Althought it is one of the most widely used terms in women's shoes, the term pump is very loosely defined. In general, pumps tend to have closed back and are cut low in the front so that they hit closer to the toes than the back of the foot. Classic pumps have seamless vamps and never have laces, straps, buckles or ties; however, many variants on pumps have one or more of these items. Pumps can also have different toe styles, like peep toes, pointy toes, almond toes or even open toes. The only real accepted trait of pumps is that the term is used exclusively for women's shoes. In what follows, you'll learn more about where you can buy some classic pump styles.
As is the case with nearly all shoes, pumps can be bought in nearly any price range: you can drop $20 on an inexpensive pair or $2,000 if you really want to. On the lower end of the price spectrum is the Forever 21 Classic Medium Heel, which retails for just over $20. This classic pump has a textured leatherette, a pointy toe and a medium heel measuring 3.5 inches. Modcloth sells the Noe Classic Diner Heel in Lightning. This 1950s style heel is a shiny chartreuse pump that goes well with an A line dress or a chunky necklace. The shoe has a crinkled finish, a slick rounded toe and a bold color. Missoni makes a more expensive retro platform slingback pump, with a patterned textile upper, peekaboo toe, elasticized inset at the heel strap, leather lining, a lightly padded insole, cork midsole and classic Italian construction. The pump has a bold five inch heel height and slight one inch platform.
For a more affordable classic pump, get the Calvin Klein Kail Natural Classic Python Print, which has a flattering peep toe, a lightly padded footbed, a 3 1/4 inch heel and 3/8 inch platform. If you visit Endless, you'll find the Butter Sable Classic High Heel Pump, a luxe pump with an 80s style. The shoe has a 3 1/2 inch heel, a leather sole and upper and a cool animal print pattern. Stylebop.com sells the L'Autre Chose Smoke Suede Platform Pumps. These have a modern look with a round toe, penny loafer slot and accent piping. The heel is designed for stability and goes well with a sheath dress, suit or jeans. Bluefly sells the Gucci Black Leather Sofia Peep Toe Platform Pumps, which retail for $575 and have a polished leather upper, slightly tapered peep toe, 4 inch leather wrapped heel and a 1 inch hidden platform. Lastly, Bluefly also sells one of the crazier pumps, the Prada Pink Crosshatch Floral Satin Bow Detail Pumps. These $625 pumps come in either pink or periwinkle and have a pointed toe, patent oversize bow at the toe, leather lining and sole and a 3 inch heel. If you're looking to save cash on your next pair of pumps, visit the above sites regularly, which often run great promotions.