everyone’s personal taste is different, but when it comes to durability, everyone wants high-quality shoes.

Every pump on the market has been created differently. It’s very true that you will find a very big difference in the quality of pumps depending on the brand. That’s why it’s very essential as a buyer that you are able to spot a high-quality pump and hence invest in it. When looking at the quality of a pair of pumps there are shoe parts, or rather factors that are used to gauge the quality of a pair of pumps.

These factors are:

  • The sole of the pumps: take note of the construction used in attaching the sole to the shoe. The sole can either be glued to the shoe or just stitched, sometimes both might be used to enhance the durability of the shoe. If the sole is glued check for any space that might be at the edges as these are the places where the sole will start peeling off. For stitched soles, make sure the stitching is very secure and the stitches have been evenly done. At the end of the day, your sole must be seamless.
  • The heel of the pumps: the heel is an important part of any footwear. For pumps make sure that the heel has an additional layer made of rubber. The importance of the extra layer is that it will prevent any slippage hence walking will be much easier and comfortable. Pumps without any grip can be dangerous and result in injury.
  • The pumps’ Lining: the lining should be given plenty of attention. Most high quality shoes have a lining that is made of pure leather. The lining tends to cover the inner section of the whole shoe. And no synthetic fabric used is to make the lining. Shoes that have lining located at the bottom but not on the sides, might prove to be uncomfortable to walk in. Leather is perfect for lining since it’s a natural material and hence will be able to absorb any form of moisture and also permit the foot to effectively breathe. Synthetic fabrics are not able to absorb any form of moisture and might be a little uncomfortable.
  • The materials used in making the pumps: on top of the list of the best material is leather, but then we also have other vegan options that are just as good. The market also has synthetic fabrics that are also being embraced by many brands and manufacturers. Fabrics like nylon or plastic should be avoided since they get very uncomfortable after being worn a few times and are not durable.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. I plan on buying a new pair of pumps to wear to a dinner that will last the whole night, is there a test I can do to determine how comfortable the shoes will be the whole night?
A. It’s obvious that comfort is very important. There is a big difference between wearing your new shoes in the house for a few minutes and having them on for more than six hours (walking and standing). Be sure the shoes do not cramp your toes or put pressure on your midfoot that may cause pain and lead to plantar fasciitis. Be sure your heels neither slip out nor rub, leading to blisters.  For those who are not used to heels, you can wear the heels in the house for 30 minutes’ walk around until your feet get used to the pumps and also hasten the breaking in process of the pumps. Reading reviews before a purchase also helps you understand whether the shoe sizes large or small, narrow or wide, or has a loose heel cap.

Q. Can I break in a pair of new classic pumps I just bought?
A. If you love shopping for shoes like I do, then you must have had this experience more than once. Where you buy your favorite pumps, they fit is a little tight. It may not be because you got the wrong size, but the cause may be your feet have swollen during the day. So how do you manage to wear these new pumps comfortably? Of course, there is a DIY procedure for you to enlarge the pumps at home without spoiling them. What you need to have is some water, and a few zip-lock bags. Just follow the below steps.

  1. Fill the zip-lock bags with clean water.
  2. Then insert the water filled bags into your pumps.
  3. Push them till they fully fill the pumps’ toe box.
  4. Put the shoes in the freezer.
  5. Leave them till the water in the bags turns into ice (this should be for a minimum of 3 hours).

What’s the science behind this? Well, the water inside the bags will expand as they turn into ice, hence forcing the shoes to also expand. Hence the pumps will slightly enlarge. Take the shoe out and using a paper towel, wipe them dry. Leave them to be at room temperature before trying them on again. The pumps will have a looser feel like you have been wearing them for many years. You can repeat the process till the pumps are comfortable to walk in.

Q. I am lost on which design to pick, a peep toe, a pump with a covered toe or a strappy heel?
A. You might be tempted to cover less of your legs with your footwear, especially if you have really beautiful toes and feet. And it is also super cute when those legs are displayed and its summer time. Pumps have covered toes but heels are also available in peep toe and strappy sandals. The guiding principle for all shoes when it comes to coverage is that: the less coverage a shoe has on the upper section, the more uncomfortable that the shoe will be. Most people think that only the height and the thickness of the heel contribute to the discomfort of a pair of pumps. When you have thick ankle straps then you have additional support and your foot is firmly secured on the shoes, hence no friction when walking, no pain or pressure. Go for a full coverage is you can.

