Return of The Pump

by Leandra Medine
February 20, 2012
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Jenna Lyons by Tommy Ton for Style.com
Among the sweeping statements I’ve made about this past Fashion Week: a salute to mature silhouettes, the reintroduction of excessive fur, an overwhelming amount of the p-word, few sentiments were left to tackle footwear. Trending this season though, more knee length boots than booties and perhaps more prevalently, era of the sky high platforms may or may not be nearing death. Its successor: a pointed toe pump. This doesn’t necessarily speak to the end of the platform, it’s just somewhat hard to craft an elegant pointed toe shoe when there are cinder blocks manifesting just below them. We grazed upon this subject right before the initiation of fashion week, but let’s flesh it out.
Photographed here from F/W 2012: Peter Som, Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung. And there’s something to be said about that ankle strap too. Now, I remember taking note of a discreet diversion to footwear that stands closer to the ground last season, I didn’t think much of it other than, you know, oh shorter heels: too bad. But there’s a theory that says the higher the heel, the worse the economy and while I can’t speak for the collections of say, Theyskens’ Theory or Dennis Basso, the general consensus on heel height this season was a decent two inches shorter. On a larger scale, this theory about the correlation between fashion and economy suggests that consumers at large turn to more extravagant and outrageous fashions as a means to suspend the perils of real life.
And we know this season was less about wow, more about practicality so with all this new success fashion indicates may be in our cards, let’s say so long to the hooker heel and get shopping. It seems that Valentino may have had it right all along.
From left: Miu Miu gingham slingback, Sergio Rossi’s yellow suede pump, Christian Louboutin’s gold metallic toe, that may or may not still subscribe to a school of hooker, a pink suede ASOS pump, blue suede Carven slingback clad in bow, Charlotte Olympia’s denim/raffia version–to perfect the tuxedo and because, well, not all of us are ready to quit platforms just yet, fire truck red a la Alejandro Ingelmo in patent leather, Aldo in orange suede and Alexander Wang in stark white. Thoughts?
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09644554154995187140 jessica sandoval

    I love the Louboutins! As an incredibly short girl, I feel I'd look silly in pumps, but I've always liked how they look on others!

    Jessica | Vixenelle

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    Interesting! Always assumed shorter girls preferred pumps because they elongate the leg.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11681552282112821542 Annah

    I'll never quit the platform!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15735237818956948072 Alejandra Palestino

    so classy! love the Louboutins you got in the sample sale… awesome!

    http://thelookedover.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02339942952967960989 Blue Blinds

    Cool post – I wonder if there is a correlation between the economy and hem lengths…?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04096470808852121480 GRACE

    such great & vibrant pumps. & i absolutely love pointed toe pumps over any other pump~

    xx,
    graceinajar

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04154804645701029618 Lotus Blossom Design

    As a 5'1"er girl, the higher the heel the better! I love those Miu Miu gingham pumps!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01173745675255518425 nicolette

    I have those pink ASOS heels and they're damn good and pretty comfortable, to boot. Plus, under $100? I'll take three.

    Frankly, I'm just glad flatforms have been ousted.

  • http://leavesyouwantingmore.blogspot.com/ Leaves you wanting more

    It does makes you taller..

    And for a girl like me I haven't liked it because it makes me feel too tall and then I feel silly…
    But lets not be silly and lets wear whatever we like!!
    xox from a cold Stockholm

  • http://murderina.blogspot.com Sabrina

    have always loved pumps so am over the moon that they're back! they're just super chic, super classy. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11059775998363519154 My Grandmothers Gucci

    As Edith Wharton once wrote, "a school of hooker does not a Loub pump make."

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08241234898413240396 Fee
  • http://www.pattyandlo.com pattyandlo

    Live the collage of pumps! I'm all for a pump pop o color!

  • http://leavesyouwantingmore.blogspot.com/ Leaves you wanting more

    Hm I wonder… Was planning on wearing a pair of lovely blue pumps yesterday and then I changed my mind.. Since I've become a very old women of 33 years I'm not in for pain in feet.

    Will admire all of you who walks through life up above. I will stomp around down here in admiration.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12463023121697072678 Tina
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15901568084463124376 matchalattewardrobe

    Statement pumps can add such a twist to outfits. Love your selection.

    http://matchalattewardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14469885489373576898 Miriamhp

    I do feel like some of the platforms this seasons have gone too far. I've seen a lot of hooker-looking shoes, to be honest. That does not mean I am ready to stop my platform wearing ways but I will be happy to throw in a pump once in a while!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14175109361864026758 Tori

    I am a fan of the lower pump. Mostly because I have poor coordination and struggle to walk in sky high heels…

    http://www.mythriftychic.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15992012518203792325 Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09992993979200400606 Clémence

    This is so true! I have reviewed all the shows and you're so right. my heart is going to the ankle stripe for the next season. I have seen some amazing ones…

    I love you're selection of pumps! Nice!

