When it comes to footwear, fall 2012 signals a big return to the classics. Or rather, classic styles and shapes – but not necessarily classic colours or details.

The classic knee-high boot returned on the scene to share the spotlight with last year’s thigh highs. And in the same way, classic pointed pumps reassert themselves as a must have staple in the heels department. Does this signal the death of platforms? Not at all. But they offer up a strong and versatile alternative that really will work for both day and night.

Above image, from left: Jimmy Choo metallic pumps; Gianvito Rossi scalloped trim pumps; Michael Kors lizard-stammped court shoes; Isabel Marant studded suede pumps.

Pointed pumps for fall 2012: the style

The style we’re referring to here is one that doesn’t have a platform. It’s slender, elegant – nothing chunky and nothing too high. A stiletto heel is the style to have this season.

Ideally, look out for a nose that’s pointed. While round toe pumps are classic enough not to go out of style, it’s the point that’s taken over as the on-trend style this year. A sharp point or almond shaped toe that comes to a point is preferable to an elongated point: you want to keep the shape neat and elegant.

Colours and details

It goes without saying that a classic pointed pump in black leather or black patent leather will match with everything and offer up near endless opportunity for wear. Go for black if you want maximum lifespan and versatility. Avoid it if you want something a little more interesting. This season there are so many trend-based colours and details available that it almost seems a shame not to indulge in something with a twist.

Why not try:

  • Key colours for the season, like deep maroon or oxblood, cobalt blue or military green.
  • Metallic. Instant shine to any outfit, from silver to candy-wrapper pink or soft metallic blue. Shine, not sparkle, is best if you want something that you can wear during the day as well as after hours – in which case avoid too much glitter and stick to metallic leather like the silver Jimmy Choos above or gunmetal grey YSL pumps pictured below.
  • Brocades and embroidery. Tap into the oriental inspirations of the season with a pair like Jason Wu’s leather trimmed brocade pumps (below), or find yourself something plush, velvety and baroque for a more European take.
  • Anything with a bit of sheer detail: Jimmy Choo’s lace pair (below) is ideal for going out, while clear plastic or perspex is both futurist and rain-proof.

Pointed pumps: what to wear them with (now)

The number one way to rock a pair of classic pointed stiletto pumps for fall is with a pair of skinny cropped pants. It’s no coincidence that most of the cropped jeans we saw on the fall runways were paired with pointed pumps: it’s an instant refresh to a casual look.

Pointed pumps runway
Pointed pumps on the runway at DSquared2, F/W ’12

For an elegant take (especially if you happen to have a tall, straight figure) pair them with a below-the-knee length pencil skirt and peplum jacket. An hourglass figure can work them with a full skirted silhouette and cinched in waist – ’50s style.

Of course a little androgyny is ideal for indulging in his fall. Slip on a particularly sharp pair of pointed, high heeled pumps as a feminine touch to a tailored suit.

pointed pumps for fall

From top: Jil Sander mixed media sling backs; YSL patent leather pumps; Jimmy Choo lace pumps; Jason Wu brocade pumps.

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