Colgate Couture: Get Pumped about Pumps!

Katie Zarrella

Who ever thought that Betty Boop and Olive Oyl would become fall fashion icons? These girls got it right with their out-of -proportion heels because this season’s eye-popping pumps are bigger than ever. Stacked high on platforms and raised up on stilts, chunky rounded toed pumps are being paired with everything from corduroys to cocktail dresses. There’s no tip-toeing around the subject: pumps have pushed their way to the top of the trend list, so get excited, get ready, and get pumped for pumps!

Suede pumps will bring a fall feel to your ensemble. The Giuseppe Zanotti platform pump is both clunky and chic. Set atop a wood platform sole and a four-and-a-quarter-inch heel, this chocolate suede shoe will certainly elevate a casual look. The conservative colors and materials balance out the wild height and retro platform, and a chocolate leather ankle strap softens this sturdy look. Put on these pumps with leggings and a knobby sweater for a funky and fresh fall outfit.

Patent leather isn’t just for tap shoes anymore. Slip into a pair of steep patent pumps and you’re sure to shine. Fendi’s peep-toe platforms pull ahead of the plethora of black patent shoes on the market. Detailing around the peep-toe and a V-shaped heel make Fendi’s patents sleek, sultry and slightly more sophisticated than the many of the other clunky styles. Whether you’re wearing a little black dress or a pair of True Religions, these pumps are a shoe-in. The color palate for this season’s patents includes red, black and brown, but deep purples and maroons are definitely a trend to think about.

Prada’s leopard print haircalf pumps will make you purr like a kitten. Leopard pumps are practically everywhere, but the loafer detailing on the toe of Prada’s platforms makes them the cat’s meow. Try letting these pumps peak out from underneath a wide-leg pant or wear them with tights to make a simple skirt roar with style.

Leopard print is a prominent fall trend, but be sure you’re wearing a print appropriate ensemble before you leap into your leopard shoes. Wearing leopard with a simple black or brown outfit is always a safe bet.

What do you know about Mary Janes? Coolio and Chlo?e must have had a conversation because fashionistas are in love with the brand’s Mary Janes. A stacked four and two fifths inch wood heel leaves no doubt that Chlo?e’s pumps will get you high. This young, hip tobacco brown leather pump has a wide round toe, thick strap and elastic boarder. Mary Janes can be worn with this fall’s Catholic school girl attire or wide-legged pants.

Velvet is luxury, so what could make your outfit more plush than a pair of velvet pumps? Brian Atwood’s black pumps are divine. A four inch heel, pointed round toe and metallic leather piping give these pumps a chunky, yet delicate feel. Put on these pumps with a cocktail dress, satin pants or a pencil skirt and both you and your feet will look like royalty.

Save your strappy stilettos for summer and please put away those Pumas because pumps are the picture of fall footwear perfection. Kick up your heels and pump up the volume in your wardrobe with a pair of fall’s fabulous pumps!