Slingbacks are easily one of my favorite women's shoe styles. They're flattering, chic, and they offer a nice change of pace from classic pumps. And even though slingback shoes aren't necessarily trending for 2012, there's certainly no shortage of them. Ranging from trendy to classic, I've gathered up a few of my favorite women's slingbacks below.
Type Z 'Whitney Bow Slingback' - Sexy Slingbacks
These sexy shoes have the sky-high heels that are all the rage this season, and the scariness of the skinny 5" heels is offset a little by the 1" partially-concealed platform soles -- which also add a lot of sex appeal the profile of these pumps. The flat fabric vamp bows bring a cute touch that keeps these shoes on the feminine side, and the color choices are amazing. But the really amazing thing about these high heel slingbacks, is the fact that they're priced at less than $70 per pair -- they look much more expensive.
BCBGirls 'Markus' - Chic Patent Slingback Pumps
Totally feminine and utterly irresistible, these chic sling-back pumps have 4.75" covered heels, and patent leather or glitter uppers in some of the season's best color options including black, red, and a light taupe.
I'm crazy about the inset platform soles on these pretty shoes, because they give the shoes a very contemporary look, but they're not so trendy that they'll date the shoes. Another big bonus with shoes like these is that the patent leather version will easily take you from the office to dinner.
Kate Spade New York 'Sawyer' - Slingback Evening or Bridal Shoes for Women
A bit of a departure from most of the slingbacks on this list, the ivory glitter version of these stunning slingback shoes would be perfect as bridal shoes, but even if you've no plans to walk down an aisle anytime soon, you may want to give these glamorous shoes a look, because they're just as fab in black and rose gold.
Ideal for pairing with your favorite evening dress or pants, these classic slingbacks feature 3" heels.
Poetic Licence 'Miss Behave' - Women's Slingbacks with Low Wedge Heels
As you know, wedges are all the rage this season, which makes these fun slingback pumps trendy as well attention-getting.
At only 2.5 inches high, the heels would be wearable by most anyway, but the fact that they're wedge-shaped makes them even more accessible -- and the feminine floral embellishments; and vivid red and animal print uppers make them anything but boring. Ideal for pairing with shorts, pants, capris, skirts and dresses, or jeans, these unique slingback shoes are priced at just under $80 per pair.
J. Renee 'Carina' - Dressy Slingback Sandals
It's the gathered fabric uppers, and unique slingback straps, that take these women's shoes to a whole new level -- and the wearable 3.5" heels and variety of color options don't hurt any either.
Available in black, bronze, red, pewter, white, or a multi-colored rose version, these pointy-toed pumps would work well with nearly any type of skirt or dress you can imagine, and they'd also look great with dress pants. But for all their versatility and personality, shoes like these will still inject a lot of style into your wardrobe while still being elegant.
Betsey Johnson 'Mystifyy' - Fun and Funky Slingback Shoes
Extremely fun and funky, these artistic slingbacks feature multi-colored abric uppers, curvy 5.5" block heels, and 1.5" platform soles -- so they're definitely not for anyone looking to blend in. The design is really simple, but these shoes still grabbed my attention because of the interesting print and vivid color combination.
Nine West 'Malibudaze' - Slingback Pumps with Chunky Heels
I never thought of 4" heels as medium-height before, but compared to some of the other styles on this list, these slingback pumps have heels that are relatively wearable. It's not just that they're "only" 4-inches, it's also the fact that they're chunky -- which generally means they're less-painful on your back and feet.
All those technical details aside, I love these slingbacks because they're a little bit retro, and a whole lot of cute. Available in black, light natural, or a black and natural print, these women's pumps ring up at just under $90 per pair.
Steve Madden 'Masqraid' - Stiletto Slingbacks with Rhinestones
And finally, for those of you who have never met a pair of heels that were too high, or a pair of shoes that were too over-the-top, I present Steve Madden's 'Masqraid.'
Available in blush or as a black/raspberry/teal combination, these shoes feature tons of tiny rhinestones, and sit atop 5.5" stiletto heels, and 1.5" platform soles -- making them killer in more ways than one.