Clunky platforms and rounded Mary Janes are sticking around, but the pointed-toe shoe is a sure way to add a classic edge to your wardrobe.
It's one of those classic styles that can be made current when paired with the right outfit. Leggings, for instance, with Belle by Sigerson Morrison suede flats ($195 at Madewell.com) or a pair of sleek Nine West Aliceeve tall boots ($129 at Macy's) worn with an animal-print straight skirt.
A reliable staple for a woman's closet, pointed-toe shoes seem to come around to the fashion front every few years only to be tweaked a bit for that moment's styles.
In the '50s and '60s, they were worn with tailored suits and trim silhouettes; the '80s featured neon colors and studded accents. The latest crop of pointed styles includes pumps in leopard spots from Banana Republic, tweed kitten heels from Payless and the cheeky Leena style at Kate Spade with sparkly, chunky 5-inch heels.
And because the pointed shoe is an interesting shape on its own, it's best worn with accessories that have clean lines, such as an envelope clutch and simple gold hoop earrings.
When making an investment in a pair of shoes, it's nice to know you can wear the style into another season. And judging from the 2012 spring ready-to-wear runway shows, pointed-toe shoes are the go-to accessory for spring's feminine dresses, which include sheer eyelet lace designs from Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and vibrant citrus-colored prints at Marni.
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