(Beyond) Vintage Trend Watch: Classic Pumps 101

August 26, 2013 • Magazine, Vintage


It may be hard to believe, but fall is nigh. That’s right, the summer has come and gone and in the wake of the approaching cooler weather, I’ve decided to take it back to the basics. One thing that I love and appreciate is the high heel pump. You can wear it year round, it comes in many styles, colors and textures, and the different heel heights allow you to customize your collection to fit your needs. What I like the most about this season’s flock is that they are devoid of the ever-present platform that we’ve seen for the past few years—which peaked at extreme heights! Simple, elegant, versatile and a true fashion staple is the pump.

The pump has been around for hundreds of years and has been worn by all: rich, poor, men and women. There have been variations of this style of shoe in almost every part of the world. According to my research, high heels date back as early as the 9th century in some eastern cultures! In western cultures, the high heel was commonly worn by both men and women in possibly the beginning in the 15th century (perhaps even earlier!) and continued to evolve to varying heights, materials and styles based on class, social status, and era. The most fascinating thing about the high heel pump is that even though it has been around for literally hundreds of years and certain features have changed (toe shape, heel thickness and height, etc.), the basic style and function has remained unchanged. You definitely have to respect anything that’s got that type of staying power!

In more recent history the high heel never faded away and in more modern times it has become an icon for both femininity and sexiness (because somewhere down the line, men got off the hook in having to wear them!)  Fall 2013 is serving up the classic stiletto pump – pointed toe, skinny heel and no platform – which I totally love. SO this season, find the color, height or style that works for you. Pumps are comfy and universally flattering and when you think about it, it’s fun to be stylish and pay homage to a major historical fashion trend!

1. Vintage 50’s Blue Leather Pumps, $29.99

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors MK-Flex Mid Pump, $99

3. Louis XIV of France by Hyacinthe Rigaud (1701), wikipedia.org

4. Prada Red and Black Suede Beaded Ribbon Pointed Toe Pumps, $710

5. Christian Louboutin Pigalle Spiked Leather Pumps, $1295

6. Alice + Olivia Dina Suede Pointed Pump, $295

– Carmen Turner

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