Adding a pair of zebra print pumps to your shoe collection automatically gives your wardrobe an exotic flair, even if your personal style veers more toward the conservative side. The right animal print accessory can make a monochromatic outfit more than just ordinary, and zebra works wonders with the right balance of contrast and simplicity. You’re bound to go wild over at least one of these five fierce styles.
The Noah pump is hard to resist, especially if your budget doesn’t stand in the way. From Gucci’s Resort 2012 collection, this utterly luxe dress shoe boasts an ultra-feminine shape, thanks to a contoured leather top line and clean, yet curvaceous, cutout on the inner side. The exotic calf hair upper brings instant texture to an outfit, and the sleek, 4 1/4-inch stiletto heel is super sharp and so sexy. Gucci’s Noah pump is nothing short of drool-worthy, but don’t hesitate if you simply must have a pair; Gucci’s production of this style is limited. Find the Noah zebra print pump, in full and half sizes from 35 to 41 (EUR), for $695.00 at Nordstrom.com.
This comfortable square-toe pump is the perfect option for adding animal print to your work wardrobe. The Sean pump’s 1 1/2-inch kitten heel and elastic suede upper keep your feet happy all day long, and the subdued gray and black zebra print feels professional enough for even the stuffiest office. Pilner’s Sean pumps pair beautifully with slacks, and are also available in solid black or khaki leather. Try the snakeskin elastic suede version in black or brown for another exotic look. Get them for $195.00 at DonaldJPilner.com.
For your wild, warmer weather wardrobe, check out Sam Edelman’s Orly pump. These hot pointed-toe slingbacks are simple, yet sophisticated, and the 2 3/4-inch heel is the perfect height for slacks, skirts and even shorts. The calf hair and leather upper says “expensive,” but they’re surprisingly reasonable at $114.95. The Orly pump comes in a medium width, and you’ll find it at Nordstrom.com. Sizes are somewhat limited.
When it comes to zebra print, don’t feel limited by basic black and white. Boutique 9’s take on zebra is a warm, neutral contrast of brown and black, and it’s easy to wear the casual suede slip-on Victoire with most anything. A 4 1/2-inch platform wedge heel adds instant drama to denim, and thanks to a cushioned footbed, you won’t mind everyday walking in this pair. Boutique 9 Victoire zebra print pumps, $160.00, are also available in black or leopard. Hunt for a pair at Zappos.com.
Go beyond fierce and grab a pair of Sheik’s absolutely ferocious Juju zebra print pumps. We love the animal-friendly Vegan leatherette upper, but the red suede wrapped 1 1/4- inch platform and 5 1/2-inch stiletto heel makes this pump howl. Pair the Juju with a slinky red dress and send out a stylish mating call of your own. Best news ever: Juju pumps are wildly affordable. Snare a pair for just $49.97 at SheikShoes.com.