For years, round-toe pumps were the rule of thumb in the workplace, but this season, the classic pointy-toe stiletto—the same favored by “Mad Men”-era housewives and ’50s screen sirens—has staged a major comeback. Lucky for us, these new shoe styles can easily transition from the runway to your office.
Sophisticated, chic, and undeniably sexy, pointy-toe pumps are the perfect work-to-play solution for professional gals who’d prefer not to pack a spare pair of shoes in their purse. Granted, they may not be the most comfortable footwear trend to emerge in recent seasons (comfy clogs, we hardly knew ye), and you may need to practice your Beyoncé Super Bowl stomp in front of the mirror before taking them for a spin, but hey, that’s why they made Band-Aids small enough to fit in your pocket.
Here, we found 10 pointy pumps perfect for strutting your stuff from the office to after-work cocktails—from Christian Louboutin to Zara—so shop ’em now!
Dune Benefit Stripey Court Shoes: The stripey motif on these pointed Dune pumps makes a fashion-forward statement, but the neutral black and white palette makes them reasonably neutral. (Just don't style them with competing patterns). $140.32 at ASOS.
Zara Pointed Vamp Shoe: Zara's fashion-forward pointed pumps in cobalt blue leather are perfect for updating a spring work wardrobe without draining your savings account. We love the careful design details like a slanted leather top panel and dainty strap. $89 at Zara.
J.Crew Everly Satin Pump: You don't have to be a girly-girl to feel the magnetic allure of these saturated, hot pink heels, which J.Crew executed in soft, shiny satin. Try with a swishy pleated skirt and an oversized knit to add a pop of personality to a work ensemble, or pair with a simple LBD for after hours cocktails. $265 at J.Crew.
Louboutin Pigalle Pumps: Louboutin's ultra sexy "Pigalle" pumps—named after Paris' vampy Qaurtier Pigalle, which is known for its wide selection of sex shops—may be the ultimate pointed pump (and splurge!), with a perfectly curved arch and elongated toe. $625
Jimmy Choo Agnes Metallic Leather Pumps: We're loving shiny metallic accents this season, and Jimmy Choo's sleek "Agnes" pumps in rose gold allow us to indulge our penchant for pointy toes while simultanesouly making a shimmery statement. $595 at MyTheresa.
Joe's Delores Metallic Pump: If you're looking for a more budget-friendly version of the metallic pump, allow us to introduce you to this silver beauty—perfect with a pair of cropped black trousers, a white blouse, and a structured blazer. $133, at Lori's Shoes
Jeffrey Campbell Solitaire Heel: There's something so fresh about the these two-tone pumps that feature a velcro ankle strap, a suede toe, and leather body. $148, at Free People
Proenza Schouler Capoeira Kitten Heel: No longer relegated to politicians and grannies, kitten heels are staging a major style comeback. We like Proenza Schouler's patent-toed version, which can add grown-up chic to any work ensemble but won't leave you limping home at the end of the day. $625 at Farfetch.
Enzo Angiolini Haircalf Leopard Pumps: Modern leopard prints are topping the charts as one of the season's biggest trends (and will continue to be pretty much everywhere come fall), and we love the idea of interpreting the look with footwear. Another big fad for fall: haircalf, so it's a win-win. $120, at Bloomingdale's
Aldo Printed Court Shoe: There's nothing we like better than experimenting with two trends in one piece. Not only do these Aldo "Court" shoes come in the perfect pointy shape, but they're printed in a funky floral with hot pink hydrangeas. $87.70