Q. I always buy my pair of heels a size larger, but then it doesn’t always work all the time, is there a guide on how large the size should be, especially with pumps?
A. Pumps are supposed to bring that feeling of a modern empowerment. What many people don’t know is that their shoe size does not stay the same as the year progress. Just like the body changes constantly, so do the feet thicken and hence go up a half size or a size larger with time. Pumps always look sexy and incredible, but then it doesn’t mean they also have to hurt ones’ feet. There is a size guide chart that is used when buying a pair of pumps, the chart has been guided by the height of the heel.

  • For pumps of 2 inches to 3.5 inches pick 1/2 a size large.
  • For pumps of 4 inches to 6 inches pick 1 size large.
  • Above 6 inches, then pick 1 ½ size large.

The trick was thought of with the idea of feet swelling naturally as the day progresses (with constant walking and standing). When this is combined with high pumps that are uncomfortable, then you will be nursing bunions and blisters by mid-morning. Picking a larger size gives ample room for your feet to swell, though it’s good to make sure that the size is not too big that the pumps are always slipping off when you are walking hurriedly. Gel insoles can correct the issue of having a size that is a little large.

Q. What is the most appropriate heel height for my next pair of pumps?
A. Picture yourself walking into a meeting and your pumps are sky rocket high. Just as color is important so is the height of your heel. Not only is the high heel very uncomfortable it will definitely be inappropriate. Check whether the pumps will blend well with your profession. For office wear go for pumps that are low heeled or mid heels. Higher heels will be more suitable for a dinner worn together with a cocktail dress or an evening gown. The other factor is to look at how experienced are you when it comes to walking in high heels and then check how comfortable can you walk in high heels. High heels come with an ungainly stride that many people will find unattractive and very embarrassing. In order to know the best heel height for you, practice walking with different pumps that have different heel heights till you find one that you can naturally walk in without any form of struggle.

Q. How do I go about making a purchase of my first pair of classic pumps?
A. There are a few guidelines that are important to follow when shopping for your new pair of pumps. First of all, you should make sure that you have measured your feet before buying the shoes. Have your feet measured by a professional, like a podiatrist. The next thing would be to look at the size chart that your preferred brand or designer has. It’s very important that you make sure the conversion of the sizes is done correctly so that you don’t order the wrong shoe size. Go through the reviews from previous buyers, this will give you a clue on whether the shoes do fit true to their size. The reviews will also mention any problem that the shoes might have.
It’s advisable to walk around when wearing the shoes. Make sure the surface is very clean (just incase you have to return the shoes), make sure the feel is very comfortable. There should be no form of tripping or slips that might be caused by poor traction.

Q. I have large ankles and short legs, which is the best design of classic heels that I should buy?
A. The body size determines the type of shoes you will wear, especially when shopping for a pair of new classic pumps or heels. One’s body size must be very comfortable in the shoe and that’s why the design of the shoe is very important. Below is a simplified guide for ladies to use when shopping for heels:

  • Large ankles: keep off strappy pumps as they will make your ankles have a wider look and hence draw unnecessary attention to your feet. The best designs to go for would be a sling back or the fully covered pump. This will not attract any attention to your instead they will create an illusion of longer legs.
  • Short legs: t strap pumps will make your already short legs look shorter, they also have the creepy ability to make ones’ feet have a wider look. Ankle straps also aren’t a good idea. Your best deal would be the pumps that are open toed. Nude pumps will also do your feet justice by giving them a longer silhouette look that is lean.
  • Give your legs a longer look: the first option would be the pointed toe pumps, as they look higher than they actually are. The only challenge with this design of pumps is that they can be very uncomfortable at times especially for people with wider feet. Have them on only for a short period of time. No need to suffer in order to have a killer look.
  • Wide feet: look for pumps that have a rounded toe box with a vintage look. They will prove to be the most comfortable shoes and will also make your feet be seen to be smaller.
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