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Your online guide to styling pumps for 2016

Pumps and flats have been made a sartorial staple by the dons of the designer fashion world, from Jimmy Choo, Lanvin and the king of pump shoes, French Sole. We love pumps for the simple reason that they can look elegant, chic or quirky with none of the ouch factor of a pair of killer heels. And, if you are looking for some extra height, shop for pump shoes for women with a small block heel.

Here at Cafe La Moda, we totally understand that one more addition to your shoe collection won’t hurt, so whether you’re looking for an investment pair of designer lovelies or a pair of cheerful ’n’ cheap pumps shoes, we’ll guide you through 2015’s mainstay styles before helping you compare the latest big name brands and designers and hottest new styles over on our shopping and comparison pages. You’re guaranteed to have the best selection of pumps in the UK at your fingertips to give your friends a serious case of shoe envy.

History of women’s pumps

Women’s pumps have been worn for centuries and are believed to have originated from the shoes worn by men and servants in the 1500s called ‘pompes’. As they became adopted into mainstream fashion, bright colours, patterns, embellishment and heels made the style more refined and feminine.

Modern day pumps are lightweight and strapless with a closed back and either a flat sole or a small heel.

Style inspiration

Wondering how to style your new flats for 2015? Here’s our definitive guide:

  • For added height shop for womens pumps with a small heel.
  • Pumps in bright, statement colours can totally make an outfit or add a focal point to an ensemble. This season, Pink Ladies-worthy pastels and fruity hues to make Carmen Miranda proud are totally on trend.
  • Pair raffia wedge sandals with gorgeously summery clothes. A maxi dress with sandals is the ultimate summer statement
  • Embellishment just as gems, studs, piping and cutouts bring your look band up to date. 
  • Why not try a monochrome, Pierre Hardy style patent pair for boardroom to bar chic?
  • Patent colours are still bang on trend in 2015. Steal the style of Lanvin and Repetto with a little red pair. 
  • Bold prints and solid colours are big news this year. Designer favourites this year include animal, tribal and floral print. 
  • Neons, lace and glitter pack a real punch and make a brilliant summer statement. 

Dos and don’ts of shopping for pumps

Do get the perfect fit. Don’t assume that pumps will stretch if you get a smaller size. This isn’t always the case and you may end up damaging your feet.
Don’t shy away from flat pumps if you’re petite. Ballet pumps look extra cute on you. Try your new pumps with a pair of Daisy Dukes or a mini skirt in the summer. Stick with leg-lengthening nude pumps if you’re worried about your legs looking short. A-line and pencil skirts are another brilliant option for the shorter ladies.
Do pair pumps with cute candyfloss coloured 7/8 jeans and a midriff baring crop top for a retro feel.
Do team pumps with tea dresses and cardis for casual granny chic

Delivery and returns

It is always best to check online independent retailers’ delivery and returns policy before buying pump shoes. UK policy states that any purchase made online comes with a seven day ‘cooling off’ period where you’re able, by law, to return any online goods. Many retailers extend this to 28 or 30 days so it’s always best to check before you buy.

Size guide 

UK US Europe
3 5.5 36
4 6.5 37
5 7.5 38
6 8.5 39
7 9.5 40