Joan and David 'Outfit'Slingback pumps are one of my favorite women's shoe styles; at their best, they're sophisticated and classy, while still having a fair amount of sexiness to them.
Of course, not all slingback pumps are created equal, and to get all of those benefits, you need to know which styles will look great for years to come, and which styles are more of a trendy splurge that will only work for a year or two before seeming dated.
First off, let's talk about what I mean when I say "classically-styled." I use this term to refer to shoes that pretty basic in their design; they're free of any elements that are too trendy or edgy, like thick, visible platform soles or overdone embellishments that happen to be "in" for any given season.
Sounds kind of boring, right?
Well, it doesn't have to be, and here's why: the basic style of a shoe can be classic, while still allowing other attributes to elevate it to something really special.
Take the stunning slingback pumps shown here. Even though they're essentially just open-toed pumps with slingback straps, they're anything but boring, and that's because of the covered heels, the glossy patent finish, and the stunning shade of blue. But don't think it's just about choosing an unusual color either, because these pumps look just as great in black and natural.
Other features that can make basic slingback pumps stand out include, tasteful embellishments like classic brooches; luxurious uppers in suede, velvet or satin; and concealed platform soles that aren't too thick.
Find a pair of slingback pumps that meet these standards, and you'll likely end up with a pair of head-turning dress shoes that are versatile enough to wear to work or dinner out, and that you'll be able to wear confidently for years to come.
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