    Xx

    http://murmureparis.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15072845310530030601 Lilith

    I adore those heels
    xx
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15955907677722433249 Larry

    I'm all for "comfortable" heel heights, but I hope the super platform isn't gone for good! I love a woman in a nice pair of 8-inch heels. Faaaabulous!

    http://divaxdandy.blogspot.com

  • http://www.modelovers.com modelovers

    I love the pumps!!!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01020040084950953348 SAZI’STOPSECRET
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01018559049239753554 libby

    i am so very glad that the pump is coming back! i love the platform but i feel like i tower over everyone!

    style-extraordinaire.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07046016333291848619 TheChambrayCountess

    Definitely a fan of the pointed toe pump + skinny pant + peplum or otherwise architectural top look. Maybe I don't need crazy shoes as an escapism tactic anymore, but I definitely want a few of your more simple (gasp!) choices.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10668309853818223055 Loes Elizabeth

    I'm welcoming the return of the pump if I'm honest. Platforms aren't always good news for us tallies xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288432619173575521 Creativity&Chocolate

    I am so happy the pointed shoe is coming back, love it!
    And those pink and white Miu MIu's are so cute!

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/sadeFinds http://www.etsy.com/shop/sadeFinds

    I love the louboutin with no platform.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10892456128349965591 rachael

    Love this perfect round-up of pumps! I still love my platforms though…they are just too damn sexy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12186901125870069099 Sharon

    I love the orange one from Aldo!

    But I think I'll stick with my platforms, more length, more comfort.

    http://style-chameleon.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00980670863346611503 Meganne

    I had never heard that said about heels before, interesting. Does that mean most of the Kardashian women are going to be back to fun sized before the end of the season?

    Material Fixations

  • http://www.megustaonomegusta.wordpress.com Me Gusta o No Me Gusta

    I love pumps, they look really sofisticated, while platforms are more like a chunky style. At least for me. However I find them really hard to walk on irregular ground, while wedges keeps you far from the it.

    Was I clear? :S

    kisses!

  • Anonymous

    As a fellow shorty, I agree, Jessica.

    I have also thought smaller females look a bit strange in really tall heels. Depending what the girl is wearing, the heel often look out of proportion with her legs.

  • http://enannaimwunderland.wordpress.com Anna im Wunderland

    Honestly, shouldn't we all just wear what we feel like? I'm a freakish 6ft tall, but I still wear heels when I feel like it:) I may look even more gigantic, but if I feel comfortable, I exude self-confidence and I think that's the best look you can possibly have!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10418547238996143646 YoUngLiNgToN
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    ooo I like. I have a great pair from Zara similar to Jenna's that I bought last year :)

    Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14953770862228544859 Thrill Of The Chaise

    Love a good pump. But apparently I am such an aggressive walker that I need a slingback to make sure my foot stays firmly planted in the shoe.

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    Funny, just as I was reading your statement on "it's just somewhat hard to craft an elegant pointed toe shoe when there are cinder blocks manifesting just below them" Charlotte Olympia came to mind. I have a red pair of her Paloma heels and love them, albeit they are not the haphazard-free type of shoes.

    Im seriously glad about this, I was getting tired of the excess in platforms.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12759545260010101486 The PvdH Journal

    I am 5'4' and I agree with you @MR (I had even commented on this in an earlier post of yours) that I do prefer pointy pumps because they do work magic with their elongating properties. Platforms can at times be a bit chunky.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12375809856667284996 TheGuayabaProject

    I don't like the fact that the designers used so much real fur this season. It's a shame to keep torturing animals in the name of fashion specially with so many faux fur options. I will not be wearing any real fur, to me that's just wrong.
    On a nicer note I love the MiuMiu pumps :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04279567464751008383 Ines Naouali

    The Loubs are the best ones! Wish I could own them right now. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    I agree it's been in the air for some time "the return of the pump", great title!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09409457531777436707 untitled

    I'm sure my feet will enjoy the reintroduction of shorter heels, but my heart will forever remain loyal to the platform…

  • http://www.modenmarie.com Mode’n Marie

    love the blue color of your heels !
    Bises
    Marie

    http://www.modenmarie.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03314846709272554358 Annie

    such colorful beauties! love the orange ones!

    X, Annie
    anniewear.de

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17166833784827024005 Sandro

    the alexander wang ones are cute. but pumps are just so uncomfortable! that platform makes such a difference

    sandronewyork.blogspot.com

  • http://photodiarist.typepad.com The Photodiarist

    The pump never left . . .

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07279516877124783976 Mackenzie

    Love the shoes

  • http://www.thekinas.com Bettina

    I myself have been inching towards the pointed pump, but I don't think I can every give up my love affair with the paltform!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06065174116516131346 Valeriya

    Wang! Wang! Wang! Oh Wang)

    http://lazyheelsblog.com

  • http://www.tartetatin.couture.name biancamaria sacco

    FINALLY time to be "donne" !!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    stunning picks!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03527662690952371279 Kierra

    I wish I didn't walk like a 1 year old in heels! AHH! So pretty!
    http://dandelionsbutterflies.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03683836263018672829 Neijah

    It's so refreshing to see a chic and slender pump after the abundance of chunky platforms that we've all been rocking! It's almost like we forgot they even existed lol

    xoxo,

    http://www.thelookandlisten.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15057101385427278906 The little world of fashion

    I love those shoes!
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02397487968349083154 nicola lynde.

    Love a good pump. Something I've been craving lately too, funny how that works. There's something just so Carrie Bradshaw about a slender stiletto, I can almost imagine I have the wardrobe that goes with it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04647292176495586912 Audrey
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

    hey, you forgot the perfect pair of pointed pumps from Louis Vuitton for spring/summer 12!

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03401686887977484323 Man Repeller

    That was on purpose, you'll see why!

  • http://mylifeinnarnia.wordpress.com My Life In Narnia

    Please,please,please don't let the platform be dead. They are SO much easier to wear. Whilst the shoes above are deliciously lovely (the Alexander Wang ones especially), I look at them and know they will never feature in my wardrobe. Shoes like that belong to a different class of lady. The kind of lady that takes a taxi everywhere not the tube. The kind that is always offered a seat and never forced to stand for hours at a time. The kind that never has to trundle around town after her boy mates on the way to the pub whilst they run off at 100mph.

    The platform has been my saviour for the last two years, giving me the extra five inches my chunky, stumpy little legs so desperately need without risking possible death when coming across a cobbled street or a particularly steep stairwell. Don't take it all away from me now! :-(

    http://www.mylifeinnarnia.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07013236322969861558 Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Thank got for the return of the pointy toes. I really want a cap-toed pump….dying.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09877870860874538528 Sabine

    The pointed toe is slowly growing on me again. I love the bright colored ones Jenna Lyons wears in that picture!

    http://cookiescoffeecouture.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07754771070155843910 WearAbouts
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03089353830910546241 randofernando

    I refuse to conform.. I mean believe it. My favorites from this NYFW are from Rodarte. Those bad boys are studded, sand-filled, platformed, and bootie'd. My heart and my feets hurt for them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13540865440171331174 Ally

    I can totally dig the comeback of the pointy toed pump… although that usually means more toe cleavage and crampage!

    http://www.confessionsoftheglitterati.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04724288513011188016 textilefile

    OMG I cannot live without my wedges and platforms shoes. They make you tall without killing my feet. Don't take me wrong ..pumps are sexy and I love them to. But please MOTHER FASHION DON'T TAKE MY PLATFORMS AWAY.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07623478851727029146 Keren, rhymes w/ Heron

    The title of the post is "Return of The Pump" but did it ever leave? As a 5'4" (ok ok, 5'3") woman I have always believed in this working woman's shoe!

    http://thewalkup.wordpress.com

  • http://www.mimifashionland.com/ Mimi

    aaah that Miu Miu slingback, I have something to dream of tonight :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14625802959152606446 anna

    now I get why! ;)
    and I also thought that they have to be really really painful…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06698377848289797709 SCHUANNE

    Agreed, the pump is back! But I've invested in a few pairs of platforms and the best thing about personal style is…wait for it…you wear what you want! Curate put toether looks that suit you and people are less likely to question your choices.

    As for the pump, in Dec 2011 I wrote a piece that helped my readers purchase their Fall 2012 wardrobes at a discount based on Pre Fall 2012 Collections and current discounts. Out of the types of shoes, I chose the black pointed toe pump to either pull out from under your pile of platforms or buy now.

    http://styledtowear.blogspot.com/2011/12/shop-for-fallwinter-2012-now.html

    Schuanne, Stylist
    Styled to Wear

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  • Injeanious

    I am so happy that the platform is nearing death, LOL! Every time I looked at those shoes all I could think was stripper shoes, LOL! The pointy toe heel is such a classic shoe.

  • MEME

    I absolutely agree.

  • MEME

    I absolutely agree…