There are several items that all Clean & Proper women should own. As part of my latest miniseries on etiquette and fashion–Episode #17 of The Clean & Proper Podcast and the Ultimate Dress Code Guide for Any Occasion–today we’re talking about the black pump. These shoes are a true necessity for both style and function and is a shoe that never goes out of style!
Pumps were actually first introduced during the ancient medieval civilizations of Greece, Rome and Egypt. They started out as a highly coveted shoe, serving as a symbol of wealth, political position and power.
They became fashion traditions of the wealthy rulers and politicians in countries such as Italy, France, England and Spain. Over time these shoes came in a variety of patterns and heights. Walking-friendly court shoes became especially popular for their style and comfort, soon being connected even further with power. In fact, King Louis XIV insisted no one enter his court without wearing red pump heels!
Black pumps are perfect for casual wear, everyday attire, sophisticated suits and formal gowns. There are multiple versions of the traditional black pump featuring wedged heels, platform toes (most appropriate for those under the age of 25 years and “working girls”) and different styles, finishes and colors. Before you add glittery or multi-colored pumps to your shoe collection, do invest in a solid, albeit beautiful, pair of black pumps. When it comes to a job interview or other formal occasion–such as a memorial service, wedding or gala–nothing quite beats a truly beautiful pair of classic black pumps.
Today pumps are as popular as ever, but especially black pumps. Their ability to transition seamlessly from the office to social occasions makes them a “must-have.” Style icons such as Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (aka Princess Kate and my future bff!) are often seen wearing black pumps–whether it be a lovely pant suit, casual afternoon dress or formal gown for black-tie occasions.
My favorite recommendations:
Flax Dress Pump, by Nine West
Hazel Dress Pump, by Sam Edelman
Tara Pump, by Stuart Weitzman
Neevo 4 Dress Pump, by Ted Baker