The pump is one of the most popular shoes design amongst women. It is eclectic, versatile and can be worn with just about anything. In their most basic design, pumps come without straps and buckles. They are closed from the back and have low cut fronts. There are very few seams which makes the pump chic, elegant and fuss-free.
It is one of the most widely sought after footwear for women. In its new avatar the pump shoe now comes with ankle straps, buckles and t-straps. Another variation is the pump with peep toes, open toes, round toes, pointy toes etc. Let us study the pump in detail and see some of its classic designs.
Women’s Pumps With Open Toes
Open toed pumps are also called as peep toes. These come with open toes and closed backs. They are very popular amongst women the world over. They look feminine and very classy. They are optimally worn with dresses, skirts, suits and jeans. They come in pretty shades ranging from pinks, purples, beiges and blacks. The ideal heel to opt for is a 4-5” heel which is comfortable on your foot without adding strain on the spine.
Platform pumps come either in platform heels or in platform arches. The platforms give better support and protection to the entire foot.
The soles range from 1 inch to 2 inches. They come in beautiful colours like gold, silver, crystal and black and can be worn as dress shoes.
Sling Back Pumps
These pumps are available either in open toes or closed toe variations. They are sling backs, i.e. their straps are slung back towards the heel of the foot, which gives the foot adequate support from the back. They are also available with platform soles and heels. They can be teamed with a sexy designer dress or a staid office trouser suit. Eye catching colours like gold and black are available as suited to the occasion.
Ankle Strap Pumps
As the name suggests, theses pumps come with pointed or round toes and a slim ankle strap to secure the shoe in place. The only glitch is that the ankle strap can be pretty flimsy especially if you do not choose your shoe well.
They can also be a tad uncomfortable for women who are not used to ankle straps.
Pumps With Kitten Heels
Kitten heels are very small heels ranging from 2-3 inches. These are ideal for women who have no experience or inclination to wear high heels. High heels can definitely be uncomfortable for women who have never worn them. These heels give the illusion of height without compromising on the comfort factor.
The high-heeled pump makes a chic, red carpet statement and is the oft chosen footwear of celebrities the world over. The heels range anything from 4-6 inches.
These are ideally worn with cocktail dresses and gowns. They come in eclectic designs like bejewelled pumps, pumps with ruffles, bows and crystal studded pumps.
Which Shoes to Choose?
While choosing shoes make sure you pick pumps that have high heels and are also wide. This will give you the comfort without hurting your foot. Pumps can be worn for day wear and night wear. Some women also prefer spiked heels in their pumps. Spiked heels can be very uncomfortable unless you have been wearing them for years. Low spiked heels are still better as they do not overly compromise on your comfort.
Flat-heeled pumps are rare and are generally worn by young girls. They are often termed as bellies, akin to what was once worn by ballerinas. These are good for running errands and are a preferred option by women who are very active.
How to Buy Pumps?
When you are trying pumps, fit and comfort is the most important factor to consider. Take out enough time to go shopping for pumps. Sift through the shoes available at various stores before you buy what you like. Try out the pumps and walk around in them to understand the feel of the shoe. The pumps should not be loose.
Their insides should not rub against your skin, as this would lead to blisters. Blisters also occur when the shoes are too tight or loose. The zips and other attachments should feel smooth and should not rub against the surface of your skin. If you are having even the slightest doubt with regard to fit or comfort, do not buy the shoes. Unlike clothes, shoes are not subject to alterations. You are stuck with what you buy. As a norm, pick up pumps from reputed brands only.
The more reputed the brand, the higher the likelihood of having a good pair of pumps. Good pumps will last you for years without problems and will truly give you your money’s worth. Stay away from fake and mediocre brands. The higher brands are likely to be expensive but you will always end up with an elegant and classy pair of shoes.
Colours to Wear
As a rule of thumb, buy 3-4 pairs of pumps in neutral colours like beige, black, gold and blue. These are classic and go with almost any dress. Try to buy different styles like peep -toes, sling backs and classic pumps. Buy a heel that you are comfortable with. Take down the manufacturer’s instructions in order to care for your pumps. Most stores also offer good after sales services.
How to Care for Pumps
Pumps come in different materials and fabrics like suede, velvet, leather and matte finishes. Pure leather pumps require basic shoe polishing. Buy polish from the manufacturer only. Suede on the other hand will need care and more especially during the wet months, when it is likely to get muddy. Invest in a good shoe scrubber to scrub off superficial dirt. Velvet needs gentle and delicate handling to retain its shiny finish. Be very wary of humid and tropical climates. Most shoes can develop fungus and moss with sheer disuse so you may have to air your shoes on a regular basis.