Fashion is cyclical: what goes up goes down, what’s pointy goes round and back again. After several seasons of showing off our toe cleavage, it feels like we’re ready to pull them back in, via the more sophisticated and yes, more restrictive pointy toe. The rounded and square shapes have reigned for years, but the pointed toe is pointed in the right direction this season. The style has never looked better!
From wedge to stiletto to even the kitten heel, the spired silhouette has a sleek, sexy appeal that its blocky predecessors lacked. Sling-back styles, courtesy of Edmundo Castillo and Jil Sander, maintain old-school refinement; they’re so demurely conservative they almost seem rebellious. Sensual lasercut details on Proenza Schouler’s pump will appeal to the lady-gone-wild, as will the architectural shape of Theyskens’ Theory cross-strapped wedge: strappy sex appeal and the freshness of a pointy wedge in one.
You might expect a pointy shoe adorned in pyramid studs to look too aggressive, but Balmainand Valentino prove that sharp on sharp looks…sharp!
Jean Michel Cazabat goes for a squiggly zebra-print wedge – a funky take on the pump, while Nine West keeps their shape and print traditional.
Afraid of the severity of a true point? Rock & Republic is the roundest sharp toe you’ll find.
I love the super-original Valentino and Theyskens’ Theory versions best. Which points strike your fancy?
Edmundo Castillo Suede Sling Back Kitten Heels On ShopBop for $595.
Jil Sander Ivory Leather Slingback On Zappos for $525.
Proenza Schouler Lasercut Pump At Barneys New York $695.
Balmain High Heel Pump with Silver Studded Counter On ShopBopfor $850.
Valentino Studded Ankle-Wrap Pump At Bergdorf Goodman for $895.
Jean Michel Cazabat Pony Hair Pointed-Toe Wedge At Neiman Marcus for $275.
Nine West “Barbe” Pump At Nine West for $79.
Rock & Republic “Loretta Chain” Platform On Zappos for $295.
Theyskens’ Theory Cross Strap Wedge At Barneys New York for $465.