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Black Pumps for Women

Top Picks for 2012

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Black pumps are practically an essential for most women, but just because they're a footwear staple doesn't mean they have to be boring. From simple pointy-toed styles to sexy trendy versions, these top picks in black pumps prove that even a basic can be beautiful.

Pour La Victoire 'Irina' - Black Platform Pumps with Sky-High Heels

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The 'Irina' pumps from Pour La Victoire is extremely popular, which might seem surprising for a pair of pumps with 4.5" high heels, but I believe there are several reasons for this shoes popularity.

First and foremost, these shoes are incredibly sexy. In part, thanks to their sky-high heels, but also due to their concealed 1" platform soles, which not only help to make the heels feel lower, but also add depth to the front of the foot, creating a very flattering silhouette.

Another reason they're so popular is because, despite being priced at nearly $250 per pair, they actually look even more expensive.

Offered in black suede, black leather, black patent, and a host of other great colors, these killer pumps have received rave reviews for comfort as well as style, but trust me, they're still not intended for high heel novices.

Ivanka Trump 'Idalia' - Low-Heeled Black Dress Pumps

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Chic, versatile and timeless, these stunning dress pumps are such a find.

In addition to the fact that they'd look great with everything from pants and suits to office wear, and they're especially suited to a a night on the town, these pumps have extremely wearable 3" heels, and styling that transcends trends.

Offered in a variety of colors and finishes that are also gorgeous, you simply can't go wrong with the classic black version.

Nine West 'To the Flo' - Wedge Pumps in Black Leather or Suede

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If you select a pair of shoes that only has one trendy element as opposed to shoes that tick every single box on the "what's hot list," you'll find yourself with a pair of shoes that make you feel current and stylish, but that you know you'll be able to wear a lot.

Take, for example, these women's pumps from Nine West. They're pretty basic, so they'd be easy to pair with everything from jeans to suits; the style is very classic, so you don't have to worry about whether they'll look good next season, or even next year. And then there's their shapely 4" wedge heels, which perfectly represent one of the season's hottest footwear trend, without going overboard.

Priced at just under $90, these shoes come in black suede or black leather, as well as taupe suede, and brown or gray leather.

Vince Camuto 'Verona' - Black Pumps with Chunky Heels

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Chunky heels are one of the season's top trends, but honestly, I'd love these adorable pumps even if that weren't case. For one thing, I just really, really like chunky block heels. For another, these shoes are so cute, with their velvet uppers and gold-trimmed bows.

Also available in purple, these pumps are priced at just under $120.

Nine West 'Run It' - Basic but Beautiful Black Kitten Heel Pumps

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A basic black pump is such an essential part of most women's wardrobes that it doesn't really need to be anything more than what it is: a basic black pump. But since it will serve for so many occasions, you want something that looks nice and feels good. Here's a classic from Nine West that features 2" kitten heels, and comes in black suede, black leather, or black patent. Reasonably-priced at under $80 per pair, they're basic, but beautiful.

Badgley Mischka 'Ginnie' - Glamorous Black Evening Shoes

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One way to take basic black shoes to a whole new level is by looking for special details, accents or textures. In the case of these glamorous evening shoes, it's both the sultry nubuck uppers and the feather embellishments that bring that little something extra to the mix.

Also lovely in red, purple, gray, white and teal, these shoes have 4.5" heels and 1" platform soles.
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