Well-Heeled: 5 Posh Pumps for Formal Occasions

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* Find your summer party season sole-mates
* Sweetly demure heel heights to sky-high stilettos
* Complete your look with rich embellishment or thoughtfully minimal styles

The summer party season is upon us, and with that, blow-out weddings, destination galas and more than enough reasons to get dressed to the nines–but it’s not all about your gown. A decadent shoe warrants just as much consideration. With embellished options like Manolo Blahnik’s current Hangisi revival, these formal occasion pumps are rich enough to be the main attraction.

1. Imagine Vince Camuto ‘Ossie’ Pump

Subtle monochromatic studs give this classic stiletto pump a subversively tough-chic edge, and a pretty shimmer that catches dim lighting like a dream.

Imagine Vince Camuto 'Ossie' Pump Image courtesy Nordstrom



2. Shoes of Prey T-Strap Pump

For the minimalist, or as a quiet counterpoint to an exuberant print, pick up Shoes of Prey’s two-tone t-strap pump. The colorblock and t-strap add an unexpected touch to any look. As a bonus, they work great in the day, too.

Shoes of Prey T-Strap Pump Image courtesy Nordstrom


3. Badgley Mischka ‘Kiara’ Embellished Pump

Make a grand entrance and an even better exit with a lavish burst of crystal embellishment on the heel of Badgley Mischka’s creamy satin shoe. They look especially lovely with tea-length dresses.

Badgley Mischka 'Kiara' Embellished Pump Image courtesy Nordstrom


     4. Christian Louboutin Douce Du Desert Pump

The classic black slingback gets elevated to a whole new level with dramatic silk ties snaking around the ankle. The fabric is wide enough to create a voluptuous, opulent bow.

Christian Louboutin Douce Du Desert Pump Image courtesy Nordstrom


5. Manolo Blahnik ‘Hangisi’ Satin Pump

Yes, it’s the shoe made famous by Carrie Bradshaw. Experiencing a renewed popularity, the crystal buckled Hangisi is updated with a pointed toe and an elegant stiletto heel that tops out at 70mm. That means you won’t have to kick your shoes off to hit the dance floor.

Manolo Blahnik 'Hangisi' Satin Pump Image courtesy Nordstrom

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