Evening pumps can be a great asset to any woman with a social life. For starters, a good pair of evening pumps will really help enhance a woman's outfit.
There are many different variations of evening pumps that you can choose from, each one designed for their own specialised purpose. For example, there are a few different toe shapes that you can choose from, as well as heel types and materials. Take some time when deciding which pumps you want, because there can be a lot of expense involved in purchasing the right type of shoes, and you want to get it right the first time.
Evening Pumps - Toe Shapes
There are three different basic toe shapes that evening pumps can have...
The first is the pointed toe. These are generally shoes that narrow down to a sharp point at the end of the toe. They are considered to be the most stylish of the three toe shapes, but are also the most uncomfortable and unhealthy for your foot. Some people call these types of pumps "cockroach killers" because you can get right into the corner with a pair of these and get those little insects that cower there thinking you can't reach them. Not a very sexy image, I admit, but I didn't come up with the nickname. As fashionable and as sexy as a pair of pointed toes can be, if you have any feelings for your feet at all, you will not be wearing these types of evening pumps for an extended periods of time. You will end up with blisters, corns, or even worse, all for the price of fashion.
The next type of toe is the round toe. This shaped toe is a much more sensible design. If you are going to a function, one of the things you need to be asking yourself is how much time you will be there, and how much movement will be involved. By movement, I mean a couple of things. Firstly, there may be music and dancing, and if you've ever tried dancing with your toes squished together you will know how difficult it can be. The other type of movement that will usually occur at a party is mingling. It may not sound like much, but if you are a bit of a social butterfly, you would be amazed at how many miles you can travel in one night, just going from one person to the next. If you are either a bit of a mingler, or like a spot of the tango, then you may be wise to look at a more rounded toe on your evening pumps. Your feet will thank you for it.
The final toe shape is the open toe. Men in particular are fascinated with this design of pump. If your goal for the evening is to get a mans attention, then a pair of open toe evening pumps are more likely to do it than any other type. You know how men around the world seem to have a fascination with cleavage? Have you noticed that if there is a woman in the room with some bosom showing, she will generally get more male attention than anyone else? Well, the reason is cleavage, and men love it. If you don't have the physique to pull off that sort of statement in your dress, then you may consider a more subtle and less utilised cleavage technique - that is, showing the cleavage of your toes. Laugh if you must, but believe me, showing your toes can be a real turn on for men. Of course, if you are going to go down this road, you are going to have a professional manicure before the evenings festivities begin.
Evening pumps can be worn for many different occasions. In fact, many women will wear a pair of pumps in a corporate environment, as they give her an air of power and domination. You can also wear these shoes for weddings, proms, formals and dining out. The type of shoe that you decide to wear will depend largely on your outfit, but a pair of black evening pumps is generally considered a necessity for any woman who goes out to these sorts of functions. The reason for this is that black will go with pretty much anything you decide to wear.
Traditionally, evening pumps are plain with no straps and open at the top around to the sides of the feet. Like any fashion though, there are variations to this. You can get pumps with ankle straps and even with bows, and there are many different materials that you can chose from as well. The most popular material for pumps is leather, and this material certainly makes a more bold statement than any other type, but if you are looking for something a little less bold, you may consider a material design, or even a snakeskin pump.
Where to Buy Evening Pumps?
As mentioned previously, you can spend a lot of money on the right pair of evening pumps, so you need to be careful that you get what you are after. You can purchase these shoes online, however, if you do so there is no guarantee of a good fit. In fact, you may get them delivered and realise that you can't even get your foot in them - the afternoon of the big night! And then what are you going to do, wear Reeboks? A much better idea is to find a reputable shoe store locally where you can go and find a pair of evening pumps that fit you perfectly. If you want to spend top dollar on your shoes (and there are legitimate reasons why a woman would want to do so), then the big names in shoes are Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Gucci and Prada. These are the shoes that are worn by the stars, and if you want to make a lasting impression, then these are the brands that you should be looking for. For the rest of us, there are plenty of less pricey more generic brands of shoes to be found at your local shoe store.
Now get those evening pumps on and knock them dead!
Amy Winehouse - F*** Me Pumps
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