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Shoe shopping: Pumps by heel height

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Heel height guide

Picking out a pair of pumps can be tricky. They come in several different heights and which pair you choose depends on what you plan to wear them with. To help you create a versatile collection of heels for every occasion, we’ve picked out some of the prettiest pumps out there by heel height.

Low heel

Low heel pumps are easier to wear than their sky high counterparts but they’re no less stylish. They look just as chic paired with a pencil skirt as they do with jeans and a cozy sweater. If you really want to get noticed, opt for something printed or with a patent sheen.

Heel height guide

Heel height guide

Our picks: Go graphic with a pair of cute kitten heel pumps featuring an all over black and white print ($110), or opt for something more colorful with this fun fuchsia patent leather pair ($120).


Mid-heel pumps are the classic height — not too low, not too high — and perfect for work. They pair well with just about anything, from trousers to shift dresses. Along with basic black (timeless and totally versatile), for this season think about suede, rich tones like plum and oxblood and interesting textures like snakeskin or mock croc.

Heel height guide

Heel height guide

Our picks: Make a serious statement when you step out in these vibrant ochre mid-heel suede pumps ($140), or keep things more neutral with this leather pair in soft caramel brown ($140).

High heel

Going out and want to get noticed? You’re going to need a high heel pump to add mega height and create a long, lean silhouette. Whether you wear them with dark denim and a semi-sheer blouse or an A-line mini, the higher the heel, the more heads you’ll turn. Look for hidden platforms for added stability, stiletto heel or subtle extras like a cap toe or exposed back zip.

Heel height guide

Heel height guide

Our picks: Add a sexy spin to any outfit by stepping out in these sleek black patent pumps with a covered stiletto heel ($140). Or, for something similar but a bit edgier, opt for these get-noticed suede pumps with gold studs at the toe ($100).

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