I completely skipped a building blocks post last week, but this week’s is a good one. The black pointed toe pump. I’ve owned only two pairs in my adult life. One brought me through college – they were a medium height pump from Steve Madden – and I pretty much wore those things to death, literally. The other I received as a gift last Christmas. They’re Michael Kors, not flashy, medium height heel, and super comfy. Living in South Florida we have such a laid back, casual style that I rarely wear them. I mean, black pumps are dressy, and sometimes I opt for a black bootie instead to make things a bit more casual. All that said, the black pump is versatile and in building a well-curated wardrobe versatility, comfort, and simplicity is key.

Here’s a little guide on how to shop for and how to wear them.

1. Try them on! When I was gifted my pair last Christmas I received a different pair first and was not feeling them. I sent them back, purchased six pairs from Piperlime (free shipping, free returns – YES) and spent a few days deciding which pair I wanted to go with. Take your time deciding. They’re going to be a staple in your wardrobe so make sure they’re exactly what you want.

2. Comfort is key. And walkability. If they kill your feet when you try them on do not think that “breaking them in” is going to change things. Sure, maybe a little discomfort may be present after the first wear – blisters happen with most new pairs of shoes for me, but the discomfort should not persist after that initial wear. Also, if the heel height is too tall for you, pass them up. If you can’t walk or aren’t comfortable walking in them then it defeats the purpose of owning them. When you’re comfortable in what you wear you feel better. When you feel better you’ll feel confident and people will pick up on that.

3. I suggest going for leather over patent. The patent tends to make things a bit more dressy limiting the versatility.

4. Pair them with those skinny jeans we talked about, a pretty top, and a delicate necklace. Or wear them for a special occasion with a dress and some statement studs.