One of the few wardrobe staples that have been as ubiquitous as a little black dress, classic black pumps have been the easy go-to for women looking to elevate their look effortlessly. 

The perfect pair can be very subjective – some relish in the power trip that comes with heel height, while others look out specifically for a pointed toe that lengthens the silhouette. Yet with all their variations, classic black pumps are always your trusty companion, whether you’re dominating the boardroom, going for a glamorous night out or headed for brunch. 

A well-crafted pair is an investment that will work for countless occasions, and our advice — just like this season’s It-bags — is the simpler the better. Here are some that will take you through the paces of life in the most sophisticated way.

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