We've been seeing this pointed look crop up on fashionable fixtures at New York Fashion Week, then in London, and now on the cobblestoned streets of Milan. Yes, it's safe to say that classic silhouettes and slick pumps are getting a fresh update for Spring 2012, by way of colorful patterns, structured shape, and sky-high heights. Aside from its ladylike pointy-toe effect, you can evoke a sportier vibe with a track-inspired pant, or a girlier feel with sheer ankle socks, or even a fierce edge with ultra-tailored separates. It's all in the way you style it against your own wardrobe that makes these pumps a serious statement piece. Click through to see how these stylish ladies — spotted out and about at Milan Fashion Week — rocked their version of the pointy-toe pump look, then shop your favorites at the end of the slideshow.
When in doubt, opt for a classic pointy-toe pump. The elongated silhouette lends a bold shape to any outfit — casual or formal — and there's plenty of room for playful detailing. Whether it be via exotic textiles, wild hues, or edgy embellishments, we've spotted a handful of stylish pointy-toe pump renditions on the red carpet. Most recently, Rihanna rang in the New Year in black pointy pumps and a keyhole cutout Tom Ford creation; Hilary Rhoda donned downtown cool layers and leopard-print pants to offset a classic pair of black heels; and Camilla Belle went glam in a silver sequined and fringed Salvatore Ferragamo dress and matching two-tone pumps. For more celeb-inspired ways to wear them, keep clicking — and don't forget to shop our editors' picks at the end of the slideshow.
Until recently, the pointy-toe pump was an '80s bygone, something that looked great in Robert Palmer music videos but had no place in 21st century fashion. Until now. Popping up on the fashion runways, and soon after on red carpets, the pointy-toe heel has made a comeback, winning over fans with its sleek, minimal, and classically sexy look. We gathered some of our favorite looks from Summer; we're hedging our bets that the pointy-toe trend will last through Fall. Click to see how the celebs wear the heels, and then click to shop our picks.
We're falling hard for the pointed-toe silhouette this Fall, as seen on Kate Moss in Vogue Paris's November 2010 issue and in Isabel Marant's Fall 2010 collection. Check out our enticing picks — flat or not-so-flat, whichever way you swing — from Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Stella McCartney now!
Top to bottom, left row: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Leopard Print Flat ($775), Sergio Rossi Metallic Pump ($200), Prada Suede Bow Ballet Flat ($495), Marc Jacobs Ostrich Loafers ($495)
Top to bottow, right row: Stella McCartney Lace Pumps ($645), Sergio Rossi Chi Chi Pump ($495), Valentino Stud Lizard Pumps ($1,195), Vince Camuto Calf Hair Pump ($